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July 5th, 2014

GIS provides useful data for community

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Matthews: GIS a new field, Lincoln Parish a front-runner
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Geographic Information Systems is a relatively new tool being used by governmental offices throughout the parish. It could be described as a “one-stop shop” for all connected and useful data used by entities such as the Lincoln Parish Assessor, the City of Ruston, Clerk of Court, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Parish School Board and Fire Protection District No. 1.

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Northern pike — Jackfish on steroids

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I remember it well although it happened several decades ago. I was a kid, fishing Molido Creek behind our house with my dad’s rod and reel and his favorite lure, a brown fishy-looking River Runt.
Casting next to cypress knees, I managed to tie into a few Kentucky bass that made their home in the creek.
Up ahead, I saw a lay-down log in the water that was the ideal ambush spot for a bass and my cast was perfect, gently nudging the log as it landed. Two turns of the reel handle and WHAM! — I got a smashing strike.

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Harris duo clinches Fishers of Men season

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June 21 marked the end of the 2014 season for the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men with their final tournament held on Caney Lake. Blasting off from Brown’s Landing under light winds and clear skies just after 5:30 a.m., the field of 24 teams had 9 hours to locate and land a winning stringer of fish.
For some, not only was a tournament victory at stake, but also the season points race.

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Recognizing risk — in markets and in human nature

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Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which decision is better?
Answer: You want to avoid risk. That’s a good instinct. Just make sure you see and respect all the risk factors out there.
Reading between the lines, I’d guess that you are more security minded and want the sure thing. You want to avoid the risk of losing your money.

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Derek Jeter personifies true class

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Derek Jeter is 40 going on 20.
Are you sure he didn’t get a transfusion from Ernie Banks and is blessed with some of that forever young blood?
You sure would fool me.
Jeter, as you should be well aware of by now, is playing his final season of Major League Baseball.
And if you know anything about him, you should also know he recently celebrated birthday No. 40.
Say it isn’t so.
Derek Jeter is 40 years old?
Please don’t remind him.

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Ellis: CWS a home run

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Hall of Fame coach praises college championship event
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College Baseball Hall of Famer Wilbert Ellis has seen a lot of baseball in his lifetime.
Ellis was an assistant under Grambling President/Coach Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones for 17 seasons before taking over as head coach in 1978 and guiding the Tigers to eight divisional championships, three Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and five NCAA regional appearances while amassing a record of 740-462-1 over 26 seasons and becoming the fourth all-time winningest college coach in Louisiana behind Jones, Bertman and Southern’s Roger Cador.

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Jenkins leaves Cougars

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The Cedar Creek Cougars will be without the services of Donald Jenkins (receiving handoff) this season. Jenkins, a junior, led Cedar Creek with 1,946 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns last year as a junior running back. “His family moved to Monroe and he’s going to play for Neville High School,” Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox said. “It just makes more sense for his family to do it that way, and we wish him all the best.”

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Simoneaux returns to prep coaching ranks

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Wade Simoneaux has returned to the high school coaching ranks.
And if past results provide any accurate barometer, the future could bode well for the ex-Nicholls State University player.
The former head coach at Louisiana Tech University was recently picked out of nearly 20 candidates to be the new leader of West Monroe High School’s perennially solid program.
The new challenge for Simoneaux is added to his resume after having been the Bulldogs’ HC for a dozen campaigns and, prior to those duties, an eight-season stint as an assistant at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Intersection needs to be safer

Early this past week we learned of yet another tragic incident occurring at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33 and Highway 821.
This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents, many of them resulting in death or serious injuries.
Because the intersection is situated on a state highway, it is up to the Louisiana State Department of Transportation and Development to place a caution light or a stoplight for motorists.
According to state guidelines, a total of five nighttime fatalities must occur before even a caution light can be put in place.

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Ruston a great place to call home

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I have lived in Ruston for 11 years.  I have found that the natives are not aware of what a wonderful town it is. For me it is the perfect size. I live in a development on the north side and I can be at most businesses in a few minutes. I lived in Florida for 33 years and I did not feel the warmth and friendship that is prevalent here. Ruston has truly become my hometown and I am proud of it. Being retired military, I have lived in many plac es from New England to Florida to Louisiana. The people in the First Baptist Church down town have treated me like family from day one.

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