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September 1st

A clucking good time

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Those looking for a clucking good time should look no further than the annual Louisiana Chicken Festival on Sept. 28-29 in Dubach, with preliminarily events to start the weekend beforehand.
Leading up to the festival weekend, a beauty pageant and domino tournament will be held on Sept. 22, while a Mix and Mingle and Growers and Sponsors Supper will be held on Sept. 25.
The treasure hunt clues begin on Sept.26 — broadcasting on KRLQ Radio — while the carnival will open from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27 on U.S. Highway 167 and East Boulevard Street. The carnival will also open from 6-10 p.m. Sept 28, and from noon-10 p.m. Sept. 29.

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Run for the Diamonds

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The 15th Annual Run for the Diamonds is currently under way at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. In the timed event, participants must race around three barrels in the arena and there is a penalty for hitting a barrel.
While Saturday’s show featured only youth, today and Monday are open to anyone who can ride a horse. The event continues at 11 a.m. today and 9 a.m. Monday. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Pictured above is a youth participant in Saturday’s event.

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Enjoy a safe holiday

While Labor Day is a time to reflect on the contributions of working Americans, many celebrate this day with various activities that include family, friends, fun and sometimes alcohol. While drinking responsibly is no crime, drinking and driving is. And, it’s dangerous.

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Mayor Hollingsworth gives thanks

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This compilation of citizen ideas and suggestions formed the basis of the Ruston 21 plan. Working committees were formed composed of Ruston citizens who managed to distill those ideas and put them together for consideration. Thanks to these citizen desires, Ruston has made amazing progress even during times of economic uncertainty.
Ruston 21 has been a model partnership of citizens and local government working together in developing a roadmap for the future. One of the most important ideas expressed was the need for updated zoning codes that were easy to use, simple to understand and readily available.
While developing a new zoning code is an extremely complex project, its very basis is a body of work contained in our current codes, which reflects the ideas and aspirations of many generations of citizens and city officials who have worked together in creating and developing our local ordinances. Our local laws, enacted through these ordinances, represent the essence of a free society making choices over many decades for the ultimate benefit of all of its citizens.

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Misconceptions of North, South U.S.

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Fifty-seven years ago, I was assigned to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as a missile radar instructor. I was a private in the Army and that assignment was the start of an interesting 20-year career. Being raised in New England, I was labeled a Yankee by Southern folk. I had a perception of Southern people that was developed through books, newspapers and national news media. I pictured white and black people as disliking one another throughout the South.

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Accolades to educators

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Last week, noting the “change of the season” from the doldrums of summer to the refreshing air of fall, we sought to publicly honor and thank those professionals in our community who do so much for all of us: our educators. They don’t just teach children; they make better all of our lives.
Picking up from last week, your writer continues with a heartfelt statement of pride in and gratitude for all our teachers who are so deeply dedicated  in all quadrants and levels, together with thanks to all those working with them.

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Tax avoidance versus tax evasion — big difference

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National Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sept. 9. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the pleasures of having grandchildren in your life.
So you may want to take this occasion to think of ways you can help those grandchildren get the most out of their lives.


Perhaps the most valuable thing you could give to your grandkids is the gift of education.
Consider this: Over a lifetime, college graduates earn, on average, about $1 million more than those without a degree according to the Census Bureau.

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Tips and tricks for teaching your children about finances and money

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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series focusing on children and money. The first part ran Aug. 12.
We recently gave you a half a dozen ideas to help your kids learn about managing their money. Here we add to that list, rounding it out with another six simple steps you can use to teach your children good personal finance skills.

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Regency Energy gets ready for $75 million expansion

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Regency Energy Partners LP announced recently that it will construct an expansion of its Dubach processing facility in North Louisiana. The Dubach Expansion is expected to increase the processing capacity of the facility to 210 MMcf/d by adding an incremental 70 MMcf/d of cryogenic processing capacity and 20 MMcf/d of JT capacity.

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Lincoln Builders selected for Morgan City hotel project

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A Louisiana based hotel developer has selected Lincoln Builders to design and build a new Holiday Inn Express property in Morgan City.

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