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Shopping starts early

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The Downtown Christmas Open House is slated to slide in on Thursday.
On this day, local merchants are scheduled to extend their store hours, provide refreshments and offer sales to encourage residents to begin their Christmas shopping. Many local businesses will also have their storefronts decorated for the holiday season as part of a decorating competition. Winners will be chosen in the Best Spirit of Christmas and Most Original categories.

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Brightening up for the holidays

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A few local businesses in downtown Ruston are already getting into the spirit of the holiday season with decorating visible to all those who pass by the shops.
Also, Railroad Park is filled with large Christmas-theme cards and other holiday decorations.

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Police juror serves up sweet dish

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After 50 years of baking desserts, Annie Brown is still up for an experiment in the kitchen.
The 12-year member of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury recently tried her hand at an apple dumpling recipe she got from her oldest daughter.
“When I’ve entertained guests at my house and my daughter has made apple dumplings, everybody has enjoyed them and wants the recipe,” Brown said. “It’s very simple. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake.”

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Good times at church

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Today daughter-in–law Mary Hilan, granddaughter Hilan and I will spend much of it making cookies for the firefighters stationed on Corporate Drive, and taking them to our designated firehouse. It is two-fold.
We women of our two Bible Study groups have divided into teams of three and accepted the challenge to take cookies, cakes or sandwiches to a fire station in appreciation for the great job they do in protecting us. This will be an ongoing endeavor through Christmas, honoring our military veterans and first responders, such as firefighters, policemen, etc. We do this each month for three consecutive days, in order to reach all the shifts.

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Veterans Day tribute at Dixie

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The Louisiana Military Museum on Thursday night presented “We the People — Honoring Those Who Serve,” a musical Veterans Day tribute, at the Dixie Center for the Arts. There were patriotic literature readings and a variety of musical entertainment with everything from Big Band to Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country music. Proceeds benefitted the military museum. Above, left: The Dixie Dancers entertain the crowd with their moves. Above, right: Former Miss Louisiana Linnea Fayard Allen performs “Gold.”

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Eating pancakes for the community

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The Ruston Kiwanis Club presented its 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day fundraiser on Friday. Area residents came out to the Ruston Civic Center to dine-in or get to-go plates filled with pancakes, bacon and sausage. All funds raised from the event will help the Kiwanis support various projects in the community, such as the Terrific Kids Program and Med Camps of Louisiana. To the left is Kiwanian and Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone preparing pancakes.

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CHURCH NEWS

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly 
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“Living in the Spirit” class on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. will help you understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life. Children’s Church at 10:45 a.m. will teach your children to know God and the Bible. Nursery up through age 3 provided on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. and by request on Sunday night and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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BAPTIST
Calvary

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Honoring service

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A.E. Phillips presents annual ceremony
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Whether an avid American enthusiast, or just someone glad to be from the red, white and blue, hearts of all shapes and sizes were touched Thursday afternoon as A.E. Phillips’ fifth-graders put on their annual Veterans Day program at the Louisiana Tech Band Building.
With friends, parents and family members filling the room, a crowded group of patriotic onlookers watched quietly for their child’s moment to shine.
“I want my children to understand the importance of this day,” Ruston resident Berta Hanaway said.

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Woodwaste solution near?

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On a divided vote, Lincoln Parish Police Jury Solid Waste and Recycling Committee this week accepted a consultant’s $15,000 proposal to help address the growing woodwaste pile at the landfill.
Early in 2010, the parish ended its contract with a company that burns wood collected from tree surgeons, yards and off the roads at the parish landfill. Instead, police jurors contracted with SureGreen Mulch to grind up the woodwaste and use it for mulch or combine it with soil and soil conditioners. However, the amount of woodwaste at the landfill turned out to be more than SureGreen could use, and since this time it has been accumulating. At last report, there were more than 10,000 tons of woodwaste at the landfill.

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Burn ban lifted

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The burn ban that has been in place for Lincoln Parish for the past several months has been lifted. The Lincoln Parish Fire Department has reportedly been in contact with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the local ban is being lifted in conjunction with the lifting of the state burn ban effective 6 a.m. today.

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