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July 8th, 2015

Changing the circumstances for all parties

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I am a child of the Deep South. My great-grandfather fought in the Civil War, albeit with a Union regiment in Arkansas.
I am a member of a historic church — the Presbyterian. Twelve Presbyterians signed the Declaration of Independence.
I believe in the right to bear arms. I also believe that all people have inherent dignity and worth because they are God’s children, made in God’s image and that all people and races are equal in God’s sight.
I believe people are meant to live in community with each other — all sort of “each others,” not just the “each others” who look like them.

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July 7th

Cooktown Road plan one step closer

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has taken the first step in what’s expected to be a major transportation project along a portion of Cooktown Road.
Aldermen on Monday approved hiring the Riley Company of Louisiana to design improvements that will include a turning lane onto the westbound Interstate 20 service road.
The board also agreed to spend approximately $566,000 to extend Reynolds Drive from its current intersection with Goodwin Road through to Celebrity Drive. Officials say both road projects will not only help traffic flow in the respective areas, but also boost economic development.

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LPSB to recognize finalist for state teacher of the year

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will recognize the state teacher of the year finalist and report on the elementary and middle school science initiative.
Ruston High School Biology teacher April Winstead is a finalist for Louisiana Teacher of the Year.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said Winstead interviewed with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in June and will find out Saturday if she is the winner.
Cox-Boniol will recognize Winstead at the meeting.

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GSU president begins tenure

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Grambling State University’s President Willie Larkin officially began his presidency on July 1, but it was a hard-working route to get where he is today.
The oldest of eight children born to sharecropping parents in Coolidge, Georgia, Larkin said he was raised to be a hard worker.
“My parents instilled in me to do the best job I could possibly do,” he said. “Being the oldest, my parents also held me to a higher standard and expected me to be the leader of the group. I really think it worked because my younger siblings really looked up to me in a time of need.”

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Choudrant aldermen introduce Cross Connection Control Ordinance

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Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson introduced the Cross Connection Control Ordinance at Monday’s town council meeting.
“The Department of Health and Hospitals began mandating cross connections in all of Louisiana,” Sanderson said. “It deals with cross-contamination on any type of water system. It is designed to prevent the contamination of the water system.”
Sanderson said the city will hold a hearing date for the ordinance at their next meeting in August, and will allow for public input at that time.

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Simsboro addresses flooding and plans for a Fall Festival

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Flooding in the mayor’s office and possible plans for a Fall Festival were discussed at Simsboro’s Town Council meeting Monday.
Mayor Sybil Foster said she was unsure of how to address the flooding problem.
“We are plagued with office flooding,” she said. “We need to alleviate the problem, but other than the measures I have taken already — sandbagging and cleaning out the drainage pipe — I’m not sure what to do. I’m going to have to get somebody in here with some knowledge on how to handle this sort of thing. It is definitely a big problem.”

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Contest winners issued

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Winners for the Fabric Shop’s 2015 Louisiana Peach Festival “Sew Peachy” Quilting and Fabric Arts Show have been announced.
Winners in the quilt category are:
• First place to Velma Butler’s “Farmers Wife.”
• Viewers choice went to Gwen Carpenter’s “My Favorite Christmas Memories.”
• Honorable mentions went to Vici Fallen’s “Fishes Galore”and Deborah Fordham’s breast cancer T-shirt quilt.
Winners in the fabric category were:
• Sandy Lassiter’s smocked baby cap and gown
• Viewers choice went to Sharon Runyan’s “Spring in the Orchard”

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Church donates to CCA

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The Women’s Mission of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Grambling recently held a summer food drive and donated 265 items to Christian Community Action. Pictures from left to right are Jean Osborne, Stephanie Matthews director of CCA, Carolyn Douglas and Irene Wright. Osborne, Douglas and Wright represent Mt. Zion Baptist Church Women’s Missions Department.

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Peach Art Exhibit releases winners

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council has announced the winners of the 28th Annual Peach Art Exhibit. For the Youth 6 and under category, Honorable Mentions go to “Peach Watercolor” by Blakely Keagle and “Baby Sandhill” Crane by Avery Madden; third place to “The War Tornado” by Andrew Charles; second place to “Riding Horses” by James McGhee; first place to “My Starry Night” by Susie Welsh.

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Tech tennis signs international trio

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In a growing effort to build depth on the roster, Louisiana Tech head coach Chad Camper has announced the signing of three international players to the 2015 tennis recruiting class.
Meryl Culot from Brussels, Belgium, and Zoe Chen from Tiachung, Taiwan, join the Lady Techsters after having great success in their home countries. Finalizing the trio is transfer Alba Escalona Perny from Madrid, Spain who played this past season as a freshman for nationally-ranked Tulsa.

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