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Lincoln Parish School Board agrees to cut millage rate

Bond attorney Grant Schlueter, with the law firm of Foley and Judell in New Orleans, opened the bids. Legg Mason's bid of 3.89 percent was the lowest.
In June 2004, the first $18 million of the $33 million program approved by Lincoln Parish voters, was awarded. The low bid for the first phase was 4.62 percent.
Schlueter said the bids received Tuesday night were among the lowest he has ever seen.

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Local florists rally for legislation

Allen's business was one of many across Louisiana that was recently targeted in a scheme from a company known as Who Sent Flowers, which bought up three local phone lines in Ruston — and many others throughout the state.
Who Sent Flowers — which registered one phonoe number (255-5125) under three separate names — redirected the local phone calls to a directory center in Pennsylvania, then essentially served as a wire service for unsuspecting victims who thought they were ordering flowers from Ruston Florist.

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Higginbotham passes away Saturday

Higginbotham passed away Saturday following a brief illness. His visitation is from 5-8 p.m., today at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church.
Higginbotham held many positions in the Lincoln Parish school system, from a teacher to a coach, principal and superintendent. He taught and coached at Ruston Junior High and Ruston High, was principal at Glenview Junior High, Ruston High, A.E. Phillips and was the parish's superintendent for a decade.

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GSU students clean up city streets

For the past few months, the students set aside their personal time every first and third Saturday morning of the month to clean up the city of Grambling area.
John Jones, director of Litter Abatement for the city of Grambling, said the students put their money where their mouths were.
They're living on campus and could make that campus their whole world," Jones said. "But they choose to make sure the total environment is clean. This is certainly countering the whole notion that youngsters don't care."

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Fountain keeps Dubach leader's memory alive

So admired was Laverette "Larry" Carrico, who passed away in September of 2004, that several area families hired Chuck French of Concrete Creations to construct a fountain outside the Scott Hamilton Warehouse in Dubach in his honor.
Fern Newsom, who was friends with the devoted resident for more than 50 years, said the fountain's location was selected because of the hard work Carrico invested in the warehouse.

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Creek, Bernice to play in empty gym

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled Wednesday morning the only people allowed in the Bernice High gymnasium will be the players, coaches, administration, officials and security.
"What they decided to do was both schools were given the same sanctions," Cedar Creek head boys' basketball coach and athletic director Jack Thigpen said. "Both schools received probation, a $250 fine and the game will be played Tuesday afternoon without fans."

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CVB considers hotel tax increase

Currently visitors to Lincoln Parish pay a 3 percent tax on each hotel room, and the plan is to increase that to 4 percent. Downs is preparing to introduce the legislation beginning next month.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury takes 1 percent of the tax right off the top, so the increase will allow the parish to receive a full 3 percent to help increase marketing for tourism.

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Choudrant begins rest area talks

What transpired at the private meeting was a question and answer session from about 10 Choudrant citizens who gathered in Doody's Country Cooking after hearing word of the meeting.
Sanderson said he was approached a couple of weeks ago by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), who inquired about two pieces of property it was interested in obtaining for the development of a rest area at the Choudrant interchange at Interstate 20 and Louisiana Highway 145 at mile marker 93.

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Bromell appointed to Task Force

This force, Bromell said, was created by the Louisiana Legislature to "study and develop recommendations for regional and statewide strategies and initiatives to meet the housing and community development needs of Louisiana."
A need exists for "coordination and leverage," Bromell said, of housing and community development efforts to try to decrease poverty levels and the number of homelessness and increase the number of homeowners.

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Biomed Building receives funds

The Louisiana Joint Legislative Budget Committee approved an additional $300,000 toward the cost of the building after construction costs were nearly $1 million over budget.
"We can now move forward and award the contract," Tech vice president of administrative services Jerry Drewett said.
Drewett said the new building had spent a few years on the state's capital outlay list.
"It was the only new building approved by the state last year for any university," he said.

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