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Recycling changes

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The rules for recycling have changed a bit in Lincoln Parish.
For several months now, local residents have had the opportunity to drop off cardboard, paper items and select hazardous materials for recycling the second Saturday of each month at the Public Works Complex on Tennessee Avenue.
The times and dates are still the same, but the location has changed. From 8:30-11:30 a.m. each second Saturday, residents can drop off items at the Public Works Complex back gate, 2609 Farmerville Street, across from Emerald Trace Apartments.

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Fire under investigation

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The cause of a three-story house fire that erupted on Tuesday afternoon is under investigation.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said his office received a report of a structure fire on Aspen Circle inside the Tanglewood Subdivision around 12:49 p.m. One of two females inside cleaning the house reportedly observed smoke and heavy flames in the garage area. Brazzel said the women evacuated the structure and called 911, and Ruston Fire Department responded with assistance from Lincoln Parish Fire Department, Grambling Fire Department, Choudrant Fire Department and Pafford EMS.

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Train kills power

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More than 600 residents and business owners were left in the dark for nearly half an hour on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Ruston.
Darrell Caraway, light and power operations manager, said at approximately 1:50 p.m. the city was thrown into darkness by a train passing on the Kansas City Southern rail line that bisects downtown Ruston.
The train reportedly struck a power line knocking it down between Bonner and Farmerville streets. Caraway said the line was not hanging down and was measured to be at the appropriate height before the incident.

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Witnesses pick suspect out in photo line-up

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An apparent drug deal gone bad has resulted in the arrest of a Ruston man on multiple charges.
Quinton Jermaine LeBlanc, 25, of 2607 Kavanaugh Road, was arrested at 7:57 p.m. Monday and charged with armed robbery, driving under suspension, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and bench warrant for failure to appear on a speeding violation.
Bond was set at $500 each on the driving on suspension charge and the bench warrant, $80,000 on the charge of armed robbery and $21,50 for the possession with intent to distribute charge.

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Contestants compete in livestock show for fun, prizes

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The grueling heat could not keep more than 100 participants from coming out to the North Louisiana Expo Center on Saturday for a livestock show.
Gary Stockton, county agent for the LSU AgCenter Lincoln Extension office, said there was a wide variety of animals on display.
“We had cows — both beef and dairy — lamb, goats, hogs and rabbits,” he said. “But the beef cattle category had the largest number of participants by far.”

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Beginner running classes offered

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Is running a race a goal that you have always wanted to accomplish? Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Start To Finish running programs can help you reach your goal. Using information, support and accountability you can run a 5K or a half-marathon this November.
Start to Finish classes give you the information you need to successfully reach your goal. Classes include carefully designed training plans and information about running form, injury prevention, increasing speed and distance, nutrition and choosing the right shoe.

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Hamilton family holds 53rd reunion

The 53rd annual family reunion of the descendants of James Meriwether Hamilton, and wife, Julia Calhoun Hamilton, was held on Sunday, in the Fellowship Hall of the Downsville United Methodist Church with 49 members and guests attending.
After the blessing of the food by Wesley Lynch and the singing of “Blessed be the tie that binds,” a covered dish meal was enjoyed by all.
Five family members were gained by birth: Koltyn Jon Beasley, son of Jon and Kourtney Beasley, of West Monroe; Emily Katherine Hannon, daughter of Patrick and Lauren McGehee Hannon, of Shreveport; Gavin Jordan Stokes, son of Trent and Brittany Stokes, of Ottawa, Ill.; Lily Brittain McGehee, daughter of Ben and Alisa McGehee, of St. Francisville; Jackson McGehee Flournoy, son of Curt and Karen Flournoy, of Jackson, Miss.; and Cooper Dylan Barkley, son of Jonathan Barkley and Brooke Antley, of Downsville.

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Support the local arts

Although not every person is artistically inclined to perform musical pieces or theatrical ones, they can have appreciation for those who are.
The Dixie Center for the Arts, Ruston Community Theatre, Louisiana Tech Theatre and the Grambling State Theatre have all slated shows for their upcoming season.
Beginning Sept. 8, the Dixie will begin its 2011-12 Concert Series with Ruston’s All Rock and Roll Spectacular. Then Oct. 11, Bearfoot, a bluegrass band from Alaska, will take the stage.

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Types of people that I envy most

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Those fortunate, “slim and trim” folks, due to some kind of incredible genes or heredity, can devour tons of those delectable goodies loaded with fat, cholesterol and starches and never gain an ounce. Me? Well, I can just look at such “palate pleasers” and put on five pounds. (Somehow, it doesn’t seem quite fair, does it?)
One of those born orators who, armed with no more than the barest outline (scratched, perhaps, on the back of a business card) can mount a podium with utmost confidence and deliver a speech that will curl your hair. I can’t help but wonder at such genius sometimes — especially during those moments when I’m mounting a podium, sweating profusely and carrying two armloads of notes and lengthy outlines, plus a couple of reference books tossed in for good measure.

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Watering the lawn or wasting water?

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It’s not uncommon to drive around the city and find huge puddles in the street when it hasn’t rained in days (and sometimes weeks).
For a long time it used to confuse me. I was concerned that perhaps we had some seriously weird drainage issues. But, one day I drove by at the correct time and saw sprinklers spraying grass and the streets beside them.
It has always slightly irked me, but it really started to bug me when this past week when on two separate occasions I drove past to see puddles when the temperature gauge was sitting at higher than 100 degrees. It was also annoying when just a few days ago I had to turn on my windshield wipers because a commercial sprinkler drenched my car windshield.

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