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Deputy arrested

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A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has been terminated and arrested by the Louisiana State Police after a citizen complained that the deputy was abusing his authority.
Around Aug. 19, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a citizen complaint against Deputy Gene Butler. The complaint alleged that Butler had used his position of authority to force or coerce the victim to sell a vehicle for a reduced price to the deputy.
According to a press release by the LPSO, the Louisiana State Police was immediately contacted and asked to conduct an independent criminal investigation of the complaint.

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Storm causes fires

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to two reports of lightning striking almost simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon at two distances not far from each other. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said at 12:58 p.m., lightning struck a tree on Plez Road off of Louisiana Highway 33. LPFD Chief Dennis Ford (pictured above) said the tree was in flames from the base up to about 40 feet when they arrived on the scene.

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Winds bring outages

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Storms caused thousands to lose power in Lincoln and surrounding parishes on Wednesday.
Entergy Customer Service Manager Jim Pesnell said a total of about 7,000 customers were without power in Lincoln, Jackson, Union and Bienville parishes, with about 4,000 of this number in Lincoln.
“We had storms move through around mid-afternoon, and the damage was done,” Pesnell said. “This was more due to wind damage, with trees on lines.”

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Fire count high

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Burn ban continues despite rain

In the past seven days, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department has responded to 12 grass and/or woods fires throughout Lincoln Parish.
Jim Hilton, spokesman for the LPFD, said that although Lincoln Parish has received much needed rainfall during the month of August, the area is still experiencing extremely dry conditions.
Hilton said three of the fires began on Aug. 18 and were the result of lightning strikes during a thunderstorm where there was heavy rainfall, which confirms that conditions are very dry and susceptible to fire. As a result, the burn ban for Lincoln Parish that began on June 6 remains in effect.

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City has special meeting

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Ruston City Council members convened for about five minutes on Wednesday afternoon for a special-called meeting.
Present with aldermen Glenda Braggs, Jedd Lewis and Jim Pearce. Marie Riggs and Elmore Mayfield were absent. Lewis introduced an ordinance to raise the water rates for the city of Ruston, and Pearce introduced an ordinance to raise the sewer rates.

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New design in ‘site’ for parish

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GIS demonstrates web features at 2 library seminars
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An estimated 70 area residents showed up at the Lincoln Parish Library on Tuesday at either of two sessions designed to foster a better understanding of the Geographic Information Systems Office website.
The recently updated website — www.lincolnparish.org — contains tabs to a diversity of data, such as property information, online maps and local government contacts.
During Tuesday’s meetings, Lincoln Parish GIS District Chair Pam Jones and GIS Analyst Jackson Matthews used a projector to show attendees inside the library meeting room how to navigate the website.

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‘Pigskins and Pearls’ set for today

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Women to learn football, meet players
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Every year residents can see the men of the area gearing up for football season, but what about the women?
Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes, along with his wife Kate, will be putting on the second annual Pigskins and Pearls event today at Squire Creek.
Kate Dykes said the idea came from a women’s clinic that Texas Tech would host through the athletic department before football season started.

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BCFC ready to kick off season

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August heat, fresh cut grass and fresh paint on the field mean one thing: Friday nights at James Stadium are just around the corner. Along with the players, the Bearcat Football Club is back.
Originally formed in 1988, the Bearcat Football Club is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated for the sole purpose of the “Betterment of the Ruston High School Football Program.” In recent months, the BCFC has:
• Hosted a golf tournament for players, coaches and fans at the Ruston Country Club;

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Good scores benefit entire community

Lincoln Parish School System freshmen from the 2010-11 school year stepped up to the high-stakes testing plate and hit a home run. In each subject tested, more than 85 percent of students received a passing grade in the new End of Course exam format.
This new format, rather than testing them on overall math or English skills like the GEE, tests students at the end of a particular course such as algebra, geometry or English II.
This was the first year that the test was used to calculate students’ final grades and to determine graduation eligibility. And, they passed with flying colors.

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Parish website full of resources

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There is a wealth of information that can be learned by browsing the web.
I’ve known this is true for some time in the case of locating information about things such as studies and research.
But when I went to a seminar at the Lincoln Parish Library this week, I also gained a better grasp of how much local information is available online. Much can be accessed on the Lincoln Parish GIS website, www.lincolnparish.org.

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