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January 21st, 2017

LPNET holds the rope tight

To borrow from the oft-quoted opening phrase of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … .”
That line, penned in 1859, accurately reflects the situation Lincoln Parish finds itself in regarding drug-related arrests and drug changes.
The latest statistics from the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team show drug-related arrests jumped almost 40 percent from 2015 to 2016, and drug charges increased slightly more then 32 percent over the same time period.

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Three cheers for curbside recycling

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I received my blue recycling bin today and couldn’t be more excited to see that curbside recycling has finally become a reality in Ruston. Many thanks to Ronny Walker and his staff for delivering on this campaign promise. My Mom taught me to recycle when I was only a junior high school student, and living in south Louisiana — we had curbside recycling at the time, and she instilled in us the importance of doing what we could to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill and of taking care of the earth.

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Don't forget 4 Paws this winter

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I read with great interest the article entitled “ ‘Battle Buddy’: Veteran finds hope at 4 Paws” in the Jan. 5 issue of the Ruston Daily Leader. This is just one more example of the strong bond between mankind and canines. It is evident that both Mr. Hataway and “Charlie” will both benefit from this adoption that 4-Paws Rescue made possible. Without 4-Paws Rescue and other animal shelter organizations such adoptions most likely would not take place.

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Fake news becoming way too normal

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Fake, or twisted, news — it’s seemingly becoming more and more the norm in this day and age.
And that shouldn’t be.
Those of us who have been involved in media were taught we were supposed to be unbiased when reporting news, but today, when even major worldwide television networks often lean hard to the left or to the right, and when bloggers can use the internet to try and reach the masses without any thought of ethics, it’s become a major problem.

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Students named to honor roll list

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Honor Roll
Second Nine Weeks
Principal’s List:
First grade: Passion Augustus, Eian Cripps, Hannah Daulton, Brayden Hollins, Avery Magee, Naomi Smith, Jermyia Williams, Joli Williams, Eren Wilson
Second grade: Roper Allen, Bailee Harrison, Aubrey Hudson, Tristen Johnsonn, Deontay Mitchell, Cooper Slate and Ben Smith.
A Honor Roll:
First grade: Britney Aguirre-Ramos, Jimille Bilberry, Skyler Bowers, Jaren Kelly, Ken’Delle Kennedy, Kynadii Mardis, Joanie Shelly, Deasia Winzer

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Church News 1.22.17

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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Former players help coach find big buck

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Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita High School after the season just ended. He has coached teams to a plethora of wins with the possibility that somewhere along the way, he was unceremoniously doused with Gator Aide.
Pender would have had no complaints had former player, Rusty Autry, poured a bucket of the drink on his head the morning of Jan. 4. Autry came with a blood-trailing dog that ended Pender’s frustration at not being able to find the big 10-point buck he shot.

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‘Shake ‘Em Down’ independent film to play at Dixie

NCLAC to offer pre-screening dinner to attendees at Studio 301
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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council will present “Shake ‘Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell” with director and producer Joe York as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Dixie Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Feb. 2.
Prior to the screening, NCLAC will offer a pre-party with dinner and live music at 5:30 p.m. at Studio 301 in downtown Ruston. Featuring singer/guitarist Judge McGee, guests will be treated to a performance as well as filled up with chili and beer, before walking over to the film screening at the Dixie Center.

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Pierian Club hosts Christmas luncheon

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The 2016 Pierian Christmas Luncheon was hosted by, from left to right, Teri Fulton, Sharon Thomas and Emily Baugh.

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Sunday Movie Review “La La Land”

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I’m writing this a little over a week before the Oscar nominations are announced, and there are three movies that I can safely say are a lock for Best Picture: “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “La La Land.” And of these three, “La La Land” is by far the most likely to win. Simply put, it’s the biggest spectacle. It’s the flashiest, with gimmicky goodies around every corner; goodies like bright colors and trick camera work and of course, musical numbers.

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