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February 17th

Dawgtown Showdown volunteers needed

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Tournament slated for March 15-17
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Mary Peshoff wants to make sure people are well informed about zombies, and if local residents sign up to help with the Dawgtown Showdown Speech and Debate Tournament, they just might get the chance to hear about it.
Mary is one of the 12 students involved in the local home school association’s speech and debate club, which is part of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association.

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Library board unconfirmed

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control members delayed electing new officers and established an early library closure day during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Only five of nine members were present at the meeting, including Virgil Orr, Sharon Thomas, Ronny Walker, Charles Penuell and President Ray Bratton.

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Entergy performs ‘blitz’

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Crews from Entergy have been out since Monday performing a “blitz” activity in North Louisiana.
During the “blitz,” crews throughout the area have been working to perform preventative maintenance work on poles, lines and other devices that may need work.
Entergy Customer Service Manager Jim Pesnell said the blitz is meant to finish a large amount of work in a short time span using teamwork.

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Wastewater project cleared to progress

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Simsboro receives DEQ grant

SIMSBORO — The Village of Simsboro recently acquired a $120,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Quality Sewer Revenue Bonds to go toward finishing a wastewater project and any other additions to their sewer system.
In a report issued by the Louisiana State Bond Commission back in January, $72 million was approved for projects statewide and $5.2 million was reserved for savings by refinancing existing public debt.

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Silent auction to jazz up Mardi Gras Ball

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is eagerly preparing for the 2012 Silent Auction to take place Saturday at the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball.
This year, through generosity of others, NCLAC has assembled quite a tempting spread of items. Everything from fine art, classic antiques, sweet treats and a weeklong getaway will be present to tempt even the most cautious spender.

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Tech receives donation of wearable art

Louisiana Tech’s Museum of Fashion and Textiles has wearable art, thanks to one alumna.
Dorothy Williams, of Monroe, was slated to donate wearable art to the museum on Feb. 16 in Carson Taylor Hall. Williams, a 1953 graduate, has sewn since she was 4 and has received numerous awards for her wearable art.

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Continue to help St. Jude by giving

Cancer is a threatening diagnosis to anyone, and children who find themselves with any form of the disease are sure to be a little nervous.
Luckily, there is a hospital that provides care and services to children with cancer at no charge to the patient, and they have been doing it for more than 50 years.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been providing top of the line research and treatments to children with cancer, and they are the only National Cancer Institute dedicated solely to children.

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Grammys need some work

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While watching the Grammy Awards Sunday night, there was one thing that sure caught my attention. No, it wasn’t Lady Gaga’s crazy face-mesh contraption she was wearing. It was the lack of awards actually handed out at the ceremony.
During the entire three and a half hour ceremony, I saw at least 15 performances, but only maybe 10 of the more than 100 Grammy’s that are usually handed out.

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Gay marriage's role in politics

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In an appearance on Al Jazeera, I was asked: Why is gay marriage emerging as a big issue in the campaign?
Obviously economic issues dominate this year, as they do every bad economic year. But thanks to President Obama, the culture war is heating up as well.
For the first time, voters will be offered a clear contrast between a Democrat who supports what the courts are doing to marriage and a Republican who opposes it.

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Driver released after causing wreck

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As I watched Anderson Cooper’s piercing blue eyes in pain during his heartfelt interview with Linda Smith about the death of her 18-year-old daughter, I couldn’t help but wonder what America’s criminal justice system has come to.
According to an article published by CNN, Harry Bostick, a retired Internal Revenue Service investigator, was granted a pardon by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, despite having a controversial DUI track record and being involved in the recent death of Smith’s daughter, Charity.

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