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September 21st

Johnny Ervin Bridges

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Johnny Ervin Bridges, February 21, 1940 – September 15, 2010. Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ welcomed his great and faithful servant Johnny Ervin Bridges into His house of many mansions on September 15, 2010.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Diamondhead Community Church in Hot Springs,Ark., with Pastor Mike Fikes officiating.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 20, 2010 in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, Louisiana. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mike Fikes will officiate. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill-Taylor Cemetery in Farmerville, Louisiana.

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RHS at home again Friday

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Ruston High School’s football team isn’t through just yet with its lengthy home stand.
The Bearcats are back at James Stadium again on Friday night.
For the third consecutive week, head coach Billy Laird and company will send their team on to its home turf, this time with a 7 p.m. battle against Sulphur.

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Fitte fits the bill for enthusiasm

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If there is a role model for enthusiasm on Louisiana Tech University’s 2010 football team, look no further than Lyle Fitte.
He could make a born cynic see every glass as full.
Fitte was the hit at the Bulldogs’ weekly media luncheon on Monday, delivering a “better things to come” speech laced with his own positive outlook on how this season could eventually turn out for a team that will carry a 1-2 record into a Saturday home game (6 p.m.) against the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Compost: Another way to go green

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It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around, we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from their yards. It wouldn’t take much effort at all to turn those leaves into nutrient-filled compost to use in our gardens and flower beds.
Compost can improve aeration of soil, root penetration and water infiltration. It can make clay soils easier to work and helps sandy soils retain more water. Plus it’s an environmentally sound practice in that it keeps the bags of leaves out of the landfill.
There are many different types of composters that can help you create this very valuable product. Of course there are composters that can be purchased from many home and garden centers. However, for the true do it yourself person there are those that you can create yourself. The simplest and most inexpensive thing you can do is just make a pile in your backyard. This works well enough if you don’t mind the appearance of an uncontained compost mound in your yard. Just find a good location and pile your yard waste in a mound about three feet by three feet by three feet. Then cover the pile with a layer of soil — it will keep moisture for the microorganisms and soil animals working to make compost.

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Court opens with reflection

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Last week your writer was privileged to have been part of a ceremony that affected not only my business, if you will, but our way of life here. The ceremony, sponsored by the Lincoln Parish Bar Association, took less than an hour, but it was reflective of the honor, capabilities and integrity of our profession here as well as the people we represent.
I thought I would share some of the joy with you my favorite readers. In the event that one is reading this for the first time, let me make a short reference to my job, or at least my “daytime” job: I am a lawyer. I am proud of that. Now from time to time in this column, I have poked a little fun at my profession; this has caused me to be criticized by some of my colleagues. I have also written some complimentary remarks about some of the courageous achievements and positions of other attorneys and judges, and for this, I have been criticized by some in the public. But all of this goes along with freedom of speech and freedom of the press. If one writes a word in public, he should be prepared to have a comment hurled back, and I can handle that. So, if this week’s views are too “nice” toward the legal profession and one takes umbrage at that, well, so be it.
Every court in this state, as do we here, has a “fall opening” of court. This traditionally takes place at the beginning of September during a regular court session. Here in Lincoln Parish, we have observed the opening of court at the time of the impaneling of the Grand Jury. Historically, this time of year has as part of its roots the fact that court used to be closed for the entirety of the summer. Kind of like the schools, the courtrooms did not have air conditioning, so business shut down.

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State lowers blood donation age to 16 years

Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, America’s Blood Centers reports.
That someone could be you or a loved one. That’s why it’s important to give blood.
Recently, the state of Louisiana changed its criteria for blood donors, lowering the age from 17 to 16. Sixteen-year-old donors must have consent from a parent and valid identification, but a parent does not have to be present. Donors must also weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

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September 20th

Training to battle flames

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Volunteers to fight fires
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Things were heating up last week at the Lincoln Parish Fire Training Center as seven rookies were training to join the ranks of the Lincoln Parish volunteer firefighters.
Two other volunteers were training from the Grambling and Bernice departments.
So far recruits have learned how to use their protective equipment and put it on quickly. Lincoln Parish Fire Chief Dennis Ford said the National Fire Protection Association requires that firefighters be able to put on their protective gear in two minutes or less.

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Meth lab suspected

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Thirteen firearms reportedly uncovered

Three Lincoln Parish residents were arrested on drug and weapons charges Sunday morning.
Dayton Dale Howard, 46, of 799 Cardinal Hill Road in Dubach, Brandie Ann Jenson, 38, of 799 Cardinal Hill Road in Dubach and Willie Gene Lowery, 46, of 1303 Lewis St. in Ruston, were booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on charges related to the illegal manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.
The arrests came after members of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ruston Police Department SWAT teams served a search warrant at 799 Cardinal Hill Road, where officers reportedly discovered 13 firearms, two of which were fully automatic. Officers also reportedly found assorted items and chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine along with several grams of processed methamphetamine.

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Galleries plan fall exhibitions

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Artworks focus on vocabulary, FBI, EPA raid
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David Wolske, an award-winning designer, typographer and artist, and A.W. Thompson, the director of the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, will share their works with the Louisiana Tech community in the coming weeks.
Both artists will have exhibits from Tuesday to Oct. 9 in Tech’s School of Art galleries. Wolske will give an artist lecture at 4 p.m. on the opening date in the galleries, which will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. His exhibit, “Subverting Vernacular,” will be displayed in the Bellocq Gallery, and A.W. Thompson’s “Incendiary Iconography: the legacy of the Cold War in America” will be available for viewing in the Main Gallery.
Wolske is the creative director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

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Pet of the Week

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Misty is a 7-month-old domestic short hair cat. She is one curious kitty that loves to play and climb. Her sweet personality and funny antics would make her a great addition to anyone looking to add a cat to their home. Misty’s adoption fee is $50. Call 251-DOGS for more information.

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