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March 15th, 2019

Stanley’s lamps are ‘A Shade Above’ the rest

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He doesn’t consider himself an artist, but that is exactly what Scott Stanley has become. Giving life to once-forgotten objects and trashed materials, Stanley is creating unique lamps from everyone else’s junk.
“I’ve always worked with my hands, and I love a challenge when it comes to building and designing something,” he said.
“In 2015, I retired because of some health issues. One day, I was messing around in my shop out of boredom and decided to build a lamp out of a bunch of junk I had lying around.”

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Johnson, Mitchell to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Johnson of Ruston are proud to announce the recent engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Tatum Alexandra Johnson to Matthew Christopher Mitchell of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Bernie and Terri Johnson. She is the granddaughter of the late Carsol and Lucille Johnson and the late Ardis and Ernestine Tatum.

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St. Jude Radiothon tally totaled

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Regional St. Jude Hospital representatives, KXKZ radio personnel and members of the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service group display a check showing the amount raised when this year’s St. Jude Radiothon went off the air: $81,262. Post-event donations have brought the total to $84,772. Pictured at the event are (from left) Cherri Barmore, Jay Grant, Sallie Rose Hollis, Gary McKenney, Danielle Chauvin, Jennifer Patterson, Mary Poe, Nancy Darland and Caroline Tannehill.

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Choudrant FD to hold final gun giveaway

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After holding multiple fundraiser firearm raffles over the past several years, the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department is closing out this type of event with one final sports banquet and firearm giveaway Thursday.
“It’s giving us a chance to say ‘thank you’ to the community who has supported us over the past few years in funding some new equipment,” firefighter Brandon Williams said. “We purchased a fire truck and some other equipment with the funds that have been raised.”

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Event promotes taking stand against smoking, vaping

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The city of Ruston will join the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living on Wednesday for a “Kick Butts Day” event aimed people who work with youth to help them take a stand against smoking and vaping.
The three-hour conference begins at 9:30 a.m. at Louisiana Tech’s Davison Athletic Complex. The conference is open to the public.
“It’s simply an awareness builder,” Valerie Robison, with Robinson et al. Marketing & Public Relations, the firm that’s helping publicize the event, said.

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Student picked for Senate youth program

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This month, a select group of high school students from across the country were given the opportunity to interact with numerous big names in the federal government like Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump — not to mention $10,000 undergraduate scholarships.
And one such student was chosen from right here in Ruston: Cedar Creek School’s Sarah Katherine McCallum.

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National honors

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Boys and Girls Club’s Osborne earns award
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A regional honor suddenly turned nationwide Thursday for Boys and Girls Clubs of North Louisiana Chief Executive Officer Eldonta’ Osborne.
Osborne was presented the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Southeast Region Herman S. Prescott Award during the National Boys and Girls Club Convention in Daytona, Florida, in late February.
The Herman S. Prescott Award is presented each year to a member of The Professional Association whose service emulates that of one of the movement’s great visionaries, Herman S. Prescott.

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Logan Joel Crume

Funeral services for Logan Joel Crume, of Lewisville, TX are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Monday, March 18, 2019 at First Baptist Church Ruston. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until time of service on Monday.

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TUFF TALK

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The United States was recently on the verge of war with a despicable and harsh regime in Southeast Asia, North Korea.
America refused to allow any further expansion of a nuclear weapons program that, if allowed to continue to develop, threatened all of mankind.
Harsh sanctions by the United States, its allies and other countries led to North Korea sitting down at the negotiating table with the United States.

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Views from the Boathouse

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Grambling water: Pay a little now or more later?
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Sometimes preparing for the future can be a little costly.
And for the city of Grambling’s water system, the future is now, or at least close to it.
Last November, a good-sized part of Grambling went without water for a few days because of a broken water main that took officials a few days to find a pair.
Grambling’s water system is old and in need of much repair or replacing. That was discussed in this month’s City Council meeting when Henry Schuler of Shuler Consulting talked to the council about the city’s effort since 2009 to upgrade and expand the city’s sewer system.

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