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February 14th, 2015

Whitehead lecture to kick off Clementine Hunter exhibit

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A seven-week exhibit of Clementine Hunter paintings will begin Tuesday in the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. Tom Whitehead, co-author of two Hunter biographies, will kick off the exhibit with a lecture about the artist at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge. The museum is located at 116 N. Main St. in the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce building.

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February 13th

Youth given two $ense during fair

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Michelle Saucer, the community impact representative for United Way of Northeast Louisiana, asked more than 100 Ruston High School students questions about their financial future on Wednesday.
She was speaking to them as part of a program called the Dollars and $ense Reality Fair, which is an education simulation where Lincoln Parish high school sophomores learn how to make better financial decisions and gain knowledge of budgeting, saving and spending.

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GUNAA voices GSU presidential concerns

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The Grambling University National Alumni Association opposes a plan to extend the search for a new Grambling State University president.
In a press release issued Thursday, GUNAA President Melissa Bickham said the extended search would “contribute to the instability of Grambling by continuing a pattern of uncertainty regarding the university’s leadership.”
Today was supposed to have been the deadline to receive applications for the post, but the application period has been extended until the position is filled.

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Grambling council discusses controversial ordinance

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The Grambling City Council has introduced a ordinance that would allow Sunday alcohol sales.
The ordinance, that was introduced during Thrusday’s regular council meeting, drew objections from residents.
Several community members voiced their opinion about the proposal that would bring the city’s alcoholic beverage code in line with the state law.
Louisiana law allows Sunday liquor sales.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said Sunday sales stand to increase city sales tax income.

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PWC make decisions

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The Public Works Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted down the request for a speed bump policy, while voting to assist the Lincoln Parish School Board.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said in his opinion there are more cons than pros when it comes to implementing a speed bump policy.
The request for speed bumps came after committee members were approached by residents in various neighborhoods with complaints of other residents speeding through residential neighborhoods.

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Kupcake for Kids

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Kupcakes for Kids is being held today at Community Trust Bank. Proceeds raised from the cupcake sales will benefit St. Jude. Pictured above are Robert Stevenson, left, gathering cupcakes for Debbie Williams, right.
Susie Polk, a volunteer with the Kupcakes for Kids group, said she is excited for this year’s event.
“St. Jude and cupcakes are two of my favorite things, so I wanted to
combine them both into a fun and successful event for Ruston,” she said. “

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Ball a success thanks to local support

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Last week’s 16th annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and NCLAC Silent Auction were both a success.
The fundraiser was a collaborative effort made by the nonprofits housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts: North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Dixie Center for the Arts, Ruston Community Theatre, Ruston Civic Symphony Society, and Troupe Dixie, in order to raise funds for the Dixie Center Sustaining Building Fund.
NCLAC’s Silent Auction raises funds for our general programing, such as Summer Arts Camps, Peach Art Exhibit and Public Outreach.

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Constable Jones on safety

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I will focus on my priorities to move the community of Grambling to exemplary status. Again thanks to each of you.
I will like to inform the community of my duty as constable.
• I will be working closely with the Justice of Peace.
• Peace-officer, maintain the peace and arrest persons guilty or suspected of a crime.
• Delivering of summons, which informs a person that he or she is a defendant in a lawsuit.
• Attachment seizure of a debtors’ property pursuant to a court order.
• Truancy— to ensure students, are attending school as mandated by the state.

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Spread love on Valentine’s Day

There are not many two-word combinations that bring out a slew of emotions like Valentine’s Day.
The day is traditionally associated with love in some form of a romantic way. The flowers, candy and hearts run rampant through the day. New lovers emerge and current romantics show their feelings to their loved ones.
Little candies are spread around amongst the schoolchildren, and they receive little notes with phrases enscribed in the candy hearts.
Some people will be heartbroken because they will not be spending time with someone while others will show how deeply in love they are.

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Pushing the double standard

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There is no denying that in life there is a double standard for men and women.
With an older brother, I can vividly remember telling my mom how unfair it was that he was allowed to do certain things on the weekends when I was not.
I remember telling her of the double standard and that we should be treated as equals.
Now that I’ve gotten some years of experience under my belt, I now realize that there has always been and will always be a double standard — to some extent.
Women now have the right to vote, something that was not afforded to them 100 years ago.

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