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September 26th, 2013

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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Alzheimer’s myths debunked

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I cherish every memory that I have with family and friends. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t reminisce about “the good ole days” when I was younger. My friends and I talk about the trouble we got into in high school and how silly we were back then. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a past story or two that they like to tell.
It is easy to take both short- and long-term memories for granted because we don’t miss them until they are gone.

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Rotary names September students of the month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announced the recipients of the September Student of the Month Awards. Following comments by program coordinator Rachel Lilly, each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Sept. 18 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement with concluding remarks provided by Rotary President Angie Biscomb. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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AP scholars, school leaders recognized

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AP Scholars
Eight Cedar Creek School students received College Board AP® Scholar recognition based on their outstanding performance on the 2013 Advanced Placement® Exams.
Catherine Hild and Morgan Vann earned the AP Scholar Award, which is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 
Taylor Barron and Story Moller earned the AP Scholar with Honor Award, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

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C-USA honors Tech’s Sakit

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Louisiana Tech junior Paul Sakit was named the Conference USA Men’s Athlete of the Week Tuesday after winning the Mook 5 Invitational.
Sakit won the Mook 5 Invitational with a 5K time of 15:26.50 in his first meet as a Bulldog. Sakit averaged a 4:58 mile despite extremely wet conditions and a different course location than expected.
The Mook 5 was moved the morning of the meet from its normal location at Lincoln Parish Park to an area on campus surrounding Joe Aillet Stadium due to extremely wet and unsafe conditions at the park.

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RHS freshmen take on Neville

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Ruston High ninth-grade team member Will Davison heads upfield earlier this week as a pair of Neville defenders try to take him down. Neville won that ninth-grade game by the score of 22-15.

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