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Candidate qualifying

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House, Senate seats up for grabs

As another day of qualifying began today, the race to represent Lincoln Parish in the Louisiana State House and Senate began heating up.
Because of recent legislation, three different senators will represent Lincoln Parish this fall. During a special session for redistricting this spring, state lawmakers approved a bill that carves Lincoln Parish into three separate Senate districts and makes it a minority in each one.

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Playground opens to community

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Students at Glen View Elementary School had an extra special surprise waiting for them when they returned to school last month — a brand-new playground.
Glen View Principal Lisa Mangum said the students had been without a playground for several years.
“It was just old and it was made out of the old wooden beams,” Mangum said. “It had begun to rot and fall apart.”

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State races heat up

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With qualifying running through Thursday, Gov. Bobby Jindal still has one more day to see if any more candidates will run against him in the Oct. 22 elections.
As of this morning, Jindal, who has served as governor since 2008, will face off against three candidates in the upcoming election for governor of Louisiana.
Leonard “Lenny” Bollingham, of Baton Rouge, “Ron” Ceasar, of Opelousas, and William Robert “Bob” Lang Jr., of Natchitoches, all qualified Tuesday with Jindal.

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PJ election draws several

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A few Lincoln Parish Police Jurors will have competition for their spots during the Oct. 22 election.
As of press time today, 14 candidates had qualified for one of the 12 seats.
Incumbent Bobby Bennett, a Democrat, will vie against Democrat Woodard Christian for the District 3 spot. District 4 representative Mike Franklin, a Republican, has a contender in Republican Randy Roberson.

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Ruston to rock and roll at the Dixie

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Rock and roll music made it big in the latter part of the 20th Century and for Ruston residents it is all about to come back to life.
The Dixie Center for the Arts will host Ruston’s first Rock and Roll Spectacular in a two night event beginning Thursday night. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday night. With admission to Friday night’s event attendees can also attend the Troupe Dixie pre-party, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Pet of the week

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Pictured is Pressley, a young Australian cattle dog (blue heeler)/beagle mix, who is up-to-date on routine shots. Her favorite things to do are have her tummy rubbed, give lots of puppy kisses and take short walks. Pressley's adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay certificate and rabies shot.
Call 251-DOGS for more information about how to adopt Pressley.

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RPAR offers running program

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Is running a race a goal that you have always wanted to accomplish? Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Start to Finish running programs can help you reach your goal. Using information, support, and accountability YOU can run a 5K this November. Yes, YOU! This class is designed for the true beginner.
Start to Finish classes give you the information you need to successfully reach your goal.

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Expecting mothers — give your baby a healthy start

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Expecting a baby? Ensuring that your baby boy or girl has a healthy start to life begins with good prenatal care.
Prenatal care refers to the care you receive for yourself and your baby during your entire pregnancy. Following a prenatal care plan can positively impact both you and your baby’s health by minimizing pregnancy complications, decreasing the likelihood of birth defects and easing postpartum recovery. It’s important to begin prenatal care early — and see your doctor regularly — to get the maximum benefit for you and your developing baby.

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Cast a more informed vote

Candidate qualifying has begun for the Oct. 22 primary elections.
This will be a big one for our state and Lincoln Parish. Among those spots up for grabs this fall are the 12 Lincoln Parish Police Jury seats, the parish sheriff, clerk of court, tax assessor, coroner, Village of Vienna mayor and councilmen and the Village of Dubach Council District B seat.
At the state level, Oct. 22 will include primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commission of insurance, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members and state senators and representatives.

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Letters face uncertain future

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve never been more excited than when a letter or package with my name on it showed up in my mailbox.
Even now when I see a piece of mail that I don’t suspect is a bill or another credit card offer, I am excited to open the envelope and see what’s inside. Unfortunately, the postal system (like many government services) is experiencing a bit of a hiccup.

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