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June 25th, 2013

Additional charges, arrest in drug case

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Another arrest and additional charges have been made in connection to a drug bust that was executed by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) more than two weeks ago.

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Family business moves

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Chessy’s Boutique and Tanning Salon comes to Ruston
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Two years ago, a mother and daughter decided to open up a little boutique and tanning salon together.
Chessy’s Boutique and Tanning Salon was originally opened in Arcadia, but since March the store has been located in the North Village Shopping Center.
Sheila Branch, owner, said the move was a good thing for the business.
“It’s closer to home and the space is a lot bigger than where we were at,” she said. “When we first opened the store, it was my daughter Chelsea who wanted to really do it.”

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Dubach trailer fully engulfed

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LPFD reponds to structure fire, wreck over weekend
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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to two separate incidents over the weekend.
At 1:24 p.m. Saturday, the LPFD was requested for mutual aid to a motor vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 167 and McNeil Street.
LPFD arrived on scene to find a vehicle overturned in the ditch. All occupants had exited the vehicle, and no fire was involved.
LPFD had two apparatus and four personnel on scene to assist with treatment and care of patients. The Ruston Fire Department and Pafford Ambulance Service transported individuals to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center Emergency Room.

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Local to participate in LPB STEM panel

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Occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10 percent over the next five years.
Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018.
But who will fill these positions?   
Nationwide, more than 300,000 jobs are currently being left vacant because employers can’t find individuals skilled enough in STEM.
In Louisiana, 40 percent of eighth graders report never designing a science project. Only 3 percent of high-school seniors take advanced college placement tests in science.   

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Tech listed in Top 25 underrated schools

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Business Insider, a news and information website that provides financial, tech, entertainment, media and digital industry analysis and commentary, has ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 11 in the nation in its “25 Most Underrated Colleges In America” list recently released.
Tech was the only institution from Louisiana to make the list, which included schools such as Oregon State University, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University and San Diego State University. The University of Massachusetts — Lowell was ranked as the No. 1 most underrated institution.

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Pet of the week

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Rudolph is a handsome boy who came to 4 Paws at Christmas. He is brown and black with a some white. This handsome dog is around 1 year old. He is a Beagle mix, calm and would make a great family pet. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. To see the other adoptable dogs visit the new office located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call for an appointment.

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Excess moisture can be problem for gardens

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It is summer, but a lack of water is not a problem for landscape plants and vegetable gardens at the present time.
Many sites with poorly drained soils are saturated and plants may show signs of excessive water stress.
Although water is essential to plants, too much of it can be harmful. When excess water fills the soil pores, displacing air, the roots cannot absorb sufficient oxygen for normal growth and may die due to asphyxiation.

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CTC announces 2013 scholarship recipients

Career Technical College (CTC) recently announced the recipients of its annual High School Merit Scholarship program.
Seven incoming freshmen (all 2013 high school graduates) representing seven area high schools received a total of $7,000 in scholarships, each at $1,000.
“We are thrilled to be able to help these area students get a start on their college education,” said CTC Associate Campus Director Sharon Dollins. “This is one of our favorite ways to give back to our community.”

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Jones, Garr: Hall of Fame week

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Ex-Grambling State stars to be honored at shrines
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GRAMBLING — Two of Grambling State University’s all-time most successful athletes will have a busy weekend.
Down in Natchitoches, on Saturday night, former Tigers’ basketball star Jimmy Jones will be one of 11 state athletic legends to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Over in Lubbock, Texas, on the same day, ex-GSU baseball great Ralph Garr will be honored with induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Tuohy: Big impact on prep hoops

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Since Edward ‘Skeets’ Tuohy, Jr. was born and raised and then educated at Chicago’s St. Phillips High School and, since he harbored plans to attend college at Loyola, the most likely destination for a native of the Windy City would seemingly be Loyola-Chicago.
But a scholarship offer from another Loyola University — the one in New Orleans — had Tuohy spurning the City of Broad Shoulders for the Crescent City, the Big Easy, the Deep South.

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