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October 17th, 2005

Cedar Creek students hold dog food drive

People all over the parish are donating food for the hungry, toys for children who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas, and now, even dogs have been remembered.
Cedar Creek Junior High Coordinator Sue Simmons said she was so impressed with the efforts of the Ruston-Lincoln Animal Society, and so touched by a recent Pet of the Week photo in The Ruston Daily Leader, she decided to do something about it.

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Armed man assaults school bus driver

The suspect, later identified as Hubert Henley, 36, allegedly argued with the bus driver and when the driver closed the door, got a gun, smashed the glass and boarded the bus.
The official report of the incident has not yet been filed by investigating officer J.D. Simpson, but Assistant Chief Franklin Bilberry related the unofficial account of the incident.

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Deputies, postal inspectors warn against email scams

Most of the emails originate in a foreign country such as Canada or Nigeria, and more and more of them are being sent to Lincoln Parish residents, Deputy Investigator Chad Alexander said.
"The scammers say the email recipient stands to inherit a great deal of money or that they have a great deal of money the scammer has to get out of the country," Alexander said. "The only way to stop it is to go over there and arrest people and we can't do that because of jurisdiction."

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Fake identification floods one establishment

Most are presented by young people trying to get into the bar part of the establishment to see and be seen by their peers and where highly popular live concerts frequently take place.
Owner Larry Rabb says young people using fake identification to get into liquor establishments is a common experience, but recently there has been a dramatic change.

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Fire chief retires, search is on for replacement

The last six of those years Watson served as the chief of the department, but now the search will begin for a replacement.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the fire department,” Watson said. “I’ve really enjoyed this line of work. It’s been a major part of my life for 28 years.”
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth praised Watson for his dedication.

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Fire marshal directive may be in error

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center received a minor setback Nov. 29 when two State Fire Marshals visited the prison.
The fire marshals, in their official report, cited the prison for not having keyed-locks on both sides of every door in the prison.
On Dec. 3 Acting Warden Major Marilyn Goree received a fax message from Patrick Aronstein, manager/special projects for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Ruston joins state in Fire Prevention Week

This year’s theme, “It’s Fire Prevention Week: Test Your Smoke Alarms,” highlights the importance of all families installing and maintaining smoke alarms in the home.
Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device available for the home and since they were introduced in the 1970s, they have helped reduce home fire deaths by half, according to a release by the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal.

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Both sides rest in firefighter’s lawsuit against city

The lawsuit, which was filed by the firefighters in Feb. of 2001, addresses firefighter concerns about vacation time, alleged sub-standard pay for engineers, captains and district chief, and “out of class” pay when firefighters of different ranks are required to work as dispatchers.
Testifying on behalf of the city Mayor Dan Hollingsworth also said the city has tried to please the firefighters.
“We’ve tried our best for the past six years to comply with the law as fairly and equitably as we can,” Hollingsworth said. “We hope the court will see that.”

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Hundreds line up for flu shots

The shots were given by the staff of Lincoln General Hospital.
Dozens of people were lined up outside the civic center and another 300 were inside, still waiting for their names to be called. By 11:20 a.m., about 150 had already received their shots and left, said Brian Coyne, director of corporate wellness at the hospital. He also said the current vaccine shortage could last through flu season.
"We have 400 doses and when they're gone, they're gone," Coyne said.

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Committee recommends cable franchise fee extension

That decision pleased Cox Communications and the Police Jury's legal counsel, Andy Shealy.
"One of the problems is the franchise fee is passed on to customers," Shealy said. "It's not really a tax, but it does get passed on to Cox customers."
The franchise fee, according to Shealy, is to compensate the parish for the use of rights of way for poles and wire, but since it is a pass-along fee, end users ultimately pay for it.

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