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August 10th, 2017

New school, new year, be kind to new students

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The new school year has arrived.
Teachers, staff and administration gear up for thousands of Lincoln Parish students heading to school for the first time since the final bell rang at the beginning of summer.
Lincoln Parish schools superintendent Mike Milstead said it best during the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting earlier this month.
“We get excited for a new year,” he said. “It’s a fresh start.”

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Feeding Lincoln Parish

One Ruston citizen recently highlighted those in our community who are going hungry on a daily basis.
Eddie Franklin did this by taking money from his limited income and making hot dogs and potato salad, then delivering it to those in need.
He did not do this because he thought it would make him a hero, he did it because he feels it is his Christian duty to help those in need.
While Franklin was only able to feed 35 people, those people did not have to go hungry that night.

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Saints to start preseason play vs. Browns

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The New Orleans Saints open their 2017 preseason against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium at 7 p.m. today.
This will be the first matchup between the two clubs since they met in Cleveland on Sept. 14, 2014, when a Billy Cundiff field goal with three seconds remaining gave the Browns a 26-24 win.

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Tech softball to hold tryouts

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Louisiana Tech softball will hold walk-on tryouts at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Interested parties must be enrolled as a full-time student at Louisiana Tech and can pick up tryout packets from associate head coach Emerald Doria in the softball office located in room 108 of the Thomas Assembly Center.
Individuals should bring a copy of their health insurance card when picking up or dropping off the packets. All paperwork in the packets must be filled out and returned to softball by Sept. 5 (a copy of a recent physical must be included).

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Ward named second-team All-SWAC

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University junior Kevreion Ward was named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference 2017 volleyball preseason second team, while the Lady Tigers were predicted to finish eighth, the league announced earlier this week.

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August 9th

Trial underway in restaurant shooting

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Testimony resumed this morning in 3rd Judicial District Court here in the attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery trial of Steven Devon Hardyway.
Hardyway, 25, is charged in the Nov. 4, 2015, robbery and shooting at the Subway restaurant on West California Avenue. The victim, who was first witness to testify Tuesday, was both shot and stabbed during late-night incident.
Hardyway was arrested two days later in Grambling.
Lewis Jones, chief felony prosecutor with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said via email he expects the jury trial to conclude on Thursday.

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RPD officer still critical

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A Ruston city police officer injured Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident in Jackson Parish remains in critical condition in a Shreveport hospital, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said Tuesday.
Officer Brandon Milner suffered head, neck and other injuries when his motorcycle apparently crossed into the path of an oncoming one-ton pickup truck, Williams said.
“The family is continuing to ask for prayers,” Williams said.
The accident report from the Louisiana State Police, the agency that worked the mishap, was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

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Bearing gifts: Local group visits village in Malawi, Africa

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There are now children donning Louisiana Peach Festival shirts halfway across the world, thanks to Bruce Siegmund and his team.
“My wife is from Malawi and so I go there fairly often and last year I decided I was going to start helping some relatives that are helping a poor rural village there,” Sigmund said. “This year I went and I took five people with me to help, whether it was educational or construction. We went around door to door praying for people.”
They also brought items for the school located in the village and its students, he said.

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Jurors kill vote to roll millages forward

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted unanimously to keep general alimony millages the same as last year — 1.68 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.37 mills outside the city limits — during the regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse.
When asked to vote on rolling the millages forward to their limits — 1.82 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.65 mills outside the city limits — only Hazel Hunter and Sharyon Mayfield voted “yes.”
If passed, the vote would have increased the general alimony fund by $133,700.

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Let’s get rational about leadership, Louisiana

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Here’s what’s wrong in Louisiana.
In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent at letter to House Speaker Taylor Barras asking Barras to identify a plan he is willing to support to keep the state from plummeting off the fiscal cliff upon which it is rather precariously perched.
“Specifically, I need a good faith commitment to remove the partisan barriers and solve the problem,” Edwards, a Democrat, wrote to Barras, a Republican from New Iberia.

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