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December 14th

LPPJ takes care of business

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Budgets adopted during meeting

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury officially adopted its 2013 amended budget and 2014 proposed budgets during Tuesday’s monthly meeting at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
A total of $15,527,293 was tabbed as the estimated expenditures, revenue and other financing uses for 2013 while the LPPJ adopted a proposed budget of $15,353,335 for 2014.
Also adopted were the 2013 amended and 2014 proposed budgets for the Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish.

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Santa Claus comes to town

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The annual Grambling Christmas Parade rolled through Saturday as area residents flocked to the streets to join in on the holiday celebration. Pictured is Santa Claus throwing candy to spectators. Following the parade, Santa and his helpers passed out bags of fruit and candy to attendees at the Grambling Community Center.

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Eyeing judgeship

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Two additional candidates confirmed
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Two more Ruston attorneys have throw their hats into the ring for the Third Judicial District Division B judge’s seat, and two others say they’re eyeing the race.
Mike Coyle and Ty Storms, both Republicans, said they’ll be candidates for the seat to be vacated next year by retiring Judge Wayne Smith.
“I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I think this is what I want to do. It’s still involving the law, but in a different way,” Coyle said.
“I fully intend to run. I’m going to qualify,” Storms said.

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Pylant wins Buddy Ball Jeep

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Ruston resident Reagan Pylant (third from left) is the winner of the Buddy Ball of Ruston Jeep raffle. Pylant received the keys to his new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 in ceremonies Saturday at Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep. From left are Steve Brennan; Buddy Ball board President Edwin Davis; Pylant; granddaughter, Emma; his wife, Delaine; and son, Jesse. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to install rubberized material around the base paths of the Buddy Ball softball field so that wheelchair-bound players and others with mobility challenges can more easily maneuver on the field.

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Memories of Mandela

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Area residents recall South African leader who will be buried today
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Ian Macaskill remembers getting up in the middle of the night to watch live television coverage of Nelson Mandela walking out of South Africa’s Robben Island prison.
He also remembers living in his native South Africa in the era of apartheid, when the South African government intentionally segregated blacks and whites because of race, and tried to convince white South Africans, like himself, that racial separation was acceptable.

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Buddy Ball raffle wins for everyone

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of just how community-minded folks are in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
In fact, sometimes all it takes is a set of car keys. Back in August, Buddy Ball of Ruston began selling raffle tickets for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport provided by Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep. People in Lincoln Parish and beyond bought more than 750 tickets for $100 chances on the vehicle.

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TEA Party is all about informing citizens

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy was the invited speaker for the December meeting of the North Central Louisiana TEA Party. Even with rainy and cold weather, Mr. Kennedy drove from Baton Rouge to Ruston to speak to the group, and then drove home. The faithful group in attendance appreciated his dedication in honoring his commitment to speak, even in such inclement weather and time considerations. 

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Learning to live with balance

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So what do you want for Christmas this year? Santa has already come at our house and he brought me a brand new knee, something I’m struggling with but wanted more than anything. It’s funny how struggle can go hand-in-hand with your heart’s desires. But you learn how to balance it.

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Personal involvement with those less fortunate good idea

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Where does time go? Seriously, I woke up this morning, looked at the calendar and realized that this year is speeding toward its demise far too fast.

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Cheers: Poole graduates boot camp

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Asen “Ace” Poole recently completed Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. Poole graduated as a Private First Class (E-2) with an Expert rifle qualification. Poole is a recent Eagle Scout recipient from Ruston’s Troop 45 and a 2013 Choudrant High graduate. He is currently attending infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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