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November 15th, 2012

Todd Wayne Farley

Funeral services for Todd Wayne Farley, age 41, of West Monroe, LA will be held at 2:00 PM Friday November 16, 2012 at Sharon Baptist Church 8 miles west of Dubach on Hwy. 152. Officiating the service will be Rev. Carroll Holmes. Interment will follow at Sharon Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

Mr. Farley was born December 28, 1970 and passed away November 14, 2012 following a brief illness.

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Lois Elaine Franklin

Lois Elaine Franklin, 64 of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012 at her home after a one year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born July 2, 1948 and was a retired nurse from Magnolia Regional Medical Center after twenty years of employment.

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November 14th

‘13th check’ approved

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On Friday, Lincoln Parish School Board employees might feel a little richer as they head into the holiday season.
Friday is the date set to distribute the annual November Salary Supplement Checks, often referred to as the “13th check.”
Lincoln Parish School Board members unanimously — with the exception of Bobby Dowling and Debbie Abrahm who were absent — approved the payments for the same amount as the past few years.

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Artist revels in found objects

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Matthew Knopps finds the inspiration for his art in places that most people wouldn’t even look.
A fascination with found objects — such as spam messages, advertisements and random objects — have long been what fueled his creativity.
“If you went to my yard or one of my grandparents’ houses when I was growing up, it’d look like one of the yards they’d pick through in ‘American Pickers,’” Knopps said. “When the kids were out playing, I’d be trying to put things together. There’s a bedsprings and thing and stick. I’d put these weird things together and make up little characters or stories or ideas. I was always fueled to do it because there was so much around me.”

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Former sheriff sentenced

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United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that former sheriff Royce Edward Toney, 64, of Monroe, was sentenced Tuesday to six months home confinement, four years of supervised release and a $15,000 fine. Toney pleaded guilty on Aug. 2 to eight counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers.
Provisions of the plea agreement provide that Toney will not be employed again in any capacity in law enforcement. Toney was elected sheriff on Oct. 20, 2007, and took office on July 1, 2008. He did not seek re-election.

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Surviving the holidays single

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Class offers those separated, divorced resources to cope
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For the first-time marriages, among Christians and nonChristians, the divorce rate is 50 percent. Among second marriages, there is a 78 percent divorce rate, with numbers increasing for subsequent marriages.
Janet Wilson, a local DivorceCare class facilitator, shared these statistics, explaining the increasing rates for each marriage with the comment, “I believe people get married really quickly before they have had time to heal.”

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CEO to speak at La. Tech commencement

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Louisiana Tech University will hold its fall graduation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Phyllis M. Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company, LLC, and chairman and president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, will serve as keynote speaker.
Taylor has served as Taylor Energy Company’s chair and CEO since the death of her husband, Patrick F. Taylor, in 2004, and she continues her late husband’s legacy to ensure students have an opportunity to earn merit-based, state-paid college tuition scholarships.

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A new dean for education

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After only a few weeks on the job, the new dean of the College of Education has already held meetings with faculty and staff members, leading Grambling State University’s oldest college in new directions.
Larnell Flannagan, until recently the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, is familiar with being a dean. His current focus is on getting to know and understanding Grambling’s specific needs.

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Riding for the Cure

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The Riding for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser was held Oct. 20 at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. The event raised $1,782.58 for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Pharmacy and Cancer Research Center Fund. Pictured above is Anna Elizabeth Naff, 8, with horse “JC Bears Freckles,” riding in the “walk/trot” western pleasure class. The event, in its second year, drew approximately 45 contestants from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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Take a moment for the planet

Celebrated on Nov. 15 of each year, America Recycles Day is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling has multiple benefits, such as protecting and expanding U.S. manufacturing jobs, reducing the need for landfilling and incineration, preventing pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials and saving energy.

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