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A cluckin’ good time

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DUBACH — The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing and the fresh smell of chicken was in the air as residents gathered in Dubach Saturday for the 23rd annual Louisiana Chicken Festival.
The event was created in 1989 by the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization as a way to restore pride back into the community, and for the past two decades, on the fourth weekend in September, the village has provided vendors, competitions and music.

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Backus seeks to retain PJ seat

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With the Oct. 22 elections coming up fast, Jody Backus has announced his candidacy to continue serving as Lincoln Parish Police Juror for District 7.
Backus currently serves as Jury Finance Committee chairman. He also serves on the Public Works, Public Property and Buildings and Parks, Recreation and Tourism committees.
He has several major areas of concern for the parish, with the first being the Sparta Aquifer.
Backus said he wants to help educate people on the aquifer and that both Lincoln and Union parishes need to work closely together to improve conserving our domestic water usage as well as surface water solutions.

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Locals to get digital meters

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Upgrades in October

The City of Ruston is now implementing an innovative set of technologies to benefit their customers — a Smart Metering (also called Advanced Metering) system. Beginning in October, the city’s residencies and businesses will be upgraded with a new digital electric meter at no additional cost to the customers.

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A new business building

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Construction progresses on Tech facility

Louisiana Tech University has upgraded its campus substantially over the past few years. One of those upgrades, the College of Business’ new main building next to recently completed Tech Pointe and across the street from Keeny Hall, is less than one year away from full student, faculty and staff use.

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Town looks to ban ‘jake braking’

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DUBACH — A variety of issues were brought before the Dubach Town Council last week.
The Town Council met in regular session to discuss two ordinances, surplus equipment and purchasing an aerator for the south pond.
Ordinance 317 was introduced by Mayor Ray Polk in regards to the issue of “jake braking” by 18-wheeler trucks within the village limits. Jake breaking is the use of a compression release engine brake to bring the vehicle to a halt, which results in a loud noise.

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Balloons cause power outage

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About 500 Ruston power customers were without power Friday morning for about 30 minutes beginning at 10:16 a.m.
Darrell Caraway, public utilities manager for the city, said a business hosting a grand opening ceremony caused the power outage.

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GSU College of Education receives $3.1M DOE grant

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The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that it has awarded Grambling State University a grant in the amount of $3.1 million over a five year period. The grant is received under the “Transition to Teaching Program.”
According to the U.S. DOE, “The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education and then help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program also emphasizes placing teachers in high-need schools. Teacher candidates supported by the project are required to teach in high-need schools for at least three years.”

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Many aided after derailment

With more than 20 trains coming through the Ruston area on a daily basis, last week’s train derailment has put officials in a better place to handle emergency situations such as this.
Although the train derailed in a rural area, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said that if the incident can happen there, it could very well happen in downtown Ruston.

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Resolution relates to epilepsy

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Did you know that most people living in America do not know what to do if they see someone having a seizure? Yet more than 3 million Americans live with epilepsy — a condition that results in seizures of various types.

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Like America, Lincoln Parish has talent

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I’m really not a huge fan of television these days. Due to the strong inappropriate messages and vulgarity frequently seen and heard, I generally switch to programming that is decent according to my values.
Occasionally I do enjoy watching old movies on TCM, laughing at a few old corny sitcoms on TV Land, and I do regularly view local and national news and weather broadcasts. Periodically in my changing channels I find something of interest on a local network.

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