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Clearing out drugs, illegal weapons

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Local deputy recognized by U.S. attorney
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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Jim Tuten was one of 14 police officers from five different agencies recently recognized for their work to cut down on drug dealing and illegal weapons arrests.
Stephanie A. Finley, Western District of Louisiana U.S. attorney, said that since 2003, agencies in the Ruston and Monroe areas, along with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, have been awarded $338,673.35 in grant monies to assist in targeting drug trafficking and gun violence in the area.

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Sen. Kostelka prefiles Anthony bill

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When a jury said that Casey Anthony was innocent in the 2008 death of her toddler daughter Caylee Marie Anthony, State Sen. Bob Kostelka said he began to receive calls and emails.
Those contacting Kostelka were asking if Louisiana law was the same or stronger than the Florida law with regard to parents who do not report their children missing.

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Jury to act on grants, property

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
One highlight of the meeting is that state Reps. Hollis Downs and Rick Gallot and Sen. Bob Kostelka are slated to provide reports of the most recent legislative session.
Also on the agenda is an ordinance to adopt millage rates for 2011 and appointments to the Library Board of Control, Waterworks District No. 1 and Lincoln Parish GIS District.

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Growing attendance prompts change of venue for gathering

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The first time Lincoln ACHIEVE presented the Community-Wide Back-to-School Bash, it drew 24 community booths and approximately 2,000 attendees.
By its fourth year in 2010, participation had doubled, with more than 50 booths and almost 4,000 attendees.
Because of its increasing numbers, it appears the annual gathering has outgrown its location at the Ruston Civic Center. Hence, it will be moved to the National Guard Armory, located at 3102 McDonald Ave., when it kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

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Pets of the Week

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Jeremiah, left, is a 3-month-old gray striped kitten that is looking for a home. He is an indoor cat that plays with his brother, Sparky, right, who is also looking for a home. There is never a dull moment with these wild bundles of fun.  Call 251-DOGS for more information about these playful felines.

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NAMI focuses on reform

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This is the second of a two-part column. The first part ran July 4.
With the implementation of various programs and innovations, African Americans’ patronization rates for mental health services may be improved:
• Programs in African American communities sponsored by respected institutions, such as churches and local community groups, can increase awareness of mental health issues and resources, and decrease the related stigma.

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Sorority members attend training school

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The Beta Epsilon chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority from Louisiana Tech University attended Collegiate Officer Training School (COTS) on June 23-26, in Indianapolis, Ind. Those in attendance were chapter President Mollie Catherine Smith; Vice President of Membership Mary Margaret Gregory; and Advisor Leslie Echols. Other Beta Epsilon alumni at the event included Carol-Beth Land Ivory and Amanda Leone Knowles.

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Education helps in life

Lincoln Parish public schools test scores have improved in the last four years. With each passing year, it seems more students are gaining a grasp on the basic math, English language arts, science and social studies skills required to pass the exams.
That’s good news, and not just because it makes our area look better.

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Tips for swelling during pregnancy

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Over the Fourth of July weekend I was incredibly busy, spending July 2 on the river with my parents and then July 3 at my great aunt’s house on Lake D’Arbonne.
It was on our way home from the lake that I took off my shoes, as usual, and noticed something odd. My flip-flops had left an indention across the top of my foot.

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Grambling to honor legends

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Hall of Fame ceremonies scheduled Saturday
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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University will add to its incredible roll call of athletic greats this week.
On Saturday, at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, 14 individuals who have contributed to the internationally-prominent sports legacy of the Lincoln Parish school will be honored as members of the GSU Legends Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
A reception is set for Friday evening at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and then official enshrinement ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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