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June 29th, 2013

Bow fishing: Off-season fun

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Deer hunters who like to go after their venison with stick and string had to put their bows and arrows away after season ended with January. The long wait until early October when bow hunters can do it again can seem like an eternity. However, folks who can’t seem to get enough of shooting their bows have a fun activity right here at their finger tips. They can enjoy the exciting sport of bowfishing.
Downsville’s Brad Doughty is bow hunter who doesn’t get down in the dumps once archery season for deer ends. He switches from the bow he uses for deer hunting to one he uses to go after alligator gar.

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NLMC awarded accredidation by Joint Commission

Northern Louisiana Medical Center (NLMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

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NCLAC announces $5,000 winner

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On Sunday, June 16, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) held its Grand Prize drawing for $5000, which concluded the annual Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser. A total of 250 donations were received at $100 each from arts supporters across the region, raising $20,000 to support NCLAC and its programs.
The drawing was held during the opening reception for NCLAC’s 26th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit and confirmed Judge Robert James of Monroe as the lucky winner.
James made one donation to the fundraiser and was surprised to learn his name had been drawn. He and his wife Laurie said they intend to use the winnings on art.
NCLAC extends a hearty thank you to all those who donated for this year’s campaign.
Pictured above from left to right are: Judge Robert James, Laurie Whitten James, Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC executive director, and Peter Jones, NCLAC board president.

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LifeHouse hosts barbeque

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Pictured from left are Donna White, Garrett Decuir, Holly Wyatt, Thomas Strebeck, Isalbelle Mays and Lori Wyatt preparing a plate for Stephanie Griffin at LifeHouse Ministries Saturday Barbeque held June 8.

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Sermon carries meaning into daily life

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Here I sit, having had such an amazing week, with so much to tell. I don’t know where to start, so I’m not sure how this will turn out, but hopefully it will be okay.
Last Sunday, I had an awesome day. Our pastor preached such an amazing sermon (for me, that is) that I am still thinking about it.
I always enjoy his message because he prepares diligently and get sthrough on time. Although I am 92, and a preacher’s daughter, I get new, fresh thoughts.

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CHURCH NEWS – SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

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Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service is at 6:30 p.m.
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Christ Temple
Christ Temple Baptist Church will hold its Summer Reading Program for ages up to 18 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 31 at the church, located at 7349 U.S. Highway 80 in Ruston. Transportation is available if needed.
For more information, call Mary Walker at 247-8741 or 274-2650.

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June 28th

Firefighters teach safety to kids at MedCamps

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Local firefighters demonstrated vehicle extrication at MedCamps of Louisiana’s Camp Alabama site in Sibley on Thursday.
Personnel from Lincoln Parish Fire and other surrounding fire departments spent time with children varying from ages 6 to 12 discussing fire safety, performing demonstrations and answering questions.
MedCamps of Louisiana is a nonprofit organization that provides a residential camping experience free of charge to children living with special needs.
For more information on MedCamps visit http://www.medcamps.org.

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Stone: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

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Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.
That’s why this Fourth of July, Lincoln Parish is stepping up police presence throughout the local region as part of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk.

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Miss Louisiana pageant celebrates 50 years on Saturday

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The Miss Louisiana Pageant will celebrate its’ 50th year in Monroe on Saturday at the Monroe Civic Center’s W.L. “Jack” Howard Theater.
The pageant and will feature 36 contestants from all over the Bayou state vying for the title of Miss Louisiana.
Preliminary competition was held on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and the live statewide telecast will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
This year’s show will feature 34 former Miss Louisianas in the 50th annual pageant, as well as current Miss Louisiana 2012 — Lauren Vizza.

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Boat racing returns to Lake D’Arbonne

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Before last weekend, there had not been a boat race held on Lake D’Arbonne since the early 1980s, but thanks to Mitch and Matt Ludwig of Ludwig Marine in Farmerville, that has changed. Deep South Racing Association held its inaugural boat races in seven different divisions last Saturday and Sunday.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Mitch Ludwig said. “We had to get permission from a lot of different people to make this happen.”

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