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January 6th, 2014

‘Where You Wanna Be’ Tuesday

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Caleb Elliott to perform at library
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Residents who love pop music, enjoy dancing to a Cajun beat and watching for new talent will have that opportunity at 6 p.m. Tuesday when Caleb Elliott takes the stage at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
Elliott, a singer, songwriter, cellist, guitarist, band leader and child prodigy, will perform a variety of free-ranging pop music.

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RPD Tasers man at NLMC

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Ruston Police Department officers were forced to use a Taser on a man taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center after responding to a wrecked vehicle at approximately 8 p.m. Friday.
The wrecked vehicle was located at the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and North Bonner Street. According to the affidavit, there was no driver present when officers arrived on the scene.
The responding officer reported the vehicle had broken a metal barrier in the private parking lot.

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Kids found near meth

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At approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 290 Virgil Road in Dubach, in reference to a welfare concern, where residents were allegedly making and using methamphetamines with children present.
According to the affidavit, upon arrival deputies requested to see the children present in the home to make sure they were in good health. A resident of the home cooperated and also showed deputies around the residence to show cleanliness.

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Tuesday’s school board agenda construction-heavy

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Members asked to consider MFP lawsuit

Various construction projects across the parish will be the main topic of discussion at the 6 p.m. Tuesday regular meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

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Training to help local innovators

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Free classes designed to kick start new businesses

Locals who have business ideas but can’t quite figure out where to start are in luck, as the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator training sessions kick off Tuesday.
“Entrepreneurs preparing to start and grow new ventures in 2014, will benefit from participating in the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator initiative,” Kathy Wyatt, director of the Technology Business Development Center at Louisiana Tech University, said. “This program helps entrepreneurs move from a business idea to an investor deck within three months.”

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Community law enforcers go above, beyond

Each day residents of Ruston and Lincoln Parish can be thankful for the law enforcement officers they pass on the roadway.
The deputies and officers employed with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ruston Police Department, along with the other various municipalities within the parish, put in the time and effort to make our home a safer place.
In 2014, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said he plans to improve the services for residents. Sgt. Clint Williams, Ruston Police Department spokesman, reiterated those same thoughts last week.

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Too cold for Louisiana boy

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There’s a reason I live in Louisiana and have for nearly all of my life.
And there’s a reason the farthest north I’ve ever lived is Arkansas.
Today is a prime example of that reason.
I grew up in New Orleans. I remember Christmas mornings warm enough that I rode my first bicycle wearing shorts and a T-shirt with no jacket.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind cold weather — you know, 28 degrees or so. Maybe even a little snow thrown in every now and then for aesthetic qualities as well as for good measure.

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Support mental health awareness this year

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Out with the old and in with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information.
New Year’s Resolutions to achieve in 2014:
• Educate yourselves about mental health.
• Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and announcements designed to inform the community about mental health issues.
• Attend the free, educational seminars or support group meetings, sponsored by the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Psychiatrists and other physicians, social workers, nurses, counselors, consumers and family members serve as guest speakers.

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Ribbon cutting for DCC

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Diabetes Care Center (DCC) provides clinical care, vital education and support that will enable an individual diagnosed with diabetes mellitus to better manage the disease, thereby reducing the risks of short and long-term health complications.

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OWL Center dedicates riding arena

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The OWL Center was originally designed to benefit the youth of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home with therapeutic and recreational programs.
It also serves churches, schools, businesses, community groups and families with its 800 acres of rolling hills, facilities and programs.
All programs are designed to encourage teamwork, family bonds, character development, education and fun.
A ribbon cutting was held for the dedication of the new riding arena.

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