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City sounds great in summer

Many had recently attended the wonderful patriotic music/fireworks performance at Temple Baptist Church on July 3 and were now being treated to some tasty blues.
As I sat and watched Henry Dorsey fingerpick and sing his way through blues classics like “Sitting On Top of the World” and “Give Me Back My Wig,” with Wayne Collum blowing a mean blues harp in accompaniment, I began thinking about what a great opportunity it was to be able to see this kind of show on a Thursday night in Ruston.
But then, I shouldn’t be surprised, Ruston has long shown its love for song.

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Jindal proves he's serious about change

The governor vetoed more than 250 items on the 2008-09 budget, stripping more than $16 million in legislative pet projects. The vetoes struck nearly a third of the add-ons that lawmakers put in the $29.9 billion budget.
Important projects in our area, however, were spared. The $200,000 allocated for the Northeast Louisiana Family Literacy Consortium, which operates six Even Start sites in northeast Louisiana, including the one in Lincoln Parish, remained intact.

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District 5 team seeks region title

Last summer, the Louisiana team had a 27-10 record and reached the World Series again.
“I’ve been very blessed to have outstanding young men that happen to be outstanding baseball players,” Parkman said. “All the credit should go to their parents and their Little League coaches and their high school coaches. Brandon Watts has been helping me since 2003 and has been full-time since 2005 and has been great with our pitchers.”
Watts, a former star at Ruston High School who later played professionally, is joined by Drew Hampton as a member of the District 5 coaching staff.

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New dispatch boosts department’s efficiency

Previously, dispatchers would field 9-1-1 calls routed to the department or calls made over an administrative line and take down information like who was calling, from where and what the call was about by hand, radioing deputies out to the scene. From there, dispatchers would then double up on work by entering all that data into a computer system.
Once deputies completed a call, they’d end up back in the office completing reports, as well.

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