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May 30th

Support the Sparta Aquifer

Most of us know that to conserve water, we should turn off the water while we brush our teeth and only run clothes and dishwashers when the machines are full.
Such strategies help lower our water bills each month, but they also help to ensure that future generations of area residents have water to drink.
Lincoln Parish, along with 13 other parishes and several counties in Arkansas, rely on the Sparta Aquifer for all potable water. For decades, the Sparta Aquifer has been being used faster than it can be replenished.

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Merger not given fair chance

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It should come as no great surprise that the authors of a bill calling for the merger of Louisiana Tech University and LSU-Shreveport ditched the proposal before it ever came up for a vote.
Consolidation, while potentially beneficial to both schools, was just too politically hot for the Legislature to handle. So, rather than force lawmakers to take a stand, Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, pulled the bill saying they couldn’t muster the two-thirds House vote required for passage.
If they’re honest, the bill’s supporters will admit that from the start, the merger proposal was a long shot at best. Even though enrollment at LSU-S has been stagnant at about 4,000 students for more than 30 years, and even though the school’s degree programs are limited, there was just no way that the LSU Board of Supervisors was going to let anybody else get even a perceived toehold in Tiger territory.

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The foundations of farming

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Both the wheat harvest and spring planting are winding down here in Louisiana. It got me to thinking about how farmers, more than any other Americans, feel so strongly about the cycle of the seasons.
Farmers and ranchers live their lives by the seasons. Most of us don’t give a second thought to the changing of the calendar; perhaps around the holidays, but other than that, most of us are too busy working to pay much attention.
Farmers are constantly in motion, driven by the seasons. Moving equipment around our hometowns in preparation for planting and at harvest is a highly visible undertaking for us.

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Confidence in the military

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In his now-forgotten statement proclaiming Memorial Day, the now-forgotten John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, urged Americans not to forget those who had died in the Civil War. It was only three years since the guns were silenced. The country was stitched together but still torn asunder. Much grief and hurt remained.
So Logan, who in time would become a senator and an unsuccessful Republican candidate for vice president, saluted his fallen comrades as “the reveille of freedom to a race in chains” and described their deaths as “the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms.” He issued another call to arms, rallying veterans and civilians alike to visit the tombs of the fallen. His remarks began a great American tradition that became a great American holiday.

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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

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A Ruston woman was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend four times while arguing at their residence.
Kenya Lashelle Carter, 32, 1407 Stewart St., was arrested by the Ruston Police Department and charged with aggravated battery domestic violence.
She is currently in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center were her bond sits at $50,000.

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Floy Eva Porter

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Floy Eva Porter, 82 years young passed away May 25,2012, after a short illness, in
Sweetwater, Tennessee. Floy was born in Jackson Parish on August 30, 1929. She was
predeceased by her husband of 67 years, J.L. Porter and parents George and Eva Carter.

Survivors include one son, Gary Porter and wife Sandy of Haughton, Louisiana, one daughter, Cheryl Wilkinson and husband Jim of Vonore, Tennessee. Two sisters, Beatrice Tolar of
North Richland Hills, Texas and Jerry Tolar of Ruston, Louisiana, Six grand children
and ten great grand children and numerous well loved nieces and nephews.

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SUCCESSION OF: ROBERT DAYTON JIMMERSON PROBATE DOCKET NO. 10,593 FILED: MAY 3, 2012 THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

SUCCESSION OF: ROBERT DAYTON JIMMERSON PROBATE DOCKET NO. 10,593 FILED: MAY 3, 2012 THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
PARISH OF LINCOLN
STATE OF LOUISIANA
s/Laura Barmore
DEPUTY CLERK
AMENDED NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that SHERRY HAYNES, Administratrix of this Succession, has petitioned this Court for authority to sell the undivided interest owned by the Deceased in the following described Immovable Property: Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

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THE VILLAGE of Simsboro

THE VILLAGE of Simsboro in Lincoln Parish is seeking HPG funds from U.S.D.A./RHS for rural community housing preservation program. The funds will be used for the repair and rehabilitation of single- family houses of low and very low income residents of Simsboro rural area of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. Informed citizens are urged to provide their input to the Village Mayor, Honorable Willie Hendricks, or the city’s consultant, Dr. Benedict Nwokolo. Dr. Nwokolo can be reached via this phone number: (318)247-2716 or via this email address: Nwokolo@gram.edu.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Sealed bids will be accepted in the office of the Purchasing Director in the Purchasing Department, located at 403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana until 2 P.M. CT June 26, 2012 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.
Bid # 50018120014: HEATING WATER BOILER REPLACEMENTS FOR JEWETT HALL

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May 29th

Work that is just ‘peachy’

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The Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival has been a staple of the Ruston community for 62 years, and while the festival wouldn’t be able to happen without Ruston’s peaches, there is one more ingredient the festival has come to lean heavily on in order to succeed, volunteers.
The festival, while put on by the city, is worked by volunteer labor, meaning a lack of volunteers means a possible lack of quality to the festivities.
Luckily for Ruston, the Peach Festival averages approximately 150 volunteers each year, and only 100 are needed to help it run smoothly, said Peach Festival volunteer coordinator Patrick Blanchard.
“We are looking for around 150 for the festival this year,” he said. “So far, we have 68 people already registered to help.”

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