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September 15th, 2014

Tech volleyball to play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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Louisiana Tech will face off in its first midweek contest of the season as the Lady Techsters travel to take on UAPB at 7 p.m. today in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Tech (4-5) is coming off a second place showing in the team’s home tournament with wins over UTPA and New Orleans. The Golden Lions enter Monday night’s match with a 1-7 record, with their one victory coming over Alcorn State on Sept. 8.

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Commending local students

Three seniors from Lincoln Parish have attained to one of the highest academic honors a student can achieve. They’ve been selected as semi-finalists of the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Not only is this scholarship a time-honored tradition, but also it’s no easy feat. Less than 1 percent of high school students are chosen as semifinalists.
Hannah McNew, of Cedar Creek School, Austin Meng and Nicholas Ruff, both of Ruston High School, have been selected along with approximately 16,000 other semifinalists from all over the country.

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Terrorism fight becoming a world war

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Simply put, these are trying times.
It’s a tough position to be in, but it’s where we are and where we’ll be for quite some time.
The crux of the problem is ISIS, the terrorist organization that controls a proto-state in huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.
That’s the group that released a video over the weekend showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. It’s the third time in recent weeks ISIS has beheaded a captive and released a video of the execution, intending to send a message to Western nations.

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Pet of the Week

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Jack is a white rat terrier with a black face. Almost 2 years old, he is a happy fellow with lots a personality who loves to play. When he has his favorite soccer ball there is no catching him. He loves to go for rides and sit in the front seat and look out the window. He gets along with all the other dogs, and never causes any trouble. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Come see all the dogs available for adoption at the 4 Paws shelter, located at 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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September 13th

Two inmates escape from LPDC

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At approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, two inmates with trustee status fled from the grounds at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
The inmates, identified as Paul James Landry and Dennis James Harrell, were working outside of the building, but within the perimeter of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center when this occurred.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Ruston Police Department, generated a perimeter search of the area very quickly, which generated no positive results. K9 unit(s) were also utilized in an attempt to track the suspects.

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Senatorial candidates visit area: Landrieu answers women’s questions during luncheon

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Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu touted her seniority in Congress as one of the top reasons why the state’s voters should re-elect her.
Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, spoke to a sell-out crowd Friday of mostly women gathered at a Women for Mary luncheon at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
“This is going to be a tough race, but definitely winnable,” Landrieu told the approximately 200 people present.

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Senatorial candidates visit area: Cassidy: New leadership is the solution

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After hearing the story of the decline of Mitcham Farms Peach Orchard, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is hoping to unseat longtime Sen. Mary Landrieu this fall, said the only solution to an issue like this is new leadership.
During an hour-long tour and conversation with Mitcham, who inherited the orchard from his father J.E. Mitcham Sr., Cassidy asked many questions about the fate of the beloved Ruston landmark.

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Concerns arise over school lunches

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School Food Service Supervisor Doris Marzett believes every child in the Lincoln Parish School District should have the opportunity to eat for free, but unfortunately, if the district did enroll in such a program to provide free meals — the federally-ran Community Eligibility Provision — the Food Service department would shut down.
“The percentage is high enough to enroll, but not high enough to where it wouldn’t hurt us,” Marzett said.

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CHICKEN FEST LITTLE QUEENS NAMED

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Pictured with their mothers and emcee for the event 3rd judicial district attorney hopeful Cary Brown are the queens from the younger divisions of the 2014 Chicken Festival.

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Chicken Fest pageants held Saturday

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The 26th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival Pageant saw the many faces of young girls Saturday morning as the young girl’s portion was held.
Taking home the title as People’s Choice was Laney Stevens, the 7-year-old daughter of Randy and Dustyn Williams, of Haynesville.
Pageant Director Danielle Harkins said this year’s pageant was very difficult.
“With all the two and three way ties it was very interesting to see who would win,” she said. “I look forward to seeing these girls at the Grower’s Banquet on the 23rd and again at the festival on the 27th.”

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