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October 10th

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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Gator gets new home

"We had been getting complaints about an alligator in the pond across the road from the entrance to Squire Creek," Sanderson said. "We called the Wildlife and Fisheries, they set out a couple of hooks, and we waited."
The wait was not a long one.
"We got word that a gator was on one of the hooks, so we thought we'd go over, drag him out of the water and have him ready to go when the Wildlife and Fisheries folks got there," Sanderson said.

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Cowpokes ride, rope and wrangle

"Most every high school in Louisiana is represented this weekend," Exposition manager Angela Manning said. "There are more than twice the number of competitors that we had here last year; it's overwhelming and challenging at the same time."

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Senate votes on local water issues

HB 596, which establishes the Jackson Parish Dugdemona Watershed Authority, now waits approval by Governor Kathleen Blanco.
The bill authorizes "lakes, golf courses, playgrounds, picnic grounds, parks and any other facilities to accommodate the public," including "retirement communities, marinas and other economic development interests."
Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, told the Senate that HB 596 was a "local bill" that would allow the watershed authority to explore the possibility of a reservoir in Jackson Parish.

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Scriber accepts Arkansas offer

"It's kind of like this," Scriber said. "Lincoln Parish has been very good to me, but there comes a time when a person needs to make a change; I think this is a good opportunity for me and my family."
Scriber will replace Superintendent Steve Singleton, who leaves at the end of this school year to take over as superintendent of the Jonesboro School District.
The Mountain Home position pays about $113,000 a year, Mountain Home School District Administrative Assistant Elaine Hughes said.

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Ruston welcomes Cleanest City judges

The Cleanest City judges were in town Friday and came away impressed once again, meaning Ruston will advance to the state competition like it has every year in the 30-plus years competition.
"You have to score an 85 or above to go onto the state competition," District 5 Chairman Jean Gilstrap said. "We have had some cities not score 85 and not be able to go onto the state competition. Thankfully, Ruston has never been one of those."

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Residents can dispose of hazardous waste Saturday

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will team up with the city's Public Works Department to hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Lincoln Parish Exhibition Center from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday.
"We started this four years ago," Public Works assistant director Ed Pittman said. "The city did it on its own at the Public Works Complex. The first year we had about about 50 cars. The next year we had about 75, and last year we had around 110."

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Leader captures LPA awards

Division four newspapers in the coveted General Excellence category, and claimed the advertising sweepstakes award during the Louisiana Press Association's annual meeting here Saturday.
"We at The Ruston Daily Leader strive to put a product out each day that keeps our reader informed and entertained," Daily Leader Rick Hohlt said. "This is an indication that others in the field of journalism believe that we are fulfilling our goal."

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