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July 30th

Etiquette tips for gatherings

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Not too terribly long ago, I received word that one of my oldest and dearest friends was expecting her first child. This was especially exciting for me for many reasons.
We became friends at the ripe old age of 12, moved in together during college and I stood by her as the maid of honor at her wedding. A baby is a momentous chapter in our friendship and I am hoping for a girl — to play dress-up with of course.

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July 29th

ANYONE KNOWING the whereabouts

ANYONE KNOWING the whereabouts of or having information concerning the whereabouts of the original note executed by Krystal N. Buggs, 218 Hickory Street, Ruston, LA 71270, with Cash 2 U Payday Loans in the total amount of $245.00 on December 14, 2009, please contact Mandy Nix at the Office of Ronald Kip Gates, Attorney at Law, 1905 Royal Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201, (318) 322-7397.
3td: July 29, 30 & 31, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Project Owner: Pecan Villa Senior Housing Limited Partnership

PUBLIC NOTICE:
Project Owner: Pecan Villa Senior Housing Limited Partnership
Project Name: Pecan Villa Senior Housing
Project Address: 611 S. Bonner Street, Ruston, LA
Total Units: 60 Unit Multi-Family Apartments (1 Bedroom Units)
The project owner is proposing the rehabilitation of a 60 unit Multi-Family Senior Apartment development. The development will consist of a community facility and supportive services which will be available for the tenants. The applicant is applying for a reservation of 9% LIHTC’s from the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT SERVICES)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT SERVICES)

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July 28th

Building a ‘no-kill’ animal shelter

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“This is a great day for animals in Lincoln Parish,” Ruston businessman Bill Elmore said after more than 15 acres of land was signed over to 4 Paws Rescue.
The dream of an animal shelter to house abandoned animals in Lincoln Parish became much closer to a reality when 15.24 acres of land was officially purchased for $76,200 by 4 Paws and a couple of contributors on Friday.
Sue Martin, president of 4 Paws animal rescue group, said the group is excited to finally see their dream coming true.

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State sales tax holiday nears

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Just like “Black Friday” and after Christmas sales, in recent years the State of Louisiana has come up with its own annual big savings weekend devoted to giving shoppers their purchase state sales tax free.
This year, the Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, and anyone out shopping will be given an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items for personal use. With hunting season and a new school year just around the corner, area residents may need to take advantage of the tax break to save some cash.

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First day of school approaching

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The countdown has begun, and in a little less than three weeks students will hear the first school bell ring heralding in a new school year.
In order to make the process as smooth as possible, Mary Null, director of instruction and personnel for the Lincoln Parish School Board, encourages parents to make sure all school business is taken care of on time.
“For parents to avoid possible delays in placement or waiting in line at the school board office for registration, we’re encouraging them to register before August,” Null said. “Also, registering ahead of time gives the students a sense of comfort about where they’re going and when they’re starting. That way things are not rushed at the last moment.”

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Stolen Ruston car recovered

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At approximately 6 p.m. Thursday, the West Monroe Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed a black 2012 Dodge Challenger traveling east on Cypress St.
According to police, a routine check of the license plate revealed that the Challenger was reported stolen from Ruston.

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Accountability for vouchers a good move

For now, it looks like the state’s school choice scholarship program will be here to stay, which is why it’s good that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted accountability standards for those schools last week.
Every public school in Louisiana is graded each year, and those with grades deemed unacceptable face sanctions, receive improvement plans and, in extreme cases, relinquish control to the state through the Recovery School District.

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Reflecting on Aurora tragedy

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Where are we? How did we get here?  Where are we headed?     
Many of us became physically ill, literally becoming nauseated, with the revelation of a recent news event. “Upbeat, cheerful, positive” — these are words that form the basic goal for most of my written visits with you. There is enough “bad” or “sad” news from other sources. 
Yet after the events at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., I feel compelled to address some of the discussion flowing from that tragedy.

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