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October 14th, 2014

TEA Party hosts candidates

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Six of the nine men who want to be the next congressman from the 5th Congressional District wooed voters Monday night during a forum sponsored by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party.
Ralph Abraham, Harris Brown, Zack Dasher, Clyde Holloway, Ed Tarpley and incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, all Republicans, spent about 90 minutes talking about their platforms and answering questions from the audience.

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McNeal to tell her story at annual vigil

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Selebrity McNeal never thought the day she started her new job at a Ruston supermarket would also be the day her mother died.
It was shortly before 6 a.m. on June 8, 2012. McNeal’s mother, Katherine West, 35, was just arriving at work at the Sonic Drive-In near the intersection of Cypress Street and Well Road in West Monroe. West’s estranged husband, Desmond West, 34, had apparently been waiting for her to arrive.

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LPSO millage lowered

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone recently announced the lowering of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office property tax millage.
The tax millage will be lowered by 0.5 mills.
This decrease will equal to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on the total property tax bill.
The Sheriff said that the present millage rate for the Sheriff’s Office is currently 12.85 mils, and this reduction will bring the rate to 12.35 mils.

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Police jury committees to meet

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Several committees are scheduled to meet today before the regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
At 4 p.m. the Adjudicated Property Committee will meet to discuss an ordinance providing the public sale of properties adjudicated to the parish.

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Supporting the home team

Sometimes showing your support for the home team can have much more meaning than a football game itself.
That will be the case starting at 11 a.m. Saturday as for the eighth straight year the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will team up with Northern Louisiana Medical Center for its annual “Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer” contest.

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Time for winterizing grasses is here

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I’ve received a few phone calls this week asking about the need and importance of winterizing lawns. It’s true; lawn winterizing products have been on the shelves of lawn care centers for a month or more now. For warm-season lawns, the term “winterize” is simply stated as slowing down plant growth and increasing plant levels of the nutrient potassium. Research has shown that higher levels of potassium in the plant can enhance cold tolerance, thus reducing the damage incurred by winter frosts.

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Master Gardeners offer two October opportunities

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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association will sponsor two educational, landscaping opportunities for area residents this month. The Annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and a Fall Floral Workshop are designed to utilize the resources of the fall season. October is an excellent month to plant spring flowering bulbs and perennial plants and is also great for utilizing nature’s gifts for fall and holiday decorating.
The Fall Bulb and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the West Monroe Farmers’ Market, located at 1700 N. 7th St.

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Yard of the Month

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Ruston Garden Club has selected the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cobb as the October yard of the month. Their home is located at 426 Forest Circle.

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October 13th

Pumpkin Patch now open

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Area residents have the opportunity to help 4 Paws Rescue, the largest local animal rescue organization, by purchasing pumpkins from Elli Dickerson, pictured above, who hosts an annual Pumpkin Patch, located at 3980 Louisiana Highway 822. Proceeds will go to 4 Paws. Residents can bring their camera for fall outdoor portrait opportunities. For more information call 548-0383.

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Residents help RPD

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Two men were arrested over the weekend in separate cases win which the Ruston Police Department said residents assisted them by calling in tips.
Deputy Chief Clint Williams said both incidents were reported to the police department by citizens. 
“These incidents continue to show the importance of citizens being observant and reporting suspected criminal activity as soon as possible,” Williams said. “The Ruston Police Department appreciates these citizens and their willingness to get involved in making a difference in their community.”

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