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Security improved

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Courthouse security gets a boost, upgrades start Friday
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While deputies work to keep Lincoln Parish streets safe, Homeland Security and Police Jury officials have been working to keep the courts where criminals are sent to be sentenced just as safe for everyone who has to use the facilities.
In an effort to strengthen the security at many Police Jury-owned buildings in the parish, Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin said Phase I of the project has been completed and will take effect Friday at the courthouse, Courthouse Annex and Piney Hills Advocacy Center.
“We just want to make the courthouse safer for the people who work and do business here,” Franklin said.

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America Recycles Day

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Left Photo: Ruston resident Dalerie Moller drops off aluminum, plastic and paper on Tuesday for America Recycles Day. Wildflower Montessori School student Eva Simpkins, 12, attempts to sell Moller a bag made out of recyclable items to raise money for the Green School Initiative and Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana. The event, hosted by Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful, was held in the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex parking lot, and organizers expect to present the event again next year.

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Baldwin to speak at graduation

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George Baldwin Jr., petroleum engineer and principal of Baldwin Madden Energy, LLC in Shreveport, will discuss how success is a choice with Louisiana Tech graduates during the commencement ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19.
Tech’s fall graduation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Baldwin, a 1978 alumnus of Tech, began his career in the oil and gas business as a petroleum engineer with Arkla Exploration Company in Shreveport.

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Police Jury District 6 candidates voice views

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Local residents living in Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 6 will have two choices on the ballot for their representative during Saturday’s election.
Incumbent Roy Glover, a Democrat, is in the runoff against challenger Walter Pullen, a Republican.
The two candidates recently spoke to the Daily Leader about a couple of issues of relevance to Lincoln Parish residents.

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Students, teachers honored for success

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Honor Roll
Students are listed by academic achievement and grade level.
Principal’s List—All A’s
Seventh grade — Samantha Akers, Anthony Atkison, Rose Bowman, Kaytie Carney, Joshua Colvin, Kelsey Davis, Langdon Drewett, Katie Durrett, Lauren Foster, Harley Fowler, Sarah Gilliland, Savannah Harpel, Madeline Keen, Katelyn Mall, Victoria Monsour, Joanitah Nakiggwe, Tyler Nutt, Jacob Phillips, Katelyn Pipes, James Revels, Cameron Roberts, Hannah Scheaffer, Reed Sexton, Aubri Skinner, Ryan Sorensen and Chloe Witt

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STEM club prepares for competitions

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Science News
The Simsboro STEM Club was created this year to bring students together interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of the main things they will do this year is compete in Science Olympiad. This will be Simsboro’s sixth year to have a Science Olympiad team and their third year to compete at one of the largest tournaments in the country when we travel to Addison, Texas, on Dec. 3 for the Greenhill Invitational.

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Yard of the Month

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The Ruston Garden Club is proud to announce the Yard of the Month for November. Most days you will find Mr. and Mrs. Larry Tilly working hard in their yard. The Tilly’s home is located at 3600 N. Trenton St.

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Search for art this weekend

Each year in November, area residents and visitors trickle through the streets of downtown Ruston in search of unique works of art.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual Holiday Arts Tour is estimated to have drawn between 600 and 800 attendees every year for the past few years.
During this time, original works of arts and crafts are on display and for sale at artist studios and in local shops, and live music sounds in the evenings.

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What's wrong with television?

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I sometimes wonder what happened to television shows like “Little House on the Prairie,” and “The Waltons” — the good wholesome family shows that used to come on when we were growing up. Now it is “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Degrassi.” What has happened to television? Is this really expressing something about someone? What does this say about your life?

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Bad drivers need to learn road rules fast

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“I see you’re trying to kill me” was my comment to the neighbor after he backed up his vehicle to meet my scowl.
Just moments before, his truck had been racing down the residential street on which we live. Of course, I was presumably pretty visible as I walked down the side of the road, but any small animal or child playing who darted out in front of him unexpectedly might have met their demise.
It’s a pattern I’ve been watching in our community, as well as in cities and towns in other places, for years. Motorists will travel through areas with potentially high pedestrian traffic — such as residential neighborhoods and business parking lots — at speeds that seem to take for granted that no one will appear in front of them.

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