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Derailment cleanup

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Majority of displaced residents return home
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All Choudrant area residents who were displaced by a train derailment on Sunday night will soon be allowed back into their homes.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said pressure tests have begun on the tanker that is carrying a hazardous material.

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Jury hears funding requests

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Agencies seek additional funding in 2012 budget

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Finance Committee last week received a slew of requests for funding from local organizations.
On the meeting agenda were general fund budget requests for 2012, and a few agency representatives showed up to plead their cases.
Each year, the jury provides funding for a number of agencies and organizations, such as the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s office, Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful and the Sparta Ground Water Commission.

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‘The Wiz’ opens

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Grambling State University Theatre will present “The Wiz,” music and lyrics by Charles Small and book by William F. Brown at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.
The super soul musical is an adaptation of the classic “The Wizard of Oz.”
Dorothy is whisked away from her family’s farmhouse and seeks to find her way back home with the help of her three new friends.

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Chicken Fest crowns 8 new queens

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The 2011 Louisiana Chicken Festival was held Saturday at Dubach High School.
Contestants in age groups 1-9 years old competed in Sunday Best and were automatically entered into the photogenic portion of the pageant. The girls were also judged on beauty, stage personality and fashion.

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Tech to host acclaimed editor

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Dan Gediman, nationally acclaimed editor and executive director of This I Believe, Inc., will visit the campus of Louisiana Tech University on Monday and Sept. 27 to share stories of hope and inspiration with Tech’s students, faculty and staff.
Gediman will speak to Louisiana Tech’s faculty and staff at 4 p.m. Monday in University Hall. Students will have an opportunity to hear Gediman at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in Louisiana Tech’s Student Center.

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Man arrested on drug charge

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Christopher Morris Oncale, 23, of 141 Plunkett Road in Jonesboro, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Monday for possession of marijuana — second offense and disturbing the peace by emanation of excessive noise or sound after he was stopped for allegedly blaring his music too loudly.

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Dry weather affects landscapes

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Still dry and each day it seems to get drier. While I was in the Dallas area last week I talked to the grounds keeper at the motel where we stayed. He said they had given up on most of their landscape and were no longer watering it. If they had drip irrigation they used it but no longer were they using sprinklers. The city was trying to save water. Several of their larger trees had died and had to be removed around the swimming pool and parking lots.

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New sorority members recruited

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Alpha Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at Louisiana Tech University recently completed their annual fall recruitment and pledged 43 outstanding young women.
Events were held from Sept. 8-11, culminating in a bid day celebration with the Ruston Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter hostessing the new members for dinner. Jackie Kitchingham and Jessie Hamby head the alumnae chapter, and Tori Close is president of the collegiate chapter. Leading the chapter recruitment was the chapter’s vice president-recruitment, Lacie Helms of Shreveport.

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Yard of the month

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The Ruston Garden Club’s Yard of the Month for September is located at 134 Twin Creeks Bend in Choudrant, at the home of Joann and Kevin Meyer and family.

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Support strong for diabetes research efforts

Sometimes people come out in droves for a good cause.
This is what happened on Saturday when the fourth annual Ruston Walk to Cure Diabetes rolled out at Railroad Park. Approximately 300 people showed up to make the one-mile walk. This is an estimated increase of 50 participants when compared to 2010, and it marks a trend of steadily growing participation since the local walk’s inception.

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