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January 13th, 2016

Checking for thyroid issues

During various months we see different colored ribbons that are hoping to raise awareness for one illness or another.

Most are familiar with the pink ribbon of breast cancer and even the yellow ribbon to support our troops. What about the others?

Orange signifies raising awareness for kidney cancer and red ribbons signify both heart health and AIDS awareness.

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Bayou state runs out of budget road

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Louisiana’s Committee of 100 is right: The Legislature can’t afford to wait to make budget reforms.
Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, is right, too: The state’s fiscal problem won’t be solved during February’s three-week special legislative session.
Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, is right, as well: Nobody has dared mention the “elephant in the room” — homestead exemption.

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City honors local’s birthday

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Photo left: Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, right, presents, resident Thomas Ledford with a proclamation stating today as Thomas B. Ledford Sr. Day. Walker proclaimed today as Thomas B. Ledford Sr. Day in commemoration for Ledford’s 95th birthday. Photo right: Pictured is Walker’s proclamation declaring today as Thomas B. Ledford Sr. Day.

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Club News: Caney Lake Good Sammers Club

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The Caney Lake Good Sammers were full of Christmas cheer as Janece and Louie Miller and Mary and James Dugdale invited the campers into the Miller’s Christmas home.
Members enjoyed greeting each other and settling into comfortable seats.
President Louie Miller called the business meeting to order. Bill Austin voiced the opening prayer and Joe Dickson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Good Sammers were reminded to make reservations for the Sammborie in Shreveport.

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January 12th

Tech sets First Pitch Dinner

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Louisiana Tech Baseball will get into the swing of things as the Bulldogs kick off the 2016 college baseball season with their second annual First Pitch Dinner, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Davison Athletics Complex.
The 2016 Bulldog staff and players will be introduced throughout the night and have the opportunity to interact with Tech fans at the dinner, while second-year head coach Greg Goff and the Bulldogs will also name its 2016 Alumnus of the Year during the event.

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Kittens football team honored by city council

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The Grambling Laboratory High School football team was honored by Grambling’s city council during its December meeting. Grambling Lab finished the season at 6-5, falling in the first round of the Division IV playoffs to Central Catholic. Pictured is Grambling City Council member G. Denise Dupree (third from right) with members of the Kittens football team.

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Jurors sworn into office

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Incoming Lincoln Parish Police Jurors were sworn into office on Monday.
During their January monthly meeting, Clerk of Court Linda Cook swore in all 12 jurors into office. After which 3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton presided over the meeting while officials were elected.
The only nomination for president was made by Juror Joe Henderson for Juror Jody Backus. The nomination process was closed with dissenting votes by District 1 representative Theresa Wyatt and District 10 representative Nancy Wilson.
Backus was elected as the 2016 police jury president.

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Kupcakes for the Kids raises $17k for St. Jude

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Susie Polk took an idea from her past and transformed it into a way to give back to the kids and the community.
Polk started Kupcakes for the Kids eight years ago from an idea she used as a 4-H leader many years before.
“I had done the project before and it was such a big hit,” she said. “I knew it would be successful again.
“When I did the project before the money raised still went to St. Jude and we always did it Valentine’s week.”
While Polk said the number of cupcakes brought in has never really been counted, there are countless people in the community who contribute.

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Parish football showed promise

Lincoln Parish’s college teams had a particularly good year, as evidenced by 14 players representing our area on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State team, 10 from Louisiana Tech University and four from Grambling State University.

Tech’s 10 first and second team honors ties the program record of 10 received following the 1999 season. Tim Rattay, currently an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, led that 1999 delegation as the Bulldogs quarterback.

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Vestry members elected

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Pictured above are Art Lackey, Kay Gilley and Paul Bissell who were elected to the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer at the church's annual parish meeting on Jan. 10. Other members are Dean Norton, Sr. Warden, John Tom James, Ellis Norris, Jr. Warden, Becky Price Wiliams, Kelly Hogan and Don Griffin. Kay Gilley was elected clerk.

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