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July 22nd, 2013

Josie Smith Noland

Graveside services to Josie Smith Noland will be held at Downsville Cemetery on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2 PM under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1:30 PM till time of service at the cemetery. Born on August 12, 1919, in Downsville, Louisiana, and died peacefully on July 20, 2013 in Ruston, Louisiana. She was a member of Downsville Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, training union teacher, and church clerk.

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James Melton Bryant

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Funeral services for James Melton Bryant, age 78, will be held at First United Methodist Church, 903 Broadway Street, Minden, Louisiana at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013, with Rev. John Cannon officiating. Interment will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden. Arrangements are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Minden. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home. A native of Ruston, Louisiana, and a resident of Minden since 1958, he passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, at his home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Mr.

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July 20th

UP man held on 23 counts of child porn

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On Friday investigators with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested 22-year-old Danny Riley, of Farmerville, in Monroe.
The arrest was the result of a search warrant conducted on a residence in Monroe on July 16. Investigators discovered that Riley had used the internet connection at the residence to access the juvenile pornography.

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Promoting pachyderms

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Is it true that an elephant never forgets?
We may not know the answer to that one, but one thing we do know is the children’s author and Louisiana Tech graduate Mary Helen Blanchard has never forgotten about elephants, especially one in particular.

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BPSO dispatcher pleads guilty to theft

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Case involved fraud by faking cancer for donations

ARCADIA— A former Bienville sheriff’s dispatcher pleaded guilty last week to theft by means of fraudulent conduct, practices or representation.
Erin Elizabeth Bradley, 28, of Saline, made the plea, admitting to faking cancer and accepting more than $6,000 from co-workers and church members to assist with medical expenses.
A Bienville Parish judge sentenced her to five years in prison with all but one year suspended and three years of probation. Bradley also was fined $500 and ordered to make restitution to her victims, according to the Second Judicial District DA’s office.

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Library’s summer programs encourages reading for all

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Area residents of all ages have had the opportunity to read and learn about various cultures during the Lincoln Parish Library’s summer programs.
The theme this summer as been “Dig into Reading,” and Head of Children’s Services Virginia Ham said the programs main goal is to encourage children and adults of all ages to read more, continue learning and keep growing

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Our ‘Buddy’ is your buddy, too

Many people may not realize it, but we have a treasure right here in Lincoln Parish. A true national treasure.
And right now he remains hospitalized at Northern Louisiana Medical Center after suffering a stroke on July 5.
O.K. Davis is the executive sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader, where he has covered area athletics for nearly 50 years, has had plenty of opportunities to bolt for the big time over the years. The 2009 Louisiana Sports Writers Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award honoree was considered a son to legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson, as Robinson was once quoted in Sports Illustrated.

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Jindal policies destroying K-12

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As an experienced, retired educator I feel I must speak out about the serious damage being done to public education in Louisiana by Gov. Jindal and State Education Superintendent John White.
Many educators are shocked and disappointed about the drastic cuts to higher education, however my greatest concern is for K-12 education, where I was privileged to have a rewarding career as a teacher and education leader. It is like watching a slow motion train wreck to see the thousands of dedicated teachers who are retiring early because of the insane education policies of this administration.

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Money doesn’t buy freedom

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This time last year, Aaron Hernandez was living the good life. He had just signed a lucrative $39.5 million five-year extension with the New England Patriots before training camp. He made $3.1 million during the 2012 football season. He was set to receive a “workout” bonus for $83,000 and a “roster” bonus for $118,000 before the 2013 season.

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Buddy Davis — the comeback

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There is no person that I know of in this community who has been more dedicated to his home and profession than Buddy Davis.
There are few who read the paper, and even those who do not, who have not heard of Buddy’s setback a couple of weeks ago. I can tell you first hand that he, like so many of the athletes about which he has written for 50 years, is going to make a comeback. Buddy is a friend, and words cannot describe how saddened I and thousands — yes thousands — were when we learned of his stroke. But he is alert, going through treatment, and I firmly believe that this man of deep faith and resolute focus is starting his comeback.

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