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October 9th

Training for disaster

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Lincoln Parish residents can rest at ease knowing the parish’s police and fire departments are prepared to work together in case of crisis or homeland security threat.
On Wednesday and Thursday Lincoln Parish hosted a National Incident Management Systems class, from which all participants graduated and are now certified.
The NIMS classes are offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cleaning up Lincoln

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Operation Summer Heat adds eighth arrests to the more than 100 arrests that have been made this summer.
At 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team executed three search warrants for 108 Richardson Hill Road, 120 Richardson Hill Road and 1270 Emory Road, which resulted in five arrests. Three additional arrests were made at Louisiana 152 at Louisiana 545, 297 Rose St. and Cranford’s Store Northside as well — all of which involved distribution of methamphetamine.

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Bienville, Union students visit WaterFest, learn conservation

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Fifth-graders from Bienville and Union parishes were soaked with water conservation knowledge at Lincoln Parish Park on Friday.
For three years the Louisiana Sparta Groundwater Commission has held WaterFest events for fifth graders in Bienville, Lincoln and Union Parishes. All fifth -grade classes from each parish are invited to attend WaterFest.
Lindsay Gouedy, education coordinator for the Louisiana Sparta Groundwater Commission, said the fifth graders learn about quantifying water, water pollution, water conservation, water law and much more.

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Boys, Girls Club presents ‘Jazzland’

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana will host Jazzland, a tribute to Louisiana’s jazz legends, Nov. 1.
The event will help raise funds for the club and tickets are currently on sale at Community Trust Bank locations and The Boys and Girls Club.
Eldonta Osborne, the chief professional officer for the club, said the concert is a way to highlight the artistic side of its members.
“We want to encourage the arts in our community and in our children,” he said.

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Breast cancer awareness

With the yards covered in the browns, yellows and reds of the leaves of fall, people are sporting pink shirts and bracelets in support of breast cancer this month.
It is likely that we all know someone who has had breast cancer, which is why there are so many foundations and fundraisers geared to raise money for breast cancer research.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and locals show their support with walks and fundraisers. This week there is a “Denim for Dollars” event, which is where schools and their Adopt-a-School partners pay $5 to wear denim to work or school.

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Trying to tighten the fiscal belt

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has a bit of a dilemma. It’s unofficially said it’s willing to help the local Head Start program, but exactly how to do so is a problem.
Just as the board was about to vote in September on the city’s budget for the fiscal year that started yesterday, Alderman Elmore Mayfield asked for an additional $10,000 for Head Start. There’s one allocation of $10,000 already in the budget.
“We’re trying to get these children ready,” Mayfield said, referring to the 340 Lincoln and Union Parish students who participate in the preschool program.

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Live Oaks planted in Duncan Park

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As part of a statewide tree program, the City of Ruston received Live Oak seedlings this past summer and now they are planted in hopes of beautifying one of the community’s park facilities.
Approximately three weeks ago, 25 trees were planted in Duncan Park, located at the corner of Arlington and West Vaughn Ave. The Live Oaks were planted in the 12-acre facility, among the Pecan, Bald Cypress, Green Ash, River Birch, Crape Myrtle and other oak trees that call the park home.

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Bassi named ‘Bluebirder of the Year’

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Sheryl Cooper Bassi of Oak Ridge (standing left) was honored as “Bluebirder of the Year” by the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society. She is a founding member of the organization, and has served as secretary/treasurer, board member, editor of the LBBS Newsletter and now serving as first vice president.
She helped with many nest box workshops across the state. She is now retired and this year had her first bluebirds ever at her new home in Oak Ridge. Emily Winners, president, from Lecompte (right) presented the award.

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Winzer finds a hole for the Bearcats

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Ruston High JV running back/receiver Ladarius Winzer (10) breaks free to gain yardage Monday in a junior varsity game at Ouachita. The Bearcats defeated the Lions 17-15 in that contest.

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RJHS CC teams on top

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Boys, girls teams both take first at Cedar Creek
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Ruston Junior High School’s boys and girls teams both captured first place in the Cedar Creek Cross Country meet held last weekend.
Following are results from those one-mile runs:
Ruston Girls First Place 19 points
Alexius Austin 1st 5:44
Jamiya Walker 2nd 6:02
Kaylee Webb 4th 6:04
Amani McWain 5th 6:07
Aislyn Coyne 7th 6:22
Samariah Speed 9th 6:26
Keirra Ktichens 13th 6:30
Jaila Payne 15th 6:34
Daisy Peterson 19th 6:47
Tanner Moore 21st 7:05

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