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Summer heat for speeders halfway over

Ruston Chief Randal Hermes said officers with his department have issued 159 tickets during the first half of this campaign.
“We schedule these activities as an extra-duty detail when the officers are available,” Hermes said. “So, the hours and the locations are random.”
Of the 159 tickets issued, 104 were given to female drivers.
Hermes said the department also has access to a traffic counting device that is capable of keeping up with the number of vehicles that pass a particular spot as well as how fast the vehicle is traveling.

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Summer heat for speeders halfway over

Ruston Chief Randal Hermes said officers with his department have issued 159 tickets during the first half of this campaign.
“We schedule these activities as an extra-duty detail when the officers are available,” Hermes said. “So, the hours and the locations are random.”
Of the 159 tickets issued, 104 were given to female drivers.
Hermes said the department also has access to a traffic counting device that is capable of keeping up with the number of vehicles that pass a particular spot as well as how fast the vehicle is traveling.

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Williams could be steal for Bills

“When scouting Williams’ games at LSU,” noted a recent story on this year’s underrated draftees by The Sporting News, “the Bills thought Williams stood out more than his higher profile teammate, Claude Wroten, who was a third round pick of the St. Louis Rams.”
While his size of 6-1 and 295 pounds might be questioned for the defensive tackle slot that Williams plays, the national sports weekly further notes that “he overcomes a lack of ideal size by playing with excellent leverage.

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Do your part to stop EEE, West Nile

The best defense against these diseases is to take away the areas where mosquitoes like to hang out and reproduce.
Allen Lowe with Vector Disease Control Inc. — the company hired by the city of Ruston and Lincoln Parish to monitor the mosquito population in our parish — offered these tips to lessen your chance of mosquitoes choosing your home as their home:
• Eliminate areas of standing water, including any containers such as old tires. Mosquitoes reproduce in standing water.
• Keep your grass mowed. High grass is a favorite hangout for mosquitoes, who prefer shady conditions.

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Read all about it in the paper

Well, guys, don’t worry.
I am held by my own morals not to “quote” you or any other random person I meet in my column if it could possibly result in the death or extreme embarrassment of said party.
Usually especially embarrassing columns are reserved for close family members and friends.
So, you’re safe.
It’s sort of disheartening sometimes when I’m in normal conversation with a group of people and someone says something like “Hey! You’d better watch what you say around her if you don’t want it in the newspaper.”
What?

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VDCI sets mosquito traps

Lowe said results could be expected next Thursday or Friday.
“We’ll also go ahead and do some spraying in the area,” Lowe said. “If we get a positive result back from the state, we’ll ramp up our efforts and discuss our options with the Police Jury,” Lowe said.
While EEE is considered more serious than West Nile virus, it’s also much more rare, especially in north Louisiana, Lowe said.
“If you get West Nile, you might never even show symptoms,” Lowe said.
“With EEE, if you get it, you’ve got it. And if a horse is exposed, the mortality rate is about 70 percent.”

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Judge orders oil funds released

“The 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish ordered the released of these funds that were not in dispute,” Jones said.
Companies involved in the lawsuit are Centerpoint Energy Gas Transmission, Centerpoint Mississippi River Transmission and Centerpoint Energy Arkla and Southern Natural Gas.
Jones said the release means the following amounts for local government entities:
• Lincoln Parish School Board — $1,295,000;
• Lincoln Parish Police Jury Roads and Construction — $211,000;
• Lincoln Parish Police Jury General Fund — $127,000;

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Spend taxes where needed

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is set to receive $211,000 for roads and road construction, as well as $127,000 for its general fund.
Actually, the Police Jury has already committed the money slated for the general fund for new bleachers at the North Louisiana Exposition Center.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell acknowledged the funds his agency received were needed, but he also said the plan was to proceed with caution in choosing where the money would go.

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Cherish life’s special times

Many were the trips we made from San Antonio and Fort Bragg, N.C. to Monroe, typically leaving late in the afternoon and arriving in the hills of southwestern Ouachita Parish sometime in the middle of the night.
San Antonio was actually the best place to be based out of if you were a sports fanatic soldier like me. By that time, Beth was living in Dallas so when the Yankees were in town, we’d go up to visit Sis. Of course, we just happened to take in a baseball game while we were
there.

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Parish clubs face questions

Here’s nine questions to ponder as the regular season openers get closer:
1-As an intangible, will the new FieldTurf being installed at Joe Aillet Stadium figure into the psych and readiness of Louisiana Tech University players?

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