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November 22nd, 2017

Reader writes about acceptance and what it means

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Acceptance. This is a powerful and awesome word.
Just consider what it means to you personally. Can you accept something? Or will you never be able to accept it? If your loved one has an affair that you are made aware of, will you accept that something is wrong and try to work through it? What if there is no acknowledgement of wrongdoing? Will you accept that you have to take responsibility for your life and leave?

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Some thoughts on Thanksgiving Eve, 2017

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If you’re finding it a little harder to feel thankful this Thanksgiving Eve than you think you should, that’s OK.
It’s been a tough 12 months since a stuffed turkey last graced the dining table.
Still, almost weekly, we hear about a presidential campaign that most of us thought ended on Election Night last year and certainly by inauguration day in January.

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JFK lesson: the system worked

Fifty-four years ago at this hour the United States, indeed, the world, was in shock.
An American president lay dead in Dallas, killed at approximately 12:30 p.m. by an assassin’s bullets. The vice president, with the widowed first lady at this side, was sworn in in the cramped aisle of the very plane that would carry John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s remains back to Washington, D.C.
JFK’s Texas visit was supposed to have been one during which he would talk about national security, education and peace, all as a prelude to his 1964 re-election campaign. Everybody knows the story. Or do we?

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November 21st

Gospel fundraiser set for Head Start

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A mass choir from churches in Ruston and Farmerville will perform a benefit gospel concert for the Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center and Lincoln Total Community Action Agency at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling.
Funds raised from the event will help Head Start get re-established in the wake of a fire that destroyed the center’s main building on Oakdale Street in October, choir director Derik Slaton said.
Donations are already being collected, he said.

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Laird named Northwestern St. head coach

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Former Ruston High School standout quarterback Brad Laird continues living the football coaching dream.
Becoming head coach for an alma mater is a goal for many football coaches, and Laird, who has already served as head coach for the Bearcats at Ruston High, will do it again as the new head coach at Northwestern State University.
NSU athletics director Greg Burke said Monday afternoon that the former Demons quarterback and defensive coordinator will be officially introduced as head coach next week.

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School of Design Faculty Show opens

The Louisiana Tech University School of Design recently announced the opening of its 2017-18 Faculty Show.
This exhibit consists of collaborative works and individual research projects of faculty and staff in the areas of Studio Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Architecture.
• Exhibition Dates: Now — Jan. 16.
• Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m., Dec.5
• Reception food generously provided by Ponchatoulas Restaurant
• All events are free and open to the public.

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Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

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Kathleen Williams Baker recently celebrated her 100th birthday at The Arbor and Terrace of Ruston. She was surrounded by her family members and many friends who came to honor and celebrate with her. She was a resident of the Douglas community for 80 years where she raised her family. Pictured with Baker are her children, Larry Baker, Diane McGuire, Steve Baker and Jerry Baker.

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Ruston has much to be thankful for this year

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Here in Ruston we have so very much for which to be thankful.
I hope you are filled with the spirit of Thanksgiving. We are blessed to have a caring mayor and all of the people who work to make our town a great place to live.
We are blessed with the generosity of so many people who give to those not as fortunate.
We are blessed with a superb university and the professors and students within.
We are blessed to have great educators throughout our schools.

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G-Men drop spot in FCS rankings

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team dropped one spot in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) polls, which were released on Monday.
Grambling State is coming off an open week and will take on rival Southern in a game that will determine who will advance to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday.

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Playoff karate kick vs. RHS under investigation

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By T. Scott Boatright
scott@rustonleader.com
A karate kick delivered by Hahnville High School running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams during Class 5A playoff action Friday night against Ruston High is under investigation by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association.
The play occurred late in Friday’s 23-21 win by Hahnville as Williams, who rushed for 303 yards and three scores on 44 carries, appears to at first try to hurdle an oncoming attempted tackle before kicking out karate-style and striking the neck of RHS defender Nicholas Mayfield.

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