A trip to visit relatives, and a failed attempt to find a large nativity scene for their yard, resulted in a new business idea for former landscapers Don and Debbie Cochran.
Debbie Cochran said when she and her husband visited their sons, they both had a yard full of figurines including Santa, Disney characters and more, but neither had a nativity.
“They didn’t have Jesus,” Cochran said. “We asked around where to find a nativity, but there weren’t any available.”
An amended ordinance unanimously passed by Ruston aldermen on Monday will make it necessary for business owners to take a few extra steps before they can open businesses in a residential area.
The city’s transition zoning ordinance allows doctors’ offices, attorney’s offices and some other businesses to locate in the first lot of a residential area — if it’s next to a commercial or industrial zone. The previous ordinance also allowed some other businesses not specified in the ordinance to set up shop in the first residential lot if they were approved by the Board of Adjustment.
The amended ordinance means instead of obtaining only Board of Adjustment approval, business owners must get the OK from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, which can add restrictions to make the business more compatible with the neighborhood.
Northern Louisiana Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is the third time Northern Louisiana Medical Center has earned the designation.
State Sen. Bob Kostelka addressed Louisiana Tech University students on the processes of redistricting and reapportioning of election districts at the Financial Management Association meeting earlier this month in the George T. Madison Auditorium.