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February 12th, 2014

Motorists advised not to travel

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Winter weather conditions continued into today causing multiple accidents in the Lincoln Parish area.
In an interview late Tuesday, Albert Paxton, public information officer with Louisiana State Police Troop F, said additional personnel would be out on roadways.
“We will have additional personnel out (Tuesday night) and early (today) monitoring roads and bridges,” he said. “The DOTD will also be out salting the roads and bridges where ice is accumulating.”
Paxton said he advises motorists to check travel conditions.

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An icy shut down

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Ruston and Lincoln Parish may be dealing with the effects of winter storm Pax a little longer than emergency preparedness officials first anticipated.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to get out of here as quickly as we first thought” Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said this morning.
Travel remained treacherous through much of Wednesday. In Ruston, the Everett, Bonner and Farmerville street railroad overpasses were closed. Interstate 20, as well as rural roads and bridges remained icy.

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LPPJ discusses repairs throughout parish

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury and the Public Works Committee met Tuesday night in a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss several agenda items.
The Public Works Committee took official action to amend the 2014 Capital Improvement Program concerning the Mitchell Road Bridge. LPPJ Administrator Courtney Hall said the committee plans to tear out the bridge and add two tank cars.
“They should start rolling in here pretty soon,” Hall said.

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Legislature to face controversy in 2014 session

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The controversial Common Core education curriculum and the possible legalization of marijuana are expected to be among the hot-button issues when the Louisiana Legislature convenes next month, local lawmakers said Monday.
“I’m going to fight till I’m dead (any attempt at) trying to reduce the penalties on marijuana,” Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, told about 30 people at the local TEA Party legislative forum.

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Choudrant Gun Raffle Winners

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Submitted photo- Locals have joined forces to help the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department by buying a raffle ticket that earns them a chance at 52 guns with a weekly raffle. For more information about the raffle, contact Celeste Butler, village clerk, at 768-4111. Pictured above is week 11 winner Shel Holbron, right, with firefighter Darrell McCain. The CFD worked with McKinney Honda to get the guns that are being raffled for the fundraiser.

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Children show us kindness

During the annual Quota International fundraiser “Timeless Traditions” held over the weekend, hundreds of girls and their mothers gathered to enjoy a tea party and an inspirational movie. But, one of those children, Emory-Cooper Leggett made a huge sacrifice for her best friend.
Emory-Cooper was the lucky winner of the American Girl Doll “Saige” that was raffled off during the event. American Girl Dolls are beloved toys that little girls around the world enjoy, and they can cost upwards of $150.

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Political candidates run rampant

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Maybe the fact that the temperature outside went from 17 degrees to 70 degrees in two days’ time had something to do with the flurry of local and regional political activity over the last few weeks.
Ruston Alderman Jim Pearce bowed out of this fall’s mayor’s race, leaving only one announced candidate so far, Ronny Walker, for the city’s top job. Attorney Tommy Rogers tossed his hat into the widening ring of folks who want to be 3rd Judicial District’s next Division B judge.

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Lady Techsters set to think pink

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Louisiana Tech hosts Charlotte on Thursday in a nationally-televised Conference USA showdown on Fox Sports Network in the 7th Annual Pack the House game at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tipoff for the contest between the Lady Techsters and 49ers is set for 8 p.m. as numerous promotions have been set surrounding the nationally televised game which will air on Fox Sports Net.

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Glen View TOTs entertain Globetrotter, Lady Bearcats fans

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Harlem Globetrotter and Ruston High School basketball fans were entertained at recent basketball games held in the Monroe Civic Center and Ruston High School. Glen View Elementary Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) members, led by Coach Kristie Frasier and Coach Cheryle Buggs, performed at the games dressed in their bright red shirts and dazzled the audiences with their ball-handling skills and showmanship. Pictured above are Glen View TOTs at Ruston High School. Pictured below left is a TOT showing off his two-ball dribbling skills. Pictured below are some of the TOTs with the Globetrotters mascot.

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Tech hires Assistant AD for Athletic Development

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced last week that the university has hired Nate Warren as the assistant athletic director for development where he will oversee the fundraising efforts for the athletic department.

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