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January 17th, 2017

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Sing your own song:’ Gallot, Jefferson remind community of King’s dream

On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to create a federal holiday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — in honor of the birth of America’s most celebrated Civil Rights activist, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..
Since it’s creation, the holiday has been celebrated on the third Monday in January. Traditionally, both Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University host events in honor of the holiday.

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NCLAC invites public to Allegro Mardi Gras Ball, silent auction

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The 18th Annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and NCLAC Silent Auction is set at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Tickets are $60, and include dinner, dancing, live music by Windstorm, and a cash bar.
Guests will have opportunities for photos, raffles, signature cocktails, and a silent auction.
It’s going to be an excellent night to raise funds for the Dixie Center Sustaining Building Fund, the historic 1928 theater that serves as an arts hub in downtown Ruston.

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President’s awards given, board members elected

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council held its Annual Meeting and Member’s Holiday Party Jan. 10 at Co:LAB in Ruston.
Board President Peter Jones announced the annual President’s Awards, presenting honors to: Becky and Jay Strickler — Patrons of the Year; Cheryl Sutton — Board Member of the Year; Josh Mitchell — Arts Innovator of the Year; Megan Troxel — Volunteer of the Year; Dean Dablow — Artist of the Year; and Driggers Outdoor — Corporate Sponsor of the Year.

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Tech’s Bracey honored

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Freshman earns LSWA, Conference USA accolades
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After helping lead Louisiana Tech to a road conference sweep in week 10, point guard DaQuan Bracey was voted as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and the Conference USA Freshman of the Week.
Bracey averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the victories at Charlotte and Old Dominion, marking only the second time Tech has won back-to-back league games in a road weekend since joining C-USA.
The Baltimore, Maryland, native tied his career high with 14 points in the 79-73 win over the 49ers this past Thursday night.

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2017 resolutions for gardeners

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Are you a resolution maker? Are you a resolution keeper? Oprah Winfrey says the New Year is “another chance for us to get it right.”
Here are some gardening resolutions to head you in the right direction for the new year.

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NCAA right in giving rings

The Ruston Daily Leader extends kudos to the NCAA for presenting Louisiana Tech’s 1981-82 Lady Techsters national championship women’s basketball team with their championship rings.
Even if it took the Lady Techsters 35 years to receive them.
No one can remember why the Lady Techsters didn’t receive their championship rings back then, but it probably had much to do with the fact that it was the first NCAA women’s championship. They did receive necklace watches, but no rings.

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January 16th

City hosts ribbon cutting

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City and parish officials cut the ribbon Friday to formally open the recycling transfer station located at the Lincoln Parish Landfill.
Once the trucks have made their rounds, they back inside the building, and dump their loads into large opening at the back of the building, into a trailer below.
The photo is taken from where the trailer will set and shows the dump opening below.
Recyclables will be transferred to Shreveport for separating.
Ruston began a curbside recycling program Jan. 1.

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Jazz Artist Rondi Charleston sings at library

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Critics say Rondi Charleston sings a lazy jazz ballad like no other — now Ruston gets to decide as she performs at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
“Rondi Charleston is no newcomer to the spotlight,” Sarah Creekmore, administrative assistant for the library, said. “She is an award-winning jazz singer as well as a lyricist and composer, with credits in film, TV and stage throughout the United States and Europe.”

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Miss Tech seeks dresses for Cinderella Project

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It’s that time of year again, and Miss Louisiana Tech University Anna Blake has begun her efforts to help collect prom dresses, then match them with local high school junior and senior girls who could not normally afford one.
This program is called the Cinderella Project, and it does more than just give a girl a dress, it gives her hope, Blake said.
“I heard about the (Cinderella Project) when I first started competing in Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen Pageant,” she said. “I volunteered the last four years as a personal shopper.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. to be celebrated

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was simple.
King dreamt that we could live in a nation where citizens were judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
He dreamt that one day his four children could walk hand-in-hand with children of all colors and backgrounds.
He dreamt that we could live in a world where love defeated fear and we all could love one another equally.
King’s dream slowly becomes a reality day by day.
Since the Civil Rights movement, the nation has made many strides to becoming what King envisioned.

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