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January 24th

Audit: Grambling hasn’t addressed missing property

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — A legislative audit says Grambling State University has failed to address hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing or stolen property for seven years in a row.
The review, released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office, says for the last budget year running through June 30, Grambling couldn’t account for $1.6 million in items like computers and furniture. That’s nearly 7 percent of the university’s $24 million movable property inventory.
Purpera’s office says the school has had to use public funds to replace missing items.

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Deadline on our heels

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The deadline to sign up for Ruston Parks and Recreation Department youth soccer is fast approaching. This year’s divisions will include 5 and under, 6 and under, 8 and under, 10 and under and 12 and under. Games are held on Saturdays at the Regional Sports Complex, 1501 S. Farmerville St. The first games are slated for Feb. 18.

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Library board to cut costs, OKs uniforms

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control took actions last week that will save the library more than $600 per month and make the employees more identifiable.
During their monthly meeting Wednesday, board members approved uniform shirts for library employees and a telephone contract with Nexus Systems.
Library information technology analyst Allen Boehm told board members the library is currently paying $1,128 a month for telephone service. Library Director Vivian McCain pointed out, however, that this amount includes parish information technology services, which she said the library has not utilized for some time.

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RHS choir plans performance

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For the second year in a row, the Ruston High School choir has had the opportunity to learn from a great musician.
Beginning today through Thursday the students will work with Charles Bruffy, a nationally known conductor.
Mindy Martin, conductor of the RHS choir, said Bruffy is the conductor of the Kansas City Choral and the Phoenix Choral, where he has won Grammy Awards with each of them.

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Diaper Derby raises funds for March of Dimes

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The Division of Nursing at Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Tech Student Nurses’ Association and Tech Athletics partnered with the Lincoln Parish March of Dimes to hold a promotional event at the men and women’s home basketball games on Jan. 14.
A Diaper Derby was held between the Lady Techsters’ and Bulldogs’ games. Ivy Merritt, 13 months, daughter of Lisa and Kevin Merritt, of Ruston, won the crawler division, and Andrew Tooke, age 2, son of Jan and Landon Tooke, of Ruston, won the toddler division.

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Yard cleanups make room for improvement

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Well the New Year has started. The weather has been cold and windy but the sun has been shining enough to make a person want to get outside and do a few things. But the question is “What?” I was raised in the North 50 years ago, but I sure like the Southern warmth. A cold day here is 40 degrees with the wind blowing. Many areas in the North it is 10 degrees with the wind blowing at 30 miles per hour.

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‘Elvis’ to perform at Dixie

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An Elvis Presley tribute show that’s been praised by some of Presley’s own band members and managers will roll out rock, gospel, country and movie tunes in Ruston in February.
Donny Edwards’ “A Tribute to Elvis” will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dixie Center for the Arts, and a three-dimensional, music-making simulation of Presley’s career will impress audience members, Edwards said.
“Our show is about two hours, and it’s exciting to see people in their 20s loving Elvis’ music — even their little kids are loving Elvis,” said Edwards, a two-time world champion tribute artist, during a recent telephone interview from his Las Vegas home. “We’ve had a lot of compliments and comments from people — some of those people used to play in Elvis’ band and were his managers. It’s going to be an exciting show and an exciting time to be able to play for the people of Louisiana again.”

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GSU announces spring theater performances

The Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University has announced its 2012 Spring Semester Playbill.
King D. Godwin, chair of the department, begins the semester with “Michael, a King” by Al Boswell. Paralleling the influence theatre has on its audience to the influence a king has on his people, the audience is sure to expect the unexpected all while being educated about a great leader, Michael. Viewers can follow the path from boycott to assassination all while celebrating the great “Kings” of Black History Month. Production dates are Feb. 27-March 2.

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Stay informed about local education

Lincoln Parish Schools are an important part of our community. They are where our children spend most of their days. The school board is also one of the entities that benefits greatly from the tax money spent within our parish.
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, residents will have an opportunity to learn more about what’s going on in local schools. During the second annual State of the District report, residents can hear the good and the bad, straight from the mouth of the man in charge.

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Business owner: Taxes hurt industry

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We need to support our energy industry if we are going to pull our state’s economy out of the doldrums of the recession, the oil spill and the moratorium on drilling.
Yet, we still hear calls from the administration for increased taxes on this key industry.
As the owner of Oilfield CNC Machining in Broussard, I am just finally seeing things approach the level of stability for smaller energy businesses. But higher energy taxes could quickly change this slow improvement, leaving us unable to create jobs.

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