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December 26th

Christmas card game ends badly

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A Christmas Day card game went awry when a local man reportedly threatened a person with a knife and attempted to strangle the victim.
Bernardo Santiago, 55, of 161 Chesboro St., was arrested at approximately 2:07 a.m. Wednesday morning after a juvenile called 911. According to the arrest affidavit, Santiago became violent and threatened a person within the home during a card game.

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Nominations for Russ Award due Jan. 13

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Area residents have until Jan. 13 to submit nominations for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Robert E. Russ Award.
The annual award recognizes those who have contributed to the civic, business or cultural advancement or development of the area in an outstanding manner during the preceding year.
“We are blessed to live in such a giving community. We have wonderful citizens who give freely of their time and their dollars,” Chamber President Judy Copeland said. 
“Many of them do this without any expectations of recognition. 

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Blunt, Funk to wed in March

Larry and Connie Blunt, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Catie Blunt, of Ruston, to Jason Funk, of Vinton, Iowa.

Catie is the granddaughter of the late William Cook, Ava Cook, of Amarillo, Texas, the late Emma Blunt and William Blunt, of Natchitoches.

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The gifts from our old steamer trunk

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Its contents were unknown, until one Christmas Eve in December 1957.
Christmas had never meant much to me growing up in South West City, Mo. We had almost no extended family. My grandparents had died years earlier and my father was an only child. Though I had one sister, Alice, I felt rootless.
I also had no self-esteem. During class assignments, I felt inferior to classmates who had so much to proclaim about their family histories. One boy proudly spoke of his father having fought in World War II, others told of ancestors arriving in covered wagons.

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Motorcycle group rides to save area abused children

During the last few months, many organizations have shown their love for people by giving to them so that they had a great Christmas.
We’ve seen all kinds of groups come out to support the parish such as the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and Christian Community Action, just to name a couple.
But there is a group that is newer to the area, Bikers Against Child Abuse.

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Bikers passionate about helping kids

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I first met the Bikers Against Child Abuse on a cold, wet Saturday on Dec. 14 during the Toy Run hosted by the American Bikers Active Toward Education motorcycle group. There were countless motorcycle enthusiasts and “die hard” bikers all out for one reason — to help children have a merry Christmas. And I believe they’ve done just that.
The president of ABATE, Rob Breedlove, told me to contact the members of BACA for more information in regards to other organizations who help children all year long.

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Tech’s Enemkpali named All-State

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Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali was named to the all-Louisiana first team football list by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Wednesday (LSWA).
With Enemkpali’s selection to the first team, Tech is one of seven schools represented on the first team list. The LSWA selected a first and second all-Louisiana team based on players’ accomplishments throughout the 2013 season.

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2013 LSWA All-Louisiana Football First-Team

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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
POS/NAME, SCHOOL/CL./HOMETOWN/NOTES
OL/Arinze Agada, McNeese State/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Offensive Lineman of Year; 3rd Team A-A
OL/Josh Allen, ULM/Sr./Cedar Hill, Texas/First team All-SBC, Started all 12 games at center
OL/La’el Collins, LSU/Jr./Baton Rouge/Second Team All-SEC, 56 knockdowns
OL/Andre Huval, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Scott/First Team All-SBC, started 38 straight games at center
OL/Antoine Everett, McNeese State/Jr./Richmond, Texas/First Team All-SLC, left tackle

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Mr. Elwyn Cecil Sparks

Funeral services for Mr. Elwyn Cecil Sparks, age 62 of Dubach, will be held 2:00PM Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Dubach United Pentecostal Church in Dubach. Officiating the service will be Rev. Kevin Cox and Dr. Douglas Stewart.  Burial will follow in Unionville Cemetery near Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Sparks was born July 8, 1951 in Shreveport to R.C. Sparks and Rosa Wade Sparks. He died December 23, 2013 in Ruston. Mr.

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Regular meeeting

NOVEMBER 14TH, 2013 Lincoln Parish Waterworks District # 3 of Ruston, Louisiana met in a regular meeting on this date. The commissioner's present was, Mr. Jack Allen president, Mr. Randy Snow, Mr. Ralph McVay, Mr. G.W. Kimble and Mr. Willard Anderson. Also present was Mr. Chris Harris, manager. Mr. Mcvay opened the meeting with prayer. Mr. Allen presented the agenda for adoption. There was one change to be made. Mr. Snow made a motion to adopt the agenda as printed with changes, Mr. Kimble seconded the motion and it was carried.

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