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November 24th, 2016

Jaki Wilkinson Exhibition at the Dixie

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced an exhibit of work by painter Jaki Wilkinson at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Wilkinson is the founder of a private elementary school, The Willows School, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an elementary and art teacher, a Shakespeare prop master, a faux finish artist, an art consultant, a contemporary mixed media and Chiaroscuro artist.
Her work is collected in Europe, China, Canada and the United States.
Wilkinson’s collections include:

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November 23rd

Small Business Saturday kicks off

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Small Business Saturday is a special holiday created so communities can show love for locally owned businesses.
Amanda Quimby, marketing director for the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event was instituted by American Express as a way to get shoppers to spend their money in their local shops.
“It is a campaign done by American Express to encourage people to shop small the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” she said.
Several of the stores scattered around Ruston and Lincoln Parish will be participating in the event.

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Utility bill hiccup

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City extends due date for effected customers

About 2,700 Ruston residential utility customers are getting a bit of break on the due date for their November bill.
That’s because of an apparent hiccup in the electronic file that sends billing information to the company that prints the bills, Kourtney Keim, the city’s communications director said Tuesday afternoon.
Only 57 of the 2,702 statements that would normally be due Nov. 28 got printed, she said.
The problem was discovered by a customer service employee and correct statements were mailed Monday to all of the customers on the affected billing cycle.

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Early voting begins Saturday

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Ballot includes Senate runoff, tax renewals

Early voting for the Dec. 10 general election begins Saturday in the registrar of voters office located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The balloting period ends Dec. 3. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily except Sunday. Voters must bring photo ID.
On the ballot is U.S. Senate runoff election between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell, as well as two parish-wide road tax renewals. Grambling voters will also decide whether to re-up a city water tax.
Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said she’s hoping for a good early voter turnout.

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Catching on

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Paul Turner’s dream of being in the NFL just got better this week.
Not that it wasn’t already good, given that the undrafted free agent wide receiver had already shined during the preseason and earned a practice squad berth.
But now the dream has another silver lining.
Turner, who prepped at West Monroe High before going on to play at Louisiana Tech University, has been added to the active playing roster of the Philadelphia Eagle.
“It’s an honor to be in this position and know now that I have another opportunity to help our team,” he said.

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Tech’s Sloan Academic All-American of Year

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AUSTIN, Texas — Louisiana Tech senior forward Kathryn Sloan has received numerous awards during her stellar four-year career on the soccer field and in the classroom, but the honor she received on Tuesday trumps them all.
In an announcement made by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Sloan was selected as the 2016 Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Women’s Soccer.
A communication arts and design major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Sloan becomes the first student-athlete in Tech history to receive this prestigious honor.

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NCLAC to offer studio tours

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Holiday Arts Tour will be held Dec. 2 and 3 in Ruston. In addition to more than 25 downtown sites, there are also two exclusive private artists’ studios that will be open this year. General shopping hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Share these mental health facts with those in need

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Mental health can affect everyone, regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
During this season of thanksgiving and sharing, there is an abundance of mental health facts that you may share with your family, friends, colleagues, churches, and communities.
Remember: These statistics represent real people.
Overview
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.

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Happy ‘unThanksgiving’ to all

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This is not your usual Thanksgiving column. I’m not going on about what I’m thankful for, or even what other people say I’m supposed to be thankful for.
Nor am I going to point out — again — how the Pilgrims get short shrift between way-too-smiley jack-o’-lanterns and way-too-jolly St. Nicks. Nope, done with all that.
History doesn’t change anyway, right? So why bother with the same old thing? This year, let’s put a new spin on this Turkey Day stuff.
So, as we prepared to belly up to way more food than any of us need, let’s talk about what we’re not thankful for.

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Early voting: It’s a good choice to make

Just when you thought elections were behind us, here comes another one.
Early voting for the Dec. 10 general election begins Saturday.
And, while the items on the ballot may not be getting as much hype as did this month’s presidential contest, they’re important nonetheless.
Top on the list: the statewide U.S. Senate runoff between state Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican, and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat.
The men are vying for the seat held by retiring Sen. David Vitter (R-Metairie). The winner becomes Louisiana’s junior senator.

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