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April 10th, 2015

Daughter inspires mother’s dream

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Smith opened Nana’s in February
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Dorethea Smith, a local school bus driver, opened Nana’s Soul Food on February 25. Her daughter, Brandy McNeal inspired her to fulfill her dream of owning a restaurant.
“My daughter has always been the force in wanting me to open a restaurant,” Smith said. “I have always wanted to open one, but she was the driving force.”

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Local Junior Auxiliary celebrates service

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The hard work goes on year-round, but during the first week of April each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston pauses to say thanks to the community for another great year.
A year packed with service to families and children through 8 service projects that include everything from helping with holiday celebrations for the special needs classes at LPECC to Sharing a “Kindness Matters” puppet show to all the preschool children in Lincoln Parish.

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Joe Woods honored with annual event

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One of our biggest Dixie Center for the Arts events is right around the corner. On April 18,the 10th annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will again grace the historic Dixie stage. The show begins at 6 p.m. featuring songs that we know and love.

We celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Woods each spring as we bring back band members who played in his original band and singers who often have a tie to Joe, and always a connection to the music he performed at the Dixie Theater every Saturday night.

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Raising tobacco awareness

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On March 18 the Keystone Club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana participated in a nationwide initiative “Kick Butts Day.” A group comprised of nine high school students coordinated an Anti-Tobacco Pep Rally. The event was to raise awareness of the different tactics that major tobacco industries use to target “Kids” as a replacement for former tobacco users. The event included a photo booth, face painting, beading, spacewalk, sidewalk chalk, food, keynote speaker, and entertainment from non-Greek and Greek organization from local universities.

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Raising autism awareness

The 3rd annual Hope for Autism 5K and Family Fun Day at 9 a.m. on April 25 at the Lincoln Parish Park brings our attention to a disorder that is all too common but often misunderstood.
Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a complex brain development disorder. It is characterized by difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors and social interaction. There are also varying degrees of this disorder on the autism spectrum.

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Places to recycle in Ruston

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With Earth Day coming up on April 22 and this week’s Think Green Early Event at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, I began to think about how important it is that we not only take steps to be more environmentally-friendly ourselves but also how we must prepare the next generation with the knowledge to live a greener life.
At the Think Green Early Event, I witnessed children between 4 and 5 years of age easily grasping concepts such as how to separate different discarded goods into the right recycling bins and how to upcycle everyday ‘‘trash’’ into fun crafts.

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April 9th

City considers downtown living

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Officials from the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office said Wednesday they’re willing to work with local developers and downtown building owners to find feasible ways of converting unused upper stories into residential living space.
“There’s always things to work with and there’s always a way to do it,” Joe Delaune, chief architect with the fire marshal’s office, said.
Delaune, state Fire Marshal Butch Browning and members of Browning’s staff spent most of Wednesday touring seven potential residential and business sites downtown, all located in historic structures.

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Stone seeks re-election

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone and Joe Dickson, right, spoke briefly following a press conference Wednesday during which Stone formally announced his bid for re-election. Stone has served as sheriff for 11 years and has worked with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for 39 years.

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Weather watchers wanted

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Storm spotter class offered to public

Area residents who want to help the National Weather Service be on the lookout for severe weather can attend a basic Skywarn storm spotter certification class Monday at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located at 161 Road Camp Road.
The two-hour session is free of charge, with all materials provided. Advance registration is not required. This is the first time the class has been offered locally.
Skywarn spotters are not storm chasers, but are trained, volunteer weather watchers, Jason Hansford, senior meteorologist with the NWS Shreveport office, said.

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Choudrant chases grant

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The village of Choudrant Town Council has been given the opportunity to apply for a Community Development Block Grant administered by the state Division of Administration.
Bill Sanderson, mayor of Choudrant, said the state requires procedures to ensure adequate citizen participation in order to apply for the grant.
At its regular meeting on Monday, the council passed an ordinance to provide citizens with an informational meeting and provide a public hearing to obtain the citizen’s views on what to do with the grant money.

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