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Many schools closed Thursday

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All Lincoln Parish public schools, as well as A.E. Phillips, Bethel Christian, the Grambling lab schools, Wildflower Montessori and Cedar Creek, will be closed on Thursday because of the expected weather conditions accompanying Hurricane Isaac.

School officials say the closure is for the students and employees’ safety. No decision will be made on whether schools will be closed on Friday until Thursday afternoon. If conditions improve, or are expected to improve on Friday, there will be school.

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Wind knocks power out downtown

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More than 500 people in downtown Ruston received an early taste of the potential blackouts expected when Hurricane Isaac makes its way into the area.
Darrell Caraway, City of Ruston utility manager, said that the loss that happened just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday was due to winds blowing a limb onto the line near the railroad tracks.

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Evacuees housed at Trinity

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The Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring Hurricane Isaac, receiving updates from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Region 8 agencies in Northeast Louisiana parishes and the National Weather Service.
LPOHSEP scheduled an Emergency Operations meeting for 10 a.m. today at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury/Emergency Operations Center conference room to prepare for when Isaac arrives in Lincoln Parish.

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Soldiers return

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Louisiana National Guard’s 1022nd Engineer Company home after one-year deployment
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Since his arrival back in the United States, Sgt. First Class Chris Letendre has been enjoying the basic necessities.
“It’s nice to be able to have all the comforts like taking a warm shower every night and eating a good meal,” said Letendre, who just finished a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. “We stayed in some places where we could only shower about every four or five days because of a water shortage, and other times because of the pipes freezing in the winter.”

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Gym offers a different approach to exercise

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For the past six weeks, CrossFit Ruston has been offering area residents another option when it comes to their fitness needs, and so far most of those area residents have been enjoying what they have seen.
“It is just a different way to approach working out,” said new CrossFit user Max Prince.
“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but you can feel it working as you’re going along. I will definitely be back.”

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Two locals arrested after marijuana plants found

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One Ruston man was arrested on Monday for allegedly growing marijuana plants to sell after officers issued a warrant at his house.
Ronald Wayne McClain, 56, 723 Edgewood St., was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug (sertaline hydrochloride). Also arrested during the warrant was Phillip Bernard McClain, 43, same address, for possession of a legend drug (penicillin), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Kicking off soccer with free balls

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Kicking off the 2012 soccer season, the Michelin Soccer Program is coming to local communities in support of youth soccer. Beginning Friday, families of Ruston Parks and Recreation will receive certificates to be redeemed for a free, high-quality, four-ply soccer ball — official size and weight — while supplies last at Walpole Tire Service. The certificate entitles each family to one free soccer ball from the participating tire dealer and includes an exclusive rebate for a future tire purchase.

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Stay prepared for Isaac

Today, the parish — which includes several visitors from down South — waits to see the full effects of Hurricane Isaac.
The category 1 hurricane made landfall in New Orleans at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the effects of its continued movement are expected to hit northern Louisiana around 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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RNC memories and politics

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I covered the Republican National Convention in August 1988, the year the Grand Old Party met in the Superdome. There’s still confetti in the bottom of one of my camera bags from the downpour of colored paper let loose from giant nets attached to the ceiling of the dome.

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Parish players in spotlight

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Tech, GSU, preps have plenty of impact performers
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No more waiting.
Football is here.
And that means retrieving the rosters you’ve filed back on your favorite teams or checking that “dog-eared” preseason publication to see which players to “asterisk” for future reference.

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