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February 12th, 2013

Man booked on drug charge

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A Baton Rouge man was arrested after allegedly trying to use a fraudulent prescription at a local pharmacy.
According to the arrest affidavit, Thomas Paul Harleaux, 58, of Baton Rouge, was attempting to get a prescription of Roxicodone, more commonly known as oxycodone, filled at the Walgreens on West California Avenue.
Capt. Tim Parker, spokesman for the Ruston Police Department, said the pharmacy contacted the issuing doctor and reportedly found the prescription to be fraudulent.

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Giving out free smiles

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Peach Tree to provide services Saturday
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Come Sunday morning, many area residents will likely be smiling just a little bit brighter after they benefit from Peach Tree Dental’s annual Dentistry from the Heart event.
“In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Peach Tree’s Sixth Annual Dentistry from the Heart will offer free services for those in need in the community,” said Tracey Brown, project manager at Peach Tree Dental.

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LPPJ to meet tonight

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During the regular full jury meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, jurors are scheduled to vote on confirming the following board appointments:
• John Colvin and Oscar Epps to the Mt. Olive Waterworks District
• Tiffany Baldwin to the Retail Merchants Association Representative to the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Ronny Walker to fill the unexpired term (running through Dec. 31, 2014) of Skip Russell as Police Jury representative for the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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Serving Lincoln

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Dickson has volunteered 50 years with LPSO
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Joseph W. “Joe” Dickson, who was recently made an emeritus member of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve and the Sheriff’s Citizens Observer Patrol, has spent most of his spare time for the past 50 years watching over the residents of Lincoln Parish.
From working at big events, such as the Louisiana Peach Festival, to patrolling traffic, Dickson has enjoyed every moment of his service.
“I just enjoy doing what I do,” Dickson said. “And, my wife supports me 100 percent.”
Before beginning his volunteerism, Dickson served in the United States Air Force.

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GSU Tiger Band marching all over

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After Washington D.C., group visits Dallas, Alexandria
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Members of the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band performed twice this past weekend, once in Dallas and another time in Alexandria.
On Saturday, 55 band members performed a seven-minute halftime show at the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball game. The Mavericks played the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 7:30 p.m.
“Feels like the band may need to move to Dallas,” said Larry Pannell, director of bands.

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Right now is a good time to fertilize trees

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Trees in their native, undisturbed habitat are supplied with nutrients yearly by the decomposition of organic matter which has covered the forest floor.  In landscape situations, the natural accumulation of fallen leaves and limbs are usually removed and soil conditions are disturbed and imbalanced. Periodic supplemental fertilization is necessary to keep tree healthy, yearly fertilization is not recommended. Trees should be fertilized when:
•  Leaves are abnormal in size, shape and color

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Brad Laird set as next RHS coach

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Son will be following father at Ruston High School this fall.
Brad Laird will succeed his father, Billy Laird, as the new head football coach for the Bearcats.
Officials at the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association school wouldn’t confirm nor deny the hiring of the younger Laird, but multiple sources close to the program revealed late Monday night that the former Ruston High star will be the new gridiron leader for the Bearcats.

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Bulldogs advance again

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Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs will be armed with their highest national poll rankings later this week when they embark on a two-game Western Athletic Conference road trip.
On Monday afternoon, the league leaders were announced for a No. 32 ranking in the Associated Press media poll and No. 33 in the USA Today coaches’ chart.
The Bulldogs (21-3, 12-0) received 43 points from the AP panel to rank 10 points in back of No. 31 San Diego State and totaled 18 points from the USA Today voters to be nine points shy of No. 32 Saint Mary’s.

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Tech’s Shelton honored in WAC

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Louisiana Tech University sophomore guard Kelia Shelton has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Rock Hill, S.C., native averaged 33.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on the week. Shelton shot 62 percent (24-of-39) from the field and 67 percent (six-of-nine) from 3-point range.
In Tech’s 79-73 win over UTSA, which entered the game ranked No. 36 nationally in field goal percentage defense andNo. 42 in scoring defense, she scored 45 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

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Bearcats edged by Lions, 59-52

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Ruston High overcame a slow start to give No. 2 ranked Monroe Ouachita High a close battle before losing, 59-52, in a showdown for first place in District 2-5A Monday night.
The No. 6 ranked Bearcats (25-7, 6-2) trailed 17-5 after the first quarter before outscoring the Lions (27-4, 8-0) 18-15 in the second quarter.
Ruston then doubled Ouachita’s points, 20-10, in the third quarter before the Lions sealed the victory with a 17-point fourth quarter. In the final period, the Bearcats scored nine points.

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