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October 3rd, 2013

Kennedy speaks to Rotary Club

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Louisiana has plenty of money but doesn’t spend it wisely, state Treasurer John Kennedy said Wednesday.
Debunking often-heard political claims that the state is short on funds, Kennedy said Louisiana’s budget has increased at the same time the state has lost population.
“It’s not how much money we have that is our problem,” Kennedy told the Ruston Rotary Club. “Our problem is how we spend the money we do have.”

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‘Angel in the Pawnshop’ takes Dixie stage tonight

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Delve into the world of good versus evil, with the Ruston Community’s production of “Angel in the Pawnshop.”
The Dixie Center for the Arts will host the production, which is set to take the stage at 7 p.m. today and will continue through Saturday. A matinee showing will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Angel in a Pawnshop” marks the first production in RCT’s 36th season and is directed by Mitch Dufour.

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Early voting begins Saturday

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Early voting in this month’s special election to fill former Rep. Rodney Alexander’s 5th Congressional District seat begins Saturday, but local political watchers say the contest hasn’t stirred much emotion in Lincoln Parish thus far.
“I don’t detect a lot of interest,” Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.
Alexander, R-Ruston, resigned Sept. 26 to become secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Veterans Affairs. Fourteen candidates are vying for the just more than a year left in Alexander’s congressional term.

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Tech, ACHIEVE work to promote financial literacy

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Otis Gilley, Clarke Williams/CenturyTel Endowed Professor and Head of the Department of Economics and Finance at Louisiana Tech University, said the need for economic and financial literacy has never been greater.
Now thanks to a partnership between Lincoln ACHIEVE, Tech’s College of Business, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the realities of that message are being delivered even more in classrooms throughout Lincoln Parish.
“This has been a passion of mine for some time,” ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said.

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Devon partners with I.A. Lewis

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Devon Energy continued it partnership with I. A. Lewis School by kicking off the 2013-14 year with a $2,000 check to help fund projects on the school’s Adopt-A-School Wish List. This will enable IAL to purchase incentives and supplies needed throughout the year. Along with its financial support, Devon will join the other AAS partners in supporting the schools with other activities, projects and special emphases.

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Farmerville Nursing and Rehab expands transitional care unit

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When individuals are released from a hospital, often times, they are not 100 percent back to their functioning selves and require assistance from health care professionals. While most would prefer the comfort of their own homes, that option may not be possible, or prove too much a burden on their loved ones.

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Ready Decks: Outdoor enjoyment for everyone

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With fall upon us, West Monroe based Ready Decks is encouraging residents to consider a screen porch for their needs. Screened porches provide homeowners with all the enjoyment of the outdoors while protecting them from pesky insects. And with Ready Decks’ exclusive SCREENEZE line of screen material, wide spaces and more open views are possible.
“Using SCREENEZE, Ready Decks can complete longer spans without the need for center supports,” said Ready Decks founder Bradley Johns. “That means your view won’t be interrupted.”

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Parish set for busy weekend full of events

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Lincoln Parish.
There are numerous activities this weekend for residents hoping to enjoy a day out on the town. And, some of them even offer a chance to give back to those who need it most.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the Sixth Annual Ruston Juvenile Diabetes Relief Fund Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and all proceeds go toward helping to find a cure for this disease that hits young people and stays with them for life.

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Giving back to the community

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With all the chaos going on with the shut down of the federal government, it is nice to see someone on state-level giving back.
On a personal level, I don’t follow politics, but with the recent developments that have occurred, I have perked up to listen to how the chips will fall. But, I was really impressed with First Lady Supriya Jindal, Governor Bobby Jindal’s wife, for interacting with children of Choudrant Elementary School the way she did.

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Grambling begins coaching search

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GRAMBLING — The process to find Grambling State University’s next permanent football coach has kicked off as the school announced Wednesday that President Frank G. Pogue has appointed a nine-member search committee to consider and identify the university’s next head football coach.
GSU fired coach Doug Williams on Sept. 11, replacing him with running backs coach George Ragsdale, who was named interim head coach and has gone 0-3 since taking over the program.

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