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Passion for food began at early age

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At the age of 46, Monique Johnson’s passion for cooking hasn’t fallen to the wayside.
“I first started cooking when I was 21,” she said. “But my passion for food goes way back. My grandmother used to bake cakes of all different kinds and at the age of 12 I started helping her.”
At such a young age, Monique said she was intrigued by her grandmother’s baking.

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Area man strives for success

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Frank Kelley Sr. was born on July 10, 1933, to parents Bill and Zepher Henderson Kelley in the St. Clair Community of Chatham. He attended Jasper Henderson High School and joined the St. Clair Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and chairman of the board. He has served as deacon for more than 40 years.

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Library features photographs for Louisiana’s 200th birthday

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The Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is featuring a photographer’s work in celebrating the 200th birthday of Louisiana’s statehood.
Emily Brodnax, originally from Mer Rouge, will have her artwork that highlights Louisiana’s culture and wildlife featured now through March 19.
“I came across her work by looking at local artists in the North Louisiana Artists Guild,” Programming Coordinator Emily Arnold said. “Once the art panel looked at the work we decided to feature her for the 200th birthday celebration.”

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CHURCH NEWS

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“Living in the Spirit” class on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. will help you understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life. Children’s Church at 10:45 a.m. will teach your children to know God and the Bible. Nursery up through age 3 provided on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. and by request on Sunday night and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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Mardi Gras fun rolls into Ruston Civic Center

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Top Left Photo: Attendees perused items for sale at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Silent Auction as part of the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball, held Feb. 18.
Top Right Photo: The decorations on the King and Queen’s table were quite elaborate.
Bottom Left Photo: The Buddy Terzia Band provided entertainment for the annual ball.
Bottom Right Photo: Julia and Don Kaczvinsky enjoy a dance during the ball at the Civic Center.

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Appreciation for big city discovered at theater

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The “Giant” musical production world premiere at the Wyly Theater in the Dallas Arts District was an incredible first for me.
Sometimes I’m faced with what a country bumpkin I truly am — not because I came from Ruston, but because Dallas does everything bigger than life and I have to stretch my wings. I learned the art of growing in a smaller environment and was inspired to reach for the stars, and now I can revel in it.

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’Dogs, Techsters end regular home schedule

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Louisiana Tech University basketball fans get a final chance to see their teams involved in regular season action on the Karl Malone Court for the 2011-12 season this weekend.
The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will wind up the home part of their schedule with a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
A men’s game will tip off at 3 p.m. between the ’Dogs and Hawaii and be followed by a 6 p.m. contest between the Lady Techsters and New Mexico State.

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Tech to host jazz concert

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The Louisiana Tech Jazz Ensemble, along with Tech’s Concert Band and the symphonic wind ensemble will perform their annual winter concert this weekend.
At 2 p.m. Sunday at Howard Auditorium the ensemble will present a variety of jazz music for area residents to hear. But this year’s program will have a bit of a different tune.
“Each year we try to schedule a concert for both the Jazz Ensemble, Louisiana Tech Concert Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble,” Lawrence Gibbs, assistant professor of music, said. “But this year the nights we planned to have the separate concerts there ended up being double-headers. So, we’re having the concerts all together.”

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UP close to unitary status

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Four decades ago, the Union Parish School District was ordered by the district courts to desegregate its schools and achieve “unitary status.”
Now, in the following century, the district has officially achieved unitary status in three of the several required areas established by the Supreme Court prior to the district court’s 1969 ruling.
U.S. District Judge Robert James filed a signed order declaring the district unitary in the areas of facilities, transportation and extracurricular activities Feb. 2. The order states unitary issues are now “considered resolved” in the three areas, and the status of the three areas “will no longer be considered in court proceedings.”

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Traffic summit presented

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Speakers steer topics toward safety on the roads
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When traveling down roads just about every day in a vehicle, most people don’t stop to think about just how dangerous getting behind the wheel can be.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission funded a Traffic Safety Training Summit presented on Thursday at the Louisiana Children’s Methodist Home to better inform attendees. Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma spoke on the dangers of driving.

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