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Local burn ban to stay

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State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain will rescind the “Cease and Desist on Outdoor Burning” order that was issued on June 1.
However, the current burn ban on open and outdoor burning remains in effect for Lincoln Parish. The Lincoln Parish Fire Department has responded to at least 17 grass and/or woods fires during the 30-day period up to today. Lincoln Parish remains below average for annual rainfall, and as a result, grass, woodlands and other forms of vegetation remain dry and vulnerable to fire.

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Tourney action wraps up tonight

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Another year, another win for Ruston.
And that’s not only talking about the District 5 Big League baseball team based here.
It’s a win for the entire city as the 2011 Big League Southwest Baseball Tournament Regional Championship is held at J.C. Love Field in Pat Patterson Park on the Louisiana Tech campus.
North Louisiana-based District 5 will take on Texas East in a 5 p.m. contest today with a trip to the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C. at stake. Unbeaten in the tournament, District 5 has to win one of a potential two games to make their sixth straight trip to the Big League World Series. If Texas East should win tonight’s opener, then a second and final game would follow around 7 p.m.

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Solution for town water woes in sight?

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GRAMBLING — The town of Grambling hopes it has put a fix to water pressure problems that have recently troubled residents there.
Marios Papadopoulos of American Wastewater Management told aldermen during this month’s Town Council meeting that a crew was slated to come to Grambling “and automate the system to prevent system fluctuations” that he said have been causing problems with the town’s water pressure.

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Jurors await a building tenant

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PJ seeks realtor proposals to help secure new renter
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Approximately one year after the closure of Ruston’s Movie Gallery, local leaders are still searching for a tenant to fill the spot left vacant in the Police Jury-owned building.
During their monthly meeting last week, jurors voted to seek proposals from area realtors for their assistance in locating a tenant to fill the 4,000 square-foot area inside the old County Market building just south of the parish courthouse.

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RHS FBLA team places in national championships

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The Ruston High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently participated in the National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla. The school sent 18 qualifying members this year, the largest number of students to ever attend the conference.
In addition, one student from Choudrant High School joined the chapter for this event.

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Pet of the week

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Button is a young terrier hound mix that is neutered, up-to-date on shots and has been trained to stay in the yard using an underground fencing system. He has a happy, playful personality. Button has been with 4 Paws Rescue since he was a puppy and is ready to find a forever home. Call 251-DOGS to find out how to make Button part of the family.

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Show and Shine Car and Bike Show slated

The Vintage Car Club of Minden is proud to announce its 2011 Show and Shine Car and Bike Show to be held on Sept. 10 in downtown Minden. The event is co-sponsored by Minden Main Street.
Registration, which is free, is now open to all car and bike owners interested in participating in this community event. The car classes will include antiques, sports and muscle cars, Corvettes, Mustangs, Mopar Class, imports and domestics, trucks, jeeps, street rods and rat rods. The motorcycle classes have been expanded to include custom, full, mild and manufactured.

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Boat’s Buzz

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Japan run about more than soccer
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It was the stuff sports dreams are made of. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been a big soccer buff. It was just started to become an accepted sport while I was in high school, and I never played.
But I’ll also that I spent a major portion of Sunday afternoon, glued to the television watching the Women’s World Cup Championship. And believe me, the women who comprise the United States and Japan teams are all champions.

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‘5’, East go for region title

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High-scoring game could develop tonight on Tech diamond
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Will a slugfest develop into tonight’s championship round of the Big League Southwest Regional baseball tournament?
Given that the two teams squaring off at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park combined for 26 runs earlier, there’s certainly a good chance such a scenario could be in place for tonight’s 5 p.m. showdown.

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Creer on Walker ‘Watch List’

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DALLAS — Louisiana Tech University running back Lennon Creer has been named to the Doak Walker Award “Watch List” for the second consecutive year announced by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum Friday. The award is annually presented to the nation’s top collegiate running back.
Creer is one of 51 candidates in a field that includes the 2010 Doak Walker Award recipient, LaMichael James. Ten semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 11 and the 2011 recipient will be named live on ESPN on Dec. 8.

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