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March 4th, 2013

Where there’s a will

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Area United Way celebrates record year of local giving
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United Way of Northeast Louisiana held its “Celebrating Excellence” awards reception Thursday at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The event honored the outstanding employee campaigns and individuals for their efforts and commitment to helping people and improving the community. The 2012 campaign was the most successful ever locally with the community coming together to raise $3,642,000, marking a 3 percent increase over last year’s total.

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Business focuses on healthy lifestyle

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As March has approached, many of those New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside and some have given up on their goals of decreasing their waistlines. However, Lindsey Tanner, co-owner of the newly opened Bulldawg Nutrition wants to make healthy habits a lifestyle.

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Consulting company donates to 4H

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Cameron Stewart, owner of C. Stewart Consulting, recently donated $1,000 to the Lincoln Parish 4H Shotgun Shooting Sports program. Pictured is Stewart and instructors Brad Martin and Mark Roseberry along with students enrolled in the shotgun program.

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New USDA service center opens in Farmerville

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The local United States Department of Agriculture’s D’Arbonne Soil and Water Conservation District recently celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 501 Glory Drive in Farmerville with several local and state representatives attending.
Local USDA chairman and state commissioner Reggie Skains said he was excited to have the opportunity to relocate.
“We had an office already but were in need of an upgrade,” Skains said.

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Pet of the week

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Goldie is a small golden retriever/golden lab mix, only about 40 pounds. Goldie is about 4 years old and because of nothing she has done she has been with the rescue almost all her life. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Those interested in adoption may also come see all adoptable dogs at the new office located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or one can call for an appointment.

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State funding crucial for DART

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One look at a recent report on domestic violence in Louisiana gives a chilling picture of the very real and very persistent problem that is afflicting families and communities throughout our state. Let me share some of the facts with you.
• Louisiana has the fourth highest rate of female homicide in the nation. Even worse than that appalling statistic is the fact that 97 percent of these women knew their assailant, and 70 percent were wives, ex-wives or girlfriends of their assailant.

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Blue Star collects food for homeless veterans

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The Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 5 collected 42 large cans of food for the Veterans’ Homeless Shelter at their February meeting. Pictured from left to right are Angie Sanders, Cynthy Bissell, Angela Caraway, Linda Richardson, JoAnn Barr, Collette Minnifield, Mae Elliott, Rose Mac Daniels and Sue King.

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A walk with man’s best furry friend

Ah, springtime. Clear skies, gentle breezes, Saturday mornings that are the perfect time for a walk in the park with your favorite canine companion.
Yep, it’s time to start limbering up those lazy winter muscles, because the seventh annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Furry Fun Walk is just around the corner. The event, set for 9:30 a.m. March 16 at the J. C. Love Softball Complex on Ball Park Road, is the perfect opportunity for dogs and their pet parents to get outside and shake off those cold-weather doldrums.

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Visiting an old, familiar place

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Growing up, most children visit a library at least once a week, mostly during the school year. However, for those kids from Farmerville making the long bus ride to and from Cedar Creek five days a week, the library becomes almost like a second home.
Like so many school kids before me and many more after me, I made that trip every day until my older sister earned her driver’s license. In the morning, it was always a mad dash to get to the bus before it pulled away from its centralized pick-up location of the Union Parish Library.

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Simsboro, Dubach on to finals

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Last week, their teams went west.
This week, head coaches Theodis Johnson of Dubach High and Lance Waldron of Simsboro take their squads east.
And for the big prize in the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, no less.
The Waldron-guided Tigers will meet Madison Prep Academy for the boys’ state championship in Class B at 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
On Friday, the Johnson-directed Lady Hornets will collide with Saline for the girls’ Class C title at noon.

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