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April 13th, 2013

Singing for Tech athletics

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Country music star and Louisiana Tech University alumnus Kix Brooks packed the house at the small stage at Rabb’s Friday night as he played a concert in conjunction with the Kix Brooks/Terry Bradshaw Golf Tournament to raise money for Tech’s athletics programs.

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Academic changes

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Education has changed a lot in recent years, and those changes can make it difficult for some schools to keep up.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said that for several years, Dubach High School has been struggling to provide students with all the classes they need to graduate. Simultaneously, Hico Elementary School has faced increasingly aging facilities.

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4 Paws looks forward to future

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The past year has been a whirlwind for those involved with 4 Paws Rescue Inc.
In May of last year, the organization was still seeking land to build a shelter, which they had been doing for approximately seven years. By July, they had secured land.
Now, they have created several concrete, partially covered pens for some of the dogs to stay in until they are adopted. The property, located at 290 Rodeo Road, also has a house, which is used as both the new 4 Paws office and the residence of the onsite caretaker.

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‘Lives Lost’ display dedication makes emotional impact

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Since starting their Lives Lost to Alcohol display in 2006, the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention have had someone associated with safety and drinking driving serve as guest speaker.
Last year it was Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone. But this year, organizer Jenny Crume and Company decided on a change.

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Push America Run

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Runners hit the streets of Ruston Saturday morning to support Pi Kappa Phi’s Push America 5K run. Push America is the national outreach project for the fraternity with the mission of improving life for the disabled.

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Don’t become a victim of a phone scam

This past week the Ruston Police Department released an official statement warning residents about a recent report of a Medicare phone scam that targeted a Ruston resident. According to the report, the RPD received a complaint on April 9 from an individual who received several telephone calls from a person or persons claiming to be with Medicare. The callers were said to have a foreign accent and claimed to be calling to let the intended victim know that she would be receiving a new Medicare card but also asked for bank account information.

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Barber: Secure borders

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For more years than I can remember, our elected officials in Washington D.C. have discussed the need to secure our border with Mexico. All Americans that keep informed about our country’s situation know that our border protection has never reached the intended goal. There is an estimated 12 million illegal Mexicans within our Country at this moment with hundreds arriving each day.
We also hear warnings from both parties not to cut our military active forces. Large reductions in the numbers of military men and equipment will put our country at risk. I am a retired military person and I believe in keeping our defensive posture strong.

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KLPB thanks participants

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In no way can we, Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful, adequately express our appreciation to each of the participants we had at our Lincoln Clean and Green Community Cleanup Day on April 6.
 We would like to thank the following sponsors: City of Ruston, Community Trust Bank, First National Bank, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Pepsi Americas, Randy Moore with Principal Entertainment, Ruston Daily Leader, Z107.5, ESPN 97.7, Rejoice 1440, 99.3 and Q94.1.
 We would also like to thank the organizations that participated with educational booths at Railroad Park. These organizations provided useful information and giveaways to our participants.

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Different people, different results

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It happened again.
Before I could finish a conversation with someone in the aisles of Super 1 Foods, I got the same question I’ve been answering for over thirty years: “So what’s your favorite Elvis song?”
I always get the feeling folks are trying to stump me with this as if it’s impossible to answer. And of course, different songs are favorites for different reasons. But at the end of the day, one song nudges to the top of my list, and that’s “Suspicious Minds.” To me that song represents Elvis at the top of his game in every possible way. Recorded in 1969 by a reinvented man, it’s said to be the single that reinvigorated both Elvis and his career and then became his last No. 1 single in the United States.

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The long-term effects of war

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The Civil War; what have we learned? Today is the date that Lincoln was shot. Is there more?
Now and for the next two years we are celebrating the 150th anniversary("sesquicentennial") of the fighting and conclusion of the Civil War, the War between the States, or as some would still say — the War of Northern Aggression. Thinking about this pivotal time in our nation’s history is not just for those who love to reflect upon history. Personally I believe that we still feel and deal with some of the vestiges of the Civil War.

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