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October 17th

Lewis & Company History: An Enviable Record

Eventually, they went to Trenton and established a furnishing store, handling everything of a general mercantile nature such as clothing, food, wagons, farm supplies, firearms - just nearly everything that was needed by the growing agriculturally oriented community. Merchandise was received by river boat primarily from St. Louis and New Orleans. Trenton, at that time, was a thriving little river port and served as a forwarding point for shipment by ox wagons to such inland towns as Winnfield, Vienna, Homer and Athens.

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Raising Cane's ground breaking Monday

With recent confirmation that the deal had closed on a restaurant for Ruston, Raising Cane's marketing director Renee Trusty said announcements will be made very rapidly on the beginning construction dates and projected completion and opening dates.
"We are very excited about coming to Ruston and being part of the development on the interstate," she said. "We plan a 3,000 square foot restaurant with a family atmosphere which should appeal to all ages, even though our target demographics are considered ages 18 to 34."

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Movie theater plans confirmed

It will seat 1,500 viewers in high back reclining chairs with plenty of leg room. It will feature wall to wall screens as well as all digital surround sound.
Land will be cleared sometime in the next 30 days to make way for the $13 million project of The Shane Morrison Companies LLC.

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Library Board begins search for new director

Immediately after the board accepted the resignation letter of current director Katherine Brown, board member and Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Mickey Mays thanked her for her years of service and said her giving plenty of notice was greatly appreciated.
Brown will leave to accept the position of Baytown, Texas City Library at the end of the month.
Board president Sam Williams appointed a committee made up of board members George Byrnside, Anne Kilpatrick and Shirley Boyd to begin a search immediately.

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Indian community celebrates Festival of Light

The event was a joint project of the Indian Association of Ruston headed by President Vibhavari Jani and the Association of Indian Students at Louisiana Tech University headed by President Padmanabhan Venkatachalam.

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Glen View teacher wins state competition

The selection was made by Phi Kappa Delta International, a national professional education association, working in conjunction with the Wal-Mart Corporation which provided a total of $11,000 in educational grants to Glen View Elementary in honor of Wallace's work.

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Wal-Mart remodel means jobs

Store Manager Mike Powers said once the remodel begins, the work will proceed very rapidly with as little disruption of regular business as possible. At the completion of the 11-week job, Powers will make an effort to retain some of the new hires but there will not be permanent positions for all of them.

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Cypress Springs area to get park

Jefferson Land Co. Developer Dicky Nealy owns the land and had originally planned a residential development which became a point of controversy when he announced plans to construct smaller and lower priced housing than much of what already existed in the area. That plan was opposed by Alderman Marie Riggs and a group of Cypress Springs residents who organized to fight the proposal.
The current appraisal for the property came in at about $112,000; however, Nealy said he would offer it to the city at just below $104,000.

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CCA pantry is bare; food items desperately needed

CCA Executive Director Stephanie Griffin said current levels are drastically below even minimum levels of humanitarian assistance.
"This is really not unusual for this time of year," Griffin said. "This is my third summer at CCA and it happens every year. I am not sure really why this is the case. People are busy with their vacations and children's activities and they are just not thinking about people who don't even have enough to feed their families.

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Movie theater scheduled for spring opening

"We had about 45 days of rain in May and June and that has caused a major delay for us," Morrison said. "We are about six weeks behind where we had planned to be at this time, but we are still looking at a Spring 2005 opening date."
With reference to some local rumors that the project might be in financial trouble, Morrison said nothing could be more inaccurate.

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