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VFW District 11 meeting held

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The District 11 meeting of the VFW of Northeast Louisiana was held at the VFW Parnell-Burt Post No. 3615 in Ruston on May 5. Incoming State Commander for the VFW, Larry Raymond, from Cut Off, made a guest appearance.

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Desegregation plan chosen

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More than 150 parents, teachers and community members were witness to a historic decision by the Lincoln Parish School Board during a special-called meeting on Tuesday night.
After having a week to review two plans to revise the four Ruston district elementary schools’ attendance zones, community members saw board members vote unanimously to adopt Plan A. This plan will leave attendance zones as they are now, it will simply implement a pairing system.

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LPNET makes a sweet arrest

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A funny package in the mail led to the arrest of six individuals, including five Ruston residents, and the confiscation of more than three pounds of marijuana, one pound of hashish, a cabinet used to grow marijuana indoors, several weapons, two vials containing suspected LSD, a piece of “blotter paper” containing suspected LSD and 113 lollipops containing suspected THC.
Alan Michael Shaffer, 29, 210 Lilinda Drive, Christina Burson, 27, 210 Lilinda Drive, Michael Renn Brasher, 25, 1214 Apple St., Vidalia, Russell Erik Brasher, 22, 410 W. Carolina Ave., Sarah Diaz, 23, 410 W. Carolina Ave. and Victoria Khalil Langan, 19, 410 W. Carolina Ave. were all arrested Tuesday on drug charges by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team.

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Two people injured

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Two people received minor injuries in a fire on Arthur Drive at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer for the Ruston Fire Department, said firefighters responded to find the home fully involved in flames. Firefighters reportedly attacked the fire for approximately an hour before bringing it under control.

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Youth should enjoy Ruston’s parks

According to a 2007 New England Journal of Medicine, today’s children may be the first generation at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their parents. Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity have contributed greatly to the numerous health problems plaguing youngsters.
Chronic conditions such as childhood obesity, asthma, attention-deficit disorder and vitamin D deficiency have all increased over the past few decades, according to studies. These conditions may lead to pulmonary, cardiovascular and mental health problems in adulthood.

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Work to help stop bullying

Childhood is a time that should be filled with fun times and exploration of the world. However, according to stopbullying.gov, approximately 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying during the 2008-09 school year, which is the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Being bullied can affect students in very negative ways, even leading some students to feel hopeless resulting in suicidal thoughts or actions.

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The many states of my face

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My beard goes through cycles like the moon.
I usually shave in a bout of shear determination and then let my beard grow fully out again due to severe laziness.
A beard can be a great indicator of how lazy you are or have the potential to be.

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Desegregation plan is here

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By now, the Lincoln Parish School Board has decided on a plan to send to the federal court to end racial imbalance in Ruston’s four elementary schools.
If things went as expected at last night’s meeting, the board picked the option that pairs Hillcrest with Ruston Elementary and Glen View with Cypress Springs, and that tweaks attendance zones just enough so as not to overcrowd existing buildings. Students would likely attend grades K-2 at one of partnered pair, and grades 3-5 at the other.

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Man arrested for arson

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A Ruston man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly attempting to burn down a building in March.
Eddie Lee Richard, 49, 1301 Gilman St., as charged with aggravated arson and is currently booked in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where his bond has yet to be set.
According to his arrest affidavit, a fire was reported at 601 S. Sparta St. on March 7 at night.

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Techsters begin tourney

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Dawson’s squad start quest for WAC title
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Louisiana Tech University begins its quest for a 2012 Western Athletic Conference softball title tonight.
The Lady Techsters will meet Fresno State University in today’s opening round of the annual league tournament.
Starting time will be 8 p.m. (CDT) at the New Mexico State Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M.

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