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Arson suspected in structure fire

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Tips sought following multiple suspicious blazes in vacant houses
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An arsonist might have been the cause of a blaze that erupted in an abandoned house on Saturday.
Ruston Fire Department received a 911 call shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday reporting a structure fire at 803 Gilman St. When eight firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported seeing fire coming from the roofline of the front porch and extending into the attic. RFD Public Education officer Eric Brazzel said the home was vacant and had no utilities attached, and there also appeared to be multiple points of ignition for the fire.

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’Dogs end losing streak

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Tech halts Utah State, now 1-1 in WAC play
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So much for losing streaks at Louisiana Tech University.
After Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, they’re now officially over.
The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1) put an end to back-to-back losses on their own turf, plus stopped an overall setback string of four games with a 24-6 victory over Utah State University before 16,073 fans.

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Amendment No.2 to benefit parish

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The state Constitution requires the state to give parish governments a portion of the severance taxes collected in each parish. It requires that 20 percent of the state severance tax on all natural resources, other than sulfur, lignite or timber, be shared with the parishes of origin. But the amount each parish can receive is capped at $850,000, adjusted annually for inflation. The cap for 2009 was $907,534 for the calendar year.
Local governments are prohibited from levying a severance tax. The sharing of state severance tax revenue, which goes back to at least the 1921 Constitution, is intended to help compensate parishes for wear and tear on roads and bridges by oil and gas drilling equipment and other related traffic. The present cap has been in place since 2007, when it was increased from $750,000.
In 2009, the state collected $672 million in severance taxes and remitted nearly 5 percent back to the parishes where the tax was generated. Oil and natural gas collections accounted for more than 99 percent of all severance tax collections that year. Parishes would have received $134 million in 2009 if the full 20 percent had been distributed, but the per parish cap limited the actual distribution to about $32 million. All but one of the state’s 64 parishes received some severance tax revenue (one received only $6), and 28 received the maximum amount of $907,534.

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Schools get report card

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Lincoln Parish Schools have something to celebrate during their long weekend. Last week’s release of the state’s School Performance Scores shows several improvements at the local level.
The District Performance Score improved from 94.1 in the 2008-09 school year to 98.0 for the 2009-10 school year. This ranks the parish 21st out of 70 school districts in the state.
Lincoln Parish was touted as one of the top 10 most improved schools in Louisiana. School Improvement and Accountability Coordinator Donna Doss said 11 of the Lincoln Parish School System’s 12 schools showed some improvement on their 2009-10 School Performance Scores. In fact, Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell was asked by State Superintendent of Schools Paul Pastorek to be present in Baton Rouge when the scores were released.

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Raise domestic abuse awareness, support cause

October signals the beginning of fall, but it is also a month when we reflect on a scourge in our society.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team pays homage this month to men, women and children who have lost their lives to domestic violence in the five parishes DART represents, which include Lincoln, Jackson, Bienville, Claiborne and Union.
On or around Oct. 18, DART will erect the “Silent Witness Display” — life-size red silhouettes with the names of each victim — in front of the Ruston Civic Center. Then, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, there will be a candlelight vigil at the Civic Center to remember those lost.

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Academic success

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More than 200 Lincoln Parish high school students were recognized at the annual school board academic awards banquet on Monday night. Awards were based on the school year ending in May 2010. In order to be recognized, students had to have been a Lincoln Parish student for one full academic year, earned at least a 3.5 grade point average and taken certain classes set forth by guidelines.

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Jury trash costs to drop in 2011

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Hauling, landfill contracts authorized

Lincoln Parish Police Jury will pay a little less for their trash hauling and disposal services beginning in January.

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Local family donates $13,500 to community

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Schools, DART, other groups benefit from Brazzel Memorial
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Brazzel Memorial Reunion, Inc. held their annual event on Tuesday as they donated money to organizations throughout the Lincoln Parish communities.

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From French fries to whole grains

One time when I was in high school, I decided to give up eating French fries for an entire month. For the average person, this might be a little annoying, but not impossible. The nutritional schedule at my high school, however, was a bit off at best. No matter the main dish chosen, a student had to practically yell at the top of their lungs at the beginning of the lunch line before they reached the fry station to avoid being bombarded with the delicious, golden treats.

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Take opportunity to honor veterans

They put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.

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