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Suspects sought in pizza muggings

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects in two mugging cases.
LPSO Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams said on Nov. 19 a Pizza Inn delivery person was delivering a pizza to 4th Street, when he was approached by three black males in their early to mid-20s.
“When the delivery boy got to the residence he was approached and knocked to the ground by three black males,” Williams said. “He was then kicked, beaten and robbed. The men then took the delivery boy’s pizza money, a GPS, his wallet, the pizza and drinks.”

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Villagers celebrate

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant was in the holiday spirit this past weekend, as they put on their annual “Christmas in the Village” event.
With games for children, a chili cooking contest, free hot chocolate, live music, an appearance by Santa and sleigh rides around town, it was a fun-filled night for all families who attended.
“We usually always have a good crowd,” said Ricky Houck, music coordinator for the event. “There is always a good turnout and with all the activities they have going on it, it seems to be a success.”

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Phasing out LEAP

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State to roll out new exam in three years

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State officials say a test for fourth- and eighth-graders that became a symbol of Louisiana’s bid to improve public schools will be phased out.
The exam, which is called LEAP, will be scrubbed in three years because new tests will be launched in connection with a national drive to make public school courses more rigorous.
The Advocate reports that under current rules, fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass LEAP, and meet other standards, to move to the fifth and ninth grades.

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Man arrested in stabbing

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Ruston Police Department officers responded to a complaint at EZ Mart, located on South Vienna Street, on Saturday afternoon.
Vincent Stringfellow, 29, of 1612 Skyline Dr., was reportedly receiving a ride home from another man when the disturbance occurred.
According to the arrest affidavit, the driver had stopped to pump gas when Stringfellow allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face. It was reported that at this time the driver attempted to stop Stringfellow. However, Stringfellow reportedly exited the vehicle, pulled a knife on the man, opened the trunk and grabbed a shotgun.

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OMV deal appears good

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Fees bring in sufficient revenue to parish so far

After a few months of being housed in the old County Market building, the Lincoln Parish Office of Motor Vehicles appears to be bringing in sufficient funds to pay the Lincoln Parish Police Jury for use of the space.
OMV customers are charged a $3 service fee for most transactions.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury, which owns the building, approved the cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana OMV during their monthly meeting in August to allow the office to be moved from its former location on Louisiana Highway 33 to its present location across from the courthouse.

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Police Jurors to approve budgets

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is set to convene for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
On the agenda are public hearings for the 2012 proposed budgets for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish. Jurors will also be asked to adopt these budgets, as well as the 2011 amended for both the jury and HELP.

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Pet of the Week

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Darla is a young female terrier mix. This bundle of energy loves to run, play and explore. After a hard day of playing, Darla loves to cozy up and take a nap. Darla’s adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay certificate and first rabies shot. Call 251-DOGS for more information.

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Jazzing up the blues

Arts academy for adults set Jan. 21

North Central Louisiana Arts Center Arts Academy for Adults offers Jazz Up the Blues, taught by Cain Budds. Budds will teach the two-hour class from 10 a.m. - noon Jan. 21. The only requirements are a guitar and a desire to liven up one’s blues jams.

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Garden Club decorates Visitors Center

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The Ruston Garden Club decorated the exterior and interior of the Ruston Lincoln Visitors Center for the Christmas season. Shown putting final touches on the inside showcase are Olitsa Robbins, Rosy Bromell and Noula Rodakis.

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’Dogs fooled prognosticators

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From bowl site to WAC finish, Tech kept ’em guessing
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Louisiana Tech University’s football team wasn’t very cooperative with the prognostication world this season.
Two things happened that had the preseason “guessperts” nibbling on their No. 2 lead pencils or seeing if their calculators had crashed:
• The majority of polls had the ‘Dogs finishing no higher than fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings, among them being Sporting News magazine.
• And in that same publication, it was predicted that, while Tech w

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