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Halting illegal activity

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Crime Stoppers has record year for tips

Ruston-Lincoln Crime Stoppers paid a record number of tips in 2011.
The organization paid more than $10,000 for 39 tips that led to the arrest or grand jury indictment of suspected criminals.
That’s a more than 300 percent increase over the number of successful tips logged in 2010, just shy of five times the amount of money paid out in 2010. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $2,000 for a successful tip. Tipsters’ identities remain anonymous.

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Jurors OK exploration of options

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Lincoln Parish Police Jurors are looking to have the enormous amount of woodwaste at the landfill either burned or buried.
During a meeting of the Jury Solid Waste and Recycling Committee last week, former parish administrator Richard Durrett, with Waggoner Engineering, provided a presentation on the problem at the landfill and possible solutions.
Early in 2010, the parish ended its contract with a company that burns wood collected from tree surgeons, yards and off the roads at the parish landfill. Instead, police jurors contracted with a local company for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective plan to grind the woodwaste and use it for mulch or combine it with soil and soil conditioners. However, the amount of woodwaste at the landfill turned out to be more than the company could use, and since this time it has been accumulating.

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Crashes cause injuries

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Several people were injured in two separate incidents on Tuesday afternoon.
District Fire Chief Tommy Woods said the Ruston Fire Department responded to a four-car wreck on U.S. Highway 167 at approximately 3:38 p.m.
Lt. Tim Parker, public information officer for the Ruston Police Department, said three cars heading north were stopped at the red light at the intersection of U.S. 167 and Kentucky Avenue when a 2000 Chevy Tahoe driven by Hunter Sharp, 24, of Sterlington, also traveling north, allegedly failed to stop and hit the car in front of him. That impact reportedly caused the second car to be pushed into a third car, which pushed that car into a fourth car.

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Demolishing old Temple Baptist

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Work began Tuesday morning to demolish the old Temple Baptist Church building on Alabama Avenue. Triad Builders field supervisor Bill Bayne, who was at the site, estimates it will take about two weeks minimum to complete the process of clearing the area of all debris. A small part of the structure — a newer addition — will remain for the time being, Bayne said, and there are no immediate plans to erect any structure in its place.

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Life Choices hosts car seat seminar

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Life Choices of North Central Louisiana is a pro-life ministry that provides practical, emotional and spiritual assistance to women and families who face pregnancy and abortion-related issues.
Kay Church, hope program coordinator, recently invited Morgan Crume, certified technician for child safety seats in Lincoln Parish, to provide valuable information on choosing a child seat safely in a vehicle.
Many of those attending were expecting for the first time, or needed to know when it would be the correct time to change safety seats for their children.

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Mardi Gras parade held

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Residents Norma Jean Martin and Irethra Mattox enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade along with employees Leanne Aront and Sarita Blankenship. The parade was held at Princeton Place.

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Lions Club hosts speaker

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Summer Hammons with the Arbor and Terrace of Ruston was a recent guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Hammons spoke of some of the challenges faced by the “Graying of America.”

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Parish boys’ teams advance

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Five squads capture bi-district state playoff victories
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Five Lincoln Parish teams remain alive after the bi-district round of the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs were held on Tuesday night.
The parish survivors: Choudrant, Simsboro, Dubach, Grambling and New Living Word.
Cedar Creek was the lone representative from the parish who didn’t advance to Friday’s regional round. The Cougars (14-16) suffered a 62-55 loss at East Iberville (15-11) in Class 1A.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Celtics’ Rondo earning rep for technicals
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Throwing a temper tantrum may not have been the best idea for Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.
On Sunday night’s game, he was thrown out for throwing the ball at an official that struck him in the chest.
Rondo’s little fit cost him a two game suspension that he is currently serving.

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Bulldogs blast Golden Lions, 13-8

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Kody Neel hit a three-run home run to center field, as Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff1 13-8 Tuesday afternoon in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Tech (2-2) got off to an early start as the Bulldogs scored five runs on four hits in the second inning.
Freshman Bre’shon Kimbell led off the inning with a double to right field, as Jeff Whitney lost the ball in the sun. Second baseman Austin Hedges followed with a single to center field to extend his hit streak to 13 games, giving Tech runners at the corners with no outs. Catcher Kyle Arnsberg followed with a double into the right-center gap scoring Kimbell, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

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