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October 17th

Dixie celebrates ground breaking

The crowd included board members, longtime volunteer supporters, city and parish officials, current and past area legislators and contributors.
Linda Graham, one of the earliest supporters of the restoration project, said the time had come to "trade the broom for the shovel" in celebrating the official ground breaking for the first phase of restoration, renovation and construction.

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Value of tourism cited at annual event

"When you review our mission statement you see how important our work is to our local economy," LeDay began. "We are charged with creating, preserving and enhancing quality visitor experiences and overnight stays through the promotion and development of the tourism economy of Lincoln Parish."
LeDay said while organizations such as the RLCVB work diligently to promote area tourism, each resident has a role to play in the overall success of the effort.

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Riders compete in Exhibition Center

Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were represented in classes for the beginner rider with fences only 18" tall through advanced levels of 3'6" and higher.
A special hunter division offered a $100 purse for riders taking fences at 18", 2', 2'3" and 2'6" plus special jumper division and jackpot high schooling jumper stake.
Jumpers went from the beginner level of 2'6" to the high schooling level of 4'.

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Officials welcome new economic growth

Area officials have been working for years to accommodate further development along the I-20 Service Roads and the Celebrity Theater, Lowe's and Raising Cane's are soon to join Chili's Restaurant, according to Morrison.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the city provided immediate response and every form of assistance possible in getting progress on the developer's plans.

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Theater to open by year's end

"Anytime you are working with a development this size, there will be speculation and rumors about who is coming and when things will get underway," Morrison said. "I would like to emphatically confirm my commitment to the Ruston market and to this development.
"Anyone who goes out to the property and sees what we have already done should realize that we have passed the point of no return on the project."
Morrison said his Celebrity Theater will open in time for the 2005 holiday season without question.

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Love, Stegall hold key positions for Komen Race

Overall Chairman Jimmy Love and Lincoln Parish Coordinator Corre Stegall are joining forces to make the local event a standout among the national series of 5K and 1 mile runs/fitness walks and the non-competitive Kids for the Cure events.
All of the proceeds from sponsorships and race team participation are used to fulfill the mission of the Komen Foundation to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

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Major building complex finds new life

The upper building of approximately 30,000 square feet is to be occupied by Community Trust and The Lincoln Agency, and the lower building of approximately 20,000 square feet is already occupied by America First Insurance.
CEO Drake Mills of Community Trust said there seems to be a great deal of public interest in the future of the well-known complex.

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Judges and student winners honored at Cleanest City Reception

The Louisiana Garden Club Federation contingent included LGCF Cleanest City Chairman Mary Lou Robertson and Judges Verlyn Bercegeay of Hammond, Gail Martien of Scott, and Hazel Prevost of Rayne.
Because Ruston has won both district and state titles a number of times before, the event has taken on some traditions of its own.

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Afghan war victim to speak

This Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Main Dining Room at Squire Creek Golf and Country Club, author Farah Ahmedi will discuss her life as it is chronicled in her book, The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky.

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Local restaurant owners adjust to new competition

At Monjuni's Italian Restaurant, owner Kevin Pizzolata said it is important to draw distinctions between his business and those of the large national chains.
"If you look at direct food categories Chili's and Monjuni's are completely different," he began. "We are not competing there because we have totally different menus.

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