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April 10th, 2014

Boys and girls and hearts

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Have you ever had something or someone pull at your heart? I didn’t understand what it meant when someone would use the phrase, “pulls at my heart” until I started spending time around teenagers. When I went to the Boys and Girls Club annual Pro Day event last Saturday — I felt the tug all over again.
Around this time last year a very good friend of my stepfather’s asked me to come teach at the school he is headmaster over. I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and he was desperate for a teacher because the computer program they were using just wasn’t “cutting the mustard” anymore.

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April 9th

GSU police make drug bust

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Pogue: Investigation is ongoing, no one is exempt
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An ongoing investigation by the Grambling State University Police Department has resulted in the arrest of two GSU students.
Warrants for two non-student suspects have been issued. The investigation resulted in the seizure of several pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $12,000. In addition to the seizure of the narcotics, the GSU police department seized a semi-automatic handgun and drug paraphernalia.

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Guice: The best is yet to be

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice said Tuesday his team has a clear understanding of the challenges they face and a plan in place to meet those challenges.
“The wheels are already in motion, and we have great hope and optimism for the future,” Guice told about 800 people gathered in Tech’s Howard Auditorium for his official investiture as the university’s 14th president.

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Courthouse construction

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Backus: This is exactly what we need for the parish

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury met Tuesday night to discuss beginning the application process to construct a new courthouse, as well as several other items.
Before the regular meeting, the Public Property and Buildings Committee met at 6 p.m. to discuss a capital outlay request to the state that, if approved, would pay for 75 percent of a new courthouse building for Lincoln Parish.

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Durrett Sr. steps up in Simsboro

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The Simsboro Town Council met Monday night to discuss an appointment to the Lincoln Parish Fire District and approve the minutes for the month of March, among other things.
Mayor Willie Hendricks opened the meeting and after no corrections were made, minutes were approved.
The next item up was the announcement of Richard Durrett Sr. as the newly appointed representative to the Lincoln Parish Fire District.
“Our current representative, Richard Durrett Jr. has taken on a new assignment,” Hendricks said. “We are lucky to have his father, Richard Durrett Sr. stepping forward.

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GSU proudly presents success by faculty, students

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Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue warmly received guests as they entered the Thomas Jefferson Room at the Claiborne Building for an evening reception.
GSU director of bands Larry Pannell and other faculty musicians serenaded guests as they mingled, dining on crab cakes, shrimp and crawfish pasta, bruschetta on toast and finger sandwiches. They also had an assortment of fresh fruits, cheeses and desserts — and GSU’s signature cookies.

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Bienville student art on display

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the exhibit of artwork by Talented Art students from Bienville Parish Schools now through May 16.
The exhibit is in the lobby of the historic Dixie Center for the Arts. The range of artwork that the students have created includes sculpture, painting, drawing, animation, ink and mixed media.

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RHS, Tech to test out eco-cars

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Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University’s new eco-cars will make the school’s 2014 diesel debut in New Orleans this week during a special “roll-out” event sponsored by Shell Oil prior to the international competition in Houston later this month. RHS STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teacher and eco-car coach Randall Elliott and the 10-student team from RHS will have two cars entered in the Houston event, both designed, engineered, fabricated and produced by these RHS students.

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Nealy visits Kiwanis

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On April 3, Ruston realtor Dickey Nealy, spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club concerning local residential house prices from the 1960s until now. He contrasted the stability of the prices of local housing to the real estate market crash that negatively impacted the U.S. economy in recent years.

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Club News

Magi Chapter No. 85, Order of Eastern Star
Linda Lamkin and Gary Hinckley were installed as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Magi Chapter No. 85 of the Order of Eastern Star on Jan. 14, 2014. The ceremony took place at the Masonic Temple in Ruston and was conducted by Installing Officer Shirley Boone.

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