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August 16th, 2017

If Louisiana folds, what will the score be?

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To hear the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry tell it, the majority of the Lincoln Parish legislative delegation is doing a pretty pitiful job when it comes to backing bills that protect business and support a strong economy.
The lobby group released its annual legislative scorecard last week, and if they’d given letter grades on a traditional 10-point scale, the local guys would have racked up three “F’s,” one “D” and one low “A.”

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Centrist group offers hope

A bi-partisan group of state House members, led by Lincoln Parish Rep. Rob Shadoin finally took the proverbial bull by the horns in Baton Rouge on Monday.
They gathered in what Shadoin called a “skull session” to try to see if they can come up with a way to fight the Democrat-Republican divide that’s stymied repeated attempts by repeated lawmakers to stop Louisiana from sliding over the fiscal cliff.
“We’re just trying to see if there’s enough appetite in the House to put Democrat and Republican aside and keep from doing the same old things over again,” Shadoin said.

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August 15th

Donna Schimschock Clark

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Garrison Lee Barr

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Garrison Lee Barr, 26, of Choudrant, LA passed away on August 12, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Ruston, LA. Rev. Bill Sanderson, assisted by Bro. Neil Everett and Dr. Chris Craig, will officiate. Interment will follow at Choudrant Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 5-8 PM at First Baptist Church of Ruston.
Love. Agape love. Love without bounds and unconditional.

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Two dead in shooting

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A 73-year-old Choudrant man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today charged with two counts of first-degree murder following an alleged shooting incident Monday evening.
John Nichols, of 6235 Louisiana Highway 33 in Choudrant, was arrested Monday after officers responded to a call from Nichols stating that he just shot two people.
Nichols was taken in to custody after Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s officers found Anthony Denicola with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and Rachel Denicola with multiple gunshot wounds as well, according to the police report.

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Call goes out for volunteers

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The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series coming to Ruston in 2019 is expected to bring as many as 8,000 people to town, have an economic impact that could top $6 million and require more than 300 community volunteers.
That’s the word from representatives of the city, the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local Dixie Baseball organization.
“It’s going to have to be a citywide, community project,” Matt Tyler, Ruston Dixie Baseball board member, said during Monday’s press conference to introduce the event to the community.

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Family Dollar announces renovated store grand opening

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a renovated store opening in Ruston. The store is located at 612 S. Monroe St.
“Family Dollar continues to grow and we are thrilled to be able betterserve our customers in this improved store format,” said Heather Briganti,Family Dollar spokesperson. “We are proud to be part of Ruston and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the community.”

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RCT announces cast for production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Ruston Community Theatre recently announced the cast for its upcoming production, Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
The play will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby.
Auditions took place July 29 and 31 at The Dixie Center for the Arts, and the show will open Oct. 5.
RCT is happy to welcome several new faces along with many performers familiar to our audience.
The farcical black comedy is set in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York at the Brewster family home.

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Living in a digital world: Proper cellphone etiquette

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According to the Emily Post Institute, “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us — at home, on the road, in the office and whenever we are in public.” 
The truth is, I have a lot of disdain for cell phones.
Do you ever sit in your car at a traffic light, see the person in the car behind you on the phone and hope that they pay attention and stop?
Do you ever get stuck behind a car going 50 mph on the interstate because the driver is busy on the phone?

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Allen wins silver at USATF meet

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Despite suffering an injury, John Allen left an international meet this weekend with one of its top medals.
The former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower captured the silver medal at the 2017 United States Track and Field Federation(USATF) North and Central America and Caribbean Games held in Toronto.
Allen finished with a throw of 143.7664 feet (43.82) in the 65-69 age division after popping a groin muscle in the prelims and could not throw in the finals.

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