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May 22nd, 2013

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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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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Seeing the future from the past

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Some of the old pictures are brown-tones of downtown Ruston when Trenton and Vienna streets were just barely paved and open to two-way traffic.
One photo, taken the year I was born, shows railroad waiting platforms on either side of Trenton. The buildings are recognizable even now: the old Ruston State Bank, built in 1910; the drug store on the corner that’s now an Italian restaurant but has the same big plate-glass windows, the law office up the street that also used to be a bank, and the furniture store that still has a tall neon sign hanging over its awning.

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Tech: Diploma time

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Louisiana Tech University enjoyed an overall successful year in athletics for the just completed 2012-13 season.
Both on and off of it.
Thirty-five student athletes from nine different sports received degrees during the university’s spring commencement exercises held at the Thomas Assembly Center last weekend.
A dozen players on the Bulldogs’ nine-game winning football team earned their degrees in various fields.
The group included:

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All-Academic players

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Hunter Antley (left photo) of Choudrant High and Sam Phillips of Ruston High were recently selected to the first unit of the 2013 composite Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-Academic baseball team. Antley, a utility player, and catcher Phillips were Lincoln Parish’s only representatives on the prestigious squad whose members were nominated by administrators/coaches at their schools.

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