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September 29th

Teachers’ actions under scrutiny

Several photos of the event posted on The Gramblinite’s Web site, www.thegramblinite.com, taken by staff photographer Terrance Stokes, showed a woman holding a little girl around the waist off the ground near a tree. The young child, wearing pigtails and her school uniform, has a rope noose around her neck. A second woman is holding the rope up to a limb of the tree while a crowd of the young girl’s classmates looks on.

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Fire district gets deal on newest truck

“Before, we had a Ford F-450 with a 20-foot trailer.”
The truck is a 1997 International with a four-person cab that would cost as much as $300,000 if it were purchased new. The Farmerville department also was able to pick up a new unit from Ouachita Parish in the deal.
The 31-foot truck, appraised at $75,000, cost the department $65,000 out of its operating reserves, Ford said. It will improve the parish’s fire rating by a small margin because it adds a service unit to the department’s 37-vehicle fleet, he said.

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September 28th

City saddles up for bull ride

“We’ve got 50 bull riders from all over the country signed up,” Womack said.
Bulls from four different stock contractors will compete in the competition.
“We tried to get bulls as equal as possible so that everyone has a fair chance to win,” Womack said. “We got good bulls that buck, some of the best in the southeast.”
The event will also feature a concert by Gerald Huffman and Ben King, which Womack described as mostly country and some gospel.

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Rumbling to keep D.A.R.T. in service

The Ruston Rumble, now in its fifth year, will directly benefit the organization this year, and all proceeds will end up helping individuals victims in one form or another.
Fifty or more riders will converge on the North Louisiana Expo Center to test their mettle, and the night also will feature musical performances from Gerald Huffman and Ben King.
Most of us may never experienced the horrors that come with domestic abuse, but we know, somewhere in our minds, that the recovery process is long and that domestic abuse is a horrible physical and mental trauma.

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Adoption: Worthwhile for all

But all she got out was, “You’ll have your own kids.” Then she went on to warn me of all the risks of adopting children, such as behavioral problems and undiscovered psychological illnesses due to neglect, stress or abuse.

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Cougars’ line protecting offense

Such line play helped carry the No. 2 ranked Class 1-A team in Louisiana to a 36-14 win over the previous unbeaten Bears and the same type of performance will be needed tonight when the Cougars play host to Many.
“They’re on a little roll down there,” Aldredge said of the Tigers, “and they’re going to be coming in here with wins in their last two games. Our offensive line is going to be facing a big team, maybe the biggest overall team we’ve seen this year.”

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Sparta to receive $2 million

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth serves on the Lincoln-Union Water Supply Initiative commission, a nonprofit organization formed to study water supply alternatives. Representatives from the Lincoln and Union parish police juries and the town of Farmerville also sit on the commission.
“It’s a tremendous step forward, because getting any kind of initial outlay though a water bill in Congress means you have your nose in the tent for future funding,” Hollingsworth said.
“It’s not just what these funds will provide for us, it’s what they can lead to in the future.”

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September 27th

Cougars, Kittens home Friday

In the other contest involving a parish squad, Ruston High (2-2) will make another trek westward with a District 1-5A test against Byrd High.
Kickoff times for all of the games will be 7 p.m.
Cedar Creek, one of the state’s most successful 1-A classified programs after four games, will go up against the very team that defeated Grambling High 51-12 this past weekend.
The Tigers will come into the Cougars’ facility with a 2-2 record and two-game victory streak, having defeated Pickering 19-16 the week prior to rolling past the Kittens.

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LPDC issues must be solved quickly

The public needs to know if it is or if it isn’t a criminal issue as soon as the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office does.
Beyond that trouble, it’s time to get the detention center under control. The commission that runs it has been operating at a budget deficit this year, and the center has been at capacity for almost a decade.
Inmates are farmed out to other holding facilities around the state, at significant cost to the commission.

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Plane battles begin in pre-k

Melane Slocum is the teacher, and Miranda Warren is the class paraprofessional who also holds a degree in psychology from Dillard University in New Orleans. In her first month working with the class, Warren observed some of the children finding it a challenge to get along. Consequently, the students are receiving lessons in sharing and good manners, along with math and reading concepts.
“If we have two airplanes, some will want to keep both instead of sharing with another child,” Warren said.

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