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Jail budget needs solution

In the late 1990s and first few years of the 21st century, the Lincoln Parish Detention Center was reportedly getting a little too crowded.
During this time, pre-trial inmates had to be released on their own recognizance on a regular basis to make room for other detainees.
In recent years, the space issue seems to have been alleviated because the parish has contracted with LaSalle Management Company, which has room at other facilities.
But now the parish is facing another issue that could make it necessary to rid the LPDC of some pre-trial prisoners, whether it be by putting them in home incarceration or other means.
The Detention Center Commission is not receiving enough revenue for the expenses of caring for all prisoners for which the parish is responsible, which includes parish and pre-trial inmates, regardless of where they are housed.
Over time, the length of incarceration time for pre-trial prisoners has drastically increased due to more felony arrests and mandatory time on certain charges.
Because of this issue, along with cost-of-living increases, the quarter-cent sales tax is no longer sufficient, and the Detention Center is facing a deficit.
As a result, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been forced to cut some vital services in the community. The city of Ruston and Jury not only pay $15,000 and $85,000 annual allocations, respectively, into the LPDC Commission budget, they are also responsible for any deficit, with the jury picking up 85 percent and the city taking 15 percent of it.

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Lewis: Businesses abuse parking

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I appreciated the article concerning parking in downtown Ruston (Nov. 6 issue of the Daily Leader).
The major problem with the parking and the reason we must have a two-hour limit is because many downtown merchants and employees abuse the available parking. It was apparent from the article that the interviewed merchants felt entitled to parking. No merchant in the downtown owns past his building façade; the sidewalks and parking are all public. The reason Starbucks and Crescent City have untimed parking is because they own their parking lots.
If the owners and employees of each business insisted on parking in front of their business there would be absolutely no available parking for customers.

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Bulldogs need support on Nov. 26

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I want to thank all of our Louisiana Tech friends and supporters for the incredible support that you have given Louisiana Tech Athletics over the last several years. We have seen significant increases in attendance, tickets sales, donations and overall support of YOUR program. All of us are encouraged with the steady stream of support from alumni and friends.

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Resident says bring troops home

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Bringing American troops home from Iraq appears to be a high priority. World War II has been over for 66 years. The U.S. maintains tens of thousands of troops in both Germany and Japan. The cost to do that is why both countries are financial giants today. Untold billions of dollars have been paid throughout all those years. I have heard no words from our leaders in either political party that those troops should be brought home.

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Grateful to be a Southerner

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Two of his brothers had traveled to our city from upstate New York to attend his mother-in-law’s funeral. (And, no this is not going to be an article about death or dying — well, maybe a little.)
During my conversation with them, they told me they weren’t real familiar with the terminology around these parts. For example, a clerk at a convenience store asked them: “Do you want that in a sack?”

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Scrap metal thefts increase in Union Parish

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MARION (AP) — Authorities say the high prices being paid for scrap metal and copper are keeping Union Parish sheriff’s investigators busy.
Four people were arrested Thursday and Friday and warrants issued for another suspect.
Arrested Thursday was Titus Douglas, 28, of Marion. He is accused of stealing pipe and channel iron from a victim’s property in Marion. The victim reported the value of the pipe and iron at $1,000. Douglas was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center for theft of items valued at more than $500 and criminal trespass. His bond is set at $3,200.

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Fire safety, pigs, pumpkins spice things up

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The LPECC has “Fall”en into another busy month. The students began October by learning about fire safety. Each class traveled to the fire station where the children were given a tour of the fire station, allowed to try on a fireman’s uniform and climb through the fire truck. The students’ favorite part of the field trip was getting to crawl out of the smoky house.
Many nature walks were taken in order for the children to collect, sort and measure fall leaves. Ms. Shannon’s class was shocked to discover that leaves float in water. They also discovered that it took up to three pennies to make a leaf sink.

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Students, teachers recognized

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Student and Teacher of the Year
Teachers and students were recognized on a recent Friday for their dedication to education with the school’s highest honor. Jennifer Willis was named 2011 Dubach Junior High School Teacher of the Year, and Susan Williams was named 2011 Dubach High School Teacher of the Year.

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Kindergartners to dress up for a Thanksgiving feast

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Pre-k news
Pre-k students are ready to LEARN. They are now familiar with our daily routines and have made new friends. We just completed our “All About Me” unit and are focusing on our Fall/Harvest skills.

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Suddenlink opens renovated retail store

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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Grambling Mayor Edward Jones, Suddenlink Communications’ regional executives and local Chamber of Commerce officials on Nov. 8 cut a ceremonial ribbon opening Suddenlink’s newly renovated retail store at 1001 Cooktown Road in Ruston.
Hollingsworth also read a proclamation calling Nov. 8 “Suddenlink Day” in Ruston.

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