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May 21st, 2014

INVITATION FOR BIDS

INVITATION FOR BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish until Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at its office in the Courthouse, Ruston, Louisiana, for furnishing:
ITEM 1. HOT MIX
ITEM 2. COLD MIX
Only bids submitted on Bid Forms will be accepted. Bid Forms and Specifications may be obtained from the office of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, P.O. Box 979, Ruston, Louisiana 71273-0979. Bids can also be submitted electronically at WWW.CENTRALBIDDING.COM.
The Police Jury reserves the right to reject any or all bids for just cause.
Lincoln Parish Police Jury

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Test showed Coliform Bacteria in Grambling Water System
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Even through this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct the situation.

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Challenge boosts vet funds

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This Memorial Day, while some will be grilling burgers in their backyards or enjoying a weekend away, there will be a special group at Crossfit Ruston, honoring one of those who has fallen in action. The Murph Challenge — also referred to as the MURPH — is a national challenge and fundraising event for the Lt Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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NCLAC Art Exhibit just around bend

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Deadline for local artists to submit works
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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council invites area artists of all ages to participate in the 27th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit June 23-28 at the Ruston Civic Center. 
Cash and ribbon awards will be given in all categories, as well as an Adult Best of Show award, and a Youth Best in Show award. Adult artists may participate in five different categories: drawing, painting, photography, original crafts and miscellaneous. Youth artists may participate in one of three age-based categories: 9 and under, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. 

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Fire damages residence

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Firefighters ventilate smoke on McAllister

An early morning fire today resulted in minor damage to the porch and living room of a residence located at 1401 McAllister, Lot 6.
Units from Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 arrived at the scene at 12:25 a.m. to find that a small fire had already been extinguished, according to the incident report. Firefighters ventilated the smoke from the residence.
The occupant of the residence was evaluated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries reported.

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CTB donates flag

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A patriotic display
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Just in time for Memorial Day, Community Trust Bank has donated a new flagpole and flag to the Jesselynn Oest Senior Center, which is the home of the Lincoln Council on Aging. The facility, located next door to Cypress Springs Elementary School, offers a variety of activities, meals and more for local seniors.

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First quarter tax increase

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Parishwide tax collections up in 2014

The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Tuesday to discuss sales tax collected for the first quarter of 2014.
With no additions or deletions made to the agenda, Commission administrator Jerry Moore gave a report.
“Last year we had some major things going on in the parish that helped us out,” Moore said. “To my knowledge they’re completed now but we’re still having some of those funds coming in.”
Moore said the commission was comparing the beginning of this year to 2013.

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Help out with the Peach Fest

Ruston is known throughout the state for the sweet juicy peaches that led previous generations to start the Louisiana Peach Festival.
Each June, thousands of people — both Lincoln Parish residents and visitors to the area — head out to the festival to get a taste of something sweet. Whether they’re after a unique gift at the arts and crafts market, a sweet treat from a vendor or some tunes played by one of several featured bands, there is something for everyone at the festival.

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Traveling for a 'staycation'

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I don’t like to travel. I like to sleep in my own bed, eat my own food — oatmeal and protein bars — and get my clothes out of the closet, not a suitcase.
It’s a good thing both for Lincoln Parish and the state of Louisiana that most folks are not like me. Travel is the fifth largest employment sector in the state, with 1 in 10 Louisianans drawing their paycheck from some part of the travel-hospitality industry.

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Dean: ‘We’re not done yet’

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Challenges remain more than 50 years after Civil Rights Act
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Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, apologized recently for racist comments made in a private discussion between himself and friend V. Stiviano.
“A personal conversation became public,” said Sam Speed, assistant dean of student life and judicial affairs.
He said the players should have been more involved in addressing Sterling’s remarks and therefore defining the reaction to it.
“I don’t think we’re done,” Speed said. “My question is, in one generation, did we completely remove the injuries which forced us to enact the Civil Rights Act?”

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