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February 20th

Walking with a purpose

Twenty laps around the assembly center, a distance equivalent to three miles, helped raise money in support of the American Heart Association.
The volunteers came together for two main reasons — to honor survivors of heart disease and stroke, as well as the fund-raising opportunity for the AHA.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 3 killers in the country, and the Heart Walk that was held at the TAC promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living — two things designed to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

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An unwanted week away

I spent most of last week out of the office. However, unlike many people who spend a week away, I wasn’t out on business and I certainly wasn’t on vacation.
I was sick.
Deathly ill — at least that’s what it felt like.
Join me as I take a look back at my oh-so-exciting week off thanks to a pretty serious sinus infection.
Monday was my normal day off, and I had a scheduled appointment to see Dr. Shaun McIntyre, my endocrinologist who helps me with my diabetes (and just about everything else).

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Simsboro, Choudrant play tonight

The championship team and the runner-up club from that league have advanced into the second round of the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs for girls.
Simsboro (43-3), the district champion and No. 1 ranked team in the state for its class, will go on the road and runner-up Choudrant (24-12) will remain at home in the second tier of postseason competition tonight.
The Lady Tigers will trek to Pitkin for a 6 p.m. tipoff (admission $5) and the Lady Aggies will stay on their own court for a 7 p.m. start versus Glenmora.

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Residents participate in Heart Walk

About 350 to 400 area residents gathered to participate in the Lincoln Parish Heart Walk 2006, and Rachel Scriber, event chair, was also participating.
“I am walking today for my dad, who died of heart disease at the age of 42,” Scriber told the participants. “So it is personal for many of us. If we could take all of our money today and just save one life, it would all be worth it.”
Before the walk began, heart disease and stroke survivors, who were distinguished by wearing red hats, were recognized by the walkers.

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Time for trash talk has passed

But I can’t help it. When I perceive what I believe to be irrational thinking on the part of those who are elected to serve our best interests, the words will not be stifled.
Once again, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury took up the issue of curbside pickup of trash versus the current system of trash bins located on seemingly every roadway in the parish.

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Bulldogs edge past SIU

The Bulldogs (17-10) recorded one of the program’s most important wins ever with a 54-51 victory over Southern Illinois University in an ESPN BracketBuster game held at the Salukis’ packed arena.
Tech knocked off an opponent that has one of the top 30 RPI ratings in the country and is regarded as one of the toughest teams in the country to defeat on their own court.
Since 2001, Southern Illinois had compiled a 65-2 record at home, with both of those defeats having occurred earlier this season.

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And now the rest of the story

The media source I’m referring to is KNOE in Monroe. Melissa Clark, a reporter for KNOE, presented an exclusive report on the Green Clinic/Lincoln General relationship two weeks ago containing blatant misinformation about our community that cannot go uncorrected.
In Journalism 101 you are taught to present the information for public consumption without bias. Do your homework and get all the facts. Be fair in your presentation, quote both sides and don’t draw conclusions. Give your audience a chance to form an opinion based on the facts.

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Local law enforcement has it right

Very rarely will you see law enforcement agencies work as closely as the ones in Lincoln Parish do. The norm is for petty jealousies to rule the day. The disagreements you often see on television programs — when one agency gets upset and refuses to work with another — are based on fact.
Throughout the history of law enforcement, smaller agencies or departments have looked with disdain on their larger counterparts, while the larger departments often felt like the smaller agencies were nothing but country cops who didn’t understand what “real” police work was all about.

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Cooperation boosts law enforcement

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss law enforcement issues and ensure interagency cooperation, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said.
“Since 2004 we’ve gotten together with the Ruston Police Department, Grambling PD, Louisiana Tech PD and the GSU PD to talk about the issues confronting Lincoln Parish from a law enforcement standpoint,” Stone said.
“Communication and talking together and getting everybody on the same page is really the key to serving the people the right way.”

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February 17th

Inside the John Shealy folder

With two such worthy honorees, space will only permit a sampling of these submissions, but these will offer a glimpse of the places these two gentlemen have carved for themselves in the legacy of Lincoln Parish.
Inside the Shealy folder:
One of the letters which immediately caught my eye was the one submitted by Louisiana Tech University Forestry Professor Ray A. Newbold.

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