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February 22nd, 2017

JOEL L "DICK" AMBROSE

Joel L "Dick" Ambrose, age 89 of Ruston, died February 21, 2017. Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Friday, February 24, 2017 at Douglas Cemetery in Choudrant under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. The public is invited to come by the funeral home to sign the register book prior to the service.

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BRANDON W. DURDEN

Brandon W. Durden, age 72, of Ruston, LA passed away on February 20, 2017 at North Louisiana Medical Center after a brief illness. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Brandon was born on March 25, 1944 in Ruston to William Watson and Sarah Gill Durden. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Ruston, LA. After graduating from Ruston High School, he went to work in Singapore as a chief engineer on diesel engines in the South Pacific.

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LC George

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Funeral services for L C George, age 80, of Dubach, LA will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston, LA. Rev. Dwayne Monk will officiate. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park in Monroe, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Mr. George was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, and the owner/operator of George’s Appliance Repair.

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RPD warns against new phone scam

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The Ruston Police Department is warning citizens of a new telephone scam that asks for personal information and money.
The calls are a new variation of a tax scam that asks for payments using credit card numbers or to send money electronically that satisfies an arrest warrant, RPD Deputy Chief Clint Williams said.
“Do not give them your personal or credit card information and do not send them money electronically,” he said.
Report these scams by calling RPD at 255-4141.

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Youth of the Year recognized

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The crowd gathered in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center erupted in applause as the 2017 Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana named the three Youth of the Year Tuesday — Joran Parker, Chilaydrien Newton and D’Anthony Lyons.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys and Girls Club member can receive, board President Drake Mills said.

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Yard of the Month

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The garden of Rodney and Nancy Alexander on Lakeshore Drive is Ruston Garden Club’s selection for Garden of the Month for February. This peaceful garden features azaleas, daffodils, a creek and a bridge over the creek.

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Ruston Master Gardeners to hold Daffodil Seminar

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their fifth annual seminar on March 4 from 8 a.m. until noon at Lomax Hall of Louisiana Tech University.
The theme for this year’s seminar is “Daffodils: Bring Your Best Buds.”
Admission is $15 at the door. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and speakers will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be door prizes and refreshments.
In addition to the featured speakers, two special events will be held.

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DART responds to female homicide ranking

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Editor’s note: This is the second column in a two-part series on Louisiana ranking No. 2 in the nation for female homicides.
On Monday, I shared the troubling new information that Louisiana now ranks No. 2 in the nation for female homicides, and that in the vast majority of these cases, the victims were the wives, common law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the killer.
When I read this new report, I was filled with certainty that DART is vital to our community. Our purpose, inscribed on every piece of literature we distribute, is “helping keep families safe.”

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Reader writes about protests

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The riots that are on going in the United States only happened in the far east until recently. Private property is being destroyed and police are being hurt violently by young people.

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Town Hall: Time to talk and listen

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It’s good when groups get together to talk about themselves. That way everybody becomes a bit more familiar with everybody else, and presumably, with what the other folks are doing.
Such was the premise of the recent two-hour-long Lincoln Parish United Town Hall Meeting. The annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce event is designed to allow government, education, business and law enforcement agencies about 10 minutes each to update the public on what each group did the previous year and their plans for the year to come.

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