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October 17th, 2005

Award winners cite reasons for success

In reflecting on their selection, the winners cited many common and yet unique factors in their respective business successes.
The Business of the Year Award for O'Nealgas of Choudrant was accepted by founder John O'Neal.
"Whatever success we have enjoyed at this company goes back to the very beginning when it was just a partnership between me and my wife Me J," O'Neal recalled. "I started the company in March and we married the next January. It has always been a team effort."

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Jury schedules economic summit

The committee is taking its first major public step in holding the Lincoln Parish Economic Development Summit 2005 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. at the Lincoln Parish Library.
The Thursday evening program will be followed by a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. which will be hosted by Community Trust Bank.

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On Time Feeders planning major expansion

The needs of the company for additional space to house current business and allow for continued growth come at a time when the city of Ruston is actively seeking investment and reinvestment in properties and sites within the city limits.
Toward that end, members of the Ruston Board of Aldermen this week took the first step in considering legislation which will " ... allow the city to sell property for industrial inducement and economic development purposes within the City of Ruston."

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Area water conservation crucial

Even though 400 Save Our Sparta kits were assembled to be accompanied by 400 pledge cards that they would be used, there was also presentation of measures which can be taken immediately without any type of devices by every area resident.
Even the Sparta Awareness Day Proclamation by the Jackson Parish Police Jury contained pertinent suggestions for curtailing wasteful water usage:

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Southern Living Idea House sets attendance record

“We anticipated a good weekend of attendance since it was coinciding with the 55th annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival held in downtown Ruston,” said Leisha DeRiso, marketing director for the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. “But we never imagined we would outpace all of the other Southern Living Idea Houses ever opened. It is amazing and we could not be more pleased.”

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Trinity to host Child Advocacy Forum

For the past few months a group of approximately 60 area leaders along with concerned members of the public have been discussing the question, "What do children in Lincoln Parish need in order to grow up healthy, committed to learning, caring and responsible?" This question in statement form also serves as the central goal for the group.
There have been six meetings thus far which have resulted in the identification of six barriers to reaching that goal:

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Lewis & Company traditions to be missed

"I would have to say that business has not been great for several years now," William Lewis said. "We just keep holding on with the optimism that things would get better but after we visited with our CPA last fall, we saw that was just not happening. We have been struggling with the decision since then. And then, while our fall and Christmas business was not too bad, it was not good enough to give us much encouragement.

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CVB, Chamber split; Friedley receives new title

The proposed agreement gives the tourism commission more autonomy by making the CVB's marketing director an employee of the CVB board and no longer answerable to the Chamber's paid president. The marketing director's title would be changed to executive director, giving him the same status as the Chamber president.
Under the proposal, the two agencies would continue to be housed in the same building, and share services of a receptionist and bookkeeper.

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Reneau calls 2004 "Golden Year"

“What a great way to start the year--with the win we had, the national TV coverage we had, the turnout we had,” President Dan Reneau said. “Louisiana Tech University is on a roll, and it’s on a roll because of the faculty and staff and the dedication and spirit here that’s evident in all walks of campus life.”
He repeated findings of the Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based education-advocacy group that in a recent report singled Tech out as a student-retention success story.

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Ruston to host EQIP Meeting

A public meeting to discuss details of the current Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in Ouachita, Lincoln and Jackson parishes will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Calhoun Research Station Auditorium. "This meeting is an excellent opportunity for farmers, livestock producers and other landowners to learn more about EQIP and how to take advantage of it," James Shivers, district conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service said. "The first application period for EQIP will end on Feb. 13.

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