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November 30th, 2016

NAMI to host Christmas dinner

The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its 30th annual Christmas dinner meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Ruston Civic Center. The guest speaker will be Sheryl Muwwakkil, manager and social worker at the Ruston Behavioral Health Clinic in Ruston, Louisiana. Her topic will be “We Are Family”— How family members can support their loved ones during diagnosis, treatment, crisis intervention and recovery.

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10th annual Grambling parade

The Annual Grambling Christmas Parade is Dec. 10.
Area churches, schools, bands, businesses, clubs, scouts, ROTC groups and organizations are invited to participate by picking up a parade application and consent forms at the Grambling City Hall, 127 King Street.
The parade is scheduled to line up at 10 a.m. at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Ave. and will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

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Early voting underway

There will be a state-wide run-off election for U.S. Senate between Foster Campbell and John Kennedy on Dec. 10. 
Also on the ballot will be two millage renewal propositions that are parish-wide.  For the city of Grambling residents, there will be one millage renewal proposition.
 Early voting for the Dec. 10 election will be in the registrar of voters’ office in the Lincoln Parish Courthouse Saturday. Early Voting hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call the registrar’s office at (318)251-5110.

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Veteran’s Day program was a joy

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Recently I participated in the Ruston Veteran’s Day program.
I am very thankful to the mayor and the committee that put the program together.
It was certainly a worthy event and the setting as beautiful.
Railroad Park and the covered facility were very nice and proper for the occasion.
My mind wandered a bit as Mayor Ronny Walker, Bill Elmore and others took their time at the microphone while we all waited the fly over the F-15s.
I looked into the crowd and observed the faces.

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City wins, the ‘boneheads’ lost

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Twenty-years ago come Thursday, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen refused to adopt an $8 million transportation proposal proponents said would end anticipated traffic snarls along the Interstate 20 service road, once the Walmart SuperCenter was built.
Then-Mayor Hilda Taylor Perritt called the board’s rebuff “the bonehead move of the year.”
At issue was a sales tax plan that would have allowed the roadwork to be paid for with increased tax revenue coming from the businesses in what was then the newly created north side economic development district.

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Downtown Ruston is moving forward

It’s been a long time coming, but finally there’s a permanent cover over the Railroad Park stage.
The white fabric shell is another in a list of improvements made in downtown Ruston during the two years of Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration.

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Dunkin’ Dogs head west to face Cal tonight

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BERKELY, Caif. — After recently spending 12 seasons as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, Louisiana Tech is no stranger to playing on the West Coast.
The Bulldogs will make the long flight once again to take on the California Bears at 8 p.m. today inside Haas Pavilion.
The matchup will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network and online via Pac-12.com/live and the Pac-12 Now app with Roxy Bernstein and Mike Montgomery calling the action.

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GSU women fall at Nicholls St.

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GRAMBLING — Nicholls State held off a late Grambling State comeback attempt as the Lady Colonels defeated GSU 71-60 Tuesday night at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The Colonels (3-4 overall) shot 45 percent from the field compared to 50 percent by Grambling (1-6), but the defense continued to force turnovers. Nicholls entered the game ranked fifth in the NCAA in turnovers forced per game at 25.8, and the defense recorded 13 steals off of 25 turnovers.
Senior guard Emani White helped NSU pick up first first road win of the season with her team-best 21 points.

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Lady Techsters ground Warhawks, 73-53

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MONROE — Sophomore Jasmine LeBlanc scored 20 points and Louisiana Tech recorded its most complete game of the season in defeating Louisiana-Monroe 73-53 before 503 fans at Fant-Ewing Coliseum Tuesday night.
Tech (3-2) overcame a sluggish start and some early foul trouble in the win, using a strong second and third quarter to build a 23-point lead and coast to the win. Tech is now 45-9 all-time against ULM, including an 18-7 mark in games played in Monroe.

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November 29th

Choudrant hosts annual Christmas in the Village

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Christmas is in the air in Lincoln Parish, and Choudrant is no exception.
The Village of Choudrant will present Christmas in the Village from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Choudrant Park.
Celeste Butler, village clerk, said there is usually a large crowd for the event.
“We usually have several hundred residents out for this,” she said.
“The kids love the bounce house and crafts, the ladies like the vendors and the men seem to enjoy hanging out by the bonfire and visiting with each other.”
While everyone also enjoys the chili, Butler said, Santa is the main attraction.

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