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May 21st, 2014

First quarter tax increase

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Parishwide tax collections up in 2014

The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Tuesday to discuss sales tax collected for the first quarter of 2014.
With no additions or deletions made to the agenda, Commission administrator Jerry Moore gave a report.
“Last year we had some major things going on in the parish that helped us out,” Moore said. “To my knowledge they’re completed now but we’re still having some of those funds coming in.”
Moore said the commission was comparing the beginning of this year to 2013.

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Help out with the Peach Fest

Ruston is known throughout the state for the sweet juicy peaches that led previous generations to start the Louisiana Peach Festival.
Each June, thousands of people — both Lincoln Parish residents and visitors to the area — head out to the festival to get a taste of something sweet. Whether they’re after a unique gift at the arts and crafts market, a sweet treat from a vendor or some tunes played by one of several featured bands, there is something for everyone at the festival.

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Traveling for a 'staycation'

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I don’t like to travel. I like to sleep in my own bed, eat my own food — oatmeal and protein bars — and get my clothes out of the closet, not a suitcase.
It’s a good thing both for Lincoln Parish and the state of Louisiana that most folks are not like me. Travel is the fifth largest employment sector in the state, with 1 in 10 Louisianans drawing their paycheck from some part of the travel-hospitality industry.

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Dean: ‘We’re not done yet’

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Challenges remain more than 50 years after Civil Rights Act
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Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, apologized recently for racist comments made in a private discussion between himself and friend V. Stiviano.
“A personal conversation became public,” said Sam Speed, assistant dean of student life and judicial affairs.
He said the players should have been more involved in addressing Sterling’s remarks and therefore defining the reaction to it.
“I don’t think we’re done,” Speed said. “My question is, in one generation, did we completely remove the injuries which forced us to enact the Civil Rights Act?”

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Entergy aids local NCLAC arts camps

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the receipt of an Entergy grant to aid in its Summer Arts Camps.
NCLAC received the grant to assist with supply costs for its annual camps held for first through sixth graders. Thanks to Entergy, art supplies will be covered so that tuition costs can be kept at $65 per week.
NCLAC’S Camp schedule is as follows:
• Ruston 1, June 23-27 at First Baptist Church, Ruston.
• Jonesboro, July 7-11 at United Methodist Church, Jonesboro.
• Ruston 2, July 14-18 at First Baptist Church, Ruston.

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Club News

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Lions Club
(Pictured above) Krystal Guillory, teacher of blind students for Lincoln Parish Schools, was a recent guest at the Ruston Lions Club noon luncheon.  Ms. Guillory is responsible for teaching the blind students of Lincoln Parish many subjects including Braille.
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Master Gardeners

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Family day set for Saturday

On Saturday, The Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers in conjunction with Lake Claiborne State Park will hold A Family Fun Memorial Day in the Park.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. with Dutch oven cooking and demonstrations at the Nature Center area with Dave Simons and the Claiborne Black Pots ‘Unplugged’ Band.
A special raffle drawing will take place from entries of anyone who cooks. Then, at noon there will be a complementary chilidog lunch, dessert and a soft drink or water.

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Skeet shoot right on target

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J.P. Fitzmorris memorial event hits bull’s-eye first time out
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DOWNSVILLE — ATVs rolled into Wildwings Sporting Club in Downsville the morning of May 10 as sixty people turned out to participate in the first J.P. Fitzmorris Memorial Skeet Shoot.
Teams competed in a 15-station, 100-round sporting clay course.

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LA Tech Sports summer camps coming up

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The 2013-14 collegiate athletic year may be coming to a close, but the season of summer rapidly approaching which means it’s almost camp time on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Kids of all ages will meet on the Tech fields and courts here shortly to work with the Bulldog and Lady Techster coaching staffs on developing their skills and fundamentals, all while having plenty of fun in the process.
MEN’S BASKETBALL

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs make visit to A.E. Phillips students

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The students of A.E. Phillips earned two forms of entertainment at a celebratory pep rally on Monday after exceeding their goal of money raised for the Boosterthon.
One was seeing the principal Joanne Hood kiss a pig and the other was a visit by the coaches and players from the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team.
Head coach Michael White introduced everyone and then spoke to the kids on a number of topics such as team work, goals, friendship and bullying.
Those same topics were then linked in with basketball at the end through a mini-camp put on by the Bulldog players.

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