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Grambling rethinks BYOB Club hours

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Recent shooting causes Town Council to consider change
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GRAMBLING — The town of Grambling plans on trying to put more controls on Bottle/BYOB clubs operating within town limits in the wake of a July 23 shooting beside the Executive Blues Lounge.
Grambling’s Town Council moved during its monthly meeting last week to introduce an ordinance to amend the regular hours of operation of Bottle/BYOB clubs within town limits.
That ordinance will be introduced during a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 before the council votes on it during its monthly meeting that will follow the public hearing.

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Boosting business

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Tax free weekend brings out buyers
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Despite an ongoing tough economy, many buyers hit area stores Friday and Saturday to capitalize on the no state sales tax weekend.
Stores like Ivan Smith and McKinney Honda both reported an all day increase in business on Saturday.
“The difference has been like night and day. It seems like the flood gates have opened and people are coming in, generally in surges but business has been good these past two days,”said Rodney Procell, manager of Ivan Smith Furniture.

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Paddling pooches

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RPAR’s K-9 Pool Party makes big splash
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Some area dogs found a way to beat the ongoing heat wave Saturday by making a few waves of their own.
Ruston Park and Recreation Department held its annual K-9 Pool Party Saturday at the Ruston Municipal Pool with around 60 dogs and their owners hitting the pool to try and escape temperatures that reached 104 degrees by mid-afternoon.
A second K-9 Pool Party is set for 1-3 p.m. today.

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Court report reveals parish school segregation issues

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Lincoln Parish schools will likely experience changes in the next few years in order to bring them in line with federal desegregation mandates.
The Lincoln Parish School Board has called a special meeting for 1 p.m. Monday in the LPSB Board Room at 410 S. Farmerville St. to discuss strategies for dealing with pending litigation concerning the status of desegregation in parish schools.
The report was filed on the case of “United States of America vs. Lincoln Parish School Board” in May.

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Biologist offers tips for area deer hunters

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In two short months, archery season for deer will be kicking off. So what are you likely to find me doing out on the deer lease about now? Nothing, that’s what. It’s too blasted hot for me to even consider hanging out on our club with the ticks and deer flies in this heat. You’ll find me at the house under air conditioning sipping on a tall glass of iced tea watching the Outdoor Channel.

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Lantrip earns academic honor

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Former Ruston High School star Carrie Lantrip of Northwestern State University has been recognized by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an academic All-American for the 2011 season. The Ruston native finished No. 3 in the javelin at the Southland Conference outdoor championships, qualified for the NCAA nationals and finished No. 27 out of 48 participants at that meet. She had a 3.57 grade point average in psychology and registered a season’s best javelin throw of 145-9.

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Richard packs away shotgun

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Ruston’s Cody Richard (right) was the winner of a Super Vinci 3.5-inch Benelli magnum shotgun during a recent fundraising event for Jan Burnham of Dubach. Helping organize the project that raised an estimated $2,500 to defray medical expenses for Burnham were (from left) Dana Porter, Tony Heard and Justin Landrum. The gun was provided by McKinney Honda of Ruston.

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Lincoln Little League softball sets fall play

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Lincoln Little League’s softball program will start having registration for its fall program this month.
Information for interested youngsters to sign up for the program is available by logging on to www.lincolnlittleague.org .
The league’s 7-8 divisional girls’ team recently participated in the annual District 5 All-Star tournament that was hosted by Lincoln Little League.

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‘Family Day in the Park’ features food, fun

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Tellis Cooper Foundation host annual event for residents
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Not even a heat ravaged summer day could keep people from flocking to a fun day at the park.
The Tellis Cooper Foundation hosted the eighth annual “Family Day in the Park” to benefit area students.
Held at Greenwood Recreation Center and Park, dozens of people came out to enjoy the free food, games and to receive much needed school supplies.
Coaches attended the annual event as well organizing sports games for the children to play.

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Streetwork is necessary

Sometimes necessary action is uncomfortable and inconvenient.
This can be true when one is visiting the dentist, taking on a second job or even filling out paperwork to obtain a federal tax refund.
On a broader scale, large groups of people can find their daily habits interrupted when a municipality must make changes. The city of Ruston and Lincoln Parish have experienced this several times over the past few years when construction has mandated closed street lanes and traffic delays. As a result, people had to drive more slowly, pay better attention and plan to leave earlier in order to arrive promptly at their destinations.

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