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June 17th, 2014

LPDC garden flourishes

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Inmate work helps provide food for prison, public
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Two Lincoln Parish Detention Center inmates kneel straddling a soft hill of dirt. The sharp tines of a pitchfork come down quickly between the two, loosening the damp earth.
The men shift through the soil, lifting red potatoes out of the hills, wiping them clean and tossing them in a large, white plastic bucket. The three inmates move methodically down the row until it’s clean. The yield: 207 pounds of potatoes — from only one row.

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Highlighting local culture

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Miles spends 30 years on TV featuring local talent
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Earnie Miles is a name that has become synonymous with North Louisiana culture. For nearly half a century, Miles has been a frontrunner in the fields of journalism, photography and film. But perhaps what he is most famous for is his Sunday morning gospel show, which has aired for more than 30 years on KNOE-TV in Monroe.
Throughout the years, thousands have had the opportunity to showcase their talents and Miles has even made it a point to invite those incarcerated to his show.

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WPSO: Local residents could be victims of prescription theft

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Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office officials believe Ruston or Lincoln Parish residents may be the victims of a Minden businessman suspected of using his pest control business to obtain entry into people’s homes and steal prescription medications.
Roughly two months after receiving early termination of a three-year probation term for drug and theft charges, Ronald D. “Ronny” Veitch, 57, of Minden, again finds himself facing multiple drug-related counts plus additional counts stemming from his alleged attempt to smuggle contraband into the parish prison.

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Dubach approves budget, fireworks

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The Dubach Town Council met Monday to approve budget amendments for 2013-14 and to approve the projected budget for 2014-15.
Town Clerk Pamela Delp, who was hired by the council on May 28, reviewed the budget message for attendants and council members.
The budget for the general fund increased by $20,000 due to increases in sales tax and fines revenues.
“General and administrative expenditures are expected to decrease by about $38,000 primarily because there are no capital outlays anticipated,” Delp said.

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Grow a farmers market in the backyard

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Traditionally, vegetable gardens and orchards have been segregated from the rest of the ornamental garden. This was because their purpose was solely for food production. Little concern was given to how attractive these plantings were.
However, many vegetable and fruit varieties are beautiful and can be used in the landscape in aesthetically pleasing ways just like ornamentals. The movement to incorporate food plants throughout the garden or to make plantings of edible plants as attractive as possible is called “edible landscaping.”

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Local baseball goes national

America’s pastime has been good to the city of Ruston in recent weeks.
Last month Cedar Creek School won Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A baseball and softball championships.
Now the Ruston Daily Leader proudly congratulates two of our own for taking their talents on the diamond nationwide.

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4-H honing in on fashion skills

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Lincoln Parish 4-H is having a 4-H Summer Fashion Workshop July 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
It will be held at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex, 2nd Floor at 307 North Homer St. in Ruston, The workshop is for 4th - 8th graders.
The workshop will offer youth the opportunity to learn basic sewing skills and the opportunity to practice these skills as they create projects, learn how to put these skills to use in community service and learn/practice modeling techniques while creating a positive self-image.

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June 16th

Bulldogs being noticed

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Six named to Athlon’s All-CUSA preseason football teams
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Athlon Sports released its Preseason All-Conference USA Teams Friday with Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon and Houston Bates both receiving first team honors in the publication’s annual preview of the conference.
Running back Kenneth Dixon was named one of two first team tailbacks as Athlon projects him to once again have a 1,000-yard rushing season. The other Bulldog on the preseason first team list is new to the program as defensive end Houston Bates recently transferred from Illinois for his final year of eligibility.

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Sparta relief plan on pause

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ULRWSI officials need more information in face of $50K appraisal increase

Representatives of the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative say they need more information about a state appraisal of property they want in Farmerville before they can plan their next move.
At issue is a recently released $115,000 appraisal of the 21.5-acre tract in the Old D’Arbonne State Park the ULRWSI wants as a site for a water treatment plant. The state’s appraisal is $50,000 more than an independent appraisal on the land done for the ULRWSI in 2013. That appraisal was $65,000.

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Crash leaves man in critical condition

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Ali McDonald, 36, of Ruston, is listed in critical condition at the University Health Systems Hospital in Shreveport this morning following a high-speed motorcycle crash on Sunday evening.
At approximately 6:26 p.m. Sunday, an officer from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department was patrolling on East California Avenue when he reportedly observed an eastbound motorcycle traveling at an estimated 65 to 70 mph in a posted 25 mph zone.

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