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October 3rd, 2013

Devon partners with I.A. Lewis

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Devon Energy continued it partnership with I. A. Lewis School by kicking off the 2013-14 year with a $2,000 check to help fund projects on the school’s Adopt-A-School Wish List. This will enable IAL to purchase incentives and supplies needed throughout the year. Along with its financial support, Devon will join the other AAS partners in supporting the schools with other activities, projects and special emphases.

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Farmerville Nursing and Rehab expands transitional care unit

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When individuals are released from a hospital, often times, they are not 100 percent back to their functioning selves and require assistance from health care professionals. While most would prefer the comfort of their own homes, that option may not be possible, or prove too much a burden on their loved ones.

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Ready Decks: Outdoor enjoyment for everyone

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With fall upon us, West Monroe based Ready Decks is encouraging residents to consider a screen porch for their needs. Screened porches provide homeowners with all the enjoyment of the outdoors while protecting them from pesky insects. And with Ready Decks’ exclusive SCREENEZE line of screen material, wide spaces and more open views are possible.
“Using SCREENEZE, Ready Decks can complete longer spans without the need for center supports,” said Ready Decks founder Bradley Johns. “That means your view won’t be interrupted.”

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Parish set for busy weekend full of events

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Lincoln Parish.
There are numerous activities this weekend for residents hoping to enjoy a day out on the town. And, some of them even offer a chance to give back to those who need it most.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the Sixth Annual Ruston Juvenile Diabetes Relief Fund Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and all proceeds go toward helping to find a cure for this disease that hits young people and stays with them for life.

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Giving back to the community

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With all the chaos going on with the shut down of the federal government, it is nice to see someone on state-level giving back.
On a personal level, I don’t follow politics, but with the recent developments that have occurred, I have perked up to listen to how the chips will fall. But, I was really impressed with First Lady Supriya Jindal, Governor Bobby Jindal’s wife, for interacting with children of Choudrant Elementary School the way she did.

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Grambling begins coaching search

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GRAMBLING — The process to find Grambling State University’s next permanent football coach has kicked off as the school announced Wednesday that President Frank G. Pogue has appointed a nine-member search committee to consider and identify the university’s next head football coach.
GSU fired coach Doug Williams on Sept. 11, replacing him with running backs coach George Ragsdale, who was named interim head coach and has gone 0-3 since taking over the program.

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Techsters hit hardwood to start practice

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With the start of its inaugural season in Conference USA just over a month away, head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters began official team workouts Tuesday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Seven returners joined Weatherspoon on Karl Malone Court. Everyone else was new. Five new players. Three new assistant coaches. Two new managers. One new director of basketball operations. Even a new athletics trainer.
However, the always-energetic Weatherspoon said she couldn’t have been any happier with the initial day of workouts.

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Tech student-athletes make buddies on ball field

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Teresa Weatherspoon was all smiles Tuesday morning as she sat in her office recalling the events of Saturday that saw her Louisiana Tech players and coaches participating in a local community service endeavor.
Weatherspoon’s crew joined a number of Wade Simoneaux’s Bulldog baseball players in assisting with Buddy Ball, a local baseball league formed for special needs children ages 4 to 16.

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October 2nd

Escapee caught

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Local law enforcement reported that Dekedrick Dontez Mardis turned himself in this morning.
The suspect surrendered himself to law enforcement.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office thanks residents for their patience and assistance in the way of tips.
Mardis escaped from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center through an open door Friday.
LPSO along with Ruston Police Department, the K9 Chase Team from Wade Correctional Center and Louisiana State Police Air Wing (FLIR equipped helicopter) were called in to assist in the search.
The search has been ongoing since Friday night.

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Ruston Housing Authority sued

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Housing Authority for the City of Ruston, alleging it has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against black tenants.
“Access to housing free from racial discrimination is everyone’s right, including those who seek public housing assistance,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The department will continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.”

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