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Police make major drug bust

Sheriff Mike Stone said it is believed the suspects were responsible for a large amount of marijuana and thousands of illegal prescription narcotics circulating the streets in Lincoln Parish.
“Their scope of selling involved several states — it was a pretty widespread operation,” Stone said. “This is part of our ongoing concentration in trying to enforce the drug laws in Lincoln Parish, and we will continue this as well as our prevention efforts. This is a problem that’s hurting everybody. We need to come to grips with this issue before it destroys our way of life.”

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RHS: Homecoming at right time

Now, with back-to-back losses, the state rankings are simply recent history. It’s all about Friday night and a 7 p.m. district meeting against an Airline High club that slammed Southwood 57-28 last weekend to increase its won –loss marks to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.
While Ruston is celebrating its annual homecoming activities and trying to keep its championship hopes alive in the league, Lincoln Parish’s other two prep programs will also be on their own fields.

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Who wants to get technical?

“What we’ve been told from the governor’s office and state economic leaders is 55-60 percent of Louisiana jobs will require skills beyond a high school diploma, but less than a four-year-degree, such as a technical or community college degree,” Postel said. “Right now, only about 8 percent of people in the state have that type of training.”
Several of the school’s programs — which typically take two years to complete — provide classroom instruction and hands-on experience that make it easy to step into jobs making $30,000 to $40,000 per year. A few of the LTC program offerings include:

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Building swap raises questions

On the other hand, that same building “has its own set of problems,” as Walpole put it. In other words, it needs some renovation work to bring it up to par with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and other repairs.
The jury is considering the idea of swapping its Police Jury Complex building on Alabama Avenue, which houses the HELP Agency, TRIAD and the Council on Aging, with the Arizona Avenue building, which belongs to Crossroads Church.
It’s location that is driving the swap idea, but is it worth it for the parish to pay the price of upgrading the existing building?

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TECHNICAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT JUMPS

LTC Ruston Assistant Dean JoAnn Deal said dual enrollment — which allows high-school students to attain Carnegie credits and post-secondary credits simultaneously — has quadrupled at the campus, and additional offerings in health occupations have enticed more enrollees.

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