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October 26th, 2013

Randles to begin conference today

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Jon Randles, the nationally-known motivational communicator, will speak at First Baptist Church in Ruston for a four-day “Recharge Conference,” beginning today, at both the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services and at the 6 p.m. service. At 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday he will present his unique understanding of Biblical concepts of excellence and tools for success.

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Though trials should come: A navigation guide

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The summer of 2002 began as a season of sunshine and expectation, but quickly led to a dark time in our marriage. After losing our baby in the first trimester, our hope of becoming parents was put on indefinite hold. After a second miscarriage two years later, we began to seek medical advice. Everything we tried was unsuccessful. After all the medical tests and procedures, we still were without a baby.

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Shadoin, Pesnell speak to club

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Ruston Kiwanis Club program speaker on Oct. 10 was State Representative Rob Shadoin, left. Shadoin’s talk focused on education issues in the state of Louisiana.
Jim Pesnell, pictured right, is Entergy customer service manager for northwest Louisiana who spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club on Oct. 17. Pesnell discussed the procedures employed in the restoration of power following an outage.

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Tech recruits seven National Merit Scholars

In its 2013 freshman class, Louisiana Tech University has enrolled seven National Merit Scholars, the largest number since 2004.
The seven National Merit Scholars are Matthew Brandl. of West Monroe, Beverly Case. of Yukon, Okla.; Randi Domingue. of Monroe; John Herren. of Ruston; John “Jack” Mertens. of Natchitoches; Lexi Miller. of Brandon, Miss.; and Dustin Morvant. of West Monroe.

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‘Muslim Journeys’ continues at Tech

Sixteen area residents gathered recently on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston for the opening session of “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, American Stories,” a series of lectures, readings and discussions focused on the Muslim experience in America.
Admission is free and all interested members of the public are invited. The series will conclude Tuesday.

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iHoops Skills Challenge set

Ruston Parks and Recreation is again hosting the iHoops Skills Challenge at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Bobby James Gymnasium, 605 James St.
This event is a free basketball skills competition that is a fun way to flaunt fundamentals. The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 14.
The iHoops Skills Challenge allows boys and girls to showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course. The goal is to move quickly and efficiently. Youngsters will compete in three age groups: 8 – 10, 11 – 12 and 13 – 14. Girls and boys compete separately.

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iHoops Skills Challenge set

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Ruston Parks and Recreation is again hosting the iHoops Skills Challenge at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Bobby James Gymnasium, 605 James St.
This event is a free basketball skills competition that is a fun way to flaunt fundamentals. The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 14.
The iHoops Skills Challenge allows boys and girls to showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course. The goal is to move quickly and efficiently. Youngsters will compete in three age groups: 8 – 10, 11 – 12 and 13 – 14. Girls and boys compete separately.

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Masons honor two students with awards

April Lenard and Reuben Mitchell, 11th grade students of Downsville Charter School, were presented with “The Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award” of 2013 by the local chapter of Masons-Downsville Lodge Number 143-F&AM.
Annually, the Masons honor a male and female student who demonstrates the characteristics of honesty and integrity. After enjoying ice cream and cake with friends, family and lodge members, Brother Johnny McFarland, worshipful master of the Downsville Lodge 143, presented the awards to April and Reuben. 

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Local Lions Club gives back

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On at least one morning each week this fall, members of the Ruston Lions Club are present at one of Ruston’s preschool or day care centers conducting tests to determine if children ages 1-5 have undetected vision problems.
Since the local service club began participating in the statewide Lions CubSight vision screening program in 2008, 251 of the more than 3,400 youngsters screened locally, have been found to have eye problems serious enough to be referred to an eye doctor for a complete eye examination.

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Awards presented to members

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Left: Ruston Kiwanis Club President Jack Thigpen presents the Kiwanian of the Year Award to Roy Taylor. The award is presented to a member who has manifested outstanding leadership in Kiwanis service activities in the past Kiwanis year.

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