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October 14th, 2014

Master Gardeners offer two October opportunities

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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association will sponsor two educational, landscaping opportunities for area residents this month. The Annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and a Fall Floral Workshop are designed to utilize the resources of the fall season. October is an excellent month to plant spring flowering bulbs and perennial plants and is also great for utilizing nature’s gifts for fall and holiday decorating.
The Fall Bulb and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the West Monroe Farmers’ Market, located at 1700 N. 7th St.

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Yard of the Month

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Ruston Garden Club has selected the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cobb as the October yard of the month. Their home is located at 426 Forest Circle.

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October 13th

Pumpkin Patch now open

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Area residents have the opportunity to help 4 Paws Rescue, the largest local animal rescue organization, by purchasing pumpkins from Elli Dickerson, pictured above, who hosts an annual Pumpkin Patch, located at 3980 Louisiana Highway 822. Proceeds will go to 4 Paws. Residents can bring their camera for fall outdoor portrait opportunities. For more information call 548-0383.

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Residents help RPD

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Two men were arrested over the weekend in separate cases win which the Ruston Police Department said residents assisted them by calling in tips.
Deputy Chief Clint Williams said both incidents were reported to the police department by citizens. 
“These incidents continue to show the importance of citizens being observant and reporting suspected criminal activity as soon as possible,” Williams said. “The Ruston Police Department appreciates these citizens and their willingness to get involved in making a difference in their community.”

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Downtown Howl’oween takes new venue Oct. 31

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Pumpkin pie bakers, start perfecting those recipes. A pumpkin pie contest is the newest event in Ruston’s Downtown Howl’oween festivities.
Plans for the annual happening, set for Oct. 31, are beginning to take shape, Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development director, said.
“Downtown Howl’oween is an opportunity for people to come to downtown Ruston and to give kids a fun, free and safe activity,” she said.

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Ruston girl stars as Annie

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Ruston’s Chanley Patterson, the 11-year-old daughter of Charles and Jeanne Patterson, has landed the role of Annie in the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts production of “Annie.” There are two casts, and Chanley’s cast is called the “Easy Street Cast.”
The Cedar Creek sixth grader began performing last week, and will take the stage again at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.straussyouthacademyforthearts.com.

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DV Awareness Month: A time for commitment

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October is here, and with it comes pumpkins, cool air and the glorious fall colors of russet, gold, and red. But at DART, October has a completely different meaning. October is the month of awareness.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us many opportunities to promote a greater understanding of domestic violence and dating violence. Before this month is over, members of our staff will have spoken at over 25 events throughout our seven parishes.

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Promote local schools

Starting Wednesday, Lincoln Parish residents ages 14 or older have an opportunity to promote not only safe driving amongst teens, but also help Ruston High School receive possible grant money.

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Applauding education efforts

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It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so.
And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well.
Common Core state standards is what the talk is all about, and it’s become a platform in the race for U.S. senator, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican challengers, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, are squaring off on the controversial subject.

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Sloan powers Tech past ODU

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NORFOLK, Virginia. — Sophomore forward Kathryn Sloan delivered two second-half goals and goalkeeper Kylee Seto recorded six saves as Louisiana Tech blanked Old Dominion, 2-0, on Sunday evening at the ODU Soccer Complex.
The victory was No. 10 on the season for Tech (10-5-1, 2-4 Conference USA) and it was the second straight weekend the Lady Techsters rebounded from a Friday loss to come back with a strong performance on Sunday.

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