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February 15th, 2017

Reader writes on country’s state

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Several months ago, I wrote emphatically that I wasn’t afraid. I stated clearly that the fear mongering of our now president was unwarranted and useless regarding foreign terrorism.
However, today I am very afraid. Not from foreign terrorism, but from the executive orders issued daily by our new president, and his incredible vitriol and fascist ranting. Apparently, 45 doesn’t have a clue as to what diplomacy is or how it works. That is very clear.

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Going backward isn’t an option

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At the beginning of school year 1969-70, the last vestiges of legal segregation in Lincoln Parish classrooms ended.
That’s when predominantly black schools dotted across the parish closed, their students folding in with the rest of us. The closures came as a result of a federal court ordered issued in August 1969 and requiring the Lincoln Parish School Board stop operating as a dual education system.

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Buy tickets for Allegro Ball, help the Dixie

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction is fast approaching.
The annual extravaganza that raises funds for the Dixie Center for the Arts’ Sustaining Building Fund will be held Saturday at the Ruston Civic Center and tickets are still available.
This year’s ball ticket is $60 and includes dinner, cash bar and live music by Windstorm, a party band from Shreveport.
A signature Krewe of Allegro Cocktail will be provided by Devine Wine & Spirits and the dinner will be from Linda Peevy Catering.

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February 14th

Bobby Brewer

Funeral services for Bobby Brewer, age 69, of Ruston will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Rev. John Mangum will officiate. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Choudrant, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Bobby Brewer was born on December 6, 1947 and passed away February 12, 2017. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Allen E. Brewer and Ruby L. Brewer.

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Gary Clark

Gary Clark, age 77, of Springfield, Missouri passed away peacefully on February 10, 2017, at his home in Springfield. He was born January 6, 1940. Gary was a former resident of Ruston. He graduated from Ruston High, and attended LA Tech before joining the USAF. He worked in the oilfield industry and retired from Rowan Oil. He was a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist. He is preceded in death by his parents John W. and Francis Clark; brother, Craig Clark, and sister in law, Sondra Clark.

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JAMES M. HASHIMOTO

Services for James Michael Hashimoto, age 54, of Ruston, LA will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in the Burkhalter Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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Melody Jane Herring

Funeral services for Melody Jane Herring, 33 of Ruston will be 2:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Life Church of Ruston. Burial will follow in the Simsboro City Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel of Ruston. Pastor Dallas Witt will officiate. Melody passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Ruston. Melody was so full of life. She faced so many obstacles and trials every day, but she never let them get to her. She had so much faith in knowing that she would walk again. She never met a stranger and loved everyone for who they were.

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Mississippi Avenue closure

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Weather permitting, Mississippi Avenue, between Homer Street and Everett Street, will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday The closure is necessary to allow for utility repairs.
As always, the City of Ruston will strive to minimize both the duration and impact of this closure. For more information, call 242-7703.

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NAMI hosts free seminar

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a free educational seminar on from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lincoln Parish Library/Lincoln Community Room, 910 North Trenton St.
The guest speaker will be Tiffany Bates, licensed professional counselor and assistant professor in the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Department at Louisiana Tech University. Her topic will be “Unmasking Mental Illness.”

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Leaders tout progress, list goals

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Representatives of parish and municipal governments, business, education and law enforcement spent about two hours Monday night updating residents on the status of Lincoln Parish.
“I’m very optimistic after 41 years in law enforcement about our parish,” Sheriff Mike Stone told about 120 people gathered for the annual Lincoln Parish United community update.

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