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May 16th, 2014

Bancorp declares dividend

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Louisiana Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:LABC) announced recently that its board of directors at their meeting on April 29 declared a cash dividend of 5 cents per share on the common stock of the Company, payable on May 29 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on May 13.

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Stage is wiggin’ out

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Stage presented a check for $1,929 to Wiggin’Out recently from a fundraiser. Pictured, left to right, are Patrick Walsh, Wiggin’ Out; Jennifer Holtz, Wiggin’ Out; Elizabeth Turnley, Wiggin’ Out; Vicki Caskey, Wiggin’ Out; Charles Post, Stage district manager; Tia Culpepper, Stage store manager.

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Mayoral candidate announced

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Ruston businessman Bill Elmore confirmed Thursday he’s running for mayor.
“It’s no secret, I am running,” he said.
Elmore, a Republican, is the second declared candidate in the race to succeed retiring Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. Former banker and Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker is the other current contender. Walker is also a Republican.
Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary begins Aug. 20.
Elmore, 66, said he decided to enter the race only a week ago. This is his first time to seek public office. He said he’d make his formal campaign announcement on June 3.

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Water bill still rolling

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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.

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Seesawing away muscular disease

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The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order is currently holding their annual SeeSaw-A-Thon in the field between Celebrity Theatres and Lowe’s. The event began on Thursday morning and will continue through midnight Saturday. Members will keep the seesaw going for 36 straight hours. The organization holds this event each year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, to help fund treatments and the search for a cure. Residents are asked to stop by and drop off donations, which are tax-deductible, to help the MDA.

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Chase halted

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A Calhoun man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today after a highway chase through three parishes at speeds over 100 mph.
Benjamin Moore Tyler, 31, is charged locally with speeding in excess of 100 mph, improper lane usage and aggravated flight as a result of the May 5 incident on Interstate 20. Tyler has been incarcerated in Webster Parish on charges stemming from the same incident.
Bond for the three Lincoln Parish charges is $18,000, according to the arrest affidavit. The aggravated flight charge alone carries a $15,000 bond.

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LPSD wraps-up year with ‘Champion’ celebration

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The Lincoln Parish School District rolled out its sixth annual “Celebration of Champions” this week, an event designed to shine the spotlight on the best of the best among efforts throughout the system.

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Leadership Lincoln graduates 2013-14 class

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Leadership Lincoln participants celebrated the end of an era in a graduation ceremony held Thursday night at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Graduates spent the past nine months learning about their community and how to become a vital part of the economic and governmental success of Lincoln Parish.
“When I started I had no idea what to expect,” said Matt Winkelpleck, “I’ve learned so much from this.”
The idea is to get you to think outside the box,” said RLCOC President Judy Copeland. “Because we need you to be connected with our community.”

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Choudrant business wins state small business award

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BATON ROUGE — This week, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2014 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana. The winners were honored in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Operation Round Up helps local kids

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Operation Round Up is a community service program that gives Claiborne Electric members the option to allow their bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar. The difference in the actual bill and the rounded amount is deposited into the Operation Round Up Trust Fund. One hundred percent of the funds accumulated are dispersed to charitable causes in the communities served by Claiborne Electric. Above: Operation Round Up Trust Board member Dale Gryder presents a grant to Sabrina Love, unit director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.

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