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Red River Charter Academy’s Junior Beta Club members present their entry at the Beta State Living Literature competition. The middle schoolers’ efforts earned them 2nd place honors and qualified them to compete at the national level later this year. Participants in this scene from the popular Because of Winn-Dixie are (from left) Madison Dauzat (6th grade), Mary Laborde (holding “Winn-Dixie” the dog, 8th grade), Julia Didier (8th), Laylla Dorsey (6th), Lorelei Whitbeck (8th) and Aiden Priester (7th). {RRCA photos}

Red River Charter Beta Club to compete at nationals

In its first year of operation, Red River Charter Academy is already sending students to a national academic competition.

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State Rep. Daryl Deshotel (center) shares a laugh with guest speaker Julie Schwam Harris (left) of New Orleans and Avoyelles Association of Democratic Women Secretary Arla Couvillion Bush during the AADW’s pre-Legislature forum on Feb. 3. Deshotel quipped that he was probably the only Republican in the room. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Solving economic problems is key issue for state, parish

While some say the “love of money is the root of all evil,” and others contend that “money makes the world go ‘round,” most will agree that the economy is one of the key pillars that hold up a mod



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