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December 7th

Ruston Christmas parade rolls Thursday

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The skies should be clear and the temperatures cold Thursday evening for Ruston’s annual Christmas parade.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. and winds its way through downtown’s winter wonderland before ending in the parking lot of Louisiana Tech University’s Aillet Stadium.
Parade line-up begins at 5 p.m. in the stadium lot. Units will travel east from stadium on Alabama Avenue, turn right on Trenton Street and proceed downtown before turning right on Dan Reneau Drive then marching down College Street to Railroad Avenue, before turning right on Tech Drive and heading back to the stadium.

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Betty Bryant

Betty Bryant, age 82, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Services will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA. Interment will be at 12:00 noon at Canaan Cemetery near Lockhart, LA. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

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William Arthur Warner

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Funeral services for William Arthur Warner, age 82, of Dubach, LA will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2 PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ruston, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Rev. Barry Joyner and Rev. Marcell McGee will officiate. Interment will follow at Henry Cemetery near Hico, LA. Visitation will be Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the church from 1 PM until the service. William A. Warner was born on November 22, 1934 and passed away on December 5, 2016 after a brief illness.

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Emma Kathryn “Sis” Woodard Stockle

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A celebration of the life of Emma Kathryn “Sis” Woodard Stockle, age 89 of Simsboro, will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Simsboro. Dr. Wilton Wall and Dr. Jason Cole will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Kathryn was born April 3, 1927 to Elias Jones and Delia Theresa Woodard Jones and passed away December 5, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother: Jimmy Woodard, Jr.; her husband: Larry Stockle, Sr.

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How to bridge your spiritual and mental health

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Faith and spirituality can be a very helpful component of someone’s recovery from mental illness. A place of worship is often a safe place for people, where they can feel welcomed and have an instant sense of support and community. For many individuals and families, faith plays a significant role in their recovery experience.
Churches, temples, mosques and faith communities reach 70 percent of the American population each month. In the United States, clergy outnumber psychiatrists by nearly 10 to 1 and are more equitably distributed geographically than health professionals.

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Reader writes about U.S. borders

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Apparently, many people in high places want open U.S. borders.
Thousands of illegals are arriving every day and who can blame them?
They receive benefits as if they were legal.
Eventually, they will become a huge problem. Those individuals that have been in far eastern cities, have experienced the effects of too many people.
Every day life becomes complicated with wall-to-wall people.
Taxes must be increased, jobs are harder to find, wages become lower, shopping is a chore, public places are swamped, crime rates sky rocket, and our once fun lifestyle disappears.

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Remember Pearl Harbor

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Today is Pearl Harbor Day. My mother never told me much about Pearl Harbor. Not that she didn’t remember that Sunday morning; she did. She was 13 years old.
Mostly what Mama told me was how afraid everyone was, how my grandfather would listen to the radio far into the night for updates from the warfront, and how, over the years that would follow, everybody saved string and aluminum foil.
My grandmother never stopped saving those things, even long after World War II ended.

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Beauty surrounds our community

Lincoln Parish is famous for images of the towering height of Wyly Tower and sunsets at Lincoln Parish Park, but that’s not all the parish has to offer to residents and visitors alike.
What comes to mind when one thinks of Lincoln Parish? The answer to that question is something that Kate Hilburn and Patricia Tait Jones, local artists, will display during their exhibit “A Sense of Place: Contemporary Images of Lincoln Parish.”
The project is meant to help define the parish according to those who live here.

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Lady Techsters host midday contest

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Anna McLeod (14) and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball team played host to Stephen F. Austin in an Elementary School Day game that tipped off at 11:15 a.m. this morning at the Thomas Assembly Center. For game results, see Thursday’s Daily Leader.

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Bulldogs put 13 on All-CUSA team

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IRVING, Texas — Fresh off its second Western Division title in three years, Louisiana Tech has produced a league-high seven selections to the first team and a total of 13 first and second-team members on Conference USA’s 2016 All-Conference football teams, it was announced Tuesday.
The teams are selected by the league’s 13 head football coaches, while 11 of the 13 schools placed at least one player on the first team with Tech leading the way with seven first-team selections.

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