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O. Eston Payne

O. Eston Payne, 88, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Ruston. Visitation will be held at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, followed by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston, officiated by Rev. Jerry Hilbun.

Born in Hilly, La., Eston was a resident of Ruston for 49 years. He served his country during World War II, completing 35 missions over Europe in the Army Air Corps.

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Envisioning a new courthouse

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Is a new $25 million courthouse in the future for Lincoln Parish?
It could be if Lincoln Parish Police Jurors opt to go for Option 1 of two options presented to them by Hunt, Guillot and Associates and architect Mike Walpole.
On Monday evening, HGA and Walpole, who have contracted with the jury to help devise a long-term plan for the parish’s aging facilities, gave a presentation to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Long-Range Planning Committee at the Library Events Center.

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Union Parish standoff ends in arrest

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A Spearsville man remained in custody Monday on one count of attempted second-degree murder and six counts of illegal use of a weapon.
Norman C. Nute, 64, of 3789 Louisiana Hwy. 550, was being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on total bond of $240,000 while undergoing psychological evaluation, Sheriff Bob Buckley said.
Nute, a Vietnam veteran, told deputies that people were out to “get him” and that he was just “trying to get people’s attention.”

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Exhibit commemorates World War II America

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On Dec. 7, 1941, an attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States full circle with the war going on around them.
And 70 years later Americans are still remembering what life was like prior to the war, during it and what followed.
World War II Ephemera, an exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, is on display until Jan. 5 at the Rawle Enterprise Center, located at 509 W. Alabama Ave.

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Students take top spots in spelling contest

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Spelling bee
Cedar Creek School held its annual Spelling Bee on Dec. 5. Mary Wynne, daughter of Bob and Stephanie Wynne, was named Spelling Bee Champion. Audrey Miller, daughter of Niles and Ramona Miller, was named first runner-up. Additional contestants included: Sarfraz Ahmed, Luke Black, Ethan Hunt, Corbin Johnson, Nikki Mallepalli, Sarah Katherine McCallum, Landon Millsap and Mary Tyler Storms.
Mary will compete in the Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee at Louisiana State University-Shreveport on March 3.

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Science fair held in new gym

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Kindergarten news
We have been very busy here at Choudrant Elementary. We are learning our letters and their sounds. We are reading words and books. In math, we have learned how to count to 10, forward and backward. We know how to write our numbers, too.
In writing, we have enjoyed drawing and writing sentences in our journals.
We would like to thank several visitors. We would like to thank Bob Parker, Brandon Younse and the Choudrant Fire Department for teaching us about fire safety.

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Local organization sponsors CASA families

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Southernbelles nonprofit organization along with Dr. Micheal Langiulli and staff from Ruston Cardiology, Northern Louisiana Medical Center business office and Iberia Bank on Vienna Street, along with other private individuals, sponsored more than 20 CASA families for Christmas with their CASA Christmas Project.
Southernbelles is a non-profit organization based out of Ruston that strives to assist needy families in and around the local community with growth and social change.

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Parish drug recovery is valuable

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When the Lincoln Parish Police Jury proposed cutting funding to local agencies, several groups fell under the chopping block, and others were not awarded the amounts in which they sought.
The need for the jurors to be highly conservative in their allocations for 2012 can be traced back to a growing problem of local prisoners. The jury is responsible for picking up 85 percent of a projected 2012 budget shortfall for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission.

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Dear Santa, share smiles

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Oh, the wonders of Christmas that whirl about us. Everyone finds something that makes them marvel at such wonder. For some it is snow on the ground, as here we hardly get any. For others it is lights that string what seems like forever. I’ve seen others in Dallas, Texas, staring at the Christmas tree in the middle of the mall centered in a skating rink. For me, it is a line of children, waiting to get their photograph taken with Santa. Simple, you might think. As for me, it is a picture of realism, fiction and imagination, with a touch of innocence all wrapped up in a moment you can’t get back.

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Politics turns to 'Lord of the Flies'

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Almost 1,000 days have elapsed since both chambers of Congress passed a budget for the federal government. Our constitution “shackles” Congress with only a few requirements. Passing a budget is at the top of the list. For the first two years of President Obama’s term, Democrats controlled all three branches of government, with strong majorities in the House and Senate. It would have been easy to pass a budget with the Democrats’ vision for wise disbursement of federal funds and for curtailing the escalating levels of federal debt. That didn’t happen.

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