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May 9th, 2014

BGC prepares for family fun

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Saturday will be a fun-filled event for the community and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodland Park (East End Park), the club will partner with community members to hold the first-ever Family Day.
Event organizer and Programming Assistant for the club Alana Moore said a couple of community members came to the club with the idea.
“Community member came to us and said this was something they wanted to do,” she said. “So we partnered together in order to lend a helping hand to the community.”

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Questions surround campaign funds

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana legislators have kept thousands of taxpayer dollars that should have gone to reimburse expenses paid by their campaigns, according to an analysis of campaign and legislative records by NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News.
They billed their campaigns and the Legislature for office equipment, hotels in Washington D.C., Panama City, in Panama, and other locations, cell phone use and more. The House and Senate reimbursed the expenses, but the lawmakers’ campaign reports included no evidence that they repaid their campaigns.

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Quest for GSU president begins

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The University of Louisiana System began the process of selecting a new president for Grambling State University, in light of president Frank G. Pogue’s recent retirement announcement, in a conference held May 8 in the Betty E. Smith School of Nursing Auditorium.
ULS President Sandra Woodley said the meeting would be the first of many opportunities for the public to share their thoughts and feelings as to what qualities the new president should possess.
“This is a very important kick-off and we’re interested in what you have to say,” Woodley said.

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Downtown Gallery Crawl a success

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I was filled with so many positive emotions last week at Ruston’s first Downtown Gallery Crawl. I simply could not stop smiling. As a former resident of Monroe, and as an arts-worker, I am very familiar with the Downtown Monroe Gallery Crawls. They are fun, they’re well attended, they get great publicity — and they use a lot of Lincoln Parish talent.

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Take time for ‘Stitching with Mom’ Saturday

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at the library and attend a special “Stitching with Mom” class on 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Community Room. Participants are encouraged to bring their moms and moms are encouraged to bring their older children for a unique intergenerational event.
All participants will learn how to knit/crochet a special gift for their mom or other special women in their life. Again, no experience is necessary.

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Lady Tigers knocked from tourney

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A late rally by Grambling State forced the Lady Tigers’ Southwestern Athletic Conference Softball Tournament into extra innings Thursday. But post-regulation play didn’t last long as Southern ignited for five runs in the top of the eighth inning gave the win to the Lady Jaguars, 12-7. Pictured is GSU starting pitcher Angela Perez, who worked the first six innings on the mound for the Lady Tigers.

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Tech baseball set for final home series

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Louisiana Tech enters its final home stretch of the 2014 season this weekend as the Bulldogs welcome the Charlotte 49ers to Ruston for a three-game Conference USA series beginning at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech (15-29, 5-19 C-USA) comes into this weekend’s series having won five of its last seven games, including a victory over Marshall last Sunday to salvage the series after losing the first two games. Charlotte travels to Ruston with a 14-29-1 overall record, including a 6-17 mark in Conference USA games.

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Events offer residents fun for all

It’s the time of year when every weekend is filled with an opportunity for people to have a good time, get some exercise and help someone in need. This weekend is no exception.
Tonight, residents will have the chance to help two groups dedicated to helping children.
The second annual Jazzland event is slated for 7 p.m. tonight at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Headlining the event is well-known artist Marc Broussard. All proceeds will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.

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Local club offers weekend fun

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When I first started working at the Ruston Daily Leader I was given the task of covering an event at our local Boys and Girls Club. Since then the organization has held a special place in my heart, and I have sort of been adopted as one of their own.
This weekend is packed full of events that will not only benefit the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, but also bring families closer together.
On tap for tonight is their annual Jazzland concert, which Marc Broussard will headline and Larry Pannell along with the Grambling State University Jazz Ensemble will open.

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Life lived with an asterisk

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A buddy and I were talking the other day. He was having some issues with a friend of his. He went on and on about his friend’s failings. After listening for a while — and I don’t know why the idea popped into my head — I stopped him and said: Well, everybody’s got an asterisk.
He asked me what I meant. I thought for a minute then said: Everybody I know, including me, has an asterisk — something that better explains who that person is and how they got that way. I would think it’s pretty hard for anyone to go from birth to death with having an asterisk.

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