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Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hersheys Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters.

Tutoring is offered for ages 5-12 in Breda Town: The City of Natchitoches Recreation Dept. is offering an After School Tutoring Program at the John Below Center in Breda Town. The program is free to anyone between the ages of 5-12. The program days and times are Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call Regina Layton at 318-357-3891.

Free Enlish as a secondary language classes will be at the First BC at 508 Second Street every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am and every Sunday afternoon from 4-5:30pm. No pre-registration is needed. Call the Literacy Missions office at 238-2927 or 352-3737 for more information.

Election results in: Morrow returns to Council seat: Former Councilperson Sylvia Morrow edged out Andrew Vallien by 16 votes Saturday to reclaim her District 3 seat on the City Council. Morrow, who resigned her seat last October was eligible to run again for the unexpired term. She received 199 votes to 183 for Vallien. The City Council had appointed Vallien to fill Morrow’s vacancy until the election. Morrow is scheduled to be commissioned by the Sec. of State April 15. In the general election May 3, there will be a runoff for the mayor of Natchez between incumbent Edna Jones and challenger Rosia Humphery. Jones received 61 votes, Humphery 58 and third place candidate John Groce, 31. An proposition to abolish the office of police chief of Goldonna failed with 35 people voting no and 9 voting yes.

Date changes for bridge repairs: Construction on the bridge on La. 485 over Little River, 3.6 miles north of the junction of La. 6 has been rescheduled for Monday-Friday, April 21 at 8 a.m.- April 25. The road will be closed to all traffic while the repairs to the substructure are performed. Detour will be La. 6 East to I-49 North to La. 485.

Cancer survivors lobby for funding for mammograms and PAP tests for underserved: Cancer survivors and advocates from across the state traveled to the capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 26 to meet with state legislators and thank them for protecting state funding for mammograms and Pap tests for low-income, uninsured and underserved women through the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program. "I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I’ve experienced," said Frances Gilcrease, an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteer from Natchitoches who has survived both breast and colon cancer. "That’s why I’m here today to thank Rep. Cox and our other legislators for recognizing how important it is to fund screening to find cancer early." This year, more than 3,000 Louisiana women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Approximately 640 women are expected to die from breast cancer in Mississippi this year. Early detection is one way to save more lives. When breast cancer is found early, the 5-year survival rate is 99 percent. When found later, the survival rate drops to 24 percent. "Without access to this critical state-funded program, more women would suffer and die from undetected and untreated breast and cervical cancer," said Brenda McCain, an ACS CAN volunteer from Natchitoches. "By continuing to protect funding, our legislators are helping save women’s lives." LBCHP currently receives $700,000 in state funding. Additional state and federal dollars would be required to expand the capacity of the screening program so that no woman in Louisiana is denied access to these life-saving services. "Every woman who needs it should be able to get cancer screening and treatment," said Gilcrease.