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January 13th, 2017

Star clarinetist to perform at parish library

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As a soloist, he has traveled the world, performing extensively across the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Israel — now star clarinetist Igor Begelman is coming to perform in Lincoln Parish.
Courtesy of the Piatagorsky Foundation, Begelman will be performing at the Lincoln Parish Library at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Library Events Center.

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Rock Island Greenway moving forward

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First segment to be ready by end of March

The first segment of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path is expected to be ready by the end of March, weather permitting.
City Development Director Ammen Jordan and representatives of Mabry Construction, of Ruston, the firm laying the first section of the path, held their final pre-construction meeting Tuesday.
“Everything is looking really good,” Jordan said.

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Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball on tap

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The Krewe of Allegro invites you to the 18th annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction on Feb. 18 at the Ruston Civic Center.
This is a not-to-be-missed evening out, and a great way to chase away your winter blues.
The nonprofits housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts work together on the Ball in order to raise funds for the Dixie Center’s Sustaining Building Fund.
At 89 years old, the historic Dixie Center has been a source of arts and entertainment for over eight decades.

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Do not forget about tomorrow

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I have come to the conclusion that today’s society is largely centered around a YOLO, or “you only live once,” mentality. There is no denying that many college students, myself included, find themselves believing that they will be young forever, so they tend to live their lives with no consideration or worry about the future.
It’s so easy to get distracted, especially during the college years. I sometimes find myself getting so caught up in the parties and late night adventures that I forget this stage in life is not permanent.

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4Paws helps animals, community

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When I was a toddler, I was terrified of dogs.
Where my parents live — where I grew up — is on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake, and any loud noises from across the lake would echo even louder on our side. So, when the coyotes got the dogs on that side of the lake stirred up and barking, my 4-year-old self did not sleep very well.
To assure me that dogs were not some bunch of scary monsters, my brother and I were given two blue heeler rescue puppies when I was 5.
The moment I saw them on that early Christmas morning, I fell in love.

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Parish business thriving and needed

With the arrival of Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop at 600 South Trenton St., Lincoln Parish residents now have more restaurant choices than ever.
During the last year, the parish has welcomed numerous new eateries, shops and other community facilities.
Kicking off 2016 was Dairy Queen which opened to the public at the end of January.
The plan to open a Dairy Queen in Ruston had been in the works since the first store for this franchise opened in West Monroe at the end of 2014.

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Lady Techsters to receive title rings — 35 years later

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t’s been more than three decades since Louisiana Tech won the first NCAA women’s basketball championship with a 76-62 victory over Cheyney State on March 28, 1982 in Norfolk, Va.
At halftime of Louisiana Tech’s Conference USA contest against Old Dominion set to start at 1 p.m. Saturday, the players and coaches from that 1982 Lady Techster team will receive their national championship rings during a Legends Day ceremony at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Techsters take home win over Charlotte

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Since the start of the season Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr has been trying to find a way to get junior Alexus Malone to put it into another gear on the court.
And the last few games Malone has started to accelerate.
Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, Malone put it into overdrive, scoring a career-high 28 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech (7-8, 2-2 C-USA) to an 80-54 win over Charlotte (12-4, 4-1 C-USA) handing the 49ers their first loss in almost two months.

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January 12th

Saints quarterback Luke McCown opens Jimmy John’s

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown opened a new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop Tuesday in Ruston, where he went to college and played football at Louisiana Tech University.
“My wife and I are excited to be a part of the Ruston community again and look forward to serving and delivering the best sandwiches in town,” McCown said.
“We appreciate the standard of excellence associated with the Jimmy John’s brand and are ready for the challenge of delivering that standard.”

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Chick-fil-A coming to Ruston

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Restaurant is homecoming for former local eatery owner
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A full service Chick-fil-A restaurant is coming to Ruston and with it, the return of a former local restauranteur as the new eatery’s franchise owner/operator.
Construction is underway on the approximately 4,000-square-foot facility, located at the corner of Maxwell Boulevard and Goodwin Road just off the Interstate 20 frontage road. Officials formerly announced the restaurant’s coming Wednesday.
Jeremy Telford, former owner of Dowling’s Smokehouse, will be the restaurant’s franchise owner/operator.

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