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January 15th, 2018

Celebrating a dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was simple.
King dreamt that we could live in a nation where citizens were judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
He dreamt that one day his four children could walk hand-in-hand with children of all colors and backgrounds.
He dreamt that we could live in a world where love defeated fear and we all could love one another equally.
Since the Civil Rights movement, this nation has made many strides to becoming what King envisioned.

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NCLAC Call for Artists: #50 @ $50

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council will be presenting a juried exhibition titled #50 @$50.
The exhibit will have 50 small artworks to be sold for $50 each at FoxHunt Creative Co., at 109 West Mississippi in historic downtown Ruston’s cultural district.
The exhibition will have a one night only reception at FoxHunt from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13.
Visitors will be invited to purchase a piece, and take it home from the wall immediately … just in time for Valentine’s Day. NCLAC is calling for art entries for this exhibition at 5 p.m. now through Jan. 28. There is no submission fee.

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Be like Joseph: Group meetings make a difference

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Joseph is a hard kid. He doesn’t like to listen, he often deliberately disobeys, and it is no secret that he is unhappy about past events in his life.
This third-grader has a great time, however, with the kids that are active in our weekly Children’s Group meetings hosted by staff and volunteers of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.

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GSU to host DH vs. TSU

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams will play host to Texas Southern University tonight in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The women’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s contest set to begin around 7:45-8 p.m. The Lady Tigers stand at 7-9 overall and 4-1 in SWAC action while Drake Wllks (32) and the G-Men are 6-12 and 2-3.

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Saints’ loss anything but comical

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Are you kidding me?
Was that Lucy Van Pelt of Peanuts cartoon fame wearing a No. 14 purple jersey last night?
It must have been, because the Minnesota Viking wearing that jersey pulled the ball — and a Saints win— right from under me last night as I fell back-first to my living room floor yelling “ARRGHHH!”
The Saints were 10 seconds away from one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL playoff history, somehow rallying from a 17-0 halftime deficit on the road against the NFL’s best defense in a boisterous and hostile environment.

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Chamber makes up funds lost during Peach Festival

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was able to “close the gap” of the approximately $50,000 lost during 2017’s Louisiana Peach Festival through various holiday events presented by the Chamber, said Judy Copeland, Chamber president.
“This means we close the 2017 (year) with a loss, but we still have money in the bank,” Copeland said. “We will scale back some expenses on Peach Festival, but that will put us back in line with previous years.”
Chamber officials announced they had taken over and created several events in December to replenish the money lost from Peach Fest.

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James Building getting facelift

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Downtown Ruston’s historic T. L. James Building is getting a new old look.
Construction crews have removed the granite and plaster façade that was added to the building during a previous renovation and returning the structure to its original 1926 look.
The renovation project also includes window replacement and relocating the overhead air conditioning on the ground floor so as to expose the original ornamental plaster ceiling.

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Winter storm barrels toward parish

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Get ready. The first winter storm of 2018 to set its sights on Lincoln Parish is only hours away.
National Weather Service models show temperatures dropping rapidly into the 20s this evening with rain beginning around 8 p.m. The precipitation is expected to quickly turn into snowfall that will continue into Tuesday.
The area will struggle to get above freezing even into Wednesday.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to dodge the bullet on this one,” Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said.

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January 13th

Techsters pull away from Herd late

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HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Louisiana Tech is developing a reputation for hitting big shots late in Conference USA games and for the third time in four contests, the Lady Techsters found a way to win late.
This time it was Kierra Anthony’s turn to be the late-game hero.

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Who Dats have something to believe in

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a Who Dat.
And I realize the Minnesota Vikings have to be the favorites to beat the New Orleans Saints in today’s NFC divisional playoff game.
After all, they’re rested after having a bye last week, and they’re playing at home.
Yes, I realized the Vikings dominated the Saints in Week One, taking a 29-19 win at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.
But somehow, some way, something keeps telling me the Saints are going to find a way to pull off the upset today.

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