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March 18th, 2014

Unlocking Farrar’s story

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Veteran, locksmith shares his tale
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Harry Farrar sits in a recliner in the living room of his Ruston home. He’s just returned from a VFW meeting, and every now and then during the conversation, shares with his wife a bit of news he learned from and about others in the veteran’s group.
Farrar’s western-style shirt, complete with black snap buttons, his blue jeans and athletic shoes are a far cry from the dress blue U.S. Air Force uniform a much young Farrar is wearing in a photograph sitting on the mantle.
Or from the flight suit he wears in another picture, as he stands beneath the missile-laden wing of a B-52 bomber.

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Dubach sees higher bill costs

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The board of aldermen for the town of Dubach met in regular session Monday night.
The board voted unanimously to pay the town’s bills, which totaled $49,087. Board members discussed the bills and stated that insurance premiums had increased significantly.
Mayor Bob Jensen said he wasn’t sure as to why there had been an increase.
“I will definitely look into this and see what can possibly be done,” he said.
Alderwoman Donna White said she could see where some premiums had gone up, while others had gone down.

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Women's History Month: Gretchen Jones

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Name: Gretchen Jones
Number of years lived in Lincoln Parish: Off and on 22 years (Tech Student, moved around, married and settled in Lincoln Parish 2003).
Profession: Dance teacher, choreographer, business owner.
Clubs/organizations/professional affiliations: Southern Association of Dance Masters, Twin City Ballet Company, Twin City Ballet Professional Board, Regional Dance America
Schools attended and degrees earned: Louisiana Tech University, BS and MS, Biological Sciences
Family: Married to Tram Jones, one daughter, Charlotte Jones, two fur-babies, Lex and Baby Girl

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Pine Hills seeks item donations for garage sale

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Fundraiser to help pay for training, supplies

Spring cleaning is here once again, and the Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center is available to take those extra items off resident’s hands.
Carole Carson, director and programing coordinator for the center, said this will be the second time the center had held a garage sale fundraiser.
“We held one in the fall, but we weren’t as successful as we would have liked,” she said. “We’re in need of items being donated for the garage sale.”
Carson said the center would take any donated items, except adult clothing.

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Land wins T-shirt design contest

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Matt Land, of Choudrant (right), receives the $100 prize and T-shirt from Ken Carter, event organizer, for his winning T-Shirt design for the John Simoneaux Memorial Jam.

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State Farm offers $25K grant to worthy causes

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Got an idea to make the community a better place to live? Would $25,000 be a game-changer?
State Farm is there with the assist. Through March 23, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win one of 40 $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants at http://www.multivu.com/players/English/65562-state-farm-neighborhood-ass....

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Zeta Rho chapter ESA chapter wins awards, names board

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha has announced statewide awards its members received during the past year and also its current slate of officers.
The women’s service organization is best known for cosponsoring the area’s annual St. Jude Radiothon with KXKZ 107.5 radio station.
Statewide, individual Zeta Rho members placed in two categories: Christina Clements — second, pledge of the year, and Sallie Rose Hollis — third, woman of the year.

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Fans enjoy local teams’ success

March Madness is only the beginning, but thanks to the New Living Word Lions and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Lincoln Parish is currently basking in the glory of hoops dreams.
Both teams are deserving of congratulations.
On Friday New Living Word won the Class C boys’ state championship as the Lions roared past Sicily Island 91-72.
It was a much-anticipated championship as the Lions lost in the previous two Class C semifinals rounds before the third time proved to be the charm for New Living Word.

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Have fun planting a garden

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Homegrown vegetables have always had an appeal, but as the economy slows home vegetable gardening is picking up in popularity. I have even been receiving more calls than average for this time of the year from people that have never grown a garden asking questions about how to get started. Planning a new garden has many considerations such as where to place the garden and what to plant. The working part involves preparing the soil, fertilizing, planting, mulching and harvesting.

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GSU gearing up for spring game

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Black and Gold contest set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium
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GRAMBLING — As Grambling State University’s football team continues workouts in preparation for Saturday’s Spring Game, there’s still much of a learning process going on for the Tigers and for new head coach Broderick Fobbs.
Fobbs took over the program in December and has picked up the pace for the Tigers.
“I think that’s one big thing they’re having to get used to — doing everything at a faster pace,” Fobbs said. “I don’t believe in wasting time — I want them to get out there, work hard and make the most of the time we do have, because it’s never enough.”

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