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RCT to present Louisiana premiere

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Locals will get state’s first taste of ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’
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Ruston Community Theatre has been given a rare opportunity, and as RCT president Mary Bell Tuten said, “When you get a rare opportunity you need to seize it.”
While rolling out the red carpet on a new season, RCT will also premiere, in Louisiana, on Oct. 17, “The Red Velvet Cake War” — a Southern comedy about three cousins who could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.
The play is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

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Bulldogs offense picks up pace

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Disciplined scrimmage pleasing for first-year coach Sonny Dykes
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Louisiana Tech held a shortened practice Wednesday evening with a 45-minute full-tackle scrimmage as the Bulldogs have almost hit the halfway point through fall camp. The team ran around 80 plays during the 45 minute scrimmage.
The team’s first scrimmage of the fall yielded predominately disciplined play on both sides of the ball with very few offsides and illegal procedure penalties and the offense only committing one turnover on a fumble.
Tech’s high-octane, no-huddle offense got its first test in a full-tackle situation and averaged close to two plays per minute.

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A hero comes home

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The body of Marine Cpl. Joe L. Wrightsman was returned to north Louisiana Thursday for burial.
Wrightsman, 23, of Jonesboro, died July 18 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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Parish seeks volunteer firefighters

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As summer temperatures hopefully begin to cool down next month, things at the Lincoln Parish Fire Department will begin to heat up.
Chief Dennis Ford said the parish fire district has volunteer recruit training planned for early to mid-September.
“I’m looking for as many volunteers as I can get,” Ford said. “If we can get 10 that will stay with the department I’ll be happy.”

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Firefighters team up for training

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Agencies practice techniques for high-angle rescue, roping
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Firefighters from the Lincoln Parish, Ruston and Choudrant forces gathered at the Fire Training Center this week to brush up on high-angle rescue and ropes techniques.
While there are few tall buildings in the area, Chief Dennis Ford with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department said there are many other opportunities to utilize this training such as if someone is trapped on a water or cell tower.
Additionally, Ford said it is important for ratings and emergency situations that rescue personnel have as much training as possible.

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Grambling website stirs controversy

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Showdowns between the mayor and the City Council are nothing new for the town of Grambling.
Still, the latest skirmish is shaping up to be a doozy. And in the end, the real losers will probably end up being Grambling residents.
Grambling’s City Council held a special-called meeting Thursday to address the latest controversy between town aldermen and Mayor Martha Andrus: the setting up of a new town website.

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Irene Muller

Irene Muller, 92, of Ruston, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

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Girl’s dream was to stop violence with acts of kindness

Most parents with children in school today remember the massacre of 12 students at Columbine High School that shook the nation.
The copycat shootings that followed have resulted in added worries as parents send their children off to school each day. Parents now often worry about their child’s safety — and not just their academic performance.
Rachel Scott was the first victim in the nation-shocking Columbine shooting, and many believe she was targeted because of her religious beliefs. After her death, her father Darrell Scott decided to use kindness to battle the violence that had taken his daughter.

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Dorothy M. Hicks

Dorothy M. Hicks, 82, of Simsboro, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 in Ruston.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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Library usage up; state aid down

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The Lincoln Parish Library is expected to take a hefty cut in state aid this fall.
During the monthly Library Board of Control meeting Wednesday, library director Vivian McCain reported the facility would receive no more than $13,656 in allocations from the State Library of Louisiana.
The state library each year receives funding from the legislature and then distributes the funding to the other libraries within the state, McCain said. But McCain is unsure the initial report from state librarian Rebecca Hamilton of $13,656 in funding will stay put.

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