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March 13th, 2019

Gibsland Bank & Trust grand opening features Hooshang abstracts

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An exhibit of Hooshang Khorasani’s abstract paintings is on display at the new Gibsland Bank & Trust location at 3400 Line Ave. in Shreveport. A reception is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. March 26.
The exhibit’s opening coincided with the facility’s Feb. 5 ribbon cutting and grand opening.
The new location is one of 11 that Gibsland Bank & Trust has established throughout northwest Louisiana since its beginning in 1948.
This exhibit of 14 large abstract paintings was coordinated by The Agora Borealis art gallery in Shreveport and will be in place for several months.

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MS Awareness Month event

The North Central Louisiana Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group is hosting its annual wellness fair in recognition of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month at the Lincoln Parish Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Members of the community that are living with multiple sclerosis or have a family member or friend with multiple sclerosis are encouraged to attend. Presenters will cover topics on healthy eating, the benefits of essential oils and tips on taking care of yourself.

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4 Paws Rescue - Pet of the Week

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This week’s Pet of the Week is Ester! She is a young, super friendly dog with a lot of energy.
Ester is a medium-sized terrier mix. She is up to date on all of her shots and heartworm negative. She is ready to go to her forever home.
4 Paws Rescue is located at 290 Rodeo Road.
Submitted photo by 4 PAWS RESCUE

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Popular keepers collection covers many timeless topics

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DEAR ABBY: I am writing about your Keepers booklet, the collection of your most popular essays, poems and letters. I would like to purchase a copy, but first, I have a question. Is there a particular favorite of yours in there?
BIG FAN IN FORT WAYNE, IND.

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Creek students get head start toward careers

Congratulations to Cedar Creek students Isabella Mariano and Donovan Turpin for being able to get a head start on a potential future career.
And impressive, important starts at that.
The American College of Cardiology has chosen 13 students at Louisiana high schools and seven at universities in the state to kick off a new one-year mentoring program.
Mariano and Turpin are two of those students.

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Campaign 2019: Hurry up and wait

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Used to be, when a candidate was ready to announce a bid for office, they’d reserve a local meeting room and call a press conference.
Sometimes, they’d even have cookies, chips and soft drinks arranged around stacks of pushcards, brochures and bumper stickers. Gone are those days.
Now it’s a waiting game, or so it seems in Lincoln Parish. And much of the wait appears to be driven by what the other candidates are — or aren’t — doing, while everybody jockeys for the same voter commitments and money.

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Reader sees troubling future ahead

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Over my 86 years, I have seen major changes in American life.  For the first third of those years, life was simple, predictable, and people were always willing to help their neighbors. 
China appeared to be as far away as the moon due to the lack of long range air travel.  The telephone was available on an extremely limited basis. 

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LaSalle Lumber ships first load from new mill

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URANIA — LaSalle Lumber Company has shipped the first truckload of lumber from its new state-of-the-art sawmill in Urania. The mill began start-up operations in December and is expected to reach full operation by the end of March.
The mill is a joint venture between Hunt Forest Products of Ruston and Tolko Industries, Ltd., a family-owned Canadian company that produces a wide range of forest products for customers around the world. Tolko, based in Vernon, British Columbia, owns a 50 percent share in the LaSalle Lumber mill.

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U.S. pulling last diplomats from Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country’s embassy in Caracas had become a “constraint” on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
The announcement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet early Tuesday morning comes as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country.
Pompeo said the remaining diplomats would be out of Venezuela by the end of the week.

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Louisiana Tech to celebrate Pi Day Thursday

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Louisiana Tech’s Mathematics program and student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers are sponsoring Pi Day activities at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. Festivities will include competitions, a pizza lunch and prizes!
Pi Day events are open to the public and for all ages. Join us in the Bogard Hall entryway for a pie baking competition, a daylong Buffon’s needle experiment and Gregory-Leibniz series to calculate Pi, and to watch the winner of the Pie Your Professor competition get rewarded with a pie to the face. Follow latechpiday on Instagram for clues to the campus-wide scavenger hunt.

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