William and Nancy Hanks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. Their family hosted an evening of food and fellowship at the Hanks’ home. The Hanks were married Oct. 15, 1960. They have two children, Mike Hanks and wife Cammie, and Jackie Billberry and husband Philip. They have four grandchildren, Lance Billberry, Brittney Billberry, Hunter Hanks and Abigail Hanks.
Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here.
A Senate bill was approved Thursday allowing the state to sell acreage in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville to the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative.
The bill, SB 430 by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, passed 92-0. The proposal now goes back to the Senate for concurrence in a minor technical amendment. If Senators approve of the House amendment, the proposal will go to Gov. Bobby Jindal for this signature.
Having recently raised $3 million, the Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science is closer to getting its new Integrated Engineering and Science Building, which is estimated to cost $15 million.
James Nelson, associate dean of undergraduate studies for the COES, said the college is hoping to raise $7.5 million and use state grants to pay for the other half.
Nelson said the new building will encourage more collaboration among programs, facilitate the project-based curriculum and accommodate study groups for students.
It took 65 years, but Gene Hewitt Dixon, of Oakdale, received her bachelor’s degree at Louisiana Tech’s summer graduation held Thursday, along with 296 other graduates.
Dixon, 82, enrolled in Tech the first time in the fall of 1946 and the second time in the winter of 2010.
“It crossed my mind, and a year ago, my daughter and I drove up to Ruston and ate lunch with a friend who drove us around campus,” Dixon said.
One group of volunteers is working to ensure that no local resident will go without a holiday meal on Thanksgiving.
Kat Auger, owner of Kapiche in downtown Ruston, is spearheading an effort to serve Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at her store.
“On Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will have people serving lunch to those less fortunate, and we will also be delivering lunches to shut-ins, or people who cannot travel for themselves and are less fortunate,” Auger said.