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June 3rd, 2014

Choudrant business postponed

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A special meeting of the Village of Choudrant Council will have to be held later this month as only one council member was present at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night.
A special meeting will be required, Town Clerk Celeste Butler said, because the budget for fiscal year 2014-15, among other official beginning of year business, must be passed during June, when the fiscal year begins. Butler said the date of the special meeting will be made public when it is decided upon.

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History in progress

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Ruston approves first ever overlay district

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen made history Monday night. It approved the city’s first neighborhood conservation overlay district, leading Mayor Dan Hollingsworth to call the decision “a proud moment in our community’s history.”
The unanimous vote on the request by the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee came after aldermen also unanimously agreed to remove Robert Street from the plan.

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Peach Stop game aims to boost local businesses

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The Louisiana Peach Festival is looking to give away a $1,000 prize package to the person who visits the most participating businesses during the festival’s newest event, the Peach Stop.
“We wanted to do something that helps all our merchants, not just our downtown merchants,” Judy Copeland, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce president, said.

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When to prune and reasons to do so

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Although late winter is generally the ideal time for pruning chores, many of our spring-blooming shrubs are best pruned immediately after flowers have faded.
Observing the plants in north Louisiana, many of these have finished blooming and now is the time to begin pruning such plants as azaleas, spirea, mock-orange, weigela, camellia, sasanqua camellia, forsythia, deutzia, banana shrub, sweet olive, honeysuckle and flowering quince.

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Youth show expertise in trapping

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Zachery Skipper and John Pruden competed in the Sanson Elimination Trap Event in April at the Arcadia Gun Club and placed in the top 15 junior/sub-juniors across the state. Zack and John were sponsored to compete in May at the 2014 Louisiana Trapshooting Association State Shoot held at Hunter’s Run Gun Club in Port Allen.

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Cedar Creek’s Pyles 1A MVP

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Six Cougars named to All-State softball, baseball teams
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Top honorees Caley Pyles of Cedar Creek and St. Frederick’s Will Daniels highlight a strong northeastern presence on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State baseball and softball teams.
Pyles, 19-12 as a pitcher, was voted the Outstanding Player for softball after leading Cedar Creek of Ruston to a state championship alongside coach Julie Riser, who was picked as the Coach of the Year.

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Museum to feature GSU

Many residents around Lincoln Parish know how important the Eddie Robinson Museum and the Bayou Classic football game is for our region.
Soon, the rest of the country will know, too.
That’s because Grambling State University will be featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens in Washington, D.C., in spring 2016.

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Summer workshop opportunities

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Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime.
Myself and volunteers Beth Liberatos and Helen Boersma are presenting “Cooking with Kids,” a summer workshop June 23, 24 and 25.

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June 2nd

Chartreuse Pear finds new home in historic building

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Walking down the carriageway that leads to Ruston’s recently relocated Chartreuse Pear might make residents think they’ve stepped into another city altogether.
Located behind The Fashion on West Park Avenue, the Chartreuse Pear is the latest addition to the building that used to house Stowe’s bar and a downtown hospital before that.
Travis Lee, who co-owns the business with his mother Brenda Lee, said the business has been open in Ruston for about 15 years, and the new spot opened at the beginning of May.

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Woman charged in auto theft

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A Texas woman was arrested and charged with auto theft, possession of marijuana and possession of schedule II drugs Sunday night in Lincoln Parish, according to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to reports, LPSO received a call from Louisiana State Police about a stolen vehicle headed into Lincoln Parish. They reportedly found the vehicle being driven by Sarah Holloway, 24, of Willis Point, Texas.
Holloway reportedly stated that she was heading back to Bossier after leaving sometime Saturday following an argument with her boyfriend.

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