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November 19th, 2013

Demolition continues for Neilson

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Demolition of Neilson Dormitory on the Louisiana Tech University has started. Pictured is ongoing demolition occurring Monday morning. Neilson and Caruthers Dormitory, in front of it just off of Tech Drive, are both being torn down. Current plans are that the location will be used as a green space.

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Police Jury gives in

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Lincoln Parish’s Police Jury finalized its 2013 Amended and 2014 Proposed Budgets during a special meeting held Monday, giving in to some degree to a request for additional funding for the Lincoln Union District Attorney’s Office in the process.
The 2013 Amended and Proposed Budgets will be voted on for adoption during the LPPJ’s regular scheduled meeting on Dec. 10.

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Downtown to kick off holiday season

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Even though Thanksgiving hasn’t quite made it to Lincoln Parish, downtown Ruston will start to look a lot like Christmas this week.
Thursday through Saturday, in conjunction with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual Holiday Arts Tour, downtown Ruston will hold its annual Christmas Open House.
Kristi Lumpkin, the city’s economic development administrator, said the event will kick off Thursday with a special holiday shopping treat.

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Lighten Up Lincoln events set for Thursday

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The Health Hut has initiated Lighten Up! Lincoln Parish, an effort to encourage the Lincoln Parish community to become healthier.
The keynote speaker for this event is Abby Rike, from NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser.” Rike faced an unfathomable tragedy in October 2006 when she lost her beloved husband, 5 1/2 year old daughter and 2 1/2 week old son in a fatal car crash.

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Forcing bulb bloom for indoor winter color

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Forcing bulbs in winter is a wonderful way to bring a little spring into the house a little early. There are several bulbs which can be easily forced to bloom indoors, whether you are forcing bulbs in water or in soil. The most popular bulbs homeowners force to bloom indoors are the paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus, a sub-species of Narcissus tazetta) and amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.) These bulbs are normally plentiful in garden centers and stores this time of year.

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Students recognized in Downsville

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Downsville Charter School proudly announces their November Outstanding Citizenship Awards to Piper Bennett, Josie Alvis and Jenny Hancock. They recognize these students for working hard at being good citizens at home, at school and in the community.

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Support Techsters as they face LSU

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Once upon a time, Louisiana Tech University ruled the world of women’s basketball.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see that storybook dream come true again?
Lady Techsters basketball fans will get that chance at 1 p.m. Saturday as the Lady Techsters play host to LSU.
It’s no secret that Tech was an early giant in the world of NCAA women’s basketball, but the in-state rivalry between the Lady Tigers and Lady Techsters has always existed and has always been strong.

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Keep your holiday table safe

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The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family. Don’t let your holiday be a time to remember because of a foodborne illness. To keep your holiday safe follow these four simple steps.
• Clean and wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, sponges and counter tops. You should:
• Wash your hands with hot soapy water before handing food and after using the bathroom.

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A discussion on the concept of charters

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Earlier this month, the Lincoln Parish School Board was faced with a historic decision — to charter or not to charter.
In October, the LPSB received their first ever charter school application. Since they’d never dealt with one, they had to do a bit of research on the subject. Eventually, earlier this month, the board made the best possible decision by denying the request.

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No controversy, only frustration for Tech QBs

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Ring around the rosies a pocket full of … Bulldog quarterbacks?
That’s the rhyme playing through Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz’s head after playing three signal callers during a dismal offensive performance in Louisiana Tech’s loss at Rice.
The numbers tell the story.
Tech quarterbacks combined for only 181 passing yards against the Owls, with starter Ryan Higgins hitting on nine-of-15 attempts for 138 yards with a touchdown and interception and Scotty Young connecting on six-of-15 passes for 43 yards and an interception.

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