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November 13th, 2015

Littera Club hears speaker

Twenty-four Littera members were present for their Nov. 4 meeting in the Community Room of Origin Bank. Ruth Wall, hostess, greeted members as they arrived. Members and guests enjoyed a vegetable tray, nuts and delicious spice cake with Penuche Frosting served by the hostesses: Ruth Wall, Gloria Gullatt, Joan Gordon and Linda Jean Rolf. Mary Belle Kilpatrick, in the absence of President Fulton, thanked the hostesses for the fall decorations and refreshments before welcoming our new members: Mary Ayers and Gaye Ross.

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Hurtig speaks to Lions Club

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Bob Hurtig, a local World War II veteran, spoke at a recent Ruston Lions Club meeting as a special guest. Hurtig shared with the group some of his experiences during his four plus years he served in the Army Air Corp.

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November 12th

WNBA star speaks with local students

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Indiana Fever Forward Tamika Catchings had one message for more than 350 female high school athletes at the North Central Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes recent luncheon.
“Be B.O.L.D.,” she said. “Believe, open to change, lead by example and dare to be remarkable. Through God and yourself, anything is possible. You just have to stay B.O.L.D.”
Catchings said through her faith in God, she is able to speak in front of large crowds to tell her story despite a medical condition that affects both her speech and hearing.

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Montessori hosts veteran ceremony

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Veterans and active duty personnel gathered at the Montessori School of Ruston where students presented them with handmade cards and sang patriotic songs. Sgt Jeremy Roberts, above, is pictured visiting with Montessori students Henry Rutland, Hudson Futrell and Thomas Costanza.

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Choudrant hosts veterans, families

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Veterans Day is not only a day of remembrance but also a day of gratitude.
That was message brought to about 250 people — mostly veterans and their families — during Choudrant’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday.
“What I have in front of me are people who have served the United States, who have put their lives on the line for defending our freedom, and for that I cannot say thank you enough,” Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson said. “We set aside this one day, but daily our appreciation goes out to each of you.”

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Grambling VFW post visits nursing homes

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One local Veterans of Foreign Wars post visited with veterans in Ruston nursing homes Wednesday to present a certificate honoring the veterans’ service and a gift basket for Veterans Day.
Grambling VFW Post No. 593 Service Officer Billy Graham said VFW Post No. 593 visited with 33 veterans from Ruston Nursing and Rehab, Princeton Place and Gamble Guest Care’s Alpine.

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Cedar Creek holds Veterans Day ceremony

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Cedar Creek honored veterans Wednesday with several events that included an annual assembly, where the guest speaker was Frank Johnson, Cedar Creek alumnus, parent, Naval Academy graduate and former U.S. Navy pilot. He was joined by two members of the Louisiana Tech University Air Force ROTC Honor Guard, who performed a ceremonial folding of the American flag to illustrate all its symbolism and meaning. Also on campus was retired Marine Corps pilot Capt. Rowdy Sewell, who spoke to the third grade.

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Curry bringing her bat to Miss. College

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Bearcats standout outfielder signs to play collegiately for Choctaws
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Ruston High School senior outfielder Brister Curry has dreamed of playing college softball since she was 4.
Dreams became reality Wednesday morning as Curry signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career on the college level for Mississippi College.
“It just felt like the right place to be when I went to visit there — like home,” Curry said. “I like the school, the softball programs the coaches and the other players I met. They feel like family,”
A big selling point helping lead Curry to Mississippi College was Choctaws sophomore pitcher/outfielder Katherine Lee.

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Louisiana Tech softball adds three signees

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery added three newcomers in the early signing period Wednesday, as the Lady Techsters saw three high school prep stars join the program.
Jenny Chapman (Paducah, Kentucky/McCracken County High School), Marilyn Rizzato (Forney, Texas/North Forney High School) and Addison Roark (Monroe, Louisiana/Ouachita Parish High School) compromise a talented signing class for Tech’s softball program.

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Tech volleyball to close out season with pair of home matches

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Louisiana Tech will close out the 2015 campaign this week when the Lady Techsters host Florida International and Florida Atlantic in the final two matches of the season, beginning at 6 p.m. today with a contest against the FIU Panthers at the Thomas Assembly Center.
After Tech and FIU face off against each other tonight, Tech will play hosts to the Florida Atlantic Owls at 6 p.m. Saturday at the TAC in what will mark Senior Night for two Lady Techsters. Helena Gunnarsdóttir and Adria Morales will be honored in a pregame ceremony as the two play their final match as Lady Techsters.

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