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Fraternity donates gifts to Methodist Children's Home

Louisiana Tech University's chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity made Christmas a little brighter for some residents of the Methodist Children's Home. The fraternity presented the kids with gifts and pizza at 5:30 p.m. last night at their house. Pat Charette was on hand to add Christmas spirit dressed as Santa Clause.
Several members of the fraternity are employed with the Methodist Children's Home, which gave them the idea for the event.

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Talk of rest area still incomplete

Last night's meeting began at 7 p.m. at the Choudrant Town Hall Conference Room and conversation at the meeting touched base on everything from budgets, to rest areas and a request for financial documents made by Alderman Jimmy McGrew.
McGrew made a written request to Village Clerk Celeste Butler to see the following information on a monthly basis:
• a detailed breakdown of any and all payments made;
• a print-out of all taxes and permits with payee and amount for each permit; and
• a copy of the bank statements including copies of checks issued.

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Lab dedicated in Sims Honor

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday in George T. Madison Hall, room 207, to dedicate a new computer lab in her honor. The lab was made possible by a grant that Sims and a colleague, Dr. Tamara Powell, an assistant professor of English, wrote in October 2002.
Sims parents, Howard and Barbara Pepper were on hand to cut the ribbon and her husband, David Sims, placed a commemorative plaque in her honor by the entrance to the lab. David Sims said the lab was something Sims always wanted to do.

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Area students tackle IOWA, LEAP

Testing began on Monday and will continue until Friday except for the first and second grades who will be finished Thursday, Kay Huffman, coordinating teacher at Hillcrest, said.

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Groundbreaking to be held for new fire station

Jeff Mitchell and Ben Rauschenbach of Balar Engineers and Surveyors of Shreveport said the new complex would include the fire station, community center, open-air basketball court, playground, ball field and fountain.
"Phase one is the fire station," Rauschenbach said. "It's getting the latest and greatest technology. We really feel like it will provide a boost to the community and really be a good asset to the town. Phase two is doing something with the existing facility and rehabilitating that."

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Search for new library director continues

"We posted our job qualifications with the Louisiana Library publication and they have posted it on Web sites, Sam Williams, LP Board of Control president, said "I haven't seen the applicants, but I know we have maybe five.
"As far as I'm aware, the library is functioning as we want it to, and we will take our time in trying to find a new director."
The board voted to keep the same elected officers for the upcoming year. Williams will remain president and George Byrnside will remain vice president of the LP Board of Control.

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Afghan author visits Squire Creek

Afghan author Farah Ahmedi asked the crowd of guests in her "southern" voice at Squire Creek Golf and Country Club Wednesday. Ahmedi, author of The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, was the guest speaker at the 2005 Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon hosted in the Main Dining Room.
All tickets sold to the event benefited Ahmedi's education, James Davison, Ruston businessman and philanthropist, said.

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Shopping center to be built

Choudrant's downtown is about to get a facelift.
Construction on a new shopping center that will be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Louisiana 145 north of Hwy. 80 and east of La. 145 will begin this summer, Mayor Bill Sanderson said.
Preliminary plans for the shopping center include a pharmacy, a restaurant and four small stores.
Sanderson said the shopping center will be an excellent addition to the growing community.

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Switchfoot coming to TAC on April 28

Doors open at 7 p.m., April 28 at the Thomas Assembly Center for switchfoot, a contemporary Christian band with an alternative twist. The band is being sponsored by the Louisiana Tech University Union Board.
Members of the Union Board said they are anticipating a sold-out concert.
"We felt as a whole that this band was the best from what was touring the area at the time," Union Board member Maurice Rome said. "They fit our schedules best because we have to go by who is touring, where they are going to be and when the TAC is available for use."

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Two killed, one in critical condition from interstate crash

Stephen Borsa, 48, of Kilgore Texas, was traveling west on I-20 in a 2005 GMC truck when he attempted to pass a pick-up truck driven by John Toews, 61, of Lafayette, Ark., Sgt. Julie Lewis, Public Information Officer for the Louisiana State Police, said.
Borsa's truck clipped the 1999 Ford truck driven by Toews, went out of control and rotated as it traveled through the median and into the path of eastbound traffic where it struck a 1999 Chevrolet SUV driven by Jason Cameron, 17, of West Monroe, head-on and then flipped.

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