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Fireworks permitted

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LPFD sets shooting dates despite burn ban

The Lincoln Parish Fire Department has received several inquiries pertaining to the current burn ban and how it affects the discharge of fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
The LPFD recognizes that fireworks are a part of this patriotic holiday; therefore, the discharge of fireworks will be allowed, but the following restrictions will apply under Lincoln Parish Ordinance 276-06.
• Fireworks may be discharged only between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. July 5.

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RPAR derby set

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Area residents can have a swinging good time this month if they choose to watch or participate in Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s Home Run Derby.
This will be the third year for RPAR to host the free event, as it was rained out in 2011.
RPAR Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell describes the derby as an opportunity to enjoy batting in a relaxed environment.

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Land with no purpose

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Throughout Lincoln Parish, there are properties on which no one is paying taxes.
These are structures or pieces of land labeled as adjudicated, which are titled under the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
According to parish counsel Andy Shealy, the owners did not pay taxes on these properties for a given period of time, so, along with other properties with unpaid taxes, they were made available to the public through a sheriff’s office tax sale. However, these particular properties were never sold, and have remained in the name of the jury. Consequently, no taxes are being collected on them to help support the school board, library or other taxing bodies.

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Court upholds key part of health law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.
The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

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Two arrested for spray painting street signs

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According to an affidavit prepared by the Grambling Police Department, two police officers were reportedly dispatched in reference to two males spray painting street signs on Adams Street on Wednesday at approximately 4:28 p.m.
Upon arriving at Maxie Street, the officers made contact with Steven Devon Hardyway and Lydell Reed Hill. The subjects were reportedly asked to stand against the car, where the police officers conducted a search for safety purposes.

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RPAR welcomes new guitar teacher

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Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn J. Shell announced the hiring of a new contract employee who will teach guitar lessons by appointments.
Cain Budds received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce. While in residence there, he served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally recognized classical guitar program.

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JA of Ruston attends conference

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The Junior Auxiliary of Ruston attended their Annual Education Conference in Little Rock, Ark., in May with six delegates in attendance. This annual conference brings together all 101 chapters of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA). Over 800 women from the southeast attended the two-day conference, which concluded with an awards ceremony on Saturday night.

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Drunk, distracted driving program set

Louisiana Tech University will offer a distracted driving and drunken driving education program for students this fall.
The Arrive Alive Tour, from UNITE, will visit Louisiana Tech University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 in Centennial Plaza.
UNITE's Arrive Alive program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of distracted or drunken driving.

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Area police efforts to be commended

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The warmer weather may have given people a chance to get in their pools or find other ways to cool down, but the climb in temperature has also coincided with a climb in burglaries.
Officials with both the Ruston Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office report that crime goes up during the hot, summer months, and that both plan on cracking down on criminals to keep crime rates low.
Officers were able to do just that recently as the LPSO, along with the RPD, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office and Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested three individuals allegedly responsible for a slew of approximately nine burglaries in Lincoln Parish along the Bienville and Claiborne Parish lines.

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Protect food from contamination

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My husband and I recently decided to grill. 
OK, we decided he would grill, and I would stand there and watch. We went to the grocery store to pick up the drinks, veggies and meats, along with other needed household items. However, after the cashier scanned the meat, she placed it in a bag with other food. My husband politely asked her to put the meat in a separate bag, and she reluctantly did so.

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