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Sun shines down on Dubach restaurant, store

"These Main Street buildings that have been vacant for at least 15 years will in the next few months see life again," Dubach Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
"A connecting door will be built between the buildings," Judy Gossler said, "and they will be called Sunshine Country Store and Restaurant."
Months earlier, Judy Gossler said residents were talking about somebody needing to open a country store and Gossler decided it was something she wanted to do.

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LPSB receives accountability results

Locally, Lincoln Parish Superintendent Dr. Charles Scriber said there were several Lincoln Parish schools that did not reach targeted expectations, but overall, Scriber said he was not disappointed.
“I can’t say I’m pleased, but I’m not disappointed,” Scriber said. “Our schools are working to improve through a cumulative testing formula and students will be tested on a simulated LEAP21 accountability.”

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Cedar Creek, Bernice speak to LHSAA at Ramada Inn

Coaches and administrators from both schools have been asked to state their cases before a Louisiana High School Athletic Association committee at 9:30 a.m., Cedar Creek head coach Jack Thipgen said.
Mac Chauvin, LHSAA assistant commissioner and director of officials, called Thigpen Monday to inform him of the meeting.
"He called me today at school and told me there'd be a hearing at 9:30 at the Ramada Inn in the Vienna Room," Thigpen said. "All he told me was they would start at 9:30 sharp."

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Tech fraternity placed on probation, fined for hazing incident

The findings came after a two-hour meeting Wednesday evening that included questioning of Kappa Alpha fraternity members and the alleged victim of the hazing.
"I think it was fair," Louisiana Tech Dean of Student Life Dickie Crawford said. "It's communicated by the committee and national office that we take hazing seriously, and we won't tolerate it."

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Band jam celebrates musician's life

The Annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam, set to begin at 5 p.m. and last until midnight, serves to collect donations for a Louisiana Tech music scholarship. The event was initiated by several area musicians, along with Simoneaux's sister.
"We knew that we needed to do something (after Simoneaux's untimely death in a car accident)," Ruston Road King's guitar player and fund-raiser organizer Ken Carter said. "We talked to the powers that be at Tech and were told you must have a minimum of $10,000 to start a scholarship."

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Ruston halts Fontainebleau

The second place team in District 1-5A had problems, as the Bulldogs held a 7-6 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter after a basket by senior center Candi Wells.
That would be the last time Fontainebleau would lead, as the Lady Bearcats turned up the defensive intensity and found the open shot in the second and third quarters to break the game open.

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State officials visit Ruston

engineering, micro-manufacturing and business incubators were just dreams of people like Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau.
But when Olivier — now Louisiana's Secretary of Economic Development — paid a visit to Ruston Thursday, Reneau was able to show him a taste of all three.

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Board passes Dubach bond issue

Dubach currently has no bond debt, superintendent Danny Bell said, “so this will probably mean a 33 mill ad valorum tax for the property and business owners in the Dubach District.”
Immediately following, board members passed a resolution that would allow Dubach residents to vote on the bond proposition in a special election on Oct. 15.
Bell said Dubach High School is in good condition to undergo renovations, according to local architect Mike Walpole. Hico Elementary — the second school in the district — is another story.

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Auditor counsels Jury

The letter, dated July 6 and signed by Legislative Auditor Steve J. Theriot, said his office was notified of the incident by police jury auditor William Hulsey.
"Mr. Hulsey adivsed my office of the misappropriation when he became aware of it, as required by the Louisiana Governmental Audit Guide," the letter read.
The letter went on to state that local government has the same responsibility.

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Jury delays garbage decision

The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee met for nearly one hour Tuesday evening before making the decision to table the decision until the September police jury meeting.
Committee chair Bobby Dowling said that residents had three choices for garbage disposal: curbside pickup, a modified Dumpster system or curtailed services.
"If we go with curbside service, our research has shown that it would cost parish residents $6.50 per month over the first five years of the program," Dowling said.

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