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June 21st

Storms down trees, knock out power

Spokesman Jim Pesnell said approximately 200 Entergy customers lost power.
“The outages began about 4 p.m., and we had everyone back up by about 7 p.m.,” Pesnell said. “Most of the outages were caused by lightning striking fuses; we didn’t have any feeders knocked out.”
Pesnell said the main area that was affected seemed to be from Ruston to Dubach to Bernice, along U.S. 167.
“All of our damage was confined to the U.S. 167 corridor,” Pesnell said. “We had some lightning in the Choudrant area, but no damage.

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June 20th

One jailed following standoff

Deputies from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and their tactical team responded to the scene to assist.
The victim’s brother, Rodolfo Antonio Serafin-Escobado, was in his bedroom when police entered the residence.
“As officers went toward the rear bedroom, Rodolfo stuck a knife out the door,” Hawkins said. “When they told him to drop the knife, he slammed the door and barricaded himself in the room, refusing to comply with officers’ requests.”
Hawkins said Rodolfo remained in the room, yelling, screaming, turning up the volume on his radio and stabbing the door.

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Ruston golfers to go ‘Down Under’

The Kirtons have been members of coach Janet Well’s highly successful golf program at Cedar Creek High School since the ninth grade.
They have played vital roles in the team being successful at the regional level and also garnering no lower than a fifth place finish at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association tournament.
For this past season, Lauren Kirton finished in fifth place among medalists at the state tourney.

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Clean up for Peach Fest

show off what a wonderful place Lincoln Parish is to call home.
With that in mind, it’s important that area residents do their best to sell the positive aspects of north central Louisiana to any visitors that might be considering a move. Here are a few tips on showing off our community:

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FEMA money handled poorly

Did you know you paid for “Girls Gone Wild” videos in California? Did you know your money went to help one evacuee get a sex change?
The audit reported that up to $1.4 billion of the money FEMA gave out was spent for bogus reasons. That’s basically 16 percent of the money handed out.
Not only this, but some evacuees have lounged around in Hawaii, spent FEMA money paying for divorces and even traveled to an all-inclusive Caribbean resort for a week.
How does this happen?
Like this: FEMA sent money to an undercover agent using a fake address

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Life is sweet on dance floor at Peach Fest

Auctioneer Dusty Taylor encouraged the bidders who moved quickly up the scale by hundreds. Taylor reminded those in the audience that it was customary for the original of the poster to bring at least $1,000.
And he hit his mark when Stan Beeson offered the winning bid of $1,100.
Nancy Bergeron of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce first introduced the Peach Blossoms in formal attire and then welcomed them to the dance floor with their escorts.

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June 19th

Lewis’ time has arrived

“It’s just a huge honor, the biggest one I have ever received and I am very grateful for everyone who made it possible. Things like this, you need to appreciate them because they don’t happen too often.”
For Lewis, it appeared that the HOF induction notice from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association might never arrive.
The Houma native had been on the selectioin board’s ballot for seemingly decades, yet had never gained enough qualifying votes. He was close three years ago, needing just under 10 votes to make it in, but was eventually nudged out by other candidates.

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GSU chief urges safety on campus

In spreading awareness, Walker said he and officers of his department seize any opportunity available to talk to people.
“This past summer we have worked diligently in educating our students with lectures and seminars,” he said. “We went to every dormitory and even talked to students in the cafeteria, on the street, just wherever the opportunity presents itself. Crime prevention is a teachable moment; we have to teach our children to be safe.”

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Give children an Even Start

With some parents unable to complete their education due to a lack of childcare, this project is a gift. It’s open to parents lacking in educational skills with children age birth to 8 years old.
The idea behind the project is that if parents invest more time and energy into their education, it will give them a more positive view of education. Consequently, these beliefs will trickle down to the children and help ready them to meet the challenges of today’s No
Child Left Behind accountability standards.

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Guitar strumming worth the time

The title track “Lie to Me” flooded my ears and became the epitome of blues music for me.
I was coming off of the Backstreet Boys/N’Sync era that affected many girls my age at that time, no matter how ashamed we may be to admit it. (Don’t even act like you don’t have “I love Nick Carter” scribbled all over your diary.) Jonny Lang’s music was so different that it even inspired me to take the first steps of learning to play the guitar.
The next Christmas when my grandmother asked me what I wanted, instead of just saying “I don’t know” like usual, I said, “A guitar.”

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