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Budget woes

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LPDC deficit could force changes

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission is facing a large budget deficit for both 2011 and 2012, which could force some changes within the local justice system.
During a meeting of the commission on Monday, members tentatively approved anticipated budgets. For the amended 2011 budget — totaling $2.49 million — there is a $362,054 shortfall even after the $37,316 in reserves is factored in. For the 2012 budget totaling $2.6 million, the deficit is expected to increase to $542,465.

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‘Good’ pancakes

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Annual Kiwanis event set for Friday
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The Ruston Kiwanis Club will present its 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day fundraiser on Friday.
Breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m., and supper will be from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.
“With (the community’s) help and support we are able to do many wonderful projects in our community,” Kiwanis Club President Dwight Anderson said. “We hope to raise around $20,000.

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Crash leads to vacated residents

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Half a dozen homes in between Grambling and Simsboro were evacuated Tuesday night after an 18-wheeler loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned on the side of the road.
Lincoln Parish Fire District spokesman Jim Hilton said at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, the driver of an 18-wheeler ran off of Gahagan Road off of U.S. Highway 80 and overturned.
“The driver said he was driving right in the middle of the storm last night, and he couldn’t see the edge of the road,” Hilton said. “He said he just slid into the ditch and turned over.”

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Christmas Clearinghouse set to brighten holidays

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Children across the parish are making their holiday wish lists and checking them twice as cooler weather brings visions of sugarplums to dance in their heads.
However, the reality is that not all Lincoln Parish children will have a large collection of presents and a holiday feast awaiting them on Christmas morning. Many families cannot afford such gifts for the holidays.
But, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston seeks to make sure that as many parish children as possible have a happy holiday with their annual Christmas Clearinghouse event.

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‘The Tech Talk’ online wins national honor

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Louisiana Tech’s student-run newspaper, The Tech Talk, has received top honors nationally for its online edition.
The Tech Talk online received the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award. The newspaper’s online edition was one of five online papers chosen in the Newspaper 10,001-20,000 enrollment category. Overall, more than 250 online newspapers were considered.
“This Pacemaker award for The Tech Talk online is particularly important for us because we have put so much effort into improving our digital presence over the last two years,” said Reginald Owens, chair of the journalism department. “This award will certainly give us the incentive to do more and get even better online.”

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Choudrant man charged in connection with five burglaries

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A Choudrant man wanted in connection with at least five burglaries in Lincoln Parish was arrested Monday by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Wade Crump, 18, 160 Addison Road, was charged on three simple burglary warrants, two vehicle burglary warrants and a probation and parole hold violation. The charges stem from both the LPSO and Ruston Police Department.
LPSO spokesman Stephen Williams said on Oct. 29, two different burglaries were reported to the sheriff’s office, one south of Ruston and one in Choudrant.

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Help keep the earth healthy

There’s something to be said about being friendly to one’s environment.
Of course, it’s easy to take steps to be more “green” when most of the footwork is already in place. For instance, if Lincoln Parish had a curbside recycling program — particularly one where plastics, paper and other recyclables were all put in a single bin together — then the majority of local residents would most likely take better care of the earth.

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Preserve the American heritage

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Despite what most would consider excellent grades on my report card each year, when most students were lounging at home or in the pool I was back at school.
Each summer, for several weeks, I attended a summer day camp specifically for those of Native American heritage.
While my fair hair and matching complexion might hide my heritage, my chocolate-colored eyes (as opposed to the baby blues that often accompany blonde hair) and high cheekbones offer hints to the fact that I’m not of Nordic descent.

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And mama played the organ

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Now, of all my childhood memories, I think the sweetest one is of my mother playing when evening chores were done in our farmhouse after supper.
When things were put away, we’d gather ‘round the organ and beg Mama to play.
As the hearth-fire crackled and wild geese winged high above, she’d sing and play til that ol’ house just overflowed with love!

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Garage destroyed in Tuesday fire

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A garage on Ridgemont Street in Ruston was destroyed during the storm Tuesday evening after it caught fire and burned down.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said at approximately 8:45 p.m., the department received a call from neighbors passing by the flaming garage that sat detached from the main house. The neighbors also reportedly alerted the residents inside of the home of the fire, giving them enough time to move vehicles before the garage collapsed. Brazzel said the RFD responded, and the flames were put out within 30 minutes of their arrival.

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