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Prank causing parish trouble

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This week, someone decided to do some prank calling.
Maj. Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that a prank call/text message began circulating this week.
Williams said the victim initially receives a text message asking them to call a phone number. When that phone number is called, the caller hears a voice message indicating that the person has missed jury duty and will be subject to a $500 or 30 days in jail.
Williams said if residents listen to the end, it is clear that it is a hoax.

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Changing board spots

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Amendment designed to balance representation

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It is one in a series of articles by PAR that the Daily Leader is printing relating to the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Today’s article focuses on Constitutional Amendment No. 7. Articles may be edited for space.

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Something to cheer for

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Special-needs league taking shape
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The Dixie Pathfinders Buddy Ball League will soon be a reality.
So far, 18 young people have put in applications to play.
“I think most of those signed up are from Lincoln Parish, but we’ve also distributed information about the league to neighboring parishes,” said Nancy Bergeron, a volunteer with the effort to form the special-needs league. “We want kids from throughout this area to come on and be a part of it.”

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Fall fun set for Oct. 31

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DUBACH — Halloween plans were finalized, and Christmas ideas questioned, as the regular meeting for the town of Dubach commenced Oct. 15.
“Halloween will be celebrated on Oct. 31,” said Mayor Robert Jensen. “As for Christmas we need to decide if we want to have decorations or fireworks.”
After discussing the Christmas celebration, it was decided that the aldermen would ask residents within their district which they would prefer, while Mayor Jensen would check on pricing of each. A fireworks celebration would encompass a communitywide display show, whereas the decorations would attach to the light poles throughout the town.

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Radiothon to raise funds for GSU

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As alumni flock to Grambling State University this week as part of the homecoming week activities leading up to Saturday’s big game against Virginia University of Lynchburg, the school plans to reach out to them through the airwaves.
The first ever GSU Radiothon is set from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday on Grambling’s official radio station KGRM 91.5 FM. The goal is to raise $100,000 and to increase awareness among alumni, parents, faculty, staff students and friends about the importance of giving back to the university.

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RHS receives college readiness award

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Ruston High School is one of only 25 schools in the state that has received the 2012 College Readiness Award from the Louisiana ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years, while significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness.
Ruston High’s average composite ACT score for the 2011-12 testing year was a 21.6, which is higher than both the state and national averages.

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Entergy donates $1,000

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Jim Pesnell, of Entergy, visits the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana. Unit Director Sabrina Love and several club members accepted a $1,000 check from Entergy. The Boys and Girls Club will use the funding to continue to provide a safe, positive place for 128 children after school. Pictured is Pesnell, Love and several children from the Boys and Girls Club.

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NCLAC and 102 a Bistro present ‘Color Storm’

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council with 102 a Bistro will be featuring the work of international artist Hooshang Khorasani. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 7 for a show titled “Color Storm.” 
Hooshang is an internationally exhibiting artist with working studios in both Ruston and Orange County, Calif. His work has been published in numerous art books including “Studio Visit,” “Masters of Today” and “The New Faces of Art.” His paintings are also displayed in private collections in England, Spain and Belgium, as well as throughout the United States.

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Tech’s international student director recruits in India

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Dan Erickson, Louisiana Tech’s director of international students and scholar services, recently returned from a 13-day recruiting trip to India in hopes of increasing the international student population.
Erickson, along with 11 other universities, received a grant from ELS, an organization that seeks to promote international studies, to visit universities and high schools in five Indian cities.

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Tech soccer team helps DART with pumpkin patch

October has arrived and so has a truckload of donated pumpkins to the historic Townsend House of Ruston thanks in part to the Louisiana Tech soccer team.
Recently, an 18 wheeler filled with the ornaments of autumn were delivered to the restored home on 401 N. Bonner St. for the annual pumpkin patch season.

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