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January 7th, 2014

McHale passes away

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After a long battle with cancer, John H. “Mickey” McHale a long-time resident of Ruston and friend to the community passed away Monday night.
John Emory Sr. said he had known McHale for years and years.
“He was a great man,” Emory said. “It’s a shocker for sure and I am so sorry. This has completely floored me and I don’t know what to say.”
John Tom James said McHale was one of the most generous people he has ever known.
“He has helped people financially and emotionally,” James said. “He reached out to those people he knew and those he didn’t know.”

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DA Levy to retire

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Long-time 3rd Judicial District Attorney Bob Levy will not seek re-election this fall. Levy announced his decision Monday after meeting with his staff.
“By the end of this term, I will have served as district attorney for 24 years,” Levy said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “While I loved this job, I think it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to take on the responsibility of being the chief law enforcement official of this district.”

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Committee suggests Riley Co. for SHS track project

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If the entire Lincoln Parish School Board agrees with a suggestion from the Building and Grounds Committee during the 6 p.m. regular meeting tonight, Choudrant High School will be one step closer to a brand new track.
During a special lunch-time meeting on Monday, committee members voted unanimously to recommend that the board hire Riley Engineering Company of Ruston to move forward with the proposed $1.9 million track project.

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City pauses on retirement plan decision

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Current and former Ruston city employees who participate in a deferred compensation retirement plan will have to wait a little longer to find out whether the plan is going to be moved to the Louisiana public employees system.

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GSU splits doubleheader with Ala. A&M

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GRAMBLING — Alabama A&M pulled away in the second half Monday night as the Bulldogs nabbed a 70-58 road win over Grambling State before a crowd of 1,735 at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The loss dropped GSU to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play while Alabama A&M is now 5-7 and 2-0.

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Kudos to GSU students

Most college students don’t waste any time in leaving town and heading home for the holidays.
But that wasn’t the case over the recent holidays as a group of Grambling State University students lent a helping hand in preparing for the Advocare Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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Alternative income provided

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If you live or work on a farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise you have lots of potential to supplement your existing income through the addition of agritourism opportunities. Today’s generation is interested in eating healthier and having “experiences” when they travel.

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New Year time to reaffirm nature in our lives

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It is a New Year and now is a good time for gardeners to reaffirm their link with nature and recognize that living things like plants and wildlife have places in our lives.
Gardens teach us to sustain and appreciate the living world, not just use it. A New Year resolution of environmentally friendly gardening is one which can be made and easily kept throughout the year. Landscaping and vegetable gardening activities which can be implemented by gardeners to reduce pollution, conserve water and enhance the environment.

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CHS FFA visit local nursing homes

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The Choudrant High School Future Farmers of America officers visited local nursing homes to distribute Christmas ornaments. Agriscience students at Choudrant made the wooden ornaments as woodworking projects.
The FFA officer team enjoyed the opportunity to visit with experienced members of the community.
Pictured above left with Arbor resident Frances Fleming, from left to right, are Paisley Futch, Mallory Austin, Tessa Whitten, Rachel Sasser and Claudia Hayes.

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Mr. Max Lewis Cooper

A memorial service for Mr. Max Lewis Cooper, age 68 of Dubach, will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston. Officiating the service will be Rev. Henry Watts. Services are under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Cooper was born September 7, 1946 in Homer to E. M. Cooper and Audrey Jordan Cooper. He died January 6, 2014 in Ruston. Mr. Cooper was an oilfield dispatcher for many years before retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards and being with his friends. Mr.

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