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August 25th

It's time for us to part ways

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At the risk of sounding self-serving, I didn’t realize until recently that my column, known as “The Wandering Eye,” has a cult following among a few people in Lincoln Parish.
(I use the term “cult” as a figure of speech, not in the literal sense — my followers don’t wear creepy robes. They don’t drink Kool-Aid, and they don’t instigate standoffs with federal agents.)
Strangers stop me in public to say they love this column.

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Do not be a target for burglars

Stories show up on the Daily Leader’s front page with startling frequency to remind us that even if nothing bad has happened to us, our community is not immune from the ills of society, despite how hard we all work to make the area a “peach” of a place to live.
Recently, several young men were arrested in connection with a home and several vehicle burglaries.
Capt. Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that all of the cars burglarized were left unlocked with valuables in place.

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August 24th

Happy hunting, but go prepared

Deer and turkey are two of the most frequently hunted game in North Louisiana, and deer season is just around the corner.
Children and adults will soon sport their camouflage and orange safety vests in forested areas throughout the region.
But before they can make their first kill, residents born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, are required to complete a hunter’s safety education class. Older residents are grandfathered in when hunting in this state.

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August 23rd

Couple marks 60 years

Richard H. “Buck” and Medrick Hood Canterbury will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 7 at the home of Donald and Robyn Franklin in Simsboro. The Franklin home is the former First Baptist Church of Arcadia parsonage where the honored couple was married on Aug. 5, 1950.

The Canterbury’s children are Keith and Jan Canterbury and Tammie C. Rockett. Their grandchildren are Clark and Angela Canterbury, Abby Canterbury and Will and Caroline Rockett. They have one great grandson, Richard Canterbury.

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‘Jam’ will kick off parish grid action

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It’s nearing time for parish fans to get in mood for new season
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The football dye will be applied firmly to the Lincoln Parish athletic cast this week.
Sweltering temperatures or not, the second annual “Jam at the Joe” will help get area fans in the mood for cooler weather and the South’s secondary “religion” on Saturday.
It’s practically all day, too, kicking off with a high noon affair matching Farmerville against Minden and followed by a 2 p.m. contest between Caldwell Parish and Homer.

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Tech sets tailgating events

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Louisiana Tech fans are encouraged to join in the fun this year during the Bulldogs’ six home games at Joe Aillet Stadium as tailgating and college football are right around the corner.
Tech boasts one of its best home slates ever this season starting with its Sept. 18 contest against the Navy Midshipmen and culminating with the season finale against Nevada on Dec. 4. Tailgating has become a tradition not only in Ruston but nationwide as Bulldog fans are asked to come out and support head coach Sonny Dykes and his team in his inaugural season.
Tailgating spaces along Tailgate Alley are currently on sale for $1,000 each which includes membership in the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC). Currently, there are still some spaces available in open areas around the Thomas Assembly Center on a first come, first-serve basis.

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Video game addicts need fresh air

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My husband has a joke he likes to tell: “I never thought that at 27 I’d say the same thing to my wife that I said to my mom when I was 10. ‘Come on! Just one more game.’ ”
What he’s referring to is his preoccupation with video games. Unfortunately, his joke is based on reality. When Trey’s X Box died earlier this year it was akin to the passing of a distant relative. He was somewhat mournful.
As juvenile as playing video games seems to me, I know that Trey isn’t the only adult who will still spend hours in front of a game console. Many adults do — both women and men. In fact, studies have shown that people averaging age 35 are the ones who spend the most time playing.

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Endorse dropout committee’s suggestions

A committee tasked with finding ways to reduce the dropout rate among high- school students in the Lincoln Parish School System has spoken.
Committee members are to be commended for their many months of hard work and the amount of detail to which they studied this problem.
Lincoln Parish had a graduation rate of 76.5 percent for the 2007-08 school year, but that number dropped to 65.1 percent in the 2008-09 school year, according to statistics from the Louisiana Department of Education.

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Kindness lives on

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Columbine father delivers message
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Lincoln Parish residents were challenged to start a chain reaction of kindness by the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre.
Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, shared the story of his daughter’s life during a special church service at Temple Baptist Church sponsored by Longstraw Baptist Church.
Rachel’s challenge comes from an essay she wrote a few weeks before her death. It suggested that kindness was the answer to the ills of the world.

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School bells ring in new year

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Some enrollment up
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The Lincoln Parish School System’s 2010-11 school year started Friday, and at least two of its schools reported larger than average attendance numbers.
Freshmen only attended classes at Ruston High School on Friday.
Principal Mike Milstead welcomed 329 students. On an average school year, which this one is not, the school only has about 280-290 freshmen, Milstead said.

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