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Fire board debates budget

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Commissioners nix GIS, consider salaries
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Heated words were exchanged Monday at the standing-room only budget committee and regular meeting before the Board of Commissioners of the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 approved a preliminary operational and equipment budget to be published in their official journal.
Jim Hilton, administrative assistant for the LPFD, said the budget will run in the Ruston Daily Leader so that residents can view it. Then, in approximately 10 days, another meeting will be held. The date of that meeting has not yet been set.

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Deputy opens fire

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Suspect charged with attempted murder after encounter

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call for assistance at a residence located just outside of the corporate limits of Simsboro.
According to an LPSO news release, the caller requested help with a family member because he was concerned the subject intended to harm herself. The caller reportedly said the subject was armed with multiple firearms and had locked herself in a bathroom of the residence.

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Schools plan defense strategies

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Following last week's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, local schools are reviewing their current crisis plans, as well as looking at implementing additional security measures.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said all schools currently have crisis management plans, which are reviewed annually.
“Contained in any crisis management plan is also a lockdown in the case of an intruder,” Bell said. “Those plans are shared with local law enforcement agencies.”

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Area producer branches into meat market

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Area hunters have a new place to visit if they need help processing a deer or wild pig.
Anthony Yakaboski, the owner of Yak’s Peaches and Produce, opened up a second business, Yak and Kate’s Red Barn Processing, in October.
The business is located 16 miles north of Ruston, right out in the peach orchard locals have come to love.

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RPAR has a direct phone line to the North Pole

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As the Christmas season descends on the residents of Lincoln Parish, children get an opportunity to hear about all of the happenings at the North Pole. The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department has again negotiated with Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrange for Santa, his elves and even Mrs. Claus, to record messages for all of the area children to call and listen.

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Christmas Eve service set

On Christmas Eve, First Baptist Church of Ruston will celebrate its annual Candlelight Service, at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at 200 S. Trenton St., in Ruston, for area residents.

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Devon donates to Triad

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Devon Energy Corporation gave a $775 donation to the Lincoln Parish Triad for the Elderly Neighborhood Watch Program.  The organization would like to express how much it appreciates the donation. Pictured above, left to right, are  Deputies Charles Thomas and Mattie Houston and Devon representatives Michele Gant and Amie Skipper. 

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Know what to do in shooting

With recent incidents of shootings across the nation — including an elementary school, a mall and movie theater — many have speculated what could have been done to avoid these tragedies and what is to blame for these acts of violence. However, little attention has been given to increasing one’s chances of survival if caught in the crosshairs of an active shooter.

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Woman grateful

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On a recent Friday, I somehow dropped my card holder in the post office parking lot containing my driver’s license, credit card and medical information. I went straight home and it was not until Saturday afternoon at a gas pump in Monroe that I missed it.
I searched carefully to no avail, and called the post office early Monday morning. It had been turned in, but no one knew who had been the Good Samaritan. I can only hope that person will read the paper and accept my deep gratitude and appreciation.

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Excitement surrounds Santa

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Now let’s get one thing straight: I am not a Santa Claus groupie. I can tell you the exact spot upon which I was standing in downtown Ruston when I overheard my mother make a rather disparaging remark about Old St. Nick that’s stuck with me ever since.
I was probably 10 years old. Mama and I were on the sidewalk at the corner of North Trenton Street and West Park Avenue watching the Christmas parade when she turned to one of her friends and nonchalantly questioned how Santa could do all the things Santa does.

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