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January 28th

Big parties and taxpayer money

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This past week I spent my Thursday lunch at the Ruston Kiwanis Club regular meeting, enjoying some baked chicken and black-eyed peas, all while listening to Rep. Rodney Alexander, R- Quitman, discuss the dire situation of our country.
Alexander is only the messenger, who probably had some hand in creating the situation — as did we all. But the baked chicken made the doom and gloom a little bit easier to swallow.

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January 26th

Funeral home ablaze

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Two bodies evaded damage after a local funeral home was destroyed in a fire on Saturday morning.
Crowds stood around the area Ruston police were blocking off to watch firefighters attack the blaze at Our Christian Funeral Home on Jones Street.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said there were two bodies in the home — one in the chapel for a funeral on Saturday and the other in the morgue area.
Resident Neil Davis said he made the 911 call around 10 a.m. after he and a man who worked for Our Christian Funeral Home spotted the smoke.

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Suspect burned severely

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A reported domestic disturbance ended with a mobile home fire in Grambling and a suspect suffering severe burns.
According to a news release from the Grambling Police Department, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the department responded to the 1500 block of MLK Drive in reference to a possible family disturbance.
However, upon arrival it was determined that Larry W. Brown, 50, had allegedly traveled to Ruston to confront his spouse who took shelter with a friend.

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Frat house fire erupts

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According to the Ruston Fire Department, investigation of a recent fraternity house fire revealed the inappropriate use of extension cords, which shorted out causing the fire.
RFD responded to the structure fire at the Alpha Gamma Rho house on West California Avenue at 10:59 am. Friday. On arrival firefighters found flames coming from the rear of the house. It reportedly took about 20 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the structure was an older home with one power outlet in the room of origin.

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Mardi Gras Ball to benefit RCSS, NCLAC

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It’s Carnival in Louisiana and to mix culture with the arts, the Ruston Civic Symphony Society will host its 13th annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball in February, with King and Queen Bill and Lynne Gnemi presiding over the festivities.
“It has become really successful throughout the years,” said Becky Napper, treasurer of the Ruston Civic Symphony Society. “It has become a tradition. People come year after year. We usually see anywhere from around 200- 300 people.”

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Tuten named ‘Best’ man

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Jim Tuten readily admits he’s afraid of heights. Yet over his 40-plus years of volunteerism, Tuten has worked on the roofs of countless houses, and even a 70-foot church steeple.
It’s just all part doing of what one’s called on to do to help others, said Tuten, winner of the Ruston Rotary Club’s 2012 Bill Best Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes a local resident for outstanding contributions to humanitarian interests, unselfish giving and service to others in times of need.

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Surf safely: Workshops focus on Internet use

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Like in other aspects of daily life, technology has increasingly become an important part of education.
Because of that, the Lincoln Parish School Board staff is offering two online safety workshops for parents and community members.
The first workshop is set for 9-10 a.m. Monday, while the second is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Both meetings will be held at the Title I Media Center, which is located at 504 E. Arizona Ave. next door to the Lincoln Parish School Board Office

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Learn more about schools

Not everyone is able to make time to attend Lincoln Parish School Board meetings or visit local schools to find out what’s going on in the educational system.
From 11:30 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Monday, residents interested in learning more about the school district will have that opportunity with the third annual State of the District address, which will take place in the Community Room of the Lincoln Parish Library.

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Vidrine: Change hearts, not gun laws

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Last week was the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and it occurred to me that there is a kind of disconnect in our country.
Much has been said and hearts totally broken over the events in Newtown, Conn.  While the killing of all those people, especially the kids, was horrendous beyond words, it is also true that had those same beautiful, little ones been killed seven or eight years ago while still in their mother’s wombs, society would have just looked the other way. Why? Why does where a child happens to live determine whether we grieve their death or not?

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Weirick criticizes Alexander's actions

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Fresh on the heels of a difficult vote on tax rates on the last day of the last Congress, when our Representative Rodney Alexander was the only Louisiana Republican congressman voting for the tax increase bill, the new Congress took up the issue of the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
Initially the House Republicans stripped most of the pork included in the Senate bill and tried to get a version passed in the House which focused just on emergency relief for Sandy and which included cuts elsewhere so that the bill would not increase the ballooning deficit.

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