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The Wellspring’s Domestic Violence Program Manager Pearline Badger was named Advocate of the Year by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) at its annual reception, A Celebration of Excellence: Standing Together Against Domestic Violence earlier this month in Baton Rouge.

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Forty-five Ouachita Parish businesses have been nominated for the 2019 Thomas H. Scott Awards of Excellence. 

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is holding open rehearsals throughout the summer and invites area women of all ages to come sing with them. Chorus members come from across North Louisiana to participate in the Ruston-based group.

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Members of the Ouachita Business Alliance (OBA) heard an excellent presentation on past, present, and future plans for St. Francis Medical center presented by Aimee Kane, President of the St. Francis Foundation. The Center serves approximately 500,000 patients from 17 parishes in Louisiana a…

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Coast Professional Inc., a local student loan collection agency, presented a total of $31,560 to four different charities across the company’s office locations in the month of April.

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Students from the University of Louisiana Monroe Honors Program recently attended the annual meeting of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council (LCHC) hosted by Dillard University in New Orleans. 

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The following students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.

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Moscow Ballet brings the Gift of Christmas Tour to Monroe with Great Russian Nutcracker performances bringing holiday magic to life and creating unforgettable memories for all ages. The company will perform at Monroe Civic Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, only. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe recently opened its newest cutting-edge opportunity, the Thomas J. Nicholson Virtual Reality Lab.

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The third annual Morehouse May Madness Street Festival will welcome crowds May 3 and 4 with fantastic food, awesome music, antique tractors, juried merchant vendors, an ATV exhibit, Kid Zone, an art exhibit and sale, a classic car show, a motorbike exhibit, a golf scramble at Morehouse Count…

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Happy May! The Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, beautiful weddings… the name May came from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

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Writer’s Note: When you read this, April will almost be over. That means — if you are lucky and industrious —that you have successfully filed your tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. If you aren’t, then you’ve filed an extension. Sigh.

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Twin City Ballet Company announces their upcoming performance of Talk of Ballet Under the Stars to be held at 6 p.m. April 26-27, at West Monroe’s Kiroli Park. The public is invited.

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It was Fiesta Time for P.E. O. chapter AE members and their guests recently when hostess Lauretta Tucker transformed Rucker Hall at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home into the “look” and “taste” of Old Mexico on April 4.

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The West Monroe High School Senior Awards Day program will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the West Monroe High School auditorium. Special awards, honors and scholarships will be given to seniors who have excelled academically and athletically during high school. Students will be rec…

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Friends of Black Bayou and the Refuge recently reopened the new alligator habitat and renovated exhibit room at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge’s Conservation Learning Center off U.S. Hwy 165.

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On Saturday April 20, Poverty Point World Heritage Site will present a bird hike at 9:30 a.m. The program will consist of a two-mile hike around the tram road and some wooded areas off the tram road, where local bird enthusiast, Roselie Overby will discuss the different birds seen along the route. 

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The first planning meeting for the fourth annual Winnsboro High School Reunion, classes 1950 – 1959, was held March 12 at Vicki’s Restaurant, in Gilbert. Committee members present for WHS 1958 were James H. Robinson, chairman; Sandra Beach Chappell; Loretta Smith Gwin; Joyce Hawthorne Heath;…

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Jesus has risen from the dead! Christ is alive, alleluia!

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No matter what the critics say or tell me to believe, I believe in the Resurrection.

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In our secular society, the colored eggs, the Easter baskets, the bunnies and the candy can obscure the real reason we have Easter each year. For the Christian, Easter is the most important day of the year. It is on Easter that we celebrate the stupendous glory of Jesus’ resurrection. No one…

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Shock and sadness flashed around the world as the 856-year-old Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris burned earlier this week.

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Stuart Hodnett, director of Ouachita Green, gave a first quarter report to members of the Ouachita Business Alliance (OBA) recently during which he emphasized just how much can be accomplished in three months when all areas of Ouachita Parish work together. “After three years in existence, O…

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The Northeast La Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Ouachita Parish Public Library Main Branch.

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Writer’s Note: Over the course of five days, I had three experiences that changed my thinking about kindness toward others. Taken separately, each of these experiences would not have had such an impact, but in combination they made me start thinking seriously about gratitude.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s International Student Services is hosting its annual International Week from Sunday, April 14 through Thursday, April 18. The purpose of this special week is to highlight the diverse cultures and nationalities present on ULM’s campus. 

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