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Osborne reunion was a success

In July, many Osborne descendants came from as far away as California, Nebraska, Texas, Ohio, Kansas, Florida and as close as nearby cities in Louisiana. This year marked a highlight for one of the largest families in Jackson Parish area with over 150 participants and attendees enjoying the reunion. The first reunion was held over 42 years ago in 1971 and has repeatedly returned to St. Rest or nearby sites.

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CHURCH NEWS - SUNDAY, SEPT. 1, 2013

BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.
Morning worship service is at 10:15 a.m. and Connect Groups begin at 9 a.m. There is also a Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and various activities for all ages on Wednesday evening.
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August 30th

Communal relaxation

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Sept. 14 festival offers a taste of yoga
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After serving 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard traveling, Ruston native Courtney Thibault decided it was time to come home to see family and give back to the community.
“I practiced yoga the entire time I was in the Coast Guard,” Thibault said. “And I knew when I got out that it was something I wanted to pursue.
“Five years ago, I decided to take my first teacher training class. So, when it was time for me to get out of the Coast Guard I moved back home and started teaching lessons.”
She added that for the 10 years she served the country she made it home only a few times.

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Help GSU win $50K

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University asks alums, friends to vote every day
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Grambling State University is in a nationwide competition to win $50,000.
Allstate’s “Quotes for Education” contest includes historically black colleges and universities from across the nation, and the HBCU with the most votes will win the money.
“We can do this if we pull together to make it happen,” said Jordan Harvey, Student Government Association president and a senior business major at the university. “When Gramblinites pull together, we can make anything happen.”

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Choudrant revving up for Outhouse Derby

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It’s that time of year again, time to get the outhouses together and race!
For the past four years, the Village of Choudrant has been home to the Outhouse Races. These oddly named races were the result of a little white lie, according to Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson.

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Photography exhibit opens at Crescent City Coffee

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Do you ever think about your childhood? The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s next exhibit at Crescent City is a collection of photography-based work that focuses on childhood themes, by Louisiana Tech University BFA graduates Jessica Bryan and Rhyan Emery Taylor. The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Crescent City Coffee.

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Club news: Master gardeners host 2013 state conference

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners and the Piney Hills Master Gardeners will host the 2013 Louisiana Master Gardeners State Conference on Oct. 8-11, at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino/Shreveport in Shreveport. “Bloomin’ on the Red” is the theme of this open to the public, four day event. The conference will offer a terrific line-up of speakers along with an intimate look at the Shreveport/Bossier Riverfront.

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Endangered sea turtle into the Gulf

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas released a rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley Sea Turtle back into the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 21.
A concerned boater reported the injured turtle to LDWF on July 2, 2012, and LDWF biologist Paul Cook rescued the turtle that same day. The turtle had severe head injuries, including damage to the right eye and the upper and lower mandible, or jaw.

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Stay safe this holiday weekend

Many people consider Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. So, this weekend, many people will head to the beach for the last time of the season. Some will hold a backyard barbecue, enjoy some fun.
While all of these activities are a great way to end the summer, they could all end in tragedy if residents aren’t careful.

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Go outside and save your marriage

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The divorce rate in the United States is 50 percent. That statement is one everyone who has ever been married has heard, whether there is any statistical evidence to back it up or not.
Studies have shown that divorce rates are higher in the South than in other parts of the country. Researchers have related this to the number of marriages that occur.

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