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June 30th

Be responsible for the holidays

Fireworks and fun are just days away. But with the good times, danger lurks.
The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year in terms of alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
Statistics gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past 25 years show nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July 4 holiday involved some level of alcohol.

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Monitor youth's Internet usage

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When parents permit their children to access the Internet, they usually do so with good intentions. The web may serve as a research tool for homework, a recreational outlet to listen to Youtube videos or as an opportunity to chat with relatives on Facebook.

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June 29th

Lincoln split finalized

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It’s official. Lincoln Parish will be split up among three Senate districts.
The Senate has received federal clearance from the Department of Justice for the redesign of its 39 districts for use in the fall election.
Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, got the call from Senate President Joel Chaisson on Tuesday evening.

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Catching some reading waves

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More than 100 students from Lincoln Parish were invited to “Catch the Reading Wave” this summer.
Jan Murphy, elementary supervisor, said 110 students were invited to the fourth year of the reading enrichment program offered each summer at Cypress Springs Elementary.

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Fireworks safety a must for holiday weekend

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Some parish residents wishing to have a blast this holiday weekend will be allowed to do so, but they’re also reminded that caution is urged.
While a statewide burn ban remains in effect, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department will allow for the Fourth of July long weekend the discharge of fireworks on a temporary basis in those areas where fireworks are not restricted.

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Doctor speaks to Lions Club

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Dr. Jared Vincent, local ophthalmologist, recently spoke at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. The Lions were told of the success of local free screenings for glaucoma, which were done by Dr. Vincent. Additionally the Lions learned that there are no symptoms which would alert anyone that they may have glaucoma — the only detection is professional screening.

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RPAR runners complete first 5K

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Why run? People start running for many different reasons. Some people are looking for a new challenge in their lives. Some people are inspired by the accomplishments of others. Some people want to lose weight, increase physical endurance, and improve their health. Other people use running as an outlet in their lives to reduce stress, get over a tough situation or have “me” time. No matter what your motivation is to begin running know that anyone can run.

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Youth take sewing lessons

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Machines were buzzing and there was lots of excitement in the air as 11 youth designed their own original creations at the LSU AgCenter basic sewing class.
Youth learned that sewing can be fun said Cathy Judd, Family and Consumer Science, extension agent. She guided the students through a three day workshop. Students learned how to thread a needle, sew on a button, hand stitch, some basic sewing techniques and operate a sewing machine.

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Zeta Rho ESA chapter named best in state

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha won Chapter of the Year at the group’s state convention held June 3-5 in New Orleans.
The women’s service organization is best known in the area for co-sponsoring the annual St. Jude Radiothon with KXKZ 107.5 radio station.

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Prevent sun illness

Hotter temperatures have left many local residents sweating, swimming, drinking water and limiting their time in the sun. And the forecast shows there is no reprieve from the heat in sight.

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