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June 13th, 2014

Praises for the local hospital

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For several days in April, I was a Northern Louisiana Medical Center patient in Ruston.  No one wants to be in the hospital.  However, I received excellent treatment 24 hours a day. All the nurses and medical technicians could not have been more accommodating and proficient. Whatever question I asked, their response was always upbeat and enthusiastic.   It was obvious to me that they sincerely cared about my welfare. All of the food served was in generous amounts and very good.  All three meals were served within a few minutes of the same time each day.

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Not feeling sorry for Hillary

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Former First Lady Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that her family was “not only dead broke, but in debt,” when she and former President Bill Clinton moved out of the White House.
She attributed the debt largely to lawsuits and legal bills accrued during the course of the presidency.
“We had no money when we got there and we struggled, you know, to piece together resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It wasn’t easy.”
Really, Hillary? That dog won’t hunt.

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June 12th

Paving the way to a better downtown

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Crews from D&J Construction smooth overlay on North Trenton Street on Wednesday as part of a multi-phase project to upgrade U.S. Highway 167 from Jefferson Corner on the northern end to Mill Street on the southern end. The project includes installing handicap-accessible sidewalk curbs. Primary work on the both Trenton Street and Vienna Street, both part of U.S. Highway 167, is expected to be complete before the Louisiana Peach Festival weekend, June 27-28, project engineer Jim Jackson said Wednesday.

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UPSO arrests Ruston man

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Union Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bryan D. Saulsberry, 31, of 509 Legacy Lane, Ruston, on Monday on warrants charging him with aggravated flight from an officer, criminal damage to property of more than $500 and two counts of resisting arrest.
The first two charges are felonies. Saulsberry’s bond was set at $7,750.
The warrants were issued for Saulsberry stemming from a May 4 incident when he allegedly failed to stop his vehicle after deputies gave chase when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Barron Road and Louisiana Highway 33.

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Musicians to take the stage at Juneteenth festival

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Two blues and soul musicians will be entertaining the crowd at the Juneteenth Festival in Grambling this Saturday.
The first will be M.P. Soul.
Born and raised in Ruston, Soul developed a love for music and joined the church choir at an early age. As he got older, he frequented local “card shacks,” where they gambled and played the blues all night. While other kids watched TV in their rooms, Soul listened to music all night long.

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Jones to seek judge’s seat

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Lewis Jones has officially announced his candidacy for district judge for all of Lincoln and Union parishes.
“I believe my unique combination of areas of practice and extensive courtroom experience will be one of the things that distinguishes me from the other candidates and makes me the best choice for this job,” Jones said.

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Simsboro discusses town water issues

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The Village of Simsboro held its monthly town hall meeting on Monday.
The aldermen approved minutes from the May 5 meeting and opened the floor for public comment.
One resident complained that his water bill was incorrect and insisted there was no way that he had accrued $90 in charges. The resident said he was on a fixed income and couldn’t afford such a high water bill.
Mayor Willie Hendricks insisted that the village had his bill verified for charges and what ran through the meter is what ran through the meter.

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Volunteerism essential

One thing about Lincoln Parish is it never seems short on a supply of people willing to lend a helping hand — especially when it comes to the future of our children.
Ruston resident Janie Humphries is fine example of this. She was chosen as one among 26 school volunteers statewide who was recognized Tuesday in Baton Rouge as a winner of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Volunteer of the Year awards.

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Selling out a bad report

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When I was a kid, the women on TV that I looked up to were not the ones running (and bouncing) up and down the beach on Baywatch. They weren’t the girls with the latest fashion and never-ending boyfriend drama on Beverly Hills 90210.
They wore suits, they spoke with clarity, their hair was meticulously coiffed and they wanted to get to the bottom of things — I looked up to reporters.

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Humphries honored in Baton Rouge

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Janie Humphries was recently honored at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge as one of the 2014 Louisiana School Volunteer of the Year Award recipients.

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