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Walker vies for Jury seat

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Local banker and businessman Ronny Walker announces his candidacy for Police Jury District 12 for the Oct. 22 primary election.
Walker has served as past president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, Louisiana Quarterback Club and Louisiana Peach Festival.  He has been a past board member of the Lady Techsters Tip-off Club, Louisiana Tech Alumni Association and the University Hills Marketing Committee. He presently serves on the board of Lincoln Parish Crime Stoppers and as president of the board of directors of ARCO. Walker has lived in Lincoln Parish for 30 years.

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Sparta education

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With one week of Waterfest under its belt, the Louisiana Sparta Ground Water Commission continued the second week on Friday with Lincoln Parish fifth graders, and the two days spent educating approximately 650 students on the importance of water went over extremely well.
“Everything has gone great,” Sparta Commission Educator Lindsay Gouedy said. “We have had great kids, great presenters and a great response from everyone participating.”

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Forum hosts state senate candidates

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Area residents will have an opportunity to attend a candidate forum for state Senate contenders on Monday.
Hosted by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party, the free forum is set for 6 p.m. at the Ruston Country Club, located at 2000 S. Vienna St.

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Grambling expands BYOB club ordinances

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GRAMBLING — With the hour changes already in effect for local Bottle/BYOB clubs, the Town of Grambling took a few more steps — five to be exact — toward cracking down on problems associated with the establishments.
At Thursday’s October meeting, the town council passed five more ordinances placing restrictions on Bottle/BYOB clubs with the intention of making it safer for club goers and town residents.

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Choudrant thinks over zoning change

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The town council of the Village of Choudrant met in regular session Oct. 3 to discuss the business of rezoning a portion of land.
Mayor Bill Sanderson said the Morrison family requested that the parcel of land be rezoned from an R1 to an R2.

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Bell comments on letter grades

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With the release of school and district letter grades comes the rise for urgency to reform the public education system in the state of Louisiana. There are many factors unique to a school or district that pose challenges to growth and academic achievement; therefore, individuals must first rationalize the interpretation of the data and take a deep breath before pointing the finger at what one perceives to be a problem.

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Get informed and go vote

The Oct. 22 primary election is fast approaching.
In fact, early voting began Saturday and will continue through Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the registrar of voters’ office in the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
On the ballot are races for governor and several other statewide positions, Lincoln Parish sheriff and tax assessor, seven Police Jury seats and area House and Senate representatives, as well as five constitutional amendments

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Industry use of Sparta questioned

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State legislative assistance is desperately needed to protect and preserve our water resources. The prolonged drought, fires and water woes that recently have dominated local headlines should have every responsible citizen putting pressure on lawmakers to take the necessary steps now to save our aquifers.

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Not going to take it anymore

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Recently my legs basically went “on strike,” and I was relegated to a position flat on my back. And while I’d rather be anywhere else, I do enjoy catching up on things I may have missed on TV. One of them is “Private Screenings” on Turner Classic Movies where host Robert Osborne interviews iconic Hollywood luminaries about their careers.

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Appreciating funny things

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Well, I think I have finally managed to pry my size 9 1/2 shoe out of my mouth. I am such an idiot and sometimes it’s more glaring than others — like when I put my foot in my mouth and then compound it even more.
While this is not going to be about me depriving some very nice village of their token idiot, what got me to thinking about this is something that we say every day but, in a certain context, can be most embarrassing. Let me explain.

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