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March 16th, 2017

The Gazette honored by Union Chamber with Gold Award

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It was an evening to remember as residents from throughout Union Parish gathered to honor those being awarded for their service to the community during the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on March 9 at the Willie Davis Recreation Center.
The most prestigious honor of the evening — the Gold Award — was given to the The Gazette.

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NCLAC sets studio tour date

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It’s a long and winding road to make it to all of the Artists’ Studios across Northwest Louisiana that will be open the weekend of April 7-9.

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DNA test reveals more about me

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Some may call me a mutt.
My father was born in Managua, Nicaragua, but raised in Granada, Nicaragua, while my mother was born in Dallas, but raised in New Orleans, the culture mecca of the United States next to New York City.
I was born and raised in New Orleans and identify as white with Latin ethnicity in me.
But to my surprise, my origin goes beyond my initial thoughts — way outside the mountains of Nicaragua and the streets of the French Quarter.
I was gifted a DNA test earlier this year that takes a sample of your saliva, analyzes it and then estimates your ethnicity.

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Congrats to our sister paper in Farmerville

In 1878, James E. Trimble created a newspaper called the Farmerville Gazette, with the aim of competing against the Union Record in Union Parish.
For 139 years, the Gazette has stood strong as a community newspaper, telling the Union Parish story through words and pictures.
On March 9, the paper added another award to their walls — The Gold Award.
The award, one of the top community service honors given by the Union Chamber of Commerce, was presented during the Chamber’s annual awards banquet.
The Gazette editor Mark Rainwater accepted the award.

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RHS PTA mini-grant projects provide money

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Now wrapping up its 10th year of financial support for Ruston High School teachers through its Mini-Grant Program, the RHS PTA is proud to announce that the initiative provided $5881.00 in funding during the 2016-17 academic year.
RHS PTA and Lincoln ACHIEVE have remained partners in an effort to support Ruston High School as it endeavors to become the best high school in Louisiana at preparing students for their chosen path following graduation. In addition, the partnership has maintained its commitment to increase support by funding more mini grants throughout the year.

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Students advance to state competition

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Three Lincoln Parish middle schoolers will represent Lincoln Parish at the Louisiana You Be the Chemist competition to vie for a slot at the National You Be the Chemist Competition.
Twins Benjamin and Jonathan Gunasekaran, of Ruston Junior High School, and Eli Watson, of Chourdrant High School, will travel April 29 to Baton Rouge to attempt a Lincoln Parish “three-peat” of the state title, said Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator.

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March 15th

Distinguished professor, researcher in brain machine interfaces to speak

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Louisiana Tech University’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science and its Consortium on Neuronal Networks in Epilepsy and Memory will host a presentation by Jose C. Principe, distinguished professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, as part of the Seminar Series on Probing and Understanding the Brain.
The invited talk titled, “Somatosensory Brain Machine Interfaces,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the auditorium of the Institute for Micromanufacturing at Louisiana Tech. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

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MedCamps hosts fundraiser

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On Saturday, Ruston will be hosting its own brand of “March Madness” — not Round 2 of NCAA Division 1 College Basketball, but MedCampsMadness, a 5K Run and/or Cycling Tour Event, promoted by and benefitting Med Camps of Louisiana.
“What began as Tour of Piney Hills five years ago, with various venues and routes, has morphed into what the Organizers, the City of Ruston, local runners, triathletes and cyclists see as an event with great potential, right now and in the years to come,” according to a press release from MedCamps of Louisiana.

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Members want to speak on serving alcohol

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury members on the Public Works Committee voted to move forward with getting public opinion on the issue of serving alcohol at Lincoln Hall during their meeting Tuesday at the parish courthouse.
Lincoln Hall, a banquet facility with a 4,800 square foot banquet room, is owned by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
Members of the committee voted to transfer the lease agreement from Burton Entertainment, Inc. to Jimmy Shuff during the meeting.

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What are alternatives to the prison pipeline?

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For years, communities around the country have been experimenting to find the best ways to reduce the jail and prison populations and help potential law breakers live balanced, healthy, meaningful and crime-free lives.

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