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September 28th

Jones seeks PJ seat

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Elliot Gerard Jones has announced his candidacy for Lincoln Parish Police Jury in District 2 for the Oct. 22 elections. As a native of Grambling and a 2000 honor graduate of Grambling State University, Jones said he is thoroughly aware of the critical issues that face the district.
“My career as a banker and a home builder has allowed me the opportunity to work with operating budgets and fund appropriations,” Jones said. “I also understand the importance of improving and expanding our infrastructure, enlarging and overlaying our streets and improving drainage in our flood areas.”

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Tech visual arts center to be named for F. Jay Taylor

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Louisiana Tech University will honor the memory of F. Jay Taylor on Saturday by naming the campus’ visual arts building for the former Tech president during a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
The facility, to be known as the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center, is home to Louisiana Tech’s School of Art and is located on Mayfield Street on the Tech campus, just west of A.E. Phillips Laboratory School.
The ceremony is open to the public.

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CCA in need of food donations

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There are thousands of families in Lincoln Parish who receive food distributions from Christian Community Action.
Unfortunately, the nonprofit organization has a very low supply of food right now due to a higher than normal number of distributions over the summer.
Hence, CCA Director Stephanie Griffin is appealing to the community to step forward and donate canned goods and other nonperishable foods.

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Armed robbery suspect arrested on warrants

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A Grambling man wanted in connection with an armed robbery that happened in early August was arrested by the Ruston Police Department Tuesday evening.
Ruben Bridges, 29, 290 Dunn Road, was picked up by the RPD on a warrant for armed robbery with a gun through the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, and he is currently in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
LPSO spokesman Stephen Williams said the warrant stems from an incident in early August in which Bridges and Quinton LeBlanc, 25, 2607 Kavanaugh Road, allegedly pulled a gun on a couple and stole cash and a car from them.

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Local named achievement semifinalist

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Benjamin Siegmund, a senior at Cedar Creek School and son of Bruce and Pamela Siegmund, has been named a National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalist. Siegmund serves as the senior class president and is a member of the Cougar Varsity Football Team.
More than 1,600 black American high school seniors who have been designated semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program were announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials.

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McMurry wins 4-wheeler

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Jerry McMurry, of Ruston, was the winner of the Honda 4-wheeler given away by McKinney Honda at this year’s 26th annual fall open house. Handing over the keys is Richie McKinney of McKinney Honda.

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GSU celebrates Founder’s Week

Sept. 26-30 is Founder’s Week for Grambling State University, and as the historically black college and university celebrates 110 years of academics, it also looks back at the history of the school and what all it has meant to Lincoln Parish over the years.
According to GSU’s website, the school opened in 1901 under the name of the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School, and it was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, a group of African American farmers who wanted to operate a school for black residents in this region of the state.

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Customers should have choices

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Early on in my business school career, a professor emphasized that in order to succeed at business we’d have to stop thinking like consumers. I’ve been in business school long enough that I am really starting to see the business side of things. I’d hope so, considering I’ll finish up classes next quarter.
But, having been a consumer my entire life makes it difficult to shake the habit. Especially when it seems that companies aren’t really considering loyal customers’ best interests.

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A gift made with love

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It was the worst time in the world for an itinerant scissors grinder to be knocking at Jed Marley’s door. As one of the many barely-hanging-on sharecroppers in our sassafras and red clay hill part of the world, the year had been a disaster for Jed. Boll weevils had virtually riddled his one cash crop, and he still owed a balance at the store.

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JA welcomes incoming provisional class

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Junior Auxiliary of Ruston welcomes its incoming provisional class for the 2011-12 year.
This group of ladies has shown interest in joining Junior Auxiliary of Ruston.
The provisional class will be trained for six months as well as attend chapter meetings and participate in projects to determine if they wish to volunteer their time to the Lincoln Parish community through JA for the next five years.

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