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Barnes, Sasser to wed

Darrell Kody Sasser, of Tioga, and Jessica Barnes, of Choudrant, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching wedding.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barnes, of Choudrant. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Barnes Jr., of Choudrant, and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Hammons, of Choudrant. Jessica is a 2007 alumna of Choudrant High School and a 2011 alumna of Louisiana Tech University. She is employed with Rapides Regional Medical Center- Surgical ICU.

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Dora Maria Ybanez

Funeral services for Ms. Dora Maria Ybanez, age 41 of Pickton, Texas, formerly of  Ruston, will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center in Ruston.  Ms. Ybanez died October 31, 2011 in Pickton, Texas after a lengthy illness. Dora  was born March 16, 1970 in Shreveport  to Albert Ybanez, Sr. and Mary Esther Kirkham.  In her professional career, she was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant helping mentally challenged patients she was also a teacher at Lincoln Parish Head Start in Ruston.  Later she worked for J.P.

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Roy Murray Talley

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Roy Murray Talley, of Austin, Texas, died peacefully surrounded by family on October 31, 2011. He was born in Sibley, Louisiana on July 31, 1931, a twin, to Lucille Cost Talley and Ray William Talley. He graduated from Homer High School and Louisiana Tech University in 1952 with a Business degree. While working his way through college, he served as President of his junior class, President of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and was a cheerleader. After college he went on to earn a law degree from Louisiana State University in 1955 and served three years in the US Army, stationed in Germany.

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Amendment up for vote

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Proposal would impact real estate sales

Editors note: The information below is provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1950.
After voting on five proposed constitutional amendments on Oct. 22, Louisiana voters will weigh in on one additional change to the state Constitution on the Nov.19 ballot. This proposal — called Amendment No. 1 — would prevent new taxes and fees on the sale of real estate.

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Raising awareness requires assistance

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Local adoptive parents strive to let community know of orphans
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While many spend their time, effort and money on supporting breast cancer awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, very few follow up in November to help fix another problem that is prevalent no matter where you turn on the planet — orphans.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and with approximately 143 million orphans worldwide, adoptive parents are critical to helping solve a problem that will only continue to grow as time passes.

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Nominating for grand marshal

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Community invited to select parade leader
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There is a new method to selecting the Ruston Jaycees Christmas Parade grand marshal this year.
In the past, the Jaycees have picked out the individual to lead the parade, but this year the community has a chance to provide their input by submitting their nominations for grand marshal.
“We wanted to try something different this year and get the community more involved,” said Timothy Bush, parade chairman. “We are really excited about seeing who is nominated.”

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Sigma Nu helps with Trinity Fall Fest

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Sigma Nu Fraternity at Louisiana Tech helped with Trinity UMC’s Fall Festival on Oct. 30.  These young men helped set up, serve food and assisted with the rather large cake walk.

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Help feed hungry through CCA

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have three square meals a day, steady heating and cooling in their homes or money for medication prescribed.
Fortunately, we live in a community that is overflowing with generosity.
About 25 years ago, Christian Community Action was formed by churches to serve the needs of those who had fallen on hard times or in emergency situations.

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What's it like traveling blind?

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I am about to travel to Utah to visit family for the holidays. I always have a little bit of anxiety before traveling. This is not because I’m afraid to travel. I went on my first airplane ride by myself when I was 10. But when I started using a cane, strange things started to happen whenever I traveled. Many of my blind friends have some pretty crazy stories about traveling through airports with their canes. I haven’t had anything too traumatic, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of experiences.

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Turn off the TV and pick up a book

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When thinking back on childhood, I can remember my mother reading to my sister and me at night.
In fact, it seemed like going to bed was a pleasant experience because we had the opportunity to escape into the imaginary world of fiction. We learned about experiences of fictional children close to our age from author Judy Blume and science fantasy from Madeleine L’Engle.

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