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Alexander stops by

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Fifth District Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, was recently in town and stopped by the Daily Leader to share his inside knowledge and perspectives on a few topics of interest to local residents.
One project Alexander said he supports is a plan to treat water from Lake D’Arbonne to be used by the municipalities of Ruston and Farmerville as an alternative to the Sparta Aquifer.
The Sparta is the primary source of potable water for Lincoln and 14 other North Louisiana parishes, as well as parts of Arkansas. Water levels have been falling for years and there has been saltwater intrusion as a result over overuse.

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RPAR hosts iHoops Skills Challenge

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Area young people will have an opportunity to shoot for bragging rights during the iHoops Skills Challenge.
The second annual competition hosted by Ruston Parks and Recreation Department, set for 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in the Bobby James Gym, is open to those ages 8-14. The competition is free to enter and offers youngsters a chance to showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course.

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Grambling City Hall moves locations

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GRAMBLING — With their old building outdated and compacted, Grambling town employees made a move to a new building in early September, and Mayor Edward Jones could not be happier.
“This is probably the best move we could have ever made,” he said. “We just had gotten to the point where we had outgrown ourselves and we had to branch out, and that is what we did.”
Jones said the move from the previous City Hall building on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to the new City Hall and Community Center location on King Street behind the fire station was made out of necessity.

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Two arrested on drug distribution warrants

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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team and Grambling Police Department served warrants to two individuals on Wednesday.
Bobbie G. Pruitt, 56, of 148 Murline Street in Grambling, was reportedly arrested without incident on warrants for three counts of distribution of cocaine. Bond has been set at 44,750.
Yancy Yarnell Bradford, 21, of 387 South Pine Tree Road in Grambling, was arrested on warrants for two counts distribution of marijuana and two counts distribution of alprazolam, as well as for one count possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (three pounds). Bond has been set at $66,760, with bond to be set on the last charge.

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Grandma’s quick work may have saved structure

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A mobile home fire that appeared to stem from a pile of cigarette butts was extinguished by a neighbor Wednesday before it could do any major damage.
There were no injuries in the structure fire, which took place shortly after 3 p.m. at 2772 U.S. Highway 80.
Choudrant resident Janice Evans said she received a call from her granddaughter, Lauren Jones, who lived just a few homes down.

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Trick or treat with caution

Halloween is just days away. Many families have already picked out costumes for their little ones and bought candy or snacks for trick-or-treaters.
But before parents accompany the little princesses, pirates, witches and fairies on their journey to obtain treats or bite into any of the delicious candy, there are a few precautions they should take to ensure a safe holiday for everyone. The Centers for Disease Control website recommends the following tips:

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Purchase pumpkins for DART

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The creepiest holiday of the year is right around the corner.
Oct. 31 marks Halloween, a time when children traditionally dress up in costumes and go knock on doors throughout town asking for candy. Additionally, youth and adults alike commonly visit clubs, private parties or even church functions to eat, socialize, bob for apples or compete in costume contests.
One tradition many still embrace is the setting out of pumpkins on or before the holiday to create a jack-o’-lantern.

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Celebrating Halloween

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With another holiday looming up ahead, we are finally getting ready for the autumn rush. So there I was in the middle of candy corn — candy corn in shapes of triangles, candy corn in shapes of pumpkins; it really doesn’t matter as long as I can make a meal out of it, and oh yes, I can definitely make a meal out of it.
I had to once again argue with Allyson how I thought she was too old to trick or treat. I just know there has to be a cut-off limit. She said she wanted to take her cousin, who is only 5, trick-or-treating at the fall festival. It does give my sister somewhat of a break. And it does leave the candy table exposed. Candy apples, caramel apples, toffee apples, popcorn balls, bobbing for apples, assorted treatments of candy at the miscellaneous games, elephant ears, hot dogs, nachos and my contribution, Goblin treats.

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Demonstration of design

Proceeds to benefit Holiday Arts Tour
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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and regional artist M. Douglas Walton would like to invite the public to a lecture and demonstration of design at his residence Nov. 18. 
This ticketed event includes a lecture, demonstration, home and grounds tour and a small painting. Two times are available — 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Due to space NCLAC is selling a limited number of tickets.

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ADK Month declared

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On Oct. 19, Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth presented a proclamation to Shauna Vallery designating the month of October 2011 as International Alpha Delta Kappa Month. Vallery is the president of the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international sorority for female educators that was organized in 1947. ADK takes part in national and local charitable projects, sponsors scholarships, recognizes outstanding female educators and promotes high standards in education.

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