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Councilman issued summons for assault

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A Ruston City Council member was reportedly issued a summons last week following a dispute that allegedly involved a firearm.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams said Elmore Mayfield, 68, must appear in court on a charge of one count of aggravated assault, which is a misdemeanor.
The summons stemmed from an incident on Oct. 15 at 120 Chesboro St. within Blueberry Hill Mobile Home Park.

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State Political Hall of Fame to induct six

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The Louisiana Political Museum is proud to announce the 2012 Louisiana Political Hall of Fame inductees.
The induction proceedings will begin on Jan. 28 with a reception for friends and families of the honorees and media from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Political Museum, located at 499 E. Main St. in Winnfield.
Following at 6 p.m. will be the Induction Banquet at the Winnfield Civic Center, located at 2000 S. Jones St.

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October 29th

Local leader remembered

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Lincoln Parish recently lost a lifelong business leader and inhabitant, and residents recall his memories and contributions to the area.
Dewey Thurmon passed away Oct. 21 at the age of 93, and friend and fellow Ruston resident Johnny Maxwell said he will be missed in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.

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Project to identify historic structures

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A new initiative is under way in the City of Ruston Historic District to protect the historic architectural fabric for future generations. Partly supported by grant funding, this effort was a recommendation in the recently completed city master plan, Ruston 21.
“Ruston’s heritage and historic past are important elements of who we are and how we developed as a community and as a people,” Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. “Their preservation was deemed a priority by citizens who participated in our Ruston 21 initiative.”

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Teachers’ ‘13th check’ up for vote

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The Lincoln Parish School Board is slated to make a decision on the annual November supplemental salary check, commonly referred to as the “13th check,” at the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room, located at 410 S. Farmerville St.
Each year, school board employees receive two checks to supplement their salaries based on sales tax collections.

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Readying for Halloween

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Annual Halloween festivities are on tap for Monday. Starting at 4 p.m, area children will be able to trick or treat at the businesses downtown. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a pet costume contest in Railroad Park. Trick or treating in individual neighborhoods will also take place Monday.

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Tech Hideaway Park dedicated

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Garland Gregory was NFL player, university professor
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During his years at Louisiana Tech University, “Coach” Garland Gregory did a lot to build up quite an impressive resume.
Whether it was on the football field or around campus, Gregory was always leaving his mark, and on Friday afternoon, he left another mark on Tech’s campus that students and Ruston residents are sure to remember for a long time.

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Truck ablaze on I-20

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Lincoln Parish Fire and Grambling Fire Departments responded to a truck fire around 4 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 20 near the Simsboro exit. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said Jimmie Ingram, 67, of Monroe, was hauling hay to Texas, and it appears the truck had a flat tire on the right side of the trailer. Hilton said the tire overheated, came apart, caught fire and spread to the hay being hauled. The trailer suffered moderate damage, and the truck, which was disconnected from the trailer, had only minor damage. No injuries were reported.

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Higher grad rate good for parish

Graduating high school improves the chances one will become a productive, law-abiding citizen, and Lincoln Parish has successfully put an emphasis on making sure local students do just that.
In 2009-10, Lincoln Parish ranked No. 25 out of 71 school districts in the state with its 72.7 percent cohort graduation rate, meaning the percentage of students beginning and ending high school on schedule.

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Local resident defends Tea Party

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The media paints the Tea Party as a bunch of terrorists. Some think of the Tea Party as a third party. Some say the Tea Party is racist. None of these references are correct. The Tea Party is a group of concerned citizens that see America going in the wrong direction from what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Over-spending, overborrowing, overtaxing and overregulating. These have made America less prosperous than we ought to be.

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