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April 27th, 2016

Residents may qualify for FEMA assistance

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Lincoln Parish residents who think they may qualify for FEMA disaster assistance as a result of the heavy rains and flooding in March have about two weeks left to register.

FEMA officials said Tuesday they anticipate closing the registration May 13.

So far, about 230 Lincoln Parish residents, mostly homeowners and renters, have applied for FEMA’s help in wake of the March 8-13 storm that dumped 18.2 inches of rain on the parish.

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Drones used for water system

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John Frazier, operator and manager of the Mt. Olive Waterworks System in Grambling, has come up with a new way to inspect the 130-foot overhead water tower storage tank.
By using a drone Frazier can see rust spots, corrosion, cracks, water leaks or any other potential problems that may occur.
“In the past, we have had to employ a person from a water tank service company to physically climb the 130-foot tank, to walk around the tank catwalk and to inspect the tank,” Frazier said.

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Mays trial begins

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The case against alleged rapist and kidnapper Cameron Mays began Tuesday.
Mays is currently facing charges in regard to the June 2012 incident in which he was charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Opening statements began at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The jury is comprised of six men and six women.
The victim and roommate both took the stand on Tuesday to testify on the events that occurred June 4, 2012, at their residence in the Cypress Springs area.
Testimonies are expected to continue today.

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Agents of Change winners announced

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The winners of the first annual Agents for Change Awards were announced at the eighth annual Adopt-A-School End of Year Celebration and Luncheon.
Agents for Change is a program where 13 Lincoln Parish schools focused on a community service project they feel passionate about during the 2015-16 school year.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said Agents of Change is one of the best things Adopt-A-School implemented.
The program became a reality because of the work Lincoln Parish students were already doing.

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Family print shop to hold open house, ribbon-cutting

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It came together as a way to honor two family members who had passed away, and then it turned into a family-oriented business that offered fun to relatives and customers alike.
The Cotton Top Print Shop and Fine Arts, located at 118 W. Park Ave., is a place where people can gather to not only purchase custom items such as T-shirts and jewelry, but also have fun, Cyndy Zinga, owner, said.

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Cedar Creek flattens Block

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Ninth-seeded Cedar Creek jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Monday as the Cougars cruised to a 10-2 win over Block in Class 1A prep baseball playoff action at Cougars Field.
Five runs in the first three innings gave the Cougars control in a hurry.
“Alex Puckett singled in the first and then advanced on a stolen base and wild pitch before scoring on an Eli Brown groundout,” said Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox. “That kind of opened the floodgates and we were fortunately able to keep pouring it on,” Haddox said.

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Ruston stuns W. Monroe

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WEST MONROE — On the road against District 2-5A rival West Monroe, the Ruston High School Bearcats saved their best for last Monday night.
The Bearcats were swept by the Rebels in a three-game series last month by a combined score of 30-7, but Ruston was more than primed in its fourth shot at West Monroe.

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Diamond ’Dogs down McNeese

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Louisiana Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh before Adam Atkins dominated the final two innings against the Cowboy hitters to clinch a 9-7 victory over McNeese State Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech improved to 24-13 overall on the season with the win, including a 14-5 record in non-conference games. The Bulldogs were able to return the favor to a McNeese team that edged Tech, 3-1, two weeks ago in Lake Charles to split the season series with the Cowboys.

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GSU baseball, softball take losses

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Grambling State University) nearly pulled off a ninth inning rally despite giving up four home runs, losing 11-8 to Alcorn State University on Monday.
It was only GSU’s second home loss of the season at Wilbert Ellis Field.
• The Lady Tiger softball team lost to the Lady Jaguars of Southern University in a doubleheader Tuesday at the Grambling State University Softball Complex by the scores of 14-3 and 11-0.

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Darkness suspends C-USA golf tourney

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TEXARKANA, Ark. — Louisiana Tech held leads in three of the five matches in the Conference USA Championship semifinal match play round when darkness halted play Tuesday evening.
Play was slated to resume at 8:30 a.m. today at the Texarkana Country Club, weather permitting.
The second-seeded Bulldogs had trailed throughout most of the matches against No. 3 seed North Texas with only Luke Neeley holding a lead or staying all square throughout the match.

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