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October 13th, 2005

Board approves Bell, 13th checks

“We look forward, Mr. Bell, as you lead Lincoln Parish to even greater achievements,” Anders said.
Bell is slated to receive a $90,000 base salary and $5,000 car allowance in his two-year contract, which is effective July 1 and ends July 1, 2007.
“I appreciate your confidence in me,” Bell told the board. “These aren’t easy shoes to fill.”
Anders thanked outgoing superintendent Charles Scriber for his years of dedication and hard work in the parish.

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Bell named new superintendent

"It was a difficult decision to make," she said. "Each candidate had their own individual strengths and weaknesses. However, (Bell had) an overwhelming support of the educators and the public in general.
My personal count of letters and phone calls was 130 plus in support of Danny Bell."

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Aldermen endorse sex offender bill

The resolution should state "Whereas, there is pending in the Louisiana Legislature House Bill 451, which would establish a mandatory minimum bond of $150,000 for people who, having been previously convicted of sexual misconduct with children 12 years and younger, are again arrested and charged with a violation involving sexual misconduct with a child 12 years and under ... "

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Aggies stifled extra inning threat

Last year, Choudrant came here to Bringhurst Park for the state tournament ranked No. 1 in the state. They left with a 6-0 defeat to No. 2 and eventual state champion Oak Hill.
Those Aggies from a year ago all returned, including eight seniors. And they returned once again as the No. 1 team in the state to face the second-ranked team in the semifinals.
This year’s opponent, the Simpson Broncos (21-5), came out on the losing end this time.

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Vitter covers various issues at town hall

Vitter, who spoke at Wyly Tower Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana Tech University as part of his statewide trek to hold town hall meetings in all 64 parishes, covered a number of local and national issues on questions from the audience.
Vitter said the town hall meeting was designed to be a "relaxed, informal discussion about what's on your mind and in your heart" so that he could take those issues back with him to Capitol Hill.

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Parents can combat teen drug use

Prescription drugs are a large problem among teenagers in the parish, he added, with Xanax and Lortab some of the most commonly-abused substances.

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Students break ground on OWL bunkhouse

The students have adopted the bunkhouse as their class project for this spring.
"A friend of mine, Kim Ratcliff, runs the OWL Center," Matt Abrams said. "She mentioned to me that the Children's Home could use some help with this project."
Abrams, who is from Denham Springs, said he brought the subject up as his classmates were discussing what to do for a class project.
"They liked the idea and we decided to do it," he said. "We got involved in the design and everything; it's been great."

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Bernice shooting leaves one dead

At 3:38 p.m., officers from the Bernice Police Department and Union Parish sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about a shooting.
Officers at the scene determined that Fredrick Gray, 22, was allegedly shot and killed by Gary LaMond Gibson, 23, 703 Walter Road, Spearsville, Union Parish Chief Criminal Deputy Don McClanahan said.
"We responded to the call along with the Bernice personnel," McClanahan said. "Chief Ricky Albritton asked for our assistance. "

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Area leaders brainstorm economic development plans for Lincoln Parish

The main theme sounded by most of the featured speakers — who ran the gamut from a U.S. Congressman to the curriculum supervisor for the Lincoln Parish School System — was that proactive measures are needed and forces united for the area to continue its growth.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth compared the current effort at economic development to the main character in Don Quixote.
"He got on his horse and rode in all directions," Hollingsworth said. "We don't want economic development to do that. We need to all move in the same direction."

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Vitter sweeps to Senate seat

Vitter, Harvard and Oxford educated, ran as a tough-minded conservative, becoming Louisiana's first Republican U.S. senator in modern times.
It was a disastrous night for Democrats who had put the party's full resources and backing behind U.S. Rep. Chris John, the congressman from Acadiana. For his part, John refused to concede, saying he would have a statement later.

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