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Writer’s Note: In only a few days (on July 20th), we — the human race — will mark the 50th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest achievements. I say “human race” because in many ways that moment celebrated human achievement without regard for nationality, race, gender, political party, re…

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Novelist Johnny Armstrong will read from his recently released book, “Shadowshine: An Animal Adventure” (Guernica Worldwide Editions) on Saturday, July 20 at No. 9 Records and Books in Ruston.

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When the Winnsboro High School ’50s graduates gather on July 27 at the First United Pentecostal Family Life Center, they will have the opportunity to view a documentary with photos and narration of the history of the school from 1922-1959, according to plans made by the Reunion Committee recently.

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The two CPA firms of Gardner, Langston & Bryan and Donald, Tucker, Betts & Fuller APAC recently announced their association with the Natchez, Miss., CPA firm of Silas Simmons, LLP.

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The focus on World War II continues this week when Union Museum of History and Art presents a talk entitled “The Ruston POW Camp of WWII” and a demonstration entitled “Victory Gardens, Then and Now.”

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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Precision Ag and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Research Center recently joined AeroVironment Inc.’s University Collaboration Project utilizing AeroVironment Quantix drones and the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS).

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The NELA Genealogical and Historical Society will meet on Sunday, July 14, in the Ouachita Parish Library Main Branch at 2:30 p.m.

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Veteran law officer and author Wesley Harris is scheduled to present a talk on the Ruston prisoner of war camp during World War II on Thursday, July 11, at 5 p.m. in the Union Parish Library, 202 W. Jackson St. in Farmerville. 

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Southeast Tourism Society recently named Monroe-West Monroe’s Christmas on the River one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for November 2019.

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St. Francis Medical Center Home Health was recently recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year.

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Writer’s Note: July 4th is one of my favorite days of the year, a special day when we celebrate not only our independence from the British, but also America’s longevity and many successes. This is the one day when nearly every American proudly proclaims, “I love the USA!” But not everyone do…

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An international female singing organization is encouraging women to live “Life on a High Note,” and to help that occur, the Ruston chapter is offering four “Find Your Voice — and Sing!” sessions in July and August.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) announces that five faculty members have received research grants totaling $371,017 from the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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An international female singing organization is encouraging women to live “Life on a High Note,” and to help that occur, the Ruston chapter is offering four “Find Your Voice — and Sing!” sessions in July and August.

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The July 4 patriotic-themed bicycle parade at Triangle Park in North Monroe is set to begin 9:30 a.m. at Triangle Park at the corner of Pargoud Boulevard and Stuart or Beloit avenues in Monroe.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon M. Williams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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The Annex Group, a student and affordable housing developer, and Servitas, a privately-owned real estate development firm specializing in student housing, recently reached a public-private partnership student housing development at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

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Jayle Jeannette Guy and Derek Samuel Saxon, both of West Monroe, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, in an oceanside beachfront wedding in Maui, Hawaii. Michael Fish officiated the double ring ceremony which was attended by family members.

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Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe unveiled the HOT unit, or the Hot Process Operations Training Unit Trainer, last week as part of the college’s industrial plant training programs.

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U.S. Navy veteran Lawrence Joseph “LJ” Menard recently recalled decommissioning ships and trading sugar for beer during an interview at the state Department of Veterans Affairs’ Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings.

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Members of P.E.O. Chapter AE met recently in the lovely Garden District home of club president, Melanie McStravick. Co-hosting with McStravick were Tency Tarver and Terri Hayward. Centering the dining table was a glorious pave’ arrangement of bright blue hydrangeas.

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Back by popular demand, LadyChops will be drumming her way through Ouachita Parish this summer! Stop by the Ouachita Parish Public Library, West Monroe Branch on June 20 to hear Lady Chops!

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About 20 years ago, a small group of 1969 graduates of West Monroe High School came together to search for their classmates for a reunion. While small in numbers, they became a crack team of sleuths, not to mention a real pain to those who, for really good reasons, did not want to be found. …

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Writer’s Note: have always loved music. Can’t remember a time in my life when it wasn’t important to me. I was fortunate to be born into a family who considered music — in nearly all of its forms (rap, however, was not eagerly embraced) — to be critical to one’s wellbeing.

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Country legend John Conlee (Mr. Rose Colored Glasses), a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will be performing on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. The show will be held at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe.

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The Main Street Program in Monroe is expected to participate in the National Main Street Center program to continue revitalizing downtown Monroe.

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Local author, William G. Covington Jr., PhD, will conduct a seminar based on his latest book, Virtues that Matter, at Blessings Bookstore & Appletree Cafe. The seminar will address the issue of applying kindness as a means of combating cultural crudeness.

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U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Joshua R. Thornhill graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Dustin “Duck” Campbell, a West Monroe native, is one of 14 survivalists testing their skills on both land and sea in Discovery Channel's “Naked and Afraid XL.”

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