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October 10th

Bus Stop Diner closes doors

After fighting to stay afloat, owners Keith and Jennifer Upton decided it wasn't feasible to remain open anymore.
"I've been fighting the feeling of giving up," Keith Upton said. "But I feel like we went farther than many other people would have in this situation."
The Uptons' journey began on a positive note after signing their lease in June of last year and beginning to make some renovations to the old depot building.

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Bell's replacement down to three

Louisiana Department of Education distinguished educator Kenneth Jenkins, Lincoln Parish elementary supervisor Mary Null and Lincoln Parish secondary and vocational supervisor Ricky Edmiston are among the candidates from which superintendent Danny Bell must choose.
"We were fortunate to have so many good applicants to apply," Bell, who filled the position before accepting the job of superintendent, said. "I will review the (applications) and check references to make the very best decision for this situation."

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Subdivision to be built in Choudrant

A sub-division is coming to town.
A request to rezone property located on the west side of Choudrant and north of U.S. Highway 80 was approved at the village of Choudrant's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held Thursday night. This approval will allow Strozier Brothers of Ruston to build a subdivision with 93 homes in Choudrant.
The property was zoned as R-1, and approved to be changed to R-2. By changing it to R-2, the developer, Rusty Strozier of Strozier Brothers, will be able to build more homes per acre, Choudrant mayor Bill Sanderson said.

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October 9th

Maxwell hospitality legendary in parish

Ask anyone who has spent the night at one of Johnny Maxwell’s hotels. The staff is friendly, polite and attempts to help solve any problem travelers may encounter.
Maxwell wouldn’t have it any other way, according to people who know him. Maxwell made his money through hard work and demanded the same from his employees. But instead of making his money by sacrificing the livelihood of his employees, Maxwell also gave his employees the opportunity to succeed.

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SACS on-sight committee gives Tech A+

Although there are still a couple of steps left before the unversity gets official word of their reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), preliminary word is that all is OK on the home front.
"We had their on-site committee with us this week and they reviewed the entire college," Reneau said. "Their report to us was one of no findings. It was as fine a report as I've ever heard."
Reneau said he felt as if he was watching a career highlight as the committee went over its report.

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Maxwell hospitality legendary in parish

Ask anyone who has spent the night at one of Johnny Maxwell’s hotels. The staff is friendly, polite and attempts to help solve any problem travelers may encounter.
Maxwell wouldn’t have it any other way, according to people who know him. Maxwell made his money through hard work and demanded the same from his employees. But instead of making his money by sacrificing the livelihood of his employees, Maxwell also gave his employees the opportunity to succeed.

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Gipson proves value as senior

Last week, Gipson was named All-State MVP by Louisiana’s sportswriters. Earlier in the year, the 6-2 senior forward was named MVP for District 2-B.
Now, he can add MVP award No. 3 to his list of senior accolades. Gipson has been named Most Valuable Player for the 2003-04 version of The Ruston Daily Leader’s All-Parish team.
“He was very deserving of this honor — which is a good honor,” Dubach head coach Shane Lee said. “There are a lot of good players in this parish. It ought to mean something to him. He worked very hard for us.”

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Maxwell hospitality legendary in parish

Ask anyone who has spent the night at one of Johnny Maxwell’s hotels. The staff is friendly, polite and attempts to help solve any problem travelers may encounter.
Maxwell wouldn’t have it any other way, according to people who know him. Maxwell made his money through hard work and demanded the same from his employees. But instead of making his money by sacrificing the livelihood of his employees, Maxwell also gave his employees the opportunity to succeed.

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SACS on-sight committee gives Tech A+

Although there are still a couple of steps left before the unversity gets official word of their reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), preliminary word is that all is OK on the home front.
"We had their on-site committee with us this week and they reviewed the entire college," Reneau said. "Their report to us was one of no findings. It was as fine a report as I've ever heard."
Reneau said he felt as if he was watching a career highlight as the committee went over its report.

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'Little Women' presents long-standing messages

A whole lot of snickers, surprises, and questions about human nature.
Ruston Community Theater's (RCT) production of "Little Women," scheduled to begin this Thursday, highlights the struggles of a four-daughter family living during the Civil War era.
Director Nancy Wallace said she chose this particular script because of the character makeup and the timeless theme.
"The majority of people who try out for our plays are young women," Wallace said. "We wanted to use the actor pool that we have."

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