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March 21st, 2014

Danni Jones helps CCA

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Danni Jones Physical Therapy recently held a “For the Love of Running” 5k race to raise funds for Christian Community Action. The run raised $1,000. Pictured, representing Danni Jones Physical Therapy, are Danni Jones, left, and Christopher Sampson, right, presenting CCA Director Stephanie Mitchell, center, with the $1,000 check.

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Life Choices banquet a sell-out for second year

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The recent Life Choices banquet had a crowd of nearly 600 people at Ruston’s Civic Center as actress Shari Rigby spoke about her life, acting career and healing from a past abortion.
“We were so pleased to see the support of the community again for Life Choices,” Director Kathleen Richard said. The yearly banquet typically brings in one-third of the organization’s local support for the center. It has featured Ruth Graham, the daughter of Billy Graham, Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, and Pam Tebow, mother of Tim Tebow, as speakers in past years.

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NCLAC: Silent Auction a success

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball, was a wonderful success this year. Funds raised at the auction support NCLAC’s programming, such as art education, exhibitions, and community art events.
NCLAC wishes to thank each of the donors who made the auction possible:

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Taking advantage of new opportunities, assistance

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What a day it has been. In fact the whole week has been a bit unusual, like the song says, “what a difference the day makes.” My life is about to change dramatically. For 13 years in Ruston, I taught Sunday School at the Town Oaks Nursing Home  — now here I am going to an assisted living facility for a time until I “get my groove back.”
Don’t you just love to hear little old ladies like me talk about their ailments? Sorry, that’s not what I have on my mind, although I should have, because by the time you read this, I should be launching out into a new adventure.

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Stress: It’s not exactly what you think it is

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I’ll ask for a show of hands: how many of you have experienced some level of stress in your life in the past year?
For most of us, life can seem like an endless series of stressful situations. People will often use phrases such as “the stress is going to kill me,” implying that the stress itself might cause you to lose your life.

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Professor has French work published

An associate professor in Louisiana Tech’s School of Literature and Language was selected to have her writing published recently and was reappointed in a national organization.
Dolliann Margaret Hurtig’s work, “Allons au cinéma: Promoting French Through Film” was published by the American Association of Teachers of French Press, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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Butterfly release set

More than 200 butterflies will be released April 13 at Ruston’s LifeHouse Ministries in an event designed as both a fundraiser and as a celebration of the spiritual transformation that the butterfly symbolizes.
The event begins at 3 p.m. April 13 at the LifeHouse, located at 813 N. Trenton St. Butterflies for the release can be purchased for $25 in honor or memory of a friend or family member. Purchasers who attend the event will release their butterflies as part of a short worship service.

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Club News: Culture Guild

The home of member Claire Brown was the meeting place recently for the Culture Guild of Ruston. Sara Ann Napper and Deenie Barnes were hostesses.
Lisa Lacayo was the guest speaker who, with her husband Dr. Leonel Lacayo, are the founders of the Health Hut, a medical mobile unit. Mrs. Lacayo, program director,  explained that the unit’s mission is to serve the medical needs of the uninsured population of Lincoln  Parish.

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Police probe apparent suicide

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A 33-year-old female has been pronounced dead after being struck by a train in downtown Ruston.
At approximately 5:15 p.m. Thursday, officers with the Ruston Police Department received a report of a person being struck by a Kansas City Southern train somewhere in the downtown area, RPD Public Information officer Sgt. Clint Williams said.

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Chorus prepares for regional competition

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines and two of its quartets will present a free concert during Friends and Family Night at Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The event is a preview for the chorus’ upcoming performance at Sweet Adelines International’s Region 10 competition April 3-5 in Houston. A quartet from within the chorus will also compete at the regional contest.

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