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Just kicking around

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RPAR hosts fall youth soccer leagues
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Area children who want to refine their kicking skills while potentially making new friends have an opportunity to do so through the Ruston Parks and Recreation youth soccer leagues.
The season begins Sept. 17 and will last six to eight weeks, depending on weather.
The soccer age divisions are under 5, under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12 and over 13. Participants may have two practices per week and games are played from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturdays.

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LPSO deputy suspended

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A patrol deputy with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has been suspended without pay.
Sheriff Mike Stone said the suspension is a result of a formal complaint his office received from a citizen.
“This is an isolated incident that we are looking into that involved one of our private citizens and a traffic stop,” Stone said. “We’re still looking at the total picture, and everybody gets due process.”
Stone said the LPSO began its preliminary investigation when the complaint was received on Thursday, and the deputy was suspended on Monday. The suspension without pay is for an indefinite time period until the investigation is completed.

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Organization awards grants to La. Tech

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Lagniappe Ladies, a philanthropic organization seeking to support the mission and vision of Louisiana Tech University, has awarded grants totaling more than $35,000 to 10 campus groups.
Lagniappe Ladies awards grants to campus organizations, teams, projects and initiatives it deems would make the most significant positive impact upon the university and the community.
The groups chosen to receive grants include:

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Library board OKs computer checkouts

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A new library policy that permits patrons to check out a laptop computer comes with several strings attached.
When the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control met this month, members approved terms a patron will need to agree to before one can carry one of 10 available laptop computers out of the building.
Library Director Vivian McCain said the computers have been paid for by federal stimulus funds funneled through the state library.

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Parish shows EOC exam improvement

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Lincoln Parish students seem to have stepped up to the plate when their End-of-Course tests actually counted.
Donna Doss, school improvement and accountability coordinator, said while students have been taking the exams for several years for transition and research purposes, the 2010-11 school year was the first year that EOC exams were calculated into the students’ final grade and eventually graduate.

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Start off school year with bash

A new school year has arrived, and with it a frenzy of adjustment for area families.
For students enrolled in local public schools, each new academic year has kicked off with a large gathering. The Communitywide Back-to-School Bash, which typically draws a few thousand attendees, provides an opportunity for local residents to get informed. Whether one is a parent, teacher or simply a member of the community, the event is a great opportunity to explore resources that are available locally.

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Take time for the little things

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Have you ever fantasized about the things you would change in life, if you were somehow miraculously given the chance to “do it all over again?”
Well, I have.
In my case, I like to think that the second time around the Good Master would endow me with the wisdom to slow down — to be a lot kinder toward my fellow man (and me), to revel in the beauty of the sunset much, much more often, or sit quietly somewhere under the spreading of an oak tree in spring, listening to the lovely trill of a mocking bird.

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Water bills and the Sparta

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The first time I received a utility bill from the City of Ruston, my mother was amazed at how cheap my water bill was. Her own water bill — though I might interject that I’ve always lived in a duplex or small apartment in Ruston while she lives in a mobile home in Pineville — was significantly more expensive than my own.

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Two ticketed after wreck

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Ruston Police and Ruston Fire EMS responded to a wreck around 7:20 a.m. today at the intersection of Monroe Street and Arizona Avenue. RPD Cpl. Justin Brown, who was on the scene, said an Oldsmobile Alero (pictured above) was traveling north on Monroe Street when the driver failed to yield to the stop sign at the Arizona Avenue intersection.

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Man faces charges for weapons, drugs

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A man arrested last week on seven counts of simple burglary is facing some additional charges.
Evan Maurice Massie, 24, of Evanston, Ill., was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms while in illegal possession of narcotics.

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