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August 11th, 2016

Bulldogs continue preparing for season

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True freshman running back Dee Fleming out of Cathedral High School in Natchez, Mississippi, hits a hole Wedesday as Louisiana Tech continued practice in preparation for its Sept. 3 season opener against the Universify of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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3D Customs - Open; Grand Opening Aug. 19

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Dog Days of Summer are here and so is 3D Customs Baggers, Tires and Rims!
3D Customs Baggers, Tires and Rims will hold a grand opening on Aug. 19, at their store located at 1015 Farmerville Hwy.
“We encourage everyone to come out and join us,” owner Rawlie Mills said.
Later that evening they will host bike night from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Mills is calling it the “First Bike Night.” $150 in gift cards will be given away for the best bagger, metric and sports motorcycles. Big Fella’s BBQ will be on site and on the grill doing all the cooking.

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Headstart Driving offers classes for all ages

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Head Start Driving, LLC. is a locally owned and operated business by the Pickett family that offers driver’s education classes for all ages.
Head Start Driving serves the North Central Louisiana area with locations in Minden, Arcadia, Homer, Ringgold and Ruston.
They offer 38-hour full driver’s education classes for ages 15 through 17, a 14 hour pre-licensing class for ages 18 and over, private driving and third party testing road skills test for the DMV.

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School’s back, think safety

The calendar may say it’s still August but for more than 7,000 Lincoln Parish youngsters, summer is over.

School starts Friday.

Throughout the next few weeks, students in both public and private schools will return to classes.

Early morning traffic will increase. School buses will be back on the road.

Pick-up points will be teaming with kids who don’t always pay as much attention as they should to vehicles moving near them.

And in some neighborhoods, students will be walking or bicycling to school.

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Preparing for new school year

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Seems like just yesterday Lincoln Parish children started summer vacation.
Just as quickly as the holiday came, the new school year approached.
Most Lincoln Parish schools will begin a full day of classes on Monday.
Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students will journey through a world of education for the next several months. Those months are vital to students. Students can spend up to 1,000 hours in the classroom, according to the Center for Public Education.
That is why it is important for parents to engage with their students — learn, communicate and interact with them.

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August 10th

LPPJ kills millage tax break

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Library millage drop would have saved $100k

Members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted to deny an ordinance to levy taxes after a reassessment and roll forward of the millage rates which would have saved parish taxpayers roughly $100,000.

Failing to get the two-thirds approval needed, the ordinance failed, meaning that the revenue from the millage will remain unchanged.

Among the suggested changes in millages revenue was a drop in the millage for the purpose of operating, maintaining, constructing and supporting a public library and its branches in Lincoln Parish from 4.62 mills to 3.50 mills.

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Officials stress friendly driving as school begins

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Drive friendly.
That’s the message city and parish law enforcement agencies and school transportation officials are stressing as more than 7,000 local elementary and secondary students prepare to head back to school.
“It’s that time of year again. Please be wary and take note of school buses on the road,” Major Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department, said.
Parish public schools begin Friday with a half-day of classes, as does Bethel Christian School. The first full day for public schools and Bethel is Monday.

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Ruston Farmers Market takes summer break

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After a record-breaking number of vendors, sales and customers, The Ruston Farmers Market will close for a short break after the Saturday market day, but will reopen for the fall season on Oct. 1.

Jean McWeeney, president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, the nonprofit that manages the market, said the market did well this summer.

“It’s been fantastic and we didn’t expect response from the community,” she said.

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Tech to upgrade press box facility

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Louisiana Tech University’s athletics department has raised the bar in recent years with multiple facility upgrades.
And Tech was back at it Tuesday morning as Athletics Director Tommy McClelland unveiled plans, renderings and a timeline for the newest phase of facility improvements to the press box at Joe Aillet Stadium.
During a lunchtime press conference in the Jarrell Room of the Davison Athletics Complex, McClelland announced that a new $16.7 million press box and guest suite facility would be built.

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Dixon back from injury with optimistic outlook

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Kenneth Dixon is back and eager to display the skills that helped make him one of the nation’s best collegiate running backs the past four years.
The fourth-round draftee out of Louisiana Tech University returned to the Baltimore Ravens’ trading camp last weekend after having injured a knee on the first day of preseason workouts.
It didn’t take long for the Strong, Arkansas, native to catch the attention of Head Coach John Harbaugh and his staff.

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