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June 24th, 2016

Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Ordinance titled:
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING CODE OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
was introduced by Alderman Jedd Lewis on June 6, 2016. A Public Hearing will be held on the Ordinance and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to be held at 5:30 p.m., on July 11, 2016, Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston, Louisiana.

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Brown stands tall heading to induction

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Former Tech hoops standout to officially join State HOF Saturday night
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the nintth story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
P.J. Brown will add to the Louisiana Tech University and Lincoln Parish legacy on Saturday night.
He will become the sixth representative from the Bulldogs’ basketball program and 53rd overall from the parish to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Brown will add some height to both of those categories, too.

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GSU President Larkin resigns

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Resignation effective beginning June 30
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Willie Larkin, Grambling State University president, resigned Thursday at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting at Louisiana Tech University.
Larkin’s letter of resignation was accepted by the board said Dan Reneau, interim ULS president.
Larkin’s resignation is effective June 30 after only serving as president for one year.

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66th Annual Peach Fest

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John Parker Barron, 3, son of John B. and Jenna Barron (left); and C.J. Colvin, 2, son of Michael and Danielle Colvin (right), were among those out early this morning at Lincoln Parish Park to compete in the 2016 Peach Festival Kids’ Fishing Tournament.

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History of Peach Pageant

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Linda Sivils was at the Lincoln Parish Library Thursday evening signing copies of her book, “History of the Louisiana Peach Festival & Pageant.”

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Lawmakers end third, final session

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers completed their special session on taxes Thursday after raising $263 million more for the state's operating budget, lessening — but not completely closing — gaps in health and education programs.
The House and Senate fell far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the $26 billion budget that starts July 1. But on top of taxes boosted earlier this year, they had raised about $1.5 billion to shrink holes in the spending plan.

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NCLAC discusses concerts, vocal lessons

Today’s Art Talk has performing arts news for you.
Check out the details about the Russ-Town Band concert on Saturday, and upcoming free vocal lessons with the Piney Hills Harmony.
From Amanda Quimby with the Dixie Center for the Arts:
It’s that time once again to hear this Peach Festival favorite.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band will fill the Dixie Center for the Arts with beautiful Americana and Patriotic melodies.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Luna. She is a full-blooded Blue Tick Hound that is up-to-date on shots and spayed. She is a sweet girl that is leash trained, potty trained and loves other pets too. Luna wants a home. Come see her at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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Peach Fest 2016 officially begins

Today begins the 66th annual Louisiana Peach Festival and if you venture downtown you will see residents rushing about making final preparations for this weekend’s events.
While a lot of the Peach Fest activities have continued the tradition of entertaining and attracting residents, there will be some new exhibits and activities as well.
For example, dinosaurs will roam the Earth again beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on Georgia Street.
According to the event’s page, “We have brought out two dinos from the most experienced fleet of dinosaur performers in the United States.”

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Finding that glimmer of hope

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With all of the darkness that has spread across our news stations and radios, even the front page of this paper, I’ve struggled to find a little bit of light.
Last Wednesday afternoon, I found that glimmer of hope during the Lincoln Parish Library Control Board meeting.
I know, it’s weird, right. Stay with me, I promise it gets better.
LPL Director Vivian McCain stated that 856 children — not including teens or adults — have signed up to participate in the library’s summer reading program.

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