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February 20th, 2014

Hoping for the springtime

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It’s almost here. I can feel it. Just a little longer. Spring is in the air.
I know technically we’re still on the tail end of winter but what’s getting me through these short days and long nights is knowing that soon enough, flowers will bloom again, green grass will grow and the sun will shine longer.
Most of the time I think I take seasons in stride but this year I’m impatient about the upcoming change. Maybe it’s because this winter has seemed particularly long. Maybe it’s because spring represents everything winter doesn’t: new life and, ultimately, hope.

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Doris Blalock Hennigan

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Doris Blalock Hennigan, 78, formally of Jonesboro, passed away February 18, 2014 of a sudden illness in Monroe, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro, on Friday, February 21, 2014, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, with service following in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Karvin Adams of Cypress Street Church of God, of West Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive West Cemetery, under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Doris was born in Punkin Center to Charles Loyd and Lou Allie Blalock on July 17, 1935.

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Tommy Dean Callaway Hearne

Tommy Dean Callaway Hearne, 82, of Ruston, passed from this earth Tuesday February 18, 2014 after a brief illness. Tommy Dean was born May 23, 1931 in Monroe, Louisiana to Margaret Jeffress Callaway and Thomas Dean Callaway, and grew up in Jonesboro. She met her husband of 66 years, Eugene, while attending Jonesboro- Hodge High School.

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February 19th

Collier: Drive based on era

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When Grambling State University looked last fall to “significantly ramp up the university’s alumni affairs, friendraising and fundraising efforts,” it looked to a familiar face.
Last December GSU named Carolyn Collier as interim director of alumni affairs. A 1974 GSU graduate, Collier, the first Miss Grambling (1973-74) to actually be a Grambling native, has served in numerous positions for the school for more than 28 years.

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Local taxes lost to Internet sales

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Commission discusses issues at hand

The Lincoln Parish Sales Tax and Use Commission met Tuesday to discuss collections and year-to-date earnings as well as an impending problem with local sales taxes being lost to Internet sales.
Commission Administrator Jerry Moore opened the meeting with a report on 2013’s fourth quarter and annual audit.
“The fourth quarter for the year has gone fairly well,” Moore said. “I’m thankful it ended up so good.”

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Single car accident occurs

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At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday a single motor vehicle accident occurred at U.S. Highway 167 and the Interstate 20 eastbound onramp when a small red sedan struck a the light pole. Ruston Fire Department responded to the call with one engine unit, one ambulance and one rescue company.
Eric Brazzel, RFD public education officer, said one person was transported to Nothern Louisiana Medical Center for what appeared to be minor injuries.

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Dubach audit deemed clean

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The board of aldermen for the town of Dubach met in regular session Tuesday night to hear audit findings for the fiscal year 2012-13.
Don McGehee, the town’s certified public accountant, said in his opinion this was a clean audit.
“I didn’t see anything wrong,” McGehee said. “This is as good as it gets.”
McGehee went over several pages of the audit with the board and mayor to help them better understand the information being presented.
“The town has a healthy bank balance,” he said. “You’re liabilities are less that $10,000, which is a very good thing.”

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LPDC breaks ground

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Tuesday afternoon was a historic day as the Lincoln Parish Detention Center broke ground on the first ever garden on its land.
Warden Jim Tuten said the garden will be a benefit both to the inmates and the community.
“During growing season, we’ll be able to supplement our meals with fresh vegetables,” Tuten said.
Tommy Sutton, with the LPDC’s maintenance department, will be in charge of the garden. He said they will grow a variety of vegetables including potatoes, corn, squash, okra, beans, peas, tomatoes and three varieties of watermelon.

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Preparation for severe weather

While Lincoln Parish residents might have enjoyed the few days they received off from work and school last week, the severe weather event highlighted the need for emergency preparedness.
Ruston and Lincoln Parish emergency personnel helped keep everyone safe during last week’s weather event, and are frequently.
This week is Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week, designated to help raise awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness.

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State should save water initiative

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If any state should understand the value of good water, Louisiana should.
After all, 20 percent of the state is covered by water, and 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states are in Louisiana. A substantial portion of Louisiana’s economy and cultural heritage is directly linked to lakes, rivers and bayous used for recreation, transportation, wildlife, food production and human consumption.

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