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Lincoln split finalized

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DOJ approves new Senate districts remap
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It’s official. Lincoln Parish will be split up among three Senate districts.
The Senate has received federal clearance from the Department of Justice for the redesign of its 39 districts for use in the fall election.
Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, got the call from Senate President Joel Chaisson on Tuesday evening.

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Catching some reading waves

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More than 100 students from Lincoln Parish were invited to “Catch the Reading Wave” this summer.
Jan Murphy, elementary supervisor, said 110 students were invited to the fourth year of the reading enrichment program offered each summer at Cypress Springs Elementary.

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Fireworks safety a must for holiday weekend

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Some parish residents wishing to have a blast this holiday weekend will be allowed to do so, but they’re also reminded that caution is urged.
While a statewide burn ban remains in effect, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department will allow for the Fourth of July long weekend the discharge of fireworks on a temporary basis in those areas where fireworks are not restricted.

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Doctor speaks to Lions Club

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Dr. Jared Vincent, local ophthalmologist, recently spoke at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. The Lions were told of the success of local free screenings for glaucoma, which were done by Dr. Vincent. Additionally the Lions learned that there are no symptoms which would alert anyone that they may have glaucoma — the only detection is professional screening.

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RPAR runners complete first 5K

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Why run? People start running for many different reasons. Some people are looking for a new challenge in their lives. Some people are inspired by the accomplishments of others. Some people want to lose weight, increase physical endurance, and improve their health. Other people use running as an outlet in their lives to reduce stress, get over a tough situation or have “me” time. No matter what your motivation is to begin running know that anyone can run.

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Youth take sewing lessons

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Machines were buzzing and there was lots of excitement in the air as 11 youth designed their own original creations at the LSU AgCenter basic sewing class.
Youth learned that sewing can be fun said Cathy Judd, Family and Consumer Science, extension agent. She guided the students through a three day workshop. Students learned how to thread a needle, sew on a button, hand stitch, some basic sewing techniques and operate a sewing machine.

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Zeta Rho ESA chapter named best in state

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha won Chapter of the Year at the group’s state convention held June 3-5 in New Orleans.
The women’s service organization is best known in the area for co-sponsoring the annual St. Jude Radiothon with KXKZ 107.5 radio station.

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Prevent sun illness

Hotter temperatures have left many local residents sweating, swimming, drinking water and limiting their time in the sun. And the forecast shows there is no reprieve from the heat in sight.

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A prayer, an umbrella, and a little girl

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The drought that struck the farms in our area that summer was something else! Day after day, the sun beat down mercilessly, as sweat poured in agonizing rivulets from both ploughboy and plow mule. Our fields of black-eyed peas and butter beans, along with the corn, yams and Irish potatoes, seemed in imminent danger of a slow, scorching demise — (a sobering thought, since they spelled the difference between eating or not eating in the months ahead).

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’Dogs rank high in national stats

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Simoneaux’s team finishes in Top 100 for three categories
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Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team made the hits happen in 2011.
Now, the NCAA’s statistical report verifies it.
The Bulldogs (34-27) rank in the Top 100 of three different categories of the final chart, all dealing with offense.

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