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September 27th, 2013

Tech soccer to host Tulsa

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The much-anticipated Conference USA season starts on at 7 p.m. tonight with Louisiana Tech opening up on the road against Tulsa at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.
This marks the first ever match for Tech (5-4-1) in C-USA which opens its 19th season of women’s soccer competition on Friday with all 16 teams squaring off in league action.

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Volunteers show support for D.A.R.T

For the last nine years, Ruston’s Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has had a Pumpkin Patch fundraiser in order to raise money for the fight against domestic abuse. An 18-wheeler full of pumpkins will be unloading at Townsend House soon. There will be an army of volunteers unloading all of the pumpkins and they just need us to go buy one.
October is right around the corner, and as we fall into the autumn season, people are gearing up for their Domestic Abuse Awareness Month events. So, it is no surprise that D.A.R.T is having their annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.

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Finding a ring inside a candle

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Can you imagine burning a candle and somewhere in the wax is a tiny plastic bag containing a ring valued at $10, $100, $1,000 or even $5,000?
My guess would be no, since that was my original reaction. But there is a company, a legitimate company — Diamond Candles.
According to their website, the business got started when David and Brenda were nearing their first anniversary.

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Superbug: Drug resistant diseases

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The term superbug does not just refer to the transformer-looking grasshoppers hiding out in the backyard; recently, it has become a popular term for drug-resistant diseases that are rapidly growing in the United States.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people have developed life-threatening bacterial infections that are resistant to multiple types of antibiotics.
This resistance to antibiotics has led to at least 23,000 deaths from infections in the last year.

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September 26th

Fire district runs on community volunteers

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­­­At 6 p.m. Sept. 19 the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 training facility was full of people eager to learn the skills necessary to serve their community at their Firefighter School, or “Rookie School” as the seasoned firefighters call it.
Firefighter school began Sept. 19 with District Chief Danny Cross acknowledging the commissioners.
“Thank you for coming out (to Firefighter School),” Mike Fulton, commissioner for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department, said. “Volunteers are how we keep this district running. We need your help.”

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Poor rankings

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Two Lincoln Parish lawmakers say the poor rankings they received on this year’s Louisiana Association of Business and Industry legislative session scorecard don’t matter much.
Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, scored 44 percent, while Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, rated 24 percent. LABI, the state’s largest business lobby group, annually ranks lawmakers based on whether legislators voted with LABI’s position on a select number of bills.
“I’d hate to be graded as a legislator on five post-selected bills and use that as an effectiveness rating for me or any other legislator,” Shadoin said.

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Two arrests made for Summer Heat

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Operation Summer Heat yielded two more arrests on Wednesday.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two men on opposite ends of the parish on methamphetamine and cocaine charges.
At 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Joseph Dickerson Jr., 59, of 112 Holly Road, Dubach, was arrested by LPSO for one count of distribution of schedule II drugs. His bail is $10,000.
“Dickerson is part of an on-going investigation,” Chad Alexander of LPSO said.

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Festival events set to begin

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Dubach is strutting, cackling and crowing its way to the Louisiana Chicken Festival this Friday and Saturday. There are a variety of events going on this weekend — even talks from the animal experts of the Monroe Zoo, animals included.
The Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization has coordinated the Chicken Festival for this year, and they have mixed some new in with the old.
“At 10 a.m., we will be having the Monroe Zoo coming to us,” Gina Stokes, coordinator for DRABO said. “There will be different animals and the experts will give talk about the animals.”

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‘Long live Grambling State University’

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Long-Jones Hall has portraits of presidents that laid foundations to keep Grambling State University going.
Among the nine, eight are men and there is one woman, Neari Warner.
She returned to the Grambling State’s campus after four years to give the Founder’s Day Convocation address on Tuesday.
During her 2001-2004 presidency, Warner successfully led the university through a probation period by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for schools in the South. With hard work from students, faculty and staff, Grambling State was cleared in 2003.

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Fun struts through town

As the Louisiana Chicken Festival draws near, the town of Dubach clucks with excitement.
With the arts and crafts, photo contests, talent show and musical entertainment starting up, the residents of Dubach are preparing for a fun-filled weekend.
Festivals are an important part of small town life. They provide a boost in morale, money and marketing. In a town like Dubach, everyone knows each other — for the most part — and festivals provide a reason to fellowship and connect with others in the community.

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