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January 24th, 2014

Chandlers celebrate 70 years of marriage

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Martha and Lavon Chandler celebrated 70 years of marriage Jan. 19 at the home of their daughter Deborah Baldwin and her husband Bob.
The couple was married Jan. 16, 1944.
They have three children Willis Edward Chandler and Lynette Chandler, of Raleigh, N.C., Deborah Chandler Baldwin and Bob Baldwin, of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Stephen Alexander Chandler and Juanita Chandler, of Raleigh, N.C.

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Marshal orders evacuation of Drew Apartment Complex

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Two weeks after a fire broke out at the Drew Apartment Complex on Henderson Street, all of its residents have become displaced.
Word came from the Office of State Fire Marshal on Thursday that everyone still living in the complex must evacuate.
The cease and desist order stated that the apartments must be vacated and not occupied for any purposes until approved by the Office of State Fire Marshal.
“This order results from conditions found to exist that are especially liable to fire or dangerous to life,” the order stated.

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Cold snap continues

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The arctic air mass that moved into the Lincoln Parish area will hang on at least one more day before temperatures warm slightly over the weekend — and then drop severely early next week.
Another hard freeze is expected tonight prompting Lincoln Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kip Franklin to urge residents to get ready.

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Owners express interest in new zoning opportunities

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Several property owners in Ruston’s core landmark zoning district say they want to be part of a proposed new classification that would give them more commercial options for their property.
About 20 landmark zone property owners met informally Thursday night with city Planning Administrator Pat Doane and Zoning Administrator Jim Hays to discuss a possible change. Doane and Hays said they hope to add property owners’ suggestions to a list of zoning code recommendations that will go before Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night.

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Fire commission elects 2014 officers

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The Board of Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 1, met Tuesday night for their regular monthly meeting.
On the agenda was the election of officers. Richard Aillett was elected chairman and Ray Robinson was elected as vice-chairman.
Also on the agenda was the consideration of 2014 health insurance premiums.
Sumer Parnell, clerk, said the insurance stayed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and premiums went up $150 from 2013 to this year for coverage of the eight full-time employees.
The board also discussed two committees and made appointments for each.

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Man charged with cultivating marijuana

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Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team nabbed two more residents on drug-related charges.
At approximately 5:24 a.m. Thursday, LPNET agents executed a search warrant at 2207 Lilly Drive.
Upon entering the residence, agents reportedly made contact with Jonathan Charles Smith, 20, of 2207 Lilly Drive, and three other roommates detaining each of them.
The agent made known to Smith and residence of their rights per Miranda and that he had a search warrant to search the residence.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day locally

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Cooped up in our little NCLAC office, still shaking off the cold from our commute to work, our thoughts turned to warmer things this week, like the idea of soon making Valentines this year for our loved ones.

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Tech plays host to two art exhibitions

Louisiana Tech’s School of Art is hosting two artist exhibits, which began Tuesday.
Megan Singleton’s exhibit, “Ten Thousand Daughters Woven into Bayou Braids,” is being displayed in the F. Elizabeth Bethea Gallery. She will spoke at 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the gallery. Dan Estabrook, who will have his exhibit “The Ache, The Cure” in the adjacent Mary Wilfred Moffett Gallery, will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 30.

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Bulldogs slam Charlotte, 80-60

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Ten minutes into Louisiana Tech’s Conference USA contest Thursday against Charlotte, the Bulldogs found themselves struggling on their home court.
Fortunately for Tech, 30 minutes remained on the clock.
Charlotte built as much as an eight-point lead early on before watching it slowly evaporate as the Bulldogs rebounded to take a 80-60 win before a crowd of 3,250 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the win, Louisiana Tech is now 16-4 and 4-1 in C-USA while Charlotte fell to 12-6 and 3-2.

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Techsters to face Tulane

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Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon leads her Lady Techsters to New Orleans Saturday as they play a 2 p.m. at Tulane. Tech stands at 6-12 overall and 1-4 in Conference USA.

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