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August 25th, 2014

Edmiston family donates to Choudrant High athletics

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Annual memorial gift planned to honor late Aggies coach who died in 2013
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Pat Riley, one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, said: “There are only two options regarding commitment-you’re either in or you’re out. There is no such thing as life in-between.”
Christopher Edmiston definitely lived his life “in.” Yet even a year after his untimely death, the celebrated Choudrant High School alumnus is still managing to be fully “in” with an ongoing commitment to his alma mater and community.

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August 23rd

Protesters rally downtown

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A line of about 30 protesters marched down Trenton Street in downtown Ruston Friday afternoon with signs that read “Justice for Joe.”
Terion Glenn (pictured above) is the older sister of Joseph Glenn, who was involved in a police shooting and subsequently killed when he allegedly pulled a BB gun resembling a nine-millimeter on Ruston police officers on Dec. 29 at the Hampton Inn on North Trenton Street.
Glenn said she and her family and friends are frustrated because they have not been allowed to see any police reports or related documents pertaining to the incident.

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‘Good Neighbor’ getting sued

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Atty. Gen. files lawsuit against State Farm
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Getting automobile repairs done cheaper and faster through labor limitations and “after market” parts may not pay off for large corporate insurance companies like State Farm, Progressive, Geico and Allstate. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell recently filed suit against State Farm, which provides insurance for 33 percent of Louisiana’s drivers, for unfair and fraudulent business practices.

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Candidate results are in

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More than 100 qualified for Nov. elections

The field of candidates for the Nov. 4 primary election is official. At the close of the three-day candidate qualifying period Friday afternoon, 76 people had signed up to run in 23 races that will appear on the local ballot.

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Chamber caters to collectors

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Top: The annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Gun, Knife and Coin Show added another attraction this year: boats. Hundreds perused the items at the Ruston Civic Center over the weekend. Here, Chris Long of Homer shows off his new survival knife.
Middle: Boats were shown for the first time at the event. Pictured is, Matt Loetscher of Wood Marine in Ruston shows off an 18 1/2 foot Phoenix Mercury with a Mercury outboard motor.
Bottom: Bloodbrothers custom Leather and Trading Company displayed unique, handcrafted collectables.

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LPL board discusses new business

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The Library Board of Control met on Wednesday to finish taking care of some old business and to hear of new things going on at the library.
Library Director Vivian McCain gave board members updated polices for “Other Unpaid Leave” and “Abandonment of Position.”
She said the wording of the new policy is more clear for employees to understand.
The Staff Day, which was previously set for an earlier date, has been changed to Sept. 10.
McCain said the library will be closed for the entire day.

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School bus safety is a must

We didn’t even know they were gone, but here they are, back on the road.
Big yellow school buses are up and down every street, lane, drive, circle and highway — and they’re carrying some very precious cargo.
In Lincoln Parish, we are fortunate to have a sheriff’s office who understands the importance of school bus safety — not only for passengers, but for drivers as well. Which is why Public Inforamtion Officer Chad Alexander has recently put out a notice reminding drivers to diligently obey all traffic laws when approaching a school bus.

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Being alert to a friend in need

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Last week I said undue worry could lead to depression and perhaps worse. This was prompted by the death of an actor. I wrote words of warning. Many sent me kind comments. I do repeat that some worry can be good. It can keep us aware. Yet too much can be harmful. If we care for one another by being alert and help them, we should.
Sometimes worry keeps us on our toes. Yet we should notice excessive worry in friends. If worry mushrooms in someone, the impact can be devastating. I wish that you and I would be more alert to others. (Maybe we should visit and not just send text messages.)

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Driving down gas prices

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For about eight months after I finished college the first time, I worked in Monroe and lived in Ruston. On average, I worked six days a week, and didn’t come home until 10 p.m. on early nights and 2 a.m. on late ones.

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Thanking God for Lincoln Parish

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I am thankful to have had the privilege of serving the people of Lincoln Parish, as Ruston City Marshal, since being elected in 1981, 33 year ago. I think it’s time to retire. I praise God for allowing me to continue as His elected official.  I am convinced that it is God who advances men to their positions. I was elected in 1981 to serve out the unexpired term of the late Marshal Charles Humphries. I ran without opposition for the next 5 (6-year) terms.  I don’t boast in this, I give God the credit and Blessings.

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