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October 13th

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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Lincoln Parish trash woes continue

"They normally are pretty bad after the weekend," Police Juror Bobby Dowling said.
With this past weekend a holiday weekend, all three trash bin sites — at the corner U.S. 80 and Harris Road, U.S. 80 and Pleasant Grove Road, and about one mile west of the Lincoln Parish-Ouachita Parish line — sported mountains of trash that included everything from household garbage to old televisions to worn out appliances. The sites are even popular places to dump animals — dead or alive.

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Simsboro outlines town clerk search

The village is looking for someone to full the full-time position who lives in the village is computer knowledgeable. The process is open, and the village will take applications until the position is filled.
Both of the village's former clerks have resigned. Shannon Nemitz left to become an assistant cashier with the city of Ruston, and her last day was Friday. Terry Dampier is leaving to become the town clerk in Gibsland, and her final day is Oct. 12.

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Banquet aims to raise funds for Teen Challenge

This statement was spoken at a fund-raiser banquet in the Ruston Civic Center Monday night by New Life Pastor Robert Hill. Hill, whose son is a graduate of the Teen Challenge program, was one of several speakers to offer support for the renovation of a building on California Ave, donated by South Parkway Worship Center, for use as a residential facility for troubled men undergoing the Teen Challenge program.

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Lincoln Parish teachers earn national certification

George Boyd, Karen Wooley Roberson and Patricia Stevens of A.E. Phillips School, Scarlet Chopin and Susan Griffin of Ruston High School and Stefanie Parker of Hillcrest Elementary School successfully completed the national certification program in 2004. They bring the total of nationally certified teachers in Lincoln Parish School's to 18.

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Summons issued in hazing incident

RPD spokesman Sgt. Curtis Hawkins said Clayton Flurry, a Tech student member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, was issued the summons on Friday.
Hawkins said the initial report came from the Louisiana Tech Police Department in the early morning hours of Dec. 1.
"The report was of a possible battery that occurred off campus at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house," Hawkins said.
Responding officers made contact with the alleged victim, James Cummings, a sophomore from Bossier City, waiting with Tech Police officers near the Kappa Alpha house.

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