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Additions approved

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Center for Blind receives permit for downtown work
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The Louisiana Center for the Blind is one step closer to adding a little more space for operation after the Ruston City Council unanimously voted at their Nov. 7 meeting to give the center a conditional use permit for construction work in downtown Ruston.
According to documents from the city, the Center for the Blind purchased the old Kirby’s Veterinary Clinic building, located at 119 W. Railroad Ave., with the purpose of demolishing it to build a new addition to their current building, located at 101 S. Trenton St.

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Choudrant fire rating improves

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant residents can expect a slight break in their home insurance premiums this year.
At the Nov. 7 Village Council meeting, Mayor Bill Sanderson, who also serves as the village’s fire chief, revealed that the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, the organization that hands out fire ratings in the state, has upgraded the Village of Choudrant’s fire rating from a Class 5 to a Class 4 rating.
“This is going to be great savings for homeowners,” Sanderson said.

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Christmas cheer to hit downtown Ruston

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It’s going to start looking a lot like Christmas time in Ruston beginning Nov. 17 as the Downtown Christmas Open House kicks off.
Kristi Lumpkin, City of Ruston economic development administrator, said the annual event is part of an initiative through Louisiana Main Street.
“Ruston is a Main Street community,” Lumpkin said. “The majority of main street communities will have an event in November. The Downtown Christmas Open House is our participation in this event.”

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Man arrested for burglary

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A Choudrant man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole two expensive pieces of equipment from a business.
Everette Lamond Harris, 25, of 221 East Jones Street, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on a charge of simple burglary.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams said Rafford Farms in Choudrant reported that two dies, a type of equipment reportedly valued at $10,000 each, were stolen out of a storage supply building at the feed mill. He said each of the dies is estimated to weigh about 1,500 pounds a piece.

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Eat pancakes for Kiwanis

If you’re in the mood for a sweet, but hearty breakfast, you’re in luck. The Kiwanis Club will be hosting their 60th annual Pancake Day from 6:30-9 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Ruston Civic Center.
Attendees who eat at the Civic Center can load up on as much pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and white or chocolate milk as they can eat. Take-out plates are also available.
But, residents won’t just purchase a tasty meal with their $7, they will also help improve the community.

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The life of a parent changes

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Last evening Jess called to check on her sister Allyson. You see, Allyson has been out of school now with mono for two weeks in total misery. She talked about how it had been a while since Ally and her had gotten the chance to just “hang out” with mom. I, of course, threatened to remove all of her favorite treats for when she comes in on summer break. I love spending quality time with my children, but every mother knows when your child is sick, it is not just “time spent.” It becomes more like a vigil.

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Officer arrests prompt some concerns

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There have been two lawmen in Lincoln Parish arrested in the last couple of months.
In August, a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy of 14 years was terminated by the LPSO and arrested by state police on felony charges of malfeasance in office and abuse of power.
The arrest stemmed from a citizen complaint the sheriff’s office received that the deputy had used his position of authority to force or coerce the victim to sell a vehicle for a reduced price to him.

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Remove the manufacturing holds

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) represents the folks who invest money, employ workers and take risks to make things in America. One of the many things that NAM does to promote the cause of domestic manufacturing is to regularly analyze the comparative costs of manufacturing in the U.S. versus the nine nations that are our strongest trading partners. The index NAM uses measures what is known as the trade-weighted average structural cost burden, which compares factors such as labor, energy, taxation, government-imposed regulations and litigation costs, to name some of the elements.

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Students, teachers honored for excellence

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Teacher of the Year
We want to congratulate Holly Payton for being selected by her peers to be I.A. Lewis Teacher of the Year 2011-12. Payton teaches sixth grade science. She is known for her classroom management and ability to communicate new science concepts in an understanding way. Many hands-on experiments and higher order questioning encourage her students to succeed.
Payton is a team player and plans regularly with the science department to ensure the rigor and relevance of the science curriculum at I.A. Lewis. We are very excited that Payton was chosen and wish her well in the district competition.

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GHS names honor roll, principal’s list achievers

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The following students achieved the honor roll for the first six weeks of the 2011-12 school year at Grambling High School.
Principal’s List
A Honor Roll
Adarian Williams, Breyonna Morgan and Alexa Robinson
B Honor Roll
Ninth grade — Macie Andrews, Demarious Combs, Kaniya Dudley, Jalen Ferguson, Torrance Ford, Denisha Johnson, Minisha Johnson, Dandrica Lewis, Jennifer Nelson, Trace Payne, Anfernee Rone and Iyshia Tims

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