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May 23rd, 2013

Ex-parish coach Smart dies

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Winner of more than 700 games had long battle with cancer
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Brian Lee “Butch” Smart was born to coach basketball.
And for 44 years, he did just that and very well, thank you.
The Summerfield High and Louisiana Tech University graduate won more than 700 games in a career that began as an assistant coach at Bastrop High School in 1968 and ended in 2012 at Highlands High in Highlands, N.C.
On Wednesday morning, at the age of 69, Smart passed away in Ruston after a long battle with cancer.
Visitation is set for 10 a.m., on Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, with funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. at the same site.

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Canterbury, Smith to unite in matrimony

Keith and Jan Canterbury, of Simsboro, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Abby Blayke Canterbury, of Simsboro, to William David Smith, of Sterlington.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Francis Clark, of Simsboro, the late John W. Clark, Medrick Canterbury, of Simsboro, and the late Richard “Buck” Canterbury. She is a 2008 graduate of Simsboro High School and is currently enrolled at the Louisiana Tech University School of Nursing.

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Noles, Ra to wed in July

Barry and Nancy Noles, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Karla Florene Noles, to Shin Deok Ra, of Osan, South Korea.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Cantrell and the late Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Noles. She is a graduate of Ruston High School, Louisiana Tech University and is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Greek/New Testament at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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May 22nd

Responsible Dumping: Household hazards collected, disposed

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Some potential dangers were removed from Lincoln Parish on Saturday as the ninth annual Lincoln Parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day was held at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
Camille Mize, manager of environmental services for the City of Ruston said 135 vehicles dropped off items including batteries, old medicines, sharps, automobile fluids, tires, paints, poisons and computers.

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Seat belt campaign ongoing

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The Lincoln Parish Safe Communities Program has announced that it has received funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC). Safe Communities Coordinator Jenny Crume will use these funds to support the Click It or Ticket Campaign.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is preparing to participate in the Louisiana’s annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, with other law enforcement agencies to step up enforcement of the state’s occupant protection laws during the two-week mobilization currently ongoing through June 2.

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LPSB OKs appeal

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DHS students to move to RHS, graduation rates released
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The Lincoln Parish School Board will join with other school systems across the state to appeal the decision of the 19th Judicial District Court in a case concerning the state’s retirement system.

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Man arrested for copper theft

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A man is in jail after investigations linked him to stolen copper from an outside air conditioning unit on Mondy Road.
According to the arrest affidavit, a deputy with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office was patrolling after 10 p.m. Tuesday night when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked on the 700 block of Mondy Road. The vehicle was called in, and it was reportedly registered to Mitchell L. McWain, 31, of 502 E. Colorado Ave.

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Raising Cane’s helping in tornado relief effort

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BATON ROUGE — Thousands of people across North Texas and Oklahoma are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and other basic necessities after their communities were devastated by deadly tornadoes over the past several days.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which has several restaurants and hundreds of crew members in the affected areas, is teaming with the American Red Cross to assist in the massive tornado relief effort.

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RPAR getting ready to splash into summer

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, Calif., plays home to The Forgotten Sea, a man-made wave pool that holds 480,000 gallons of water. In Island Park, Idaho, Henry’s Fork River is best known for its outstanding fly fishing and beauty. The river starts at Big Springs where 480,000 gallons of water a day flow out of the ground.
What does this have to do with the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department?
Well, answer these few questions and you will have your answer:
• What holds 480,000 gallons of water?
• What was built and opened in 1930?

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Brush up on boating safety

Most children in the parish will finish up classes this week.
The additional free time will have many families packing up for vacations or week-end trips, many of which will involve boating or other water-related activities.
May 18-24 is set aside as National Boating Safety Week, and the timing certainly fits as many people will be headed out on the water during the upcoming Memorial Day festivities.

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