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Archive - Oct 17, 2005

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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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Dixie celebrates ground breaking

The crowd included board members, longtime volunteer supporters, city and parish officials, current and past area legislators and contributors.
Linda Graham, one of the earliest supporters of the restoration project, said the time had come to "trade the broom for the shovel" in celebrating the official ground breaking for the first phase of restoration, renovation and construction.

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Value of tourism cited at annual event

"When you review our mission statement you see how important our work is to our local economy," LeDay began. "We are charged with creating, preserving and enhancing quality visitor experiences and overnight stays through the promotion and development of the tourism economy of Lincoln Parish."
LeDay said while organizations such as the RLCVB work diligently to promote area tourism, each resident has a role to play in the overall success of the effort.

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Riders compete in Exhibition Center

Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were represented in classes for the beginner rider with fences only 18" tall through advanced levels of 3'6" and higher.
A special hunter division offered a $100 purse for riders taking fences at 18", 2', 2'3" and 2'6" plus special jumper division and jackpot high schooling jumper stake.
Jumpers went from the beginner level of 2'6" to the high schooling level of 4'.

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