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Library depends on voters

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Lincoln Parish residents will determine in November whether they wish to continue to fund the parish library at the current rate for the next 10 years.
Approximately 95 percent of the library’s budget is funded through property taxes.
During their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, police jurors called for a Nov. 2 election to keep the millage to support the library at 5.99 mills.
“This is not an increase (in property taxes), so people need to vote for it,” Juror Joe Henderson said. “It’s no extra money out of their pockets.”

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School Board discusses new field house

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Lincoln Parish School System Superintendent Danny Bell had something to say before school board members began discussing whether to pay for a new athletic field house at Ruston High School to replace the existing one.
“I’m going to ask the board to approve me an increment of Rogaine. I think a hair is going to fall out on this topic,” Bell said, but only in jest.
The school’s current athletic field house, which is on the east side of the football stadium, is 50 years old and too small to meet the needs of the current number of athletes at the school. Therefore, a new one is needed, said football coach and athletics director Billy Laird.

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RPAR fields Punt, Pass and Kick for second year

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Area boys and girls will have an opportunity to showcase their throwing and kicking skills on Sept. 11.
For the second year in a row, Ruston Parks and Recreation will present the National Football League Punt, Pass and Kick Program for youth ages 8-15. The competition is free, and participants will vie for a winning spot in their age groups.
Judging for punting and kicking are based on distance, and passing is judged on distance and accuracy of the throw.

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Defense dominates day two for Tech

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Tommy Spangler’s defense stood out Tuesday as Louisiana Tech hit the practice fields for its second practice of fall camp.
Solomon Randle highlighted the evening with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception just two plays later as a veteran defensive squad gave Tech’s offense fits throughout practice. Tank Calais had an interception returned for a touchdown while C.J. Broades and Olajuwon Paige also recorded interceptions.
“I thought practice was good today,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “We had some cooler weather, especially as the sun went down. We had guys really working hard and competing hard. I like what we’re seeing from the defense — they had a really great day today. Guys were flying around, making plays. I think we’ve really improved ourselves at the cornerback position — we have a lot of guys that can play at that position and a lot of competition and I think it is making everybody better. Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence, they know what they are doing, they are playing really fast and I couldn’t be more pleased with what we’re doing defensively.”

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Destiny delivered

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Signature plays became the hallmark of Karl Malone’s legendary basketball career, be it scoring or rebounding or blocking a shot.
It didn’t matter.
Future stardom for him was sealed early on, starting back with his state Most Valuable Player days at Summerfield High School.

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Calais: ’Dogs ‘D’ will be improved

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The way Tank Calais has it figured out, Louisiana Tech Univeristy’s defense can’t help but be ready for improvement.
Here’s the reasoning as presented by the senior defensive back for the Bulldogs:
“We had to go up against our offense in the spring, and if that doesn’t make you better, nothing will,” Calais said. “I’m just glad that’s the only time our defense has to play against them because, man, you have to know your ‘P’s and Q’s’ to keep up with them.”

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GSU loses another former football great

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For the third time this month, Grambling State University is mourning the loss of a former football standout.
Rufus Harris, who played center for Grambling before graduating in 1962 and moving on to a long career in the Canadian Football League, died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.
Former GSU and NFL standout James Hunter died Aug. 2 while another former Tiger and NFL star, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, died Aug. 4.
Harris was educated in the Birmingham City Schools and graduated from Ullman High School in 1958.

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Fame, fortune and gluttony can kill

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On Monday we remember the life of our dearly departed king.
Our king grew tired and weary, and he could no longer toil on. At some point on Aug. 16, 1977, our king keeled over while he sat on his grand throne.
His girlfriend found him a few hours later, in a most unflattering position. The doctors in Memphis did their best to revive our king, but was it was not to be. Our king was dead.

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Don’t leave your kids smoldering in the backseat

High temperatures in recent weeks have been in excess of 100 degrees. As bad as it is to be out working or exercising in the heat, there is a worse place to be — trapped inside a car.
According to a study by a San Francisco State University professor, 29 children in the United States have already died this year of heat stroke from being in hot vehicles. Since 1998, there have been 475 such cases.
It’s impossible to know just how many children are left in hot cars, since many parents or guardians make it back before the real damage is done. Just last week, a Ruston woman was charged with child desertion after she allegedly left her three children under the age of 10 unattended in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

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