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Secretary of State visits

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Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler made a couple of stops in Lincoln Parish on Tuesday.
He visited both the Louisiana Military Museum in Ruston and Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the Grambling State University campus, both of which are among the 17 museums overseen by the SOS office.
Due to state budget cuts, the SOS has cut expenditures at each of the museums.

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La. benefits from new natural gas markets

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BATON ROUGE —Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle on Tuesday joined Gov. Bobby Jindal in hailing the official announcement of Cheniere Energy’s planned investment of $6 billion to convert its existing Sabine Pass import terminal in Cameron Parish into a natural gas liquefaction facility with the capability of both importing and exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

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Woman booked on burglar charge

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A Ruston woman was arrested this week after she allegedly burglarized her former place of employment.
Stephanie Caprice Robinson, 49, of McAllister Street, was arrested on one count of simple burglary on Monday on Edgewood Street.
According to the arrest affidavit, Ruston Police Department was contacted by the owner of Wingstop in connection with a burglary. There was reportedly video surveillance of the crime occurring at approximately 1:15 a.m. July 13.

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Gallery opening features new artists

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council welcomes a new group of artists to the Piney Hills Gallery, a consignment sales gallery located in the lobby of the historic Dixie Center for the Arts, located at 212 N. Vienna St.
A local professional artist juried artist submissions on Saturday. New artists include abstract artist Nan Cole, glass mosaic artist Jane Campbell and watercolor painter Melanie Douthit.

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Boys and Girls Club offers summer fun for all

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As American as apple pie, so are the summers at the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana (BGCNCL) love spending time there. The Summer Program consists of two sessions and between the two 150 youth are aided through encouragement, education, exercise and entertainment.

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Crowder speaks at Ruston Lions Club

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Kristi Crowder with Louisiana Home Care was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club.  The presentation included information on the Lifeline Medical Alert Service which is now available.

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Burn ban necessary for parish

Even though there has been precipitation within the past few days, it isn’t enough to bring the parishwide burn ban to a halt.
In effect since June 1, the burn ban prohibits open and outdoor burning throughout the parish. The Lincoln Parish Fire Department has responded to at least 17 grass and/or woods fires over a 30-day period.

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Can't sell from an empty wagon

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Many years ago, when I first entered the field of secular sales, I became acquainted with the saying, “You can’t sell from an empty wagon.”
Our modern sales reps, no doubt, borrowed this saying from those of another era, when men did, literally, hawk their wares from wagons and push carts — everything from fruits and vegetables to shiny trinkets and clothing. Thus the saying simply means that we can’t sell or share that which we don’t have.

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More rocks in our pockets

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Our federal government is at it again. Seemingly heedless of the economic hardship many families and businesses are facing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are moving toward a drastic increase in the fuel efficiency standards. Those two federal agencies have already imposed a 40 percent increase in fleet fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon, phased in during the 2012-16 interval.

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Big crop needed to meet demand

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The Agriculture Department forecasts higher corn stocks in its July crop report released earlier this month compared to its June report, but economists and grain industry analysts stress that corn supplies are still very tight and a big crop is needed to meet strong demand and build reserves to a more comfortable level.
In fact, according to Greg Fox, a grain marketing specialist with the Louisiana Farm Bureau, a hot and dry weather pattern in the Midwest could quickly reverse the gains made by corn, beans and wheat so far this season.

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