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July 27th

Pafford launches AirOne helicopter

“Our goal is to take a trauma patient and have them at a tertiary care center within an hour and the only way to do that is to have a helicopter that is positioned in the area that is not covered,” Keith Carter, Pafford Critical Operating Director, said. “We can accomplish that hour goal.”
The helicopter will be stationed at the Ruston Airport and will respond within a 100-mile radius of Ruston and Monroe.
Currently, the nearest helicopter is LifeAir, based in Shreveport.
Carter said the helicopter, which can travel up to 125 mph, will greatly decrease the time to distance ratio.

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July 26th

Alexander drafts bill to support soldiers

“This is unfair to the brave men and women who are serving in our Armed Services,” Alexander said. “Right now, our world is witnessing a great deal of instability in the Middle East, as well as other areas. Our nation relies on the commitment of all of our service members who are both on active duty and in the reserves. Those serving in the National Guard or reserves are making a difference in the civilian world as well as in the military. My bill would entice businesses to give strong consideration to those serving our nation in the National Guard and Reserves.”

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Safety starts with individual

It is also a situation most of us never envision ourselves having to deal with. The small-town mentality that cocoons our rural parish existence only adds to that sense of denial. In a community where many of us are connected in numerous ways and Southern hospitality is expected, it is sometimes hard to keep the importance of safety precautions at the forefront of our minds.
However, such measures are a necessity. The Ruston Police Department has investigated three cases this month of someone entering residents’ homes and stealing from them while they slept.

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Return to school on horizon

A drive by Louisiana Tech reveals spurts of activity on a campus still over-run by campers.
Just miles down the road, Grambling State University is preparing for the first onslaught of freshmen in just a few short weeks. The Office of Admissions is teeming with visitors along with tons and tons of phone calls from future students checking admission and financial aid status.
It’s interesting to take a look at how different ages react to the idea of school. From the youngest age to the culmination of an education, it’s almost as if most of our attitudes come full circle.

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District 5 club in Big League Series

A team guided by Parkman also made appearances at the World Series in 2002 and 2004.
The manner in which they’ve earned their latest berth was a no-doubter, the Louisiana District 5 squad outscoring their opponents 45-4 in the regionals.
In the championship game, a 10-1 decision was gained over East Texas.
Other victories included 14-1 over Colorado, 10-1 over West Texas and 11-1 over Texas East.
“With the championship in the Southwest regionals, we now leave for the Big League World Series and will begin our play on Sunday (July 30) against South Carolina,” Parkman said.

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Almost coffee time

Workers say the business should be ready ahead of its scheduled November opening date.

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July 25th

Citizens robbed while they sleep

The first report was on July 1 and concerned the theft of three purses from a house in the 600 block of S. Barnett Springs.
Kavanaugh said the theft is believed to have occurred overnight.
The residents in a second incident on the same road were awakened July 16 when a dog began barking, Kavanaugh said.
“We investigated a burglary in progress call at approximately 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of S. Barnett Springs, where a female had been awakened and found a white male in the residence,” he said.

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Sponsors support students

The Jamboree gives families a chance to connect and get materials necessary for school before class actually begins. School supplies will be handed out, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and D.A.R.E. will be there, and vendors from Louisiana Tech University will pass out tools such as flash cards and phonics materials.

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Library’s plan engages children

The Lincoln Parish Library is similarly creating that reading excitement with their programs for children — and adults. I’ve talked with library director Vivian McCain frequently in interviews, and she is one of the most dedicated leaders I’ve ever met. Her eyes light up every time we discuss where the library is now and where she hopes it will be in a few years. She loves her work, she loves her staff, and with a person like her at the helm of our library, how can we not be intrigued by the changes taking place?

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Tolbert named to All-American team

The 5-10 and 215-pounder was joined at the wideout slot on the second team by Tony Kays of the University of California-Davis.
Named to the first team at the position were David Ball of New Hampshire and Laurent Robinson of Illinois State.
“Just to be considered for All-American is a great honor and now it’s up to me to live up to the expectations,” Tolbert said.
“What really counts is what is accomplished when the season begins. That’s what matters the most and I hope to do my part in helping us have another great season like we did last year.

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