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The Fashion moves to new location

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A passion for the expansion of downtown Ruston was one of the reasons that Kelly Hogan, owner of The Fashion, decided to pack up and move down the street.
The business has been open for 60 years, the last nine under Hogan’s ownership, but it has a new location between Monjuni’s and the Ruston Daily Leader’s office.
“We moved because of the building,” Hogan said. “We were seizing an opportunity. … We thought it would be a fun time to change.”

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Correcting the budget

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Grambling council to amend figures in May
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GRAMBLING — On the table for April’s meeting is to amend the 2012 budget with final numbers coming in with more than a million surplus, as Mayor Edward Jones gave preliminary figures in Thursday evening’s regularly scheduled City of Grambling Council meeting.
As the new business was discussed, Mayor Jones stated he wanted to make a few statements about the proposal to introduce an ordinance to amend the 2012 Budget.

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Women's History Month

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Name: Nancy A. Bergeron
Number of years lived in Lincoln Parish: With the exception of a couple of years after graduate school, all of my life.
Profession: Journalist. Currently, communications manager for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, 28 years as a newspaper reporter.
Clubs/organizations/professional affiliations: Presbyterian Church of Ruston, LifeHouse Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Buddy Ball of Ruston, Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful, Louisiana Tech University Institutional Review Board

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Cedar Creek Celebration 2013

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Cedar Creek School held its annual Celebration fundraiser, which includes a cook-off contest, on Saturday with the theme “Sportsman’s Paradise.” The event serves as the main fundraiser for the year. This year, funds raised were set to be used to make the school an iPad school. For this first year, the school is working on infrastructure to increase the bandwidth for better wireless connectivity. In future years, they will provide training for teachers and actual iPads for students in sixth through 12th grades.

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Coalition working to prevent drunk driving

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Gearing up for its busiest time of year, the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention Advisory Board met last week to discuss upcoming projects, which include two mock crashes and the annual Lives Lost to Alcohol Display.
In addition to planning upcoming projects, Kip Franklin, with the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, served as guest speaker at the luncheon.
“Our biggest thing is school safety and school training right now,” Franklin said.

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Pet of the Week

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Skipper is a golden retriever mix. He loves attention, being around people and to play. Skipper is about 1 year old and has never had a home of his own. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Also, individuals can come see the dogs at the new office, located at 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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‘Medea’ opens Tuesday at GSU

Classic tale set to begin at 7 p.m.
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The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to announce its final stage production of the 2012-13 season, ‘Medea,’ by the classical Greek playwright, Euripides.
Set in its original form, this tragic Greek tale is one of love, passion and vengeance.
Medea’s husband Jason has been granted permission to marry another wife, leaving Medea with no home to call her own as she has also been barred from her original life as a Barbarian.
Her sheer spitefulness leads to a poisonous vengeance, not only towards Jason, but others.

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Residents can fight hunger while filing Louisiana taxes

Louisianans can help fight hunger when filing their 2012 state income tax returns by including a contribution to the Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) on line 41 on the state income tax form. Contributions to the LFBA will support the efforts of Louisiana’s five food banks to provide emergency food assistance for nearly 610,000 people statewide, including 245,000 children, who struggle with hunger.

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Local advocate asks Congress to ‘Stop Diabetes’

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More than 200 American Diabetes Association volunteer advocates from across the nation joined together in Washington, D.C. on March 5-7 for the Association’s premier national advocacy event, “Call to Congress.”
During this time, Kristi Tollett and her daughter Anna Katherine, Diabetes Advocates from Ruston met with their members of Congress asking them to make diabetes a national priority and support efforts to Stop Diabetes here in North Louisiana.

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White named WAC’s top coach

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Appleby, Smith give Tech first team all-league picks
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In two short years, Michael White of Louisiana Tech University has put an indelible imprint on success for men’s basketball in the Western Athletic Conference.
He was rewarded for it Sunday afternoon when he was chosen by his peers as the Don Haskins Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
White earned the honor after guiding the Bulldogs (26-5, 16-2) to a share of the regular season championship, as well as recently compiling a national-best 18-game winning streak and making a one-week appearance in the Associated Press national Top 25 poll.

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