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February 19th, 2014

Dubach audit deemed clean

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The board of aldermen for the town of Dubach met in regular session Tuesday night to hear audit findings for the fiscal year 2012-13.
Don McGehee, the town’s certified public accountant, said in his opinion this was a clean audit.
“I didn’t see anything wrong,” McGehee said. “This is as good as it gets.”
McGehee went over several pages of the audit with the board and mayor to help them better understand the information being presented.
“The town has a healthy bank balance,” he said. “You’re liabilities are less that $10,000, which is a very good thing.”

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LPDC breaks ground

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Tuesday afternoon was a historic day as the Lincoln Parish Detention Center broke ground on the first ever garden on its land.
Warden Jim Tuten said the garden will be a benefit both to the inmates and the community.
“During growing season, we’ll be able to supplement our meals with fresh vegetables,” Tuten said.
Tommy Sutton, with the LPDC’s maintenance department, will be in charge of the garden. He said they will grow a variety of vegetables including potatoes, corn, squash, okra, beans, peas, tomatoes and three varieties of watermelon.

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Preparation for severe weather

While Lincoln Parish residents might have enjoyed the few days they received off from work and school last week, the severe weather event highlighted the need for emergency preparedness.
Ruston and Lincoln Parish emergency personnel helped keep everyone safe during last week’s weather event, and are frequently.
This week is Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week, designated to help raise awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness.

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State should save water initiative

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If any state should understand the value of good water, Louisiana should.
After all, 20 percent of the state is covered by water, and 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states are in Louisiana. A substantial portion of Louisiana’s economy and cultural heritage is directly linked to lakes, rivers and bayous used for recreation, transportation, wildlife, food production and human consumption.

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Ruston’s Clark signs with Texas A&M

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Much of Kristen Clark’s family has attended LSU, but the Ruston High School senior has decided that her future lies on a different Southeastern Conference road.
Clark signed a national letter of intent Tuesday with the Texas A&M track program. The javelin thrower said Aggie track coach Pat Henry was a big part of her decision.

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Tech, GSU softball teams to meet today

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Louisiana Tech University will host Grambling State in a Lincoln Parish softball match-up as the Lady Techsters and Tigers are set for a 6 p.m. start time tonight at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Admission is free.
Tech (2-7) is coming off a weekend that saw the Lady Techsters play five games at the Texas Classic, including two against fifth-ranked Kentucky (L, 1-0; L, 6-3) and one against 25th ranked Texas (L, 7-2).

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Lady Techsters hit the road to battle Tulsa

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Louisiana Tech gets another opportunity to break through in the win column on the road when the Lady Techsters travel to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in a game that is set to tipoff at 7 p.m. tonight
Tech (7-17, 2-9 Conference -USA) is looking for its first road win of the season and the first since defeated UTSA 78-72 on Feb. 7 of last year.

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Culture Guild met to talk about RPAR activities

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The regular monthly meeting of the Culture Guild was held at the home of member Jane Shell. Hostesses were Shirley Weaver and Lou Ropp.
Guest speaker Ashlynn Shell, City of Ruston recreation supervisor, gave an informative talk on the special events and activities offered by Ruston Parks and Recreation.

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Retired Tech engineering professors receive professionalism awards

Mel Corley, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and James Eads, former program chair and lecturer in electrical engineering technology, have received statewide engineering professionalism awards for 2014 from the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Corley was selected to receive the Leo M. Odom Award for Services to the Profession for his distinguished service to engineering in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Engineering Foundation selected Eads for an Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award for endorsing engineering professionalism at Tech.

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The power and impact of love

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We need to love people with a force that is natural, and by natural I mean like nature, like a waterfall or wind or waves on the ocean. Love is effortless. There is no explanation for a person who loves, save God. To let God’s love flow through you. It is an adventure both big and small, adventures that are intoxicating.
Kay impacted my life because she loved me.
Love in the brain changes nothing. It hugs and prays and cries and sings. Love does things. What a privilege to be loved by a Christian wife!

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