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Honoring leaders

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GSU to recognize distinguished awardees

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has named five Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership awardees, including the mayor of Grambling, a civil rights activist, educational pioneers and medical doctors.
The award categories and the awardees are: Charles Drew for Science and Technology Award: Drs. Richard and Edith Rayford — Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award; Valena Lane and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones — Kara Vaughn Jackson Education Award; Lamore J. Carter — Madame C. J. Walker Business Award and Calvin Wilkerson, posthumously.

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Storm causes damage, outages

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Tuesday night’s storm caused damage and power outages within the parish. Darrell Caraway, City of Ruston light and power operations manager, said approximately 1,300 residents lost power at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of town near Eastland Avenue and South Farmerville Street. Jim Pesnell, customer service manager for Entergy, said throughout Entergy’s local service area approximately 1,000 people lost power, the majority of whom live in Lincoln Parish. He said all customers should have their power back by the end of the day. Pictured is a home, located at 4110 U.S.

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Tech production looks at relationships

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The Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts is set to present “Proof,” a play that explores the human element of relationships.
“It is a study in common relations,” Paul B. Crook, director of recruiting for the department of theatre, said. “It explores the fragility of the human existence, how relationships are formed and how they are maintained.”

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H.E.L.P. Agency to distribute food

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The H.E.L.P. Agency will begin taking applications for USDA donated food distributed to needy families under The Emergency Food Assistance Program. All households who desire to participate must complete an Application/Declaratory Statement of Eligibility in order to receive commodities.
If a person completed an application between May 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2012, it is not necessary to complete a new application.

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Residents come together to save Ms. Ruston

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Last week, a young dog, affectionately named Ms. Ruston by the people involved in rescuing her, got to see firsthand that there is still plenty of kindness to spare in Lincoln Parish, despite tough economic times.
Last Wednesday, sisters Jordan Pierce and Melissa Simons, both Lincoln Parish residents, found a young dog in Bienville Parish.

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RPAR set to begin youth spring soccer season

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The deadline has passed and work is under way to form teams, find volunteer coaches and set schedules for the Ruston Parks and Recreation spring soccer season. Local children will be among the nearly 20 million youth who play soccer in the United States, enjoying the exercise, camaraderie and fun associated with playing recreational sports.

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Veteran honored at VFW Post 3615

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Dan Fallin, Ruston resident and WWII veteran, was honored with a party at the Ruston VFW Post 3615 on Jan. 23 for his 100th birthday. The party was hosted by his family, the VFW and The Arbor of Ruston. Pictured above is Mayor Dan Hollingsworth presenting Fallin with a letter from the City of Ruston.

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Popeyes kicks off ‘Appetite for a Cure’ to aid MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association and Sailormen Inc. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen are teaming up for the 2013 “Appetite for a Cure” campaign to benefit children and adults affected by neuromuscular disease in Northeast Louisiana.
The annual campaign encourages Popeyes customers in Northeast Louisiana to bring an appetite for great food — and a cure for muscle disease — by selling $1 coupon cards worth $30 to be used toward free and discounted purchases during a future visit to support MDA's programs of research and health care services, including MDA summer camp at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock, Ark.

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Help support St. Jude

To be diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience for any individual and his or her family.
Sometimes this dreaded disease strikes the most innocent and vulnerable among us — children.  
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the second most common cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 14 years in the United States, surpassed only by accidents.

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Sex offender law full of issues

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Sometimes you just have to wonder what the Louisiana Legislature was thinking when it enacted some of the laws now on the books. Take the new law that limits public library access for sex offenders whose victims were under age 13, for example.

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