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January 9th, 2013

Jury elects new leadership

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Russell, Hunter to serve terms
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As the new Lincoln Parish Police Jury president, Skip Russell said he plans to put together an action plan to attack several issues in the parish.
“It is my opinion that for the last three years, any (Jury issue) that was controversial was swept under the carpet, especially on financial matters,” Russell said. “‘It’s time to grab the bull by the horns.”
Nominated by Juror Bobby Bennett, Russell was elected by the Jury as their new leader by a vote of 7-5 at the monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.

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Locals to help improve literacy in Lincoln Parish

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Lincoln Parish students headed back to school this week, and local volunteers also headed to class to learn how they can help some local children become better readers.
In a partnership between United Way and the Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE project, approximately 80 volunteers gathered in three separate training sessions in the meeting room at the Lincoln Parish Library on Tuesday and early this morning to learn a little more about reading and how important it is for children to master the skill.

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Lincoln Parish natives to appear on Leno

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For most, appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” showcasing a talent would not be a reality. However, for three Lincoln Parish natives, Ben Backus, Stephen Lynch and Mark Campbell, appearing on the famed NBC late night show is soon to become actuality, as the three will play with For King and Country — named one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch in 2012.

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Petersen to be OC for ’Dogs

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Tony will be coordinating Louisiana Tech University’s offense in 2013.
Tony Petersen, that is.
The 46-year-old native of Lodi, Calif., who was the offensive coordinator for Marshall University’s No. 1 nationally ranked passing team this past season will have the same duties for the Bulldogs starting this fall.

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Techsters: ‘500’ on line

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Weatherspoon’s club seeking milestone win
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The number “500” will be plenty in evidence on Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
That’s where Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters will seek rare, all-time program win No. 500 with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Western Athletic Conference foe Texas State University.
But it’s not just the game itself that is putting an emphasis on “500.”

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Perot: Legendary Tech stay ends

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For 20-plus years, ex-NFLer made big impact for ’Dogs
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Pregame rituals for Louisiana Tech University’s football team this fall just won’t be the same in our corner.
No Petey Perot around.
Nobody like him to give a tough time, get tickled about his almost Nick Saban-like (OK, there’s only one of those and, besides, Petey will probably want to kick my butt over even putting him in that category) intensity and swapping good-natured putdowns.

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Creek wins 57-45

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Cedar Creek High’s boys played their best all-around game of the season on Tuesday night by ending its jinx against Claiborne Christian with a 57-45 home victory.
Having lost its previous three games against the Crusaders, Çedar Creek (6-11) got balanced scoring from Shilo Perry (16), Jordan Williams (15) and Tucker Smith (13).
Other results involving Lincoln Parish teams on Tuesday night:

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Man charged with strangling victim

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According to reports, John Bennett Jr. 45, of Ruston, was arrested after Ruston police responded to a domestic call on Jan. 2.
The affidavit said Bennett and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument that turned physical when the suspect grabbed the victim and placed her in a chokehold. Two residents were reportedly witness to the altercation.
Bennett was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center with bond to be set on charges of domestic battery — strangulation.

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Tech art professor lectures at New Orleans festival

Frank Hamrick, an associate art professor at Louisiana Tech University, said New Orleans is a great place for an artist because there are a lot of photo-based art displays.
They were on full display recently because he visited the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a pre-professional arts high school, to lecture. The lecture was part of the Photo NOLA Festival, which is held each year in December at the Ogden Museum of Art.

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Swain keynote speaker for gardening seminar

Roger Swain, former host of PBS’s “Victory Garden” will be the keynote speaker for the Third Annual Gardening Seminar on Jan. 19.
The event takes place at the West Monroe Convention Center with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at noon.

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