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July 9th

Fire tax waits until August

A motion to approve the election by Annie Brown failed to produce a second from the other committee members — Mickey Mays, David Hammons, Mike Franklin and Bobby Bennett — and died on the floor.
“Everybody who’s called me has told me not to support this,” Franklin said.
Hammons said people don’t want to be taxed, as well, and wouldn’t support it until something happened like an injury or death or an increase in the parish’s fire rating.
“With the price of gas the way it is, a lot of people are more worried about a lot of other things,” Hammons said.

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Fire illustrates parish’s need for protection

Fire Chief Dennis Ford, who has been warning the parish that flagging numbers in the department could cost us in the end, said that two things contributed to difficulties with the fire on Monday.
One was getting the appropriate number of firefighters to the site — Choudrant ended up pitching in a handful of men to help combat the towering fire.
The other, which is equally if not more concerning, is that it took more than an hour, almost two, before the department was notified.

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Ruston's appeal wins out

It was spent at “home,” since I hadn’t torn myself away from Ruston for a few months. Part of what I did in Shreveport was take a new resident and friend on a small tour of his area of the city.
I’m from Shreveport, he’s from Ruston, now we live in each other’s hometowns. Maybe that irony is fitting. As crazy as it felt to move from a metropolitan area the size of Shreveport to a quaint city like Ruston, it has to be equally shocking to reverse that.

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WAC grid race up for grabs?

But the son of former University of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley guided the club to a 5-7 mark and one game shy of bowl eligility.
Of course, for the 2006 season, College Football Poll.com forecasted a 6-7 mark for Tech and the team finished at 3-10 before making a change in head coaches.
“Until you start playing, it’s all a big guess at this time of the year,” said Utah State head coach Brent Guy.
He’s hoping that the low finishes (anywhere from No. 7 to dead last) being predicted for his team are off the mark.

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Blaze scours site

Ford said he is puzzled why it took so long for the department to get the call.
“I don’t see how people didn’t see it,” Ford said.
While no one was injured, in the process of squelching the flames a couple of firefighters overheated.
Forty-five minutes after the emergency call was issued, Ford said, 12 firefighters had responded, including three firefighters from Choudrant.
“The problem that we’re having is getting people to turn out,” he said. “We’re having such low numbers.”
The written record, issued by Cross, yielded a count of 19 responders in total.

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July 8th

Dean in Hall of Fame spotlight

Dean, who starred at Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University before moving on to stardom with two different NFL franchises, will be one of six new inductees into the Canton, Ohio-based shrine on Aug. 2.
He’ll be joined by Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippitt, Gary Zimmerna, Art Montk and Darrell Green.
Since being named as one of the inductees during Super Bowl XLII festivities in Glendale, Ariz., in early February, Dean has been receiving far more than the proverbial “15 minutes” of fame.

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Weekends were festive, quiet and safe

Many of those professionals didn’t get to relax during the festival weekend or long holiday weekend, because they were working to ensure our safety.
Lincoln Parish residents also deserve credit for making smart decisions during times when so many people have been involved in vehicle crashes and fireworks accidents. Losing a member of our community affects everyone, and it’s distressing when a weekend intended for celebration turns tragic.

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Truly unbelievable moments

Simply put, it wasn’t only one of the best tennis matches I’ve ever seen, it was one of those sporting events I’ll always remember.
Seeing greatness on the level of the show Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer put on isn’t seen very often. The 2008 Wimbledon men’s single final ranks up there with some pretty amazing moments in all of sports, and it started me thinking about the other times I got that excited — in a good way — while only sitting there watching television.

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La. 33 work drags on

Shapiro said drivers can use Louisiana Highway 3072 in Vienna to avoid the traffic delays when traveling to or from Farmerville.
Once the $17 million state-funded project is finished, La. 33 will be transformed from a two-lane to a five-lane highway from Trade Drive to just north of Louisiana Highway 821.
Shapiro said the project will eventually speed up traffic on the highway.
“Farmerville Highway has so much volume of traffic anyhow it’s always stacked up, so that’s why it’s a priority to do this five-lane on it,” he said.

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July 7th

Fire chief seeks sales tax

The Police Jury stopped an effort to put a 4-mill property tax before voters last fall, and Ford said the district is still struggling under the same issues — lack of highly trained manpower, high average age and low volunteer turnout.
The quarter-cent Ford proposes would bring in about $700,000, according to his projections, and would apply only to those in outlying areas of the parish, excluding municipalities like Ruston, Grambling and Choudrant. The funds would provide four full-time firefighters at locations around the parish.

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