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January 7th, 2016

Students raise canned donations

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Student of the Year
Riley Oakley was chosen student of the year for 2015-16 by the I.A. Lewis faculty. Riley is the daughter of Linda and Tracy Oakley and has four sisters and three brothers. She is a member of St. Thomas of Aquinas Church where she is active in the Catholic Youth Organization, dances for Missy Crain Dance Academy, plays the piano and plays the trombone in the I.A. Lewis band. She also maintains a 4.0 grade point average, which qualifies her for the principal’s list. Riley would like to be an educator when she is older.
Ram Stars and Teacher of the Month

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Students of the month announced

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the December Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Dec. 9 luncheon and was then presented an award of recognition by the club. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their perspective school campus.
Irene Hild, a senior at Cedar Creek School, has earned a 4.44 GPA.

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State tax filing begins soon

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting and processing 2015 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 19.  That’s the same day that processing begins at the Internal Revenue Service. The department also enters this tax season with a focus on safeguarding taxpayers against fraud.

During the past two years, LDR has saved taxpayers more than $25 million through its anti-tax fraud initiatives. Additionally, more than 50 individuals have been arrested under a statewide initiative to crack down on tax fraud in Louisiana.

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Grambling history comes to life

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Older generations of Gramblinites have sharp memories.
Talking to citizens, I noticed residents like to use landmarks as a sense of direction and time.
You’ll hear, “It’s by the old grocery store, next to where Mr. ‘So and So’ lived,” or “I remember because that was when Mr. ‘So and So’s’ barber shop closed.”
These historical landmarks tell a lot of history about the city.
Residents often use them to tell stories of the past.
But these landmarks can only hold so much weight when telling the story of Grambling.

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January 6th

Financial goals for new year

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Local advisors offer input on achieving targets

With the new year here, two local financial advisors said having financial resolutions can help make this year a successful one.
Argent Advisor Byron Moore said set financial goals that can be kept, all the rest are just dreamy discouragement.
“Most of the financial resolutions I’ve ever seen can be summed up as the desire for financial freedom,” he said. “Financial freedom is the configuration of your financial life in such a way that you can be who you want to be and do what you want to do.

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Committee address state financial woes

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Louisiana can use its current budget crisis as a springboard for meaningful fiscal reform, but the change won’t come all at once or from a single solution.
That’s what area lawmakers said Tuesday following a presentation by Louisiana’s Committee of 100 to a group of business and civic leaders gathered on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
The C100 is holding a series of statewide fiscal strategy briefings touting a list of potential budget reforms that include streamlining Louisiana’s income and corporate taxes, while at the same time, broadening the tax base.

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Simsboro council hears water concerns

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During the Simsboro Town Council meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Sybil Foster and the council heard public comments from resident Ray Harris about the state of the village’s water.
Harris stated that the water was damaging his water fixtures, and wondered if there was a way to “bleach” the water to keep it from causing stains.
After a short discussion, Water and Sewer Operator Willie B. Hughes suggested that Harris purchase a new hot water heater to solve the issue.

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Choudrant approves report

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The village of Choudrant is in excellent financial health.
With the beginning of a new year came the need to approve the auditor’s report from last year’s financials during the Choudrant town council meeting on Monday.
Doug Brewer, certified public accountant for the village of Choudrant, said the village was in good financial shape.
“The village received an unmodified opinion which is the good kind of opinion, the best you can get,” he said. “The village ended in good, solid financial shape with a total net position of $4.9 million.”

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Museum to feature blind artist

John Bramblitt to be honored in Union Parish
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John Bramblitt, who has overcome blindness to become a renowned artist, will be honored at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Union Museum of History and Art.
Bramblitt will do a “live” painting session during the event, with his resulting artwork to be auctioned that evening as a benefit for the museum.
The museum is located in the Chamber building at 116 N. Main St. in Farmerville.
Admission is $10. Tickets are available at Origin Bank main branch in Farmerville and the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce.

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DART receives donation

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Chartreuse Pear owners Brenda Lee, right, and Travis Lee, left, recently presented a check to Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. The donation reflects proceeds of a Holiday Open House held on recently in which downtown merchants sponsored local nonprofit agencies and designated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to that agency. Chartreuse Pear chose DART, and displayed posters, banners and brochures throughout the store that evening. “We are so grateful to see the way our community gives back to nonprofits,” Autrey said.

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