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Date

October 17th

Library Director resigns

The letter is dated Dec. 30 and is addressed to Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control President Sam Williams with the following text:
"This letter is notification that I am resigning my position as Director of Lincoln Parish effective January 30, 2005.
"It has been my pleasure to serve under the LPL Board of Control and, with the support of the library staff and the Friends of the Library, to provide high quality library services to the residents of Lincoln Parish."

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Lewis & Co to close after 140 years

Lewis & Company President, William J. Lewis, said, "Lewis & Company has had the honor of serving Ruston and the surrounding community for 140 years. In the beginning, as General Mercantile Store, Lewis & Company played a key role in the early growth of the area by providing the necessary provisions for the pioneering settlers of the area. By the mid-twentieth century the Lewis & Company name had become synonymous with 'High Quality Fashion' in North Louisiana."

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Library to host Jonesboro artist

Lincoln Parish Library Director Katherine Brown said the works of Lucca will offer one of the first major art events for the new library.
"We are delighted to have an opportunity for everyone to see these outstanding works and to meet and talk with the artist who created them," Brown said. "The Sunday afternoon reception for her on the 29th will open a month long exhibition of her works concluding Sept. 30."

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Local hotels report Ivan's impact

Area hotels are either booked up or booking up quickly as thousands of Louisianians decide not to take a chance on Mother Nature.
Director of Education for the Holiday Inn Express, the Ramada Inn and the Budget Lodge Patsy Bullock said all three of those facilities are either already booked or rapidly filling with those fleeing the storm.

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Hogan Hardwoods supplies Presidential wood

Hogan Hardwoods and Moulding Board Member Clay Hipp said this was an extremely rare project in many ways.
"The construction costs totaled an estimated $165 million which was privately raised through charitable contributions from more than 100,000 donors," he said. "The Clinton Presidential Center and Park has helped spur more than $1 billion in economic development in the downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock areas."
Hipp said that the involvement of the Ruston company includes the architectural interior millwork.

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Gov. Blanco visits Ruston, Tech and GSU

Governor Blanco was introduced by Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau who cited her visions for a new Louisiana in three critical fields — affordable and accessible health care, improved education on all levels, and strong and vibrant economic growth. He referenced her proven abilities and those of an administration earmarked by honesty, integrity, hard work, service and commitment.
Blanco moved swiftly from general reflections on the recent national election to areas of concern in Lincoln Parish.

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Andrew's Wish to be granted

He is the son of Todd and Christi Faulkner of Ruston and he will soon be leaving for the U.S. Tennis Open in New York made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Louisiana and the Ruston Jaycees.
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children between the ages of three and 18 who have life-threatening diseases. Faulkner is on dialysis and has a rare kidney disease called Focal Glomeralsclerosis or FSGS.

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Library Board committee recommends salary range

Committee chair Shirley Boyd and committee member Burnelle Brantley were joined by LPL Board President Sam Williams and LPL Director Katherine Brown for the meeting.
The committee will also recommend to the full LPL Board the adoption of a basic evaluation package for the director's position which was provided by Brown. The three page questionnaire is a compilation of evaluation questions which Brown has collected over the years from forms used in other libraries.

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Harris Hotel balcony barricaded

City of Ruston Building Official Mark Joiner said the measure was taken in order to protect pedestrians from possible collapse of the structure.
"We were in the process of inspecting the new electrical work at the building next door when we noticed the condition of the balcony of the old Harris Hotel which extends over the sidewalk," Joiner said.

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Sparta Awareness Day success despite weather

"We were prepared to have around 400 people on the Jackson Parish Courthouse lawn to pick up Save Our Sparta kits and to hear the guest speakers," said Trailblazer Executive Director Ellzey Simmons. "But with the weather we had to set up inside but we still had 100 people in attendance even with the severe thunderstorms. We consider it a success."
The original number of 400 anticipated attendees was developed through a contact list. Each volunteer leader contacted 25 people and invited them to attend in a grassroots community outreach plan.

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