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Commerce Street opens path of opportunities

That’s a good and bad thing. When you have more incoming traffic, you have to do something about it.
We’ll see a lot of that Louisiana 33 traffic coming in here, and this opens up room for more development. Any sales taxes generated in this area will benefit us as well.”
Scott Terry, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, agreed with Hollingsworth.

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Equine encephalitis detected in parish

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury, which had called a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to take care of other businesses, quickly gave permission for VDCI to spray for mosquitoes if Lowe deemed it necessary, provided the amount did not exceed $5,000.
Dr. William Green, resident veterinarian at Louisiana Tech University, said Eastern Equine Encephalitis — or EEE — is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes.
“The reservoir is usually birds,” Green said. “The mosquitoes feed on infected birds, pick it up, then pass it on to horses or humans.”

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White named to lead RHS baseball program

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Toby,” RHS Athletic Director and head football coach Billy Laird told The Daily Leader on Wednesday.
“Lots of different people have said some really good things about him and what he can do and I believe he’s doing a great job and continue the outstanding tradition of the baseball program at Ruston High.”

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Art carves way through Ruston

I used to wonder why art was so expensive. But I’m realizing many of the materials are costly, and the work is time consuming.
Factor in the sentimental value of the work to the artists and their sometimes reluctance to part with their masterpieces, and the price is explained.
My best friend, who is an artist, must clear out spaces in her house to place her paintings.
Although she has been creating dark-theme and mythological paintings for more than a decade, she has yet to bring herself to part with any of them.

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Community is ‘United’

Richard, who describes herself as having a “passion” for the parish, hopes more agencies will partner with United Way and more monetary contributions will be made to aid the partnering agencies.
Current local United Way partners include Med Camps, Volunteers of America, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.), Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, Louisiana Purchase Council, Boy Scouts of America, Our House Inc., The Wellspring, Lincoln Council on Aging and Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services.

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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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