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July 19th, 2016

LPSO brings back Neighborhood Watch

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is bringing back an old program with a new twist.

Neighborhood Watch makes its official comeback from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located on Road Camp Road. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch or in starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

The revived program will include not only the traditional neighborhood organizations and signage, but also a social media presence, Sheriff Mike Stone said.

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LPL presents a lesson in fun

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The Lincoln Parish Library hosted a children’s event, “Pop-Up Hoop Jam!” in which Jennette Ginsburg, right, from Hey Now! Hooping! taught attendees of all ages how to hula hoop. Samantha Anderson, 4, left, listens as Ginsburg tells her how to properly pick up a hula hoop.

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Panel suggests rezoning of lot

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending to the Board of Aldermen that a lot on the corner of Wynnwood Avenue and North Trenton Street be rezoned from its current residential designation to a commercial node.

But Monday night’s vote in favor of developer Frank Cordaro’s request came over the objection of a group of nearby property owners.

Residents said the single-story office building Cordaro plans to construct on the lot would lead to increased traffic, decreased property values and drainage issues.

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Dubach names fire board representative

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Ralph Bruce was named Dubach’s fire department representative to the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 Board of Commissioners.
Bruce takes over the position immediately after the town council approved his appointment at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
Town Clerk Pamela Delp said Bruce will represent the municipality during Lincoln Parish Fire District meetings.
Councilman Robert Colvin said the appointment was good for the town.
“He’s a hard worker,” Colvin said. “I think he will do a terrific job.”

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Man charged with robbery

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A Ruston man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center charged with armed robbery stemming from an alleged incident at an illegal dice game.
Germil Deantonious Rhone, 23, of 1406 Cardinal St., was arrested by parish sheriff’s deputies July 15, and charged with committing armed robbery with a gun, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The episode leading to the robbery charge occurred during the early morning hours of July 7, according to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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NCLAC calls for photography entries

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North Central Louisiana Arts Council has partnered with Driggers Outdoor to present an opportunity for NCLAC member artists.
One NCLAC member artist will be chosen from entries received to have an image of his/her artwork publicly displayed on a billboard for a six-month period of time.
The featured artist will change every six months per chosen media.
The dimensions for the artwork or photograph of the artwork must fit a 3:1 ratio being that the size of the billboard has a 30ft width and 10ft height.
The fall 2016 call is open to photography submissions.

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Award-winning season for Tech

It’s been an award-winning summer for former Louisiana Tech athletes, something of which both the university and the Ruston Daily Leader are proud.

Already this summer former Lady Techsters basketball standout and head coach Teresa Weatherspoon was named one of the WNBA’s 20 Greatest Players of All Time and former Dunkin ’Dogs standout P.J. Brown, who won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, was inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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July 18th

Sheriff weighs in on incident

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The Baton Rouge law enforcement community is still trying to deal with the “total shock and heartbreak” of Sunday’s police ambush, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said this morning.

Stone went to Baton Rouge late Sunday after the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, of which he is immediate past president, halted its annual summer conference that was underway in Lake Charles.

“Obviously this was not the time to have a conference,” he said.

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Boys and Girls Club hosts day camp at Tech

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Sheriff Deputy Donte Powell (top photo) interacts with children during the Boys and Girls Club Moving and Grooving Summer camp last week at Louisiana Tech University. Left photo, Zyoe Bell, 10, of Ringgold, run a relay as part of the summer camp activities.
The camp was held as part of a national triple play date and was focused on local communities eating right and exercising. The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana were also in attendance at the event.

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Award-winning local teacher attends camp

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One Ruston Junior High School science teacher recently won the 2016 National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Louisiana Outstanding Earth Science Teacher and attended Texas A&M University’s G-Camp to further her education and teaching abilities.
Holly Payton, an eighth- grade earth science teacher and the state’s 2016 Outstanding Earth Science teacher, joined 37 teachers from around the nation on the 14-day field camp.

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