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November 21st

Gospel fundraiser set for Head Start

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A mass choir from churches in Ruston and Farmerville will perform a benefit gospel concert for the Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center and Lincoln Total Community Action Agency at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling.
Funds raised from the event will help Head Start get re-established in the wake of a fire that destroyed the center’s main building on Oakdale Street in October, choir director Derik Slaton said.
Donations are already being collected, he said.

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Laird named Northwestern St. head coach

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Former Ruston High School standout quarterback Brad Laird continues living the football coaching dream.
Becoming head coach for an alma mater is a goal for many football coaches, and Laird, who has already served as head coach for the Bearcats at Ruston High, will do it again as the new head coach at Northwestern State University.
NSU athletics director Greg Burke said Monday afternoon that the former Demons quarterback and defensive coordinator will be officially introduced as head coach next week.

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School of Design Faculty Show opens

The Louisiana Tech University School of Design recently announced the opening of its 2017-18 Faculty Show.
This exhibit consists of collaborative works and individual research projects of faculty and staff in the areas of Studio Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Architecture.
• Exhibition Dates: Now — Jan. 16.
• Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m., Dec.5
• Reception food generously provided by Ponchatoulas Restaurant
• All events are free and open to the public.

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Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

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Kathleen Williams Baker recently celebrated her 100th birthday at The Arbor and Terrace of Ruston. She was surrounded by her family members and many friends who came to honor and celebrate with her. She was a resident of the Douglas community for 80 years where she raised her family. Pictured with Baker are her children, Larry Baker, Diane McGuire, Steve Baker and Jerry Baker.

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Ruston has much to be thankful for this year

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Here in Ruston we have so very much for which to be thankful.
I hope you are filled with the spirit of Thanksgiving. We are blessed to have a caring mayor and all of the people who work to make our town a great place to live.
We are blessed with the generosity of so many people who give to those not as fortunate.
We are blessed with a superb university and the professors and students within.
We are blessed to have great educators throughout our schools.

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G-Men drop spot in FCS rankings

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team dropped one spot in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) polls, which were released on Monday.
Grambling State is coming off an open week and will take on rival Southern in a game that will determine who will advance to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday.

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Playoff karate kick vs. RHS under investigation

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By T. Scott Boatright
scott@rustonleader.com
A karate kick delivered by Hahnville High School running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams during Class 5A playoff action Friday night against Ruston High is under investigation by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association.
The play occurred late in Friday’s 23-21 win by Hahnville as Williams, who rushed for 303 yards and three scores on 44 carries, appears to at first try to hurdle an oncoming attempted tackle before kicking out karate-style and striking the neck of RHS defender Nicholas Mayfield.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to begin Cancun Challenge

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CANCUN, Mexico — After taking care of business at home in the first three games of the season, Louisiana Tech hits the road for the first time as they participate in the 10th annual Cancun Challenge in Mexico starting at 5 p.m. today versus George Mason.
The game will be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network with Thad Anderson and Pete Gillen calling the action.
Fans can also listen to the “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.

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Laird credits Childress, father for success

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Former Ruston High head coach assuming same role at NSU
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While he won’t be officially announced as head coach for the Northwestern State football team until next week, Brad Laird is already at work preparing for the 2018 Demons’ season, including recruiting and building his coaching staff.

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Gardening during the winter and fall months

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This is the time of the year that your garden will produce a variety of vegetables. Even though we have some cooler weather, there is still enough sunshine during the days to have a vegetable garden. An advantage of gardening in the fall and winter is that insects and diseases are not a problem.
Some cole crops, cool season crops, include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and collards. It may be too late in the year to plant cauliflower and broccoli, since these plants can be affected by hard freezes, unlike cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and collards.

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