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April 2nd, 2015

Voter turnouts discussed

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In 60 months there were 70 elections held in the state of Louisiana, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
“That is absolutely absurd,” he said to a group of residents on Wednesday. “That is the highest in the country. The second highest is Georgia with 38.
“You have to ask yourself how can a progressive state like North Carolina get away with nine elections, when it takes us 70. Quite personally — it’s a culture feel. Its just what we Louisianans grow up doing.”
Schedler said the number of elections is costing the state millions of dollars.

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LPSO alerts residents of scam

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports of scam callers targeting area residents.

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One year in, learning curve lessens for flood control

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One year ago, residents living along Lake D’Arbonne watched as the lake’s level rose and began washing into low lying areas. They felt a $6 million state project completed in 2013 designed to prevent flooding wasn’t being properly utilized.
The agencies responsible for operation of the control structure asked the public for patience as they were “learning on the fly how this thing operates.”
Today, those agencies feel lessons learned during the first year of operation, and those they’ll continue to draw from, are proof the project is working as planned.

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Professor talks Japanese culture

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Greg Robinson gave a speech about the history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana, their impact on the state and how the state has been a more diverse society than people believe.
“Japanese Americans have always been a special part of Louisiana’s life,” he said. “Louisiana has been a special place for Japanese.”
Titled “Creole Nippon: Japanese Americans in Louisiana,” Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Quebec at Montreal, was the guest speaker for Louisiana Tech University’s department of history’s annual International Affairs Speaker Series.

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Zetas honor retired Grambling State professors

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The Grambling Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. recently honored retired Grambling State University professors Mary Flournoy, home economics, and Inez Harris, biology. Flournoy and Harris are the two remaining of the 12 charter members of the Epsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The chapter was chartered April 7, 1953.
They were each presented the Finer Woman award in recognition and appreciation for contributions they have made to community service and scholarship over the years.

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Safety tips essential for Spring fun

With the warmth coming from the sunny days and beautiful plants growing again, it is officially the beginning of spring.
After months of being bundled up and cooped up inside, it is time to start enjoying the outside weather.
The weather is good enough to garden and play sports. However, citizens will also want to keep safe during this time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture and skin cancer.

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Setting world record peach cobbler

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I’m sure everyone in the town has heard the big announcement about the 2015 Louisiana Peach Festival.
If not, here it is: Ruston is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest peach cobbler ever made during the festival.
Brandon Sutherland, director of sales at the Hampton Inn in Ruston, said the cobbler will be 13 feet long, eight inches deep and weigh one metric ton.
Through various companies, donations are being made to help create the cobbler.
There also will be a crane brought in to weigh the dessert.

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Louisiana School Board Association announces art winners

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The Louisiana School Board Association recently announced winners in its 2015 Artwork Contest. Ruston High School student Natalie Sims, pictured center in the left photo, took first place honors in the high school division while Ruston Junior High School student Laisha Mendez, pictured center in the right photo, was recognized with the third place award in the middle/junior high category. Judging of artwork throughout the state was conducted in Shreveport during the LSBA’s annual convention in February and then showcased there following the competition.

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RHS freshmen partake in third special incentive trip

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Ruston High School’s Freshman Academy recently teamed up with Lincoln ACHIEVE for its third special incentive trip of the 2014-15 year. Based on their status of having no honor code infractions for the third quarter of the year, 137 students qualified for the excursion, and 128 students were able to travel to Shreveport to enjoy a morning at the Air U Trampoline Park. The students enjoyed trampoline dodgeball, free jump, stunt dives and other activities within the multi-tramp facility before lunch in Bossier City.

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Students participate in Goodwill Lunching Book Fest

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“Build it and they will come.” For a local nonprofit, that mind set has taken a new twist that has the potential to help elementary students throughout Lincoln Parish build a path to success for years to come. For the ladies of Goodwill Lunching, it’s “give them books and they will read.”

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