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May 23rd, 2014

Parish gears up to honor veterans

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Several events to take place commemorating Memorial Day celebration
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Lincoln Parish will celebrate Memorial Day in full swing with several events commemorating veterans to be held through Monday.
Tonight, the Grambling American Legion Post 593 will kick things off at 5 p.m. when members place flags on the graves of veterans buried in Grambling Memorial Gardens.
“It’s something we’ve done every year for five years now,” American Legion member Johnny Greene said.

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Items exempt from state tax

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Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25.
According to a statement released by the state Department of Revenue, the 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives Louisiana residents a chance to get ready for storm season before the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.

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First call notifications nixed for Lincoln Parish

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The Lincoln Parish Communications District has decided not to renew the contract with FirstCall, the Baton Rouge-based notification company that was providing emergency alerts through phone, text message and email, Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Thursday.
Emergency preparedness officials are looking at several new options for notifications to local residents, including a smartphone app. All of the options would enable residents to receive emergency messages quicker, Franklin said.

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Troopers warn against fraud calls

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Following a rash of recent complaints, Louisiana State Police wish to caution the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the state police in an effort to obtain money from victims.

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Big haul for HazMat collection

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J.D. Selmon, left, and Chris Guinn were two of the workers last weekend helping unload during the annual Household Hazardous Material Collection Day at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center on Fairgrounds Road. The waste collection day is a partnership between the city of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and has taken place each May for about nine years. More than 100 vehicles unloaded hazardous waste materials during this year’s event.

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Roaf selected for College Hall of Fame

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced Thursday that former Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Class.

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First National Bank donates to RHS Athletics

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Brian Woodard, left, and Clay Hipp, right, of First National Bank recently presented Ruston High School Athletics Director Billy Laird with a check for $37,500. FNB is the corporate sponsor of Ruston High School athletics. Our athletics department is very appreciative of this donation from First National Bank,” Laird said.

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Tech qualifies 13 to NCAA East Preliminaries

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The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) announced qualifiers for the NCAA East and West Preliminary Championships Thursday with Louisiana Tech receiving 13 entries to the NCAA East Prelims.
Of the 13 entries Tech garnered this year, five are listed in the top 10 places in the East region.
With the 13 qualifying marks this season, head coach Gary Stanley’s program has now qualified 97 entries into the NCAA East Prelims since 2010.

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Boudreaux to exhibit at Crescent City

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NCLAC is excited to announce our last 2013-14 Crescent City Coffee Opening Reception for local celebrated artist and NCLAC member Maggie Jones Boudreaux.
Maggie is a Ruston native and graduate of Louisiana Tech University. She currently teaches gifted and talented art classes and works on her own abstract body of art, ranging from dynamic collages, to colorful paintings that play with the idea of overlapping shapes and ideas.
This is what Maggie has to say about her Current Works show that will be on display at Crescent:

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ALSA to honor legacy of Lou Gehrig

BATON ROUGE — Seventy-five years ago, on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered what is now known as sports’ most famous speech. Suffering from the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he died less than two years later at the age of 37. Today, Gehrig remains an inspiration, representing fortitude, humility and courage to the tens of thousands of Americans living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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