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Train derailed

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At approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, a train derailed near the Ouachita Parish and Lincoln Parish line on U.S. Highway 80, causing approximately 82 homes to be evacuated.
Maj. Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said the Kansas City Southern train derailed near Sims Road in Lincoln Parish.
“About five to seven cars were turned over, two of which were carrying hazardous materials,” Williams said. “We have blocked off approximately four square miles, which caused about 150-250 residents to be displaced.”

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Smalling seeks PJ seat for District 7

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Ruston resident Troy Smalling has announced his candidacy for Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 7.
Smalling has lived in Ruston since 1960 and was manager for Highlines Construction Company for 40 years. When the company was sold in December 2010, he retired at that time.
Smalling said he is aware of the problems with the depleting Sparta Aquifer, which serves as the primary source of potable water for Lincoln and surrounding parishes. For decades, the water has been being used at a faster rate than it can naturally be replenished.

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Three hundred show up to battle diabetes

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Tie-dye shirts and crazy-colored knee socks were as far as the eye could see on Saturday morning.
Names of children and others who have diabetes were sprawled across the team shirts of classmates, co-workers, siblings and parents, all for a good cause.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Ruston Walk to Cure Diabetes started and ended in Railroad Park, and the turnout was larger than expected.

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Simsboro eyes building renovations

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Mayor hopes to convert Town Hall into community center
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SIMSBORO — Simsboro had a meeting last week that promoted growth in the village.
For those who live in Simsboro, many see the buildings that are in the downtown area and hope that some revitalization can be done to spruce it up. Well, that’s exactly the plan that Mayor Willie Hendricks introduced to the aldermen and the townspeople who attended this month’s meeting.

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Artoberfest on tap with brews, aid to Arts Tour

A centuries-old European tradition will flow into Ruston on Oct. 13, as the North Central Louisiana Arts Council offers a special fundraising event.
The second annual Artoberfest will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Ruston's Historic Fire Station, 200 E. Mississippi Ave. Tickets are now on sale.

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Pet of the week

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Peanut is a young, neutered tuxedo mix that is looking for a home. He is a handsome kitty that is housetrained and will hopefully give you a lot of love if you take him home with you. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Peanut.

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Effects of PTSD relevant to many

Effects of PTSD relevant to many
Military combat service, natural disasters and violent attacks all leave those involved shaken and at risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Residents can learn more about the disorder at the monthly meeting of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Community Trust Bank Financial Center on North Trenton Street.

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Passionate people meet purpose

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One of the perks of working in this industry is the amazing people that you have the opportunity to meet.
My question to readers is simple: Have you had the opportunity to meet someone who is so utterly passionate about what they are trying to accomplish or already have accomplished that they are able to convince you in less than five minutes that what they are doing is worthwhile?

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Obedience problem addressed

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The question of the day: Why do today’s parents have more problems with obedience than their grandparents ever thought possible?
Since obedience requires that a child (a) clearly and correctly perceives that his parents are providing for him the steady authority he cannot provide himself and, therefore, (b) pays close attention to them, the answer is obvious: Many if not most of today’s parents do not cause their children to (a), so children do not do (b).

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Cougars off to super start

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Cedar Creek unbeaten after three games, in 1A’s Top 10
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Growing pains, what growing pains?
Ben Haddox has grown up quickly, and successfully, as the head football coach at Cedar Creek High School.
In his debut season of 2010, the former Cougars’ baseball star guided the program to an overall record of 5-6 against a schedule that ranked among the toughest in the Class 1A ranks of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

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