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LPSO arrests homicide suspect

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A Ruston woman is in custody after she allegedly killed her live-in boyfriend on Tuesday night.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning reporting the victim Fredrick P. Abney, age 49, was deceased at his residence located in PeachLand Trailer Park. LPSO investigators arrived at the scene and discovered suspicious injuries to the victim’s body.

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LTC may merge with Delta

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Postel: Change would provide more educational opportunities
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A bill that would offer more college opportunities for Lincoln Parish residents passed the House and Senate last Thursday and now awaits a signature from Gov. Bobby Jindal and approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools before it becomes official.
The bill, Senate Bill 645, will provide for the merger of certain Northeast Louisiana Technical College campuses — including Ruston’s and the North Central campus in Farmerville — with Louisiana Delta Community College.

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School Board expenses set to exceed revenues

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Board OKs ‘14th checks’

The Lincoln Parish School Board on Tuesday held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m.
Items included on the agenda were the financial update for April 2012 and the motion to approve June supplemental salary checks, both presented by Business Manager George Murphy.
Although the estimated expenditures for the fiscal year, ending June 30, will more than likely exceed revenues by $787,355, due to reserves, Murphy reported an estimated ending fund balance of $33,928,924.

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Festival to be filled with vendor goods

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The annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival is always ripe with shopping opportunities.
Thousands of residents roam around outside and within the Ruston Civic Center to explore artwork, clothing, woodwork and other items sold by around 200 vendors.
Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Communications Manager Nancy Bergeron said festival attendees can expect to see a wide variety of items, such as picture frames, birdhouses, accessories, puppets, photography and home décor.

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RPAR summer events a cure for boredom

Let’s face it. Summer is here. It may not be “officially” summer for about three more weeks, but the weather has jumped the gun and given us summer-like conditions.
For parents, one of the first things heard after two weeks of summer vacation is there’s nothing to do.
That’s not quite right. There are many activities at Ruston Parks and Recreation to check out.

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Squire Creek: High rating

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Choudrant golf course ranked among best in U.S.
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CHOUDRANT — The golf course that famed course designer Tom Fazio developed and local businessman James Davison put in operation here 10 years ago — Squire Creek Country Club -- continues to grow in stature on a national level.
Golfweek Magazine recently released its annual ranking of the best courses in America and Squire Creek has moved up to No. 108 on the list of Best Modern Courses, which includes all courses built in the past 50 years (approximately 8,000 since 1960).

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Durant-led Thunder make playoffs fun
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The NBA Playoffs are heating up and I, for one, am excited.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have amused me the entire playoff series and have given me hope that underdogs can survive.
Kevin Durant and Company are breathing life in the NBA unseen in the West in a long time.

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Simmons is double winner

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Ex-Grambling High hoops’ star tops at bodybuilding event
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Former Grambling High School basketball star Chris Simmons is now making big news in the world of bodybuilding.
At the recent Optimum Classic Bodybuilding Competition held at the Shreveport Convention Center, Simmons took first place in the novice heavyweight division and also won overall Champion of the Show.
“The long training, strict diet and intense cardio along with the posing sessions and show presence practices has been gruelling,” Simmons said. “I am very proud and excited about this accomplishment (in Shreveport) simply because it was a goal of mine and I worked extremely hard to get to that point.”

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Tech tracksters begin NCAA competition

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Louisiana Tech University’s women’s track and field program opens competition at the NCAA Championships today at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, armed with six women qualifying with five entries.
The championship meet starts today and continues through Saturday with Thursday and Friday’s action broadcast on ESPN3 and Saturday’s action televised on ESPNU.
Today and Thursday is comprised of semifinal rounds while Friday and Saturday will be finals events except in the women’s long jump, which has both the semifinal and final rounds on Thursday.

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Sirens make Ruston safer

Many people go about their everyday lives, rushing to work, school or appointments, without thinking of major incidents that might disrupt their lives.
Lincoln Parish is not immune to emergencies that have the potential to destroy large amounts of property and cause multiple fatalities and injuries.
The parish has already had two train derailments in recent years, and as Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth recently pointed out, it seems tornados are becoming more common.

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