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January 21st, 2014

Shooting sports more than aim

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There are many Lincoln Parish 4-H Club programs that offer opportunities to young people.
The important thing to remember about 4-H programs is that the key component is the benefits that they bring to our young people in the parish. The number one goal for each program that we conduct involves enhancing the development of these young people. One of these programs that I am very proud to have as part of our 4-H Club program is shooting sports.

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Birdine: Dr. King was more than a dreamer

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If the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality is to be realized, people are going have to learn how to get along with each other, and disagree without being disagreeable, Steve Birdine, founder and CEO of Affirmations in Action told participants in Monday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ecumenical Observance.

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Holding up the lights

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A light pole at the corner of Trenton Street and Alabama Avenue is broken after reportedly being struck by an 18-wheeler.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer for the Ruston Police Department, said officers responded to the scene at 6:35 a.m. Monday.
“The officer reported the pole appeared to have snapped right above the ground,” he said.
“It appears that an 18-wheeler turning onto Alabama Avenue swiped the pole when turning.”

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GSU holds MLK day march, observance

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Alana Belton brought a message of hope to the students of Grambling State University as she spoke at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday.
“It’s not enough for us to keep dreaming, we have to start living,” Belton told more than 200 in the audience.
Joining the students were prominent leaders in the Ruston and Grambling communities. GSU students included representatives from the university’s Favrot Student Union Board, Greek organizations and the GSU Royal Court.

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How to maintain an organic garden

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Organic gardening, or what many people like to call ecological gardening, is making a revival among many gardeners.
Food safety and quality, environmental concerns and economics are the major reasons why today’s gardeners are turning to alternative methods to manage pests and to improve the soil.

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Club News

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The Ruston Old Fire Station was decorated very festively with a Christmas tree and table decorations. Hosts Margaret and Ed Astin and Janece and Louie Miller invited the group to come and enjoy the festivities.
But, before the fun began, President Carolyn Estes called the business meeting to order. JoAnn Taylor voiced the opening prayer and all said the Pledge of Allegiance. Pat Dickson called the roll and read the minutes. Twelve rigs answered roll call.

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January 20th

ADA Belton shares his family’s Civil Rights role

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The 2014 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet for the Lincoln Parish Branch of the NAACP was held Saturday night at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church.
Guest speaker for the event was Lincoln Parish Assistant District Attorney John F. Belton. He was introduced by his wife, Alana Belton.
“John received home training from his father,” she said. “His father taught him many things, and he has in turn taught me discipline.”
John Belton said residents in attendance were living the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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GSU observes MLK Day

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University campus ministries and the Favrot Student Union Board will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 5 p.m. today.
Main speaker Alana Belton is a prominent attorney and businesswoman in Monroe, West Monroe and Ruston. She and her husband, attorney John Belton, operate Belton and Belton, a Ruston-based law firm.

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Burn ban in effect

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LPFD fights six grass, wood fires over weekend

After responding to six woods and grass fires, two of which burned more than 30 acres, the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 has issued a burn ban.
Capt. Dustin St. Andre said after responding to such a large number of calls, the department decided to issue a burn ban.

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Police: Woman hit in head with iron in self defense

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A Ruston woman faces aggravated second-degree battery charges today after she allegedly hit her niece in the head with a coffee mug and then attacked her with a kitchen knife.
Darlene Gray, of 617 Jackson Ave., was arrested on Sunday morning by Ruston police following an argument with her niece. According to the arrest affidavit, the argument apparently stemmed from the niece’s refusal to tell Gray “what was wrong,” according to the arrest affidavit.

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