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February 7th, 2013

Pee, Brown to unite in matrimony

Mr. and Mrs. Perry M. Pee, of Eros, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, K. Taylor Pee, to J. Rance Brown, son of Eddie and Liz Brown, of Brandford, Fla.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Nancy Clendenen, of Ruston, and the late H.L. Clendenen and the late Daisy and Sidney Pee. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Brown, of Perry, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Hall, of Brandford.

Taylor attends McNeese State University pursuing a degree in agriculture business. Rance is a graduate of McNeese State University.

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Morgan, Letendre to exchange vows in March

Penny Coker and Danny Sherman, both of Minden, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christy Renee Morgan, to John Philip Letendre, of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ray Coker, of Benton, and Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Morgan, of Vivian, and the late Carol Morgan. Christy is a 2008 graduate of Minden High School and a 2012 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She is currently employed as a manager with Ponchatoula’s of Ruston.

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Brown, Kelpe to wed at Natchez plantation

Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Bradford, of Natchez, Miss., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Anne Brown, to Lance Wayne Kelpe, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Finley, of Ruston, and Mr. Bruce Kelpe, of Arcadia.

Rebecca is a graduate of Cathedral High School in Natchez and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, with a degree in kinesiology, and The Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Spanish Fort, Ala. She is employed at Northern Louisiana Medical Center. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Linda Warren, of Denver, Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Bradford, of Olla.

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LPSB audit clean

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The Lincoln Parish School Board received good news during their regular meeting on Tuesday night when independent auditor Margie Williamson, CPA, gave them a clean audit with zero findings for the fiscal year ending June 2012.
Williamson, who is a partner at Allen, Green and Williamson of Monroe, said the school system is in good financial shape. She did point out that the report contained a suggestion for improving the method the school board uses for work orders. However, she said it was just a suggestion, not a finding.

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Providing more water

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The Village of Choudrant hopes to extend its water service to members of its community by applying for a grant that would provide funds to extend an existing water line.
“Under the new business, you will see we have a grant application,” Bill Sanderson, mayor of the Village of Choudrant, said. “This has been in the works for two or three years and it is limited to water improvements. It has some specific guidelines on the limitations.”
Sanderson went on to address the aldermen about the location and use of the new water main the grant would fund.

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ULS president Woodley visits GSU

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University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley met with five SGA leaders on Tuesday because she wants to understand student concerns — and they spoke on behalf of Grambling State University students.

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Tractor Supply to host ‘Horse Health and Nutrition’ event

The local Tractor Supply store, located at 2507 N. Service Road East, will be hosting a Horse Health and Nutrition event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Open to the public, visitors will have the chance to learn about maintaining their horse’s health through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities.
“Whether you just bought your first horse, own several or want to learn about today’s best equine management practices, our Horse Health and Nutrition event at the Ruston store will be a fun and informative experience,” Jerry White, store manager, said.

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State of Lincoln school district promising

The state of the Lincoln Parish public school district is sound and improving. That’s the message school Superintendent Danny Bell brought in his annual State of the District address.

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Courtesy critical on the road

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One of the things I love most about living in Ruston is how considerate and courteous people are here in the piney hills of North Louisiana.
That kindness shows in almost all phases of life but one. I was reminded of that several times yesterday.
The streets and roads of Lincoln Parish can be a danger zone if you don’t practice the most important rule of all: defensive driving. That’s unfortunately because some drivers can be outright offensive with their driving.

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The age of the cyber bully

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When we hear the word “bullying,” we do not think of harassment. Instead, we think of schoolyard days, when one kid who is the bigger student mocks or says something ugly about another student. The same student who takes food off of your plate, or steals the playground equipment. However, we have moved towards a new phenomenon known as “cyberbullying.” This has taken bullying from causing bruises and tears, to having children of various ages take their lives, and the lives of those around them.

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