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January 1st, 2013

Simsboro post office to close

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SIMSBORO — It appears the village of Simsboro will soon be without a post office.
Mayor Willie Hendricks said he recently received word that the Simsboro Post Office will close, with all operations moving to Ruston.
“It’s just a major impact on a small community,” Hendricks said. “It just caught everybody by surprise.”
Stephen Seewoester, U.S. Postal Service public information officer, said that effective Jan. 26, services will be suspended at the Simsboro Post Office.

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Too much drinking?

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Resolving to practice moderation in 2013
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As people wake up on New Year’s Day and recall what happened the night before, some may make it their first duty to add drinking a little less alcohol to their list of resolutions for the year ahead.
While some infrequently drink or only do so in moderation, others do so every night or excessively. According to usa.gov, drinking less alcohol is one of the top resolutions at the beginning of each year.

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Mayors share municipal plans for new year

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As Lincoln Parish rings in a new year, there are a number of items on the agenda for local municipalities in 2013.
Five local mayors shared some of their goals for the year with the Daily Leader.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said he hopes to keep the community headed in a positive direction. This will be accomplished by working with Louisiana Tech University Research Park and research and development efforts to bring more businesses there. He said he will work closely with city aldermen, current Tech President Dan Reneau and President-Elect Les Guice to improve the community.

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Audition calls for ‘Anybody Out There?’

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The Ruston Community Theatre is seeking character of all kinds to audition for its March stage production of “Anybody Out There?’
A two-act comedy written by John Patrick, “Anybody Out There?” follows Oliver Pankey during the worst day of his life.
“He wakes up on his birthday, gets a brick thrown through his window, his landlady tries to make him pay for it, his girlfriend breaks up with him, he gets robbed and his employer decreases his salary,” said Director Billy Chandler. “He is a born loser, Barney Fife-type character.”

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Locals resolve to make 2013 a better year

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Local residents have been considering how to make 2013 a better year, and they took time to share their New Year’s resolutions with the Daily Leader staff.
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“In 2013, I will be an even better husband and father, make more significant contributions to our community as an Eagle Scout and scout leader in the Louisiana Purchase Council and, of course, make important communications contributions for, through and to Grambling State University and our students.”
Will Sutton,
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Improving health

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Jaycees collect Toys for Tots at Russ-Town Band performance

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Members of the Ruston Jaycees recently accepted toys collected at the Russ-Town Band holiday concert. Entry to the concert was free except for a toy for the annual Jaycees Toys for Tots drive or a food item for Christian Community Action. Pictured, from left to right, are Libby English with the Dixie Center for the Arts, Shane Grubb with the Jaycees, Callie Grubb with the Jaycees, John Emory Jr. with the Dixie Center for the Arts and Kailyn Harris (front).

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Making New Year’s gardening resolutions

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The 2012 Christmas Holidays are history, and the New Year is here. Let’s make a new resolution — a Louisiana-friendly landscape. Gardeners can make changes in their gardening practices which reduce pollution, conserve water and enhance the environment by improving home and landscape resource use. A Louisiana-friendly yard doesn’t just offer a good-looking landscape, it also requires that the gardener realizes the home landscape is connected to and is part of a larger natural system.

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New Year filled with promise for parish

The last few years have been filled with progress for Lincoln Parish.
As we enter a New Year, it is hoped that 2013 will see greater growth and expansion of cultural and recreational offerings throughout the area.

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Resolve to save the Sparta

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With the New Year upon us, many of us ponder what we can do for the upcoming year to improve our life.
These so-called “New Year’s Resolutions” often don’t make it past Ground Hog’s Day.
So, this year while pondering on what changes I could make to improve my life for the next year, I tried to make sure that it was something that I could continue with and not so difficult that I would give up and pretend that I never set that resolution in the first place. So, what would a good resolution be?

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Tips on how to stress less in 2013

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There are so many big (and bad) headlines that are currently grabbing the attention of our entire country.
We’ve spent much of the past month mourning the loss of several children whose lives were ended too soon. We’ve spent another large portion of the month fearing what will happen in the case that Congress doesn’t figure out how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, a scary situation of which most of us don’t really understand the full extent (myself included).

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