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October 10th

Area businesses pin hopes on successful holiday sales

"We opened at 8 a.m. this morning and have customers in the store all day," Briley & Company owner Kim Brasher said. "It's been great."
Brasher had most of her merchandise marked down for a one-day only sale on Friday.
"I hope the business today is an encouraging sign for the rest of the holidays," Brasher.
At Christian Books and Gifts, manager Brenda Rushing said business had been a little slow.

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Saturday marks amphitheater dedication

The ceremony will kick off with a brief introduction about the construction of the amphitheater. An appreciation speech and then a personal dedication from the sole benefactor of the building project will follow. An open forum will close the event.
"We encourage people to come out," Mayor Margaret Rogers said.

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Court rules in Alexander's favor

The 10-2 ruling reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a new period of qualification.
"I feel real good," Alexander said from the Republican National Convention in New York Wednesday morning. "I have tremendous confidence in the judicial process and my legal defense team. All I ever asked to do was run as a conservative Republican and the courts have allowed me to do this."
The appeals judges said the lower court judge "committed legal error" and overstepped his bounds when he ordered that qualifying be reopened.

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Aldermen disagree over proposed pay raise

The issue that caused voices to be raised — and the tip of a microphone to go flying across the Aldermen's meeting room floor — centered on the last piece of business on Monday's agenda: a raise for Ruston Building Official Mark Joiner.

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Richard reaches 100-win plateau

Tech’s two Lincoln Parish standouts did the bulk of the work for the Bulldogs (9-8, 3-4 in WAC). Junior guard Corey Dean scored a career-high 23 points, and freshman forward Paul Millsap added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tech to a 75-61 victory over Southern Methodist (8-9, 2-5).
The Bulldogs came out hot in the first half, shooting over 56 percent from the field, perhaps trying to get Richard over the century mark.

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Grambling fighting sports bar proposal

Morris Winters of Grambling presented his plan to open a sports bar called Gotham City at 865 RWE Jones Dr., in the building where the former bar Renaissance used to be, during August’s city council meeting and once again Thursday.

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Simsboro shoots down sales tax

Six months ago, the proposal lost at the polls by a mere 12 votes. On Saturday, it was voted down by just eight votes. The unofficial return from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Web site (www.sec. state.la.us/) showed 53 votes against the tax (54 percent) compared to 45 for (46 percent).
Simsboro Mayor Woodie Pritchett and the Board of Aldermen supported the tax, but Alderman Shane Dooley said most people don’t support new taxes.

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Parish schools rank 24th in state

The scores, released Tuesday afternoon by the Louisiana Department of Education, ranked Lincoln Parish one spot behind neighboring Jackson Parish with both parishes receiving the new district performance score (DPS) label of two stars.
Charles Scriber, superintendent for Lincoln Parish Schools, said he believes Lincoln Parish Schools have continued to improve over the past two years.

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Eight charged with alcohol-related offenses since Friday

One driver, Gary Dwayne Roberson, 20, 119 Chocolate Factory Road, Arcadia, was spotted on Friday by a Louisiana State Police trooper driving erratically, according to booking records at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Roberson's black Nissan crossed the fog line at the edge of La. 544, and when Roberson tried to correct his error, he allegedly crossed over the center line, the arrest report said.

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Simsboro rolls taxes forward

Previously, Mayor Woodie Pritchett and the Board of Aldermen voted to roll the millage rate back to 4.57 mills and tabled the issue to get more information on how much money the village would receive at both rates.
After rolling the rates back forward, Pritchett said Simsboro would receive nearly $1,000 in additional revenue from its citizens.
Alderman Wayne Neuroth said he looked into the issue and found the average household would feel just $4-7 in additional tax burden.

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