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July 26th

Louisiana, Mississippi to hold summit

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A great opportunity awaits Louisiana residents when they attend the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit in Oak Grove this year from Aug. 9-11 at the Jason Lingo Center.
This program is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi counties and their state cooperative extension services.
In the opening session, Holly Beaumier from Florence, S.C. will discuss “Tourism Clustering.”

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Wills and other arrangements

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(Last week I began a series concerning what some call planning for the end or “estate planning.” I prefer to call this “life planning.” After all, these concepts are a part of a different stage of life. I cannot overemphasize that these types of considerations should not be handled using boilerplate forms. We ended the discussion last week commencing a discussion of the reasons for possibly executing a last will and testament.)

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Avery Island in the Civil War

Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D will be the guest speaker for the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States in Louisiana at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Bernard serves as historian and curator to the McIIhenny Company and Avery Island, Inc., Archives of Avery Island.
He is the author of several books about south Louisiana culture and history.

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Gala to celebrate Grambling’s 110th anniversary and regional leaders

GRAMBLING — This Labor Day weekend is sure to be one to remember.
Gramblinites and friends of Grambling State University (GSU) will converge in the twin cities of Shreveport-Bossier City for the Second Annual Port City Classic.
Kicking off the weekend in style will be GSU’s Port City Gala taking place in the Captain Ballroom of the Shreveport Convention Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Many of Shreveport-Bossier City’s finest citizens, including business and community leaders, will be in attendance.

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Teachers develop new strategies for high-school classrooms

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BATON ROUGE — Nearly 30 Louisiana high school teachers gathered June 6-10 on Louisiana State University’s campus for the Marathon High School Teacher Engineering Awareness Program (HSTEAP). Sponsored by Marathon Oil Company, HSTEAP is intended to aid teachers in the pursuit of understanding, engineering and developing curriculum strategies that support and strengthen understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the high school classroom.

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July 25th

Grambling man killed in wreck

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A Grambling man is dead after a three-vehicle crash in Morehouse Parish Saturday that also resulted in serious injuries to a man from Oak Grove.
Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers responded to the crash on Louisiana Highway 139 (milepost 17.1) at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The investigation revealed that a 2004 Lexis car was traveling north on La. 139 when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center line of the highway and side-swiped a 1994 Ford van. The Lexis reportedly then continued traveling north in the southbound lane until it struck a 2005 Toyota van in a head-on manner.

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Speaker to discuss grief, the elderly

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Elderly residents have had a lifetime to experience loss, which means for many one more reason to grieve may be one too many.
Karen Kopera-Frye, professor of gerontology, sociology and political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will speak at the monthly meeting of the local National Alliance for Mental Illness at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the topic of “Depression, Grief and Loss.” The event will be at the Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located at 1511 N. Trenton St.

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Howell state’s top HS teacher

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A Ruston High School teacher has received top honors in her career.
Freshman Academy teacher Emily Howell was named Louisiana’s 2012 High School Teacher of the Year during the 5th annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration.
Other state-level winners were honored as well.

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Library board OKs new policies

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Library Board of Control members discussed new policy updates and a library reference desk that has yet to be sold during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.
LPL Director Vivian McCain told board members that the Lincoln Parish Police Jurors had tabled any action pertaining to a desk that had been declared as surplus property.
During their July meeting, jurors refused to come down on their price after they received no bids on the library reference desk. The desk was custom-built in 2004 at a cost of $27,000.

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Fundraiser brings local ministry closer to goal

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After months of planning LifeHouse Ministries is finally getting closer to becoming a reality for Lincoln Parish residents.
They recently held a barbecue celebration as a fundraiser where about $15,000 was raised for the ministry.
Neal DeForest, board president, said the purpose of this fundraiser and those prior to it were to raise enough money to cover the first year’s budget.

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