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July 21st, 2017

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Sealed bids will be received at the Lincoln Parish School Board Maintenance Facility, 1428 Arlington Street, Ruston, LA, 71270, until 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at which time bids will be opened and read aloud for the following items for Lincoln Parish Schools for the 2017-2018 session in accordance with specification:
Gasoline and Diesel

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RECREATIONAL TRAIL

CITY OF GRAMBLING RECREATIONAL TRAIL

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Park improvements

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With the summer months almost over, James Ramsaur, director of the Lincoln Parish Park, is looking to make some improvements to the amenities offered at the park.
Among those improvements are the updating of five campsites.
“The sites 29-33 are the last five sites and they are on a hill so they get a lot of water down off the hill,” he said. “We are going to try to channel the water and enlarge them a little bit so they will be big enough for the camper.”
The next project will be installing tall gates along the beach to ensure the safety of visitors when lifeguards aren’t present.

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City hit with two power outages

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A pair of unrelated power outages left much of north Ruston and downtown without electricity part of the day Thursday.
The first outage occurred about 10 a.m. near the East Kentucky Avenue bridge when a cross arm on an electric utility pole belonging to Entergy broke and fell across some of the city’s above-ground lines, Public Works Director Darrell Caraway said.
The outage affected more than 1,000 customers, he said. Power was restored shortly after noon.

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RCT sets ‘Arsenic and Lace’ auditions

Ruston Community Theatre has announced auditions for its upcoming production, Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Auditions will be held at 10 a.m. July 29 and 6 p.m. July 31at The Dixie Center for the Arts.
Alternative arrangements for auditions can be made by calling the director at 251-8645.
The audition form is available on the Ruston Community Theatre website.
Those auditioning are encouraged to download, print and bring completed forms to the audition.
The play will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby.

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More concerned with image than anything

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Everyone has a breaking point. Cathy Hopkins reached hers last Monday.
Living on Lake D’Arbonne for seven years, Hopkins had driven past a site thousands of times where the Union Parish Police Jury put trash dumpsters on North Spillway Road. That morning, all five dumpsters were full, which she said was not uncommon. That trash had spilled out of the dumpsters onto the ground just off the roadway, she said, wasn’t uncommon either.
“I finally said this is enough,” Hopkins said.

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Parish park improvements to benefit community

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip to Lincoln Parish Park to have a picnic by the lake. We were happy to see that it was back in its beautiful state full of water with the wildlife happily settled on its shores.
Just a few months before our trip, the drive around the park was not as nice a sight as it was that day.
Not because of any misdoing on the part of the park’s staff, in fact it was a benefit to the park and the people of Lincoln Parish.
This benefit, as readers well know, was due to the selling of lake water to local oil companies — 30 million gallons to be exact.

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Donate to GSU $1 million fundraiser

Grambling State University made a tough decision not to increase student fees after the University of Louisiana System executive committee approved fee changes to its nine universities.
GSU president Rick Gallot said he decided to opt out of the fee increases saying GSU students should not bear additional financial responsibility for their education.
While this is good news for the students not wanting to pay more in fees, GSU admits it will need to find additional revenue through other avenues.
Enter the “Bring It Home” fundraiser.

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Dixie Regional Tourneys to begin

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Ruston and Jonesboro will be filled with young baseball players this weekend as Dixie Youth Baseball Regional Tournaments are played today through Monday. Ruston will play host to the 6-and-under Regional while the 9-and-under and 11-and-under Regionals will be played in Jonesboro. All the teams playing in the regionals were introduced Thursday evening during opening ceremonies at Railroad Park. Pictured left is the Ruston 9-and-under team while pictured right is the Ruston 11-and under team.

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Diamond ’Dogs add pitching coach

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On Thursday morning, Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs announced that Cory Barton will join the baseball staff for the 2018 campaign.
Barton will serve as the pitching coach for the Bulldogs after guiding the McNeese baseball program to one of the best seasons in its history.

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