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November 6th, 2014

Local alums return to LSMSA for Connections Weekend

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Natchitoches ­— Sixteen alumni returned to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts to provide insight on what students need to know to prepare for their future.
The speakers were Gary Agena (1993); Sterling Augustine (1987); Jenniffer Fields (1988); Lan Hoang (1992); Janey Hogan (2001); Kent Laborde (1987); Sharon LaBorde (1995); Sara Lang (2009); Matt Mabe (1998); Kevin McCormick (1997); Christine Profito (2004); Lauren Stuart (2004); Jordan Theriot (2008); Mark Teske (1985); Derrick Toups (2008); and Paul Weeks (1996).

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Cypress Springs teams up with Blue Bell for Susan G.Komen Foundation

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In recognition of the student body’s hard work during the Adopt-A-School breast cancer community service project, Cypress Springs Elementary School Principal Michelle Thrower teamed up with Blue Bell Creameries for a special Halloween treat. All students received an ice cream sandwich to celebrate the $2,104.00 collected during the school’s pink ribbon card initiative where students paid $1 for pink ribbon cards that were displayed outside their classroom door.

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Lusiana Traditions in business to make friends

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The Lusiana Traditions gift shop in Choudrant is part of a long legacy of business and community.
The Parnell family has served the Lincoln Parish, surrounding communities and the Village of Choudrant for over 55 years, from 1959 to present.

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Karen’s Hallmark: That small town store feeling

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More than 20 years ago, Karen and Barry Neview acquired a Hallmark store in Ruston.
Over the years this dedicated couple does what it takes to make their Hallmark Gold Crown store a true extension of the motto “where you care enough to send the very best.”
When customers step into Karen’s Hallmark they are greeted with a scene reminiscent of Santa’s toyshop: holiday tunes playing, the smell of cinnamon, vanilla and gingerbread.
The store is decorated with Christmas ornaments, nativity scenes and lots of candy. It’s an “old time” feeling.

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November 5th

Ruston chooses Walker

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Ruston voters have elected Ronny Walker as their next mayor.
Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election show Walker won 59.8 percent of the 5,341 votes cast to beat challenger Bill Elmore, 3,197 to 2,144. The total tally represents about a 46 percent voter turnout within the city limits.
The election results will be made official Friday when parish voting officers open the machines and certify the tabulations.
As the votes began to come in Tuesday evening, Walker took an early lead and never lost it. His margin hovered around 60 percent most of the night.

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Belton elected District Attorney

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Voters in the Lincoln-Union Parish 3rd Judicial District have elected John Belton as their new district attorney, but just barely.
Complete but unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show Belton, now one of the district’s assistant DAs, polled 10,708 votes, or 50.5 percent, to challenger and fellow assistant DA Cary Brown’s 10,497 votes, or 49.5 percent.

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Grambling re-elects Jones

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GRAMBLING — Current mayor of Grambling Edward Jones will continue his legacy for the next four years.
Running against Jones was Grambling’s former mayor Martha Andrus, who left office in 2008. Jones was elected again by a mere 24 votes.
A total of 35.1 percent of Grambling’s population voted in this year’s election.
Jones closed out the night with 62 percent (577) of the vote, leaving Andrus with 38 percent and 351 votes.
Jones said he was proud of the citizens of Grambling, and honored to be re-elected to serve them.

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Smalling-Foster wins Simsboro

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SIMSBORO — The Village of Simsboro will welcome a new mayor in January.
Sybil Smalling-Foster was elected by a margin of 15 percent, or 43 votes, over incumbent Mayor Willie Hendricks.
Hendricks was available election night for comments.
“We have so much to be thankful for in the past eight years,” Hendricks said. “I am very happy for Sybil, and I thank the citizens for the last eight years.”
Hendricks said he was “happy as a peach” and was going to get started on his personal bucket list in January.
Smalling-Foster seemed happy to win the election.

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Ruston board shook up

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Two incumbent Ruston aldermen are out, another re-elected and a fourth in a runoff as a result of Tuesday’s primary election balloting.
District 1 incumbent Glenda Howard and District 2 incumbent Rosalind Jones lost their re-election bids. District 4’s Jim Pearce won in a close race, while District 5’s Marie Riggs advanced to the Dec. 6 runoff.

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School board gets two new members

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Out of three opposed incumbents of the school board only one remained in office after last night’s elections.
In District 3 Curtis Dowling beat out opponent Mary Boden Harris with a 68.02 percent lead, leaving Harris with 31.98 percent of the vote.
In District 2 incumbent Eddie Jones lost to David Ferguson, who won by a little less than two-thirds of the vote. Ferguson led with 62.82 percent and Jones carried 37.18 percent of the vote.
In District 1, two newcomers — Veda Emerson and Susan Billups Wiley, challenged incumbent Mattie Harrison.

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