Odds and ends from around the parish

By Wesley Harris

Speculation about local construction is a popular discussion on social media. Rumors abound and jokes about getting yet another Mexican restaurant occur often. What is not a rumor is confirmation a Panda Express restaurant is under construction in what was the west side of the Don Chuy parking lot next to Whataburger. 

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One of the joys of every Lincoln Parish summer is the prospect of peach ice cream. Mitcham’s Farm Store has announced it has the delicious delicacy available. The store is open Monday-Friday 8 to 4.

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Music in Railroad Park continues this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Enjoy some tunes from local DJ Rick Godley. Bring a lunch to the park, shop, visit the farmer’s market, stroll around Downtown Ruston. The Diggin’ Dawgs are scheduled for Saturday, May 28.

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The Lincoln Parish Museum will announce a new director soon to replace the retiring Margaret Ann Emory who served faithfully for many years. The museum has been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will reopen once the new director is in place.

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Ruston’s plan to build a new animal shelter are finally coming to fruition. While the city has been committed to the project for several years, a number of obstacles have delayed construction, which is now expected to start in June.

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The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is hosting the Red White and Blue Air Show in Monroe June 17-18. The museum honors veterans and soldiers from WWI through Iraqi Freedom. Through artifacts and compelling stories of the men and women who have served our country, the visitor receives a captivating insight into why we honor our history and our heroes. The museum is housed in the last remaining classrooms of the Selman Field Navigation School, the largest navigation school in the U.S. during WWII. The event will be a fundraiser for the museum. For more information, go to https://www.redwhiteandblueairshow.com/. 


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