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UPSO, FBI nab 17 on drug charges

The first round of arrests were made on Oct. 13; the following people were arrested for distribution of cocaine:
• Brysun Howard, 25, of 710 West Bayou, Farmerville; Bond —$35,000;
• Kerry Lovis McNeal, 36 of 2566 George Johnikin Rd., Spearsville; Bond —$30,000;
• Steve Goldsby, 48, of 706 West Bayou St., Farmerville; Bond —$25,000;
• Marcus Minnieweather, 31, of No. 36 Red Hills Apts., Farmerville; Bond —$20,000; and
• Robert Bilberry, 42, of 602 West Bayou, Farmerville; Bond —$10,000.
All are still being held in the Union Parish Detention Center.

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RHS ends home 1-5A action Friday

And the Cowboys it will be at James Stadium on Friday night, when the Bearcats (6-2, 4-0) close out the home portion of their regular season schedule with another important District 1-5A contest.
“We’ve had success at home this season and we want to protect our home turf,” Laird said. “We’ve got a chance to be 4-1 at home by winning on Friday.”
Just as it’s been through much of the team’s tough schedule this season, the ‘Cats will face an opponent much better than its 4-3 overall record and 2-2 slate against 1-5A opponents.

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Red Ribbon week is good for students

At one area grade school, students are making hand prints to accompany their public statements to stay away from drugs.
Students at a local high school are shooting hoops on the basketball court after spinning around as a demonstration to better see how drugs and alcohol can distort their perceptions.
Other schools are having poster, hall decorating and cheer contests to get into the spirit of being drug free.
In participating in these activities, students are picking up on a number of messages.

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Is it really such a bad day?

Do you ever just have one of those days? There’s a huge list of tasks to accomplish, the car won’t start, you feel sick and you have seemingly managed to cross paths with every single rude person in town.
Cloudy can’t-wait-until-they-are-over type days like this roll around every few weeks for me.
In my profession, however, I often come in contact with someone on these days whose day makes mine look like peaches and cream. Just this past Monday while working late, a scanner alerted me to a wreck inside the Ruston city limits.

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Trailer makes training realistic

The 240-square foot trailer, which will replace a smoke cubes as the primary safety device, is designed to resemble a real home complete with living room/kitchen area and bedroom.
“We want to stress (the kids) out a little bit and show them the right things to do because in a real fire, they will be stressed,” RFD Chief James Tornabene said.
“This makes it as realistic as possible so they know how to react in a real situation.”
Tornabene said the amount of smoke that will fill the back bedroom is akin to being in a car on a foggy morning, enough to get disoriented.

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