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Man pleads guilty in wife’s death

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A Choudrant man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a river pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week in Third Judicial District Court.
Sentencing for Samuel Robert Davis has been set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years at hard labor.
On July 5, Davis withdrew his former plea of not guilty to second-degree murder and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter before Judge Cynthia Woodard.
Assistant District Attorney Laurie Whitten James prosecuted the case.

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Pilgrim’s Pride on trial

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FARMERVILLE — Some Union Parish chicken farmers are keeping close watch on a federal trial in East Texas over claims that Pilgrim’s Pride closed two plants where it had a monopoly in order to boost chicken prices.

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Jefferson seeks District 11 seat

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Patrick O’Neal Jefferson has announced his candidacy for the Louisiana House of Representatives District 11 seat representing Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln parishes.
“I am prepared and ready to serve the people of this district,” said Jefferson, an attorney in Homer and a native of Arcadia. “I have a clear understanding of how government works. My experience as both a local elected official and a state appointed public official has prepared me to meet the challenges that we face in this district and state.”

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Meeting honors teens, long-time supporter

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Friends and family attended the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana board meeting on Monday to hear the five Lincoln Parish seniors scholarship winners announced as well as see a board member receive the National Medallion.
Drake Mills, board president, thanked everyone for coming out to the luncheon.
“Today is a great day to recognize and to support our youth,” he said in his opening remarks.
Club Chief Professional Officer Eldonta Osborne said the Boys and Girls Club has been blessed and fortunate to have young people set and achieve their goals.

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Older youth recipients of club’s proposed outreach program

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Former President George W. Bush’s recent visit to Lincoln Parish may have local benefits that carry over into the next couple of years.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is slated to receive an estimated $100,000 in proceeds from the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival luncheon, where Bush was the keynote speaker.

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Musical begins soon

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Ruston Community Theatre will present the musical "Annie" at 7 p.m. July 28-30 and at 2 p.m. July 31 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and children.

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RHS alumni raffle quilt

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Ruston High School alumni Sharon Swearingen Tusa (left) and Ronny Graham, right, pose before a quilt Tusa made and that Graham won in a raffle benefitting the RHS Alumni Association’s scholarship fund. Tusa created eight different fabrics using RHS symbols and logos, plus the school’s alma mater to make the 70 inch quilt. The quilt is made in the Carpenter’s Square pattern. The Grahams have donated the quilt to RHS to be on permanent display there.

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Precautions to remember while outdoors

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The other day I stopped by the Extension office and asked, “What is the question of the week?”It was unanimous!  “Why are my figs dropping off the fig trees?” Figs are a desert-type plant and should be able to take heat and dry conditions, what is it?

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Anthony case could prompt more laws

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The verdict in the Casey Anthony murder case rendered in Florida last week has caused quite a stir. For those who have not heard of it, this was the case in Florida in which a young child’s mother was accused of murdering her daughter. She was found not guilty. Your writer has received more questions than any case since the O.J. Simpson case. I confess that I was not mesmerized nor walking around in a hypnotic-like state during the trial. The news media made this case something akin to a circus, pronouncing the defendant guilty before and during the trial. Nancy Grace worked herself into a frenzy pronouncing guilt.

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Fresh from the neighorhood vineyard

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It’s summertime and people are making plans for vacation. Many travelers throughout America will choose a vacation that involves agriculture and fun. With those criteria in mind, traveling to wine country might be just the trip for you and your family. Learning how grapes are grown and processed into wine is a great way to experience the bounty of agriculture.

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