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November 5th, 2013

City gives Head Start additional $10K

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Louisiana Military Museum to receive free year of utility services

The city of Ruston is lending a helping hand to two local agencies.
The Board of Aldermen voted Monday night to give the Head Start program an additional $10,000 and the Louisiana Military Museum a year’s worth of free city utilities.
Aldermen said both moves help agencies hit by federal and state budget cuts, plus show the city’s support for the agencies’ work.
Alderwoman Glenda Howard said the $10,000 for Head Start means “everything” to the preschool program.

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Career redirection

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Long-time nurse takes leap of faith, becomes business owner
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A year and a half ago Vicki Staples put her scrubs away and picked up her price gun — after 30 years as a nurse, she became the owner of The Avenue Christian Bookstore in Ruston.
Throughout her time as a nurse, Staples said she went from private practice nursing to nursing at North Louisiana Medical Center.
“For the 30 years that I was in nursing, I spent time in private practice and then at (NLMC),” Staples said. “I was part of the medical/surgical unit.”
Staples said she chose the retail business because it would give her fulfillment and the change she needed.

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Short chase yields arrest

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Man faces distribution charges
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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested one man on charges of distribution of marijuana and resisting arrest after an attempted traffic stop by an LPSO deputy.
Chad Alexander, with LPSO, said deputies saw a vehicle parked at a dumpster without utilizing it.
“When the deputies ran the license plate, they saw there were warrants on the owner,” Alexander said. “When deputies went to stop (Courtney) Cooper, he did not stop.”

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Charter school hearing tonight

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Local residents will have a chance to voice their thoughts on a proposed charter school application today when a special public hearing is held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. regularly scheduled Lincoln Parish School Board meeting.
The hearing, which will be held in the board room at the central office, located at 410 S. Farmerville St., will be led by an independent evaluator.

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Program working to ‘Lighten Up Lincoln’

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The Health Hut, Lincoln Parish’s mobile health-care provider, will kick of its newest program with a daylong community expo and health conference Nov. 21 at the Lincoln Parish Events Center.
Lighten Up Lincoln Parish is designed to reduce future medical costs by educating the public about healthy eating, exercise, available health screenings and the effects of tobacco use. The event is free and open to the public. Activities run from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Properly selecting a tree for the landscape

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November is an excellent month to plant trees in the landscape. Conditions during the fall months allow a tree to establish a strong root system as compared to planting at other times of the year, because the plant’s nutrient demand is decreased, shoot growth is slowing and soil temperatures are favorable for root growth.

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Michael Holly to speak at Ouachita Grand Plaza Wednesday

Award-winning Louisiana architect Michael Holly will speak on successful downtown revitalization in the latest installment of the free lecture series sponsored by the Cooley House Foundation, dedicated to restoring the historic home designed in 1908 for Capt. G.B. Cooley.
olly’s lecture will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Ouachita Grand Plaza auditorium, 501 South Grand St., followed by a reception.

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Club news: Good Sams club camps out

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The Thomas Linge Community Center, famous for its Blue Grass Concerts, was the Caney Lake Sams campout site, Sept. 25-28. Hosts Mae and Keith Elliott, Nancy and Hubert Tolman, and Bert Richard invited the campers for dinner Wednesday to have a pizza and dessert party. Great conversations followed.
At noon On Thursday, Good Sammers came to the meeting room carrying casseroles and plates with a array of tastes, colors and aromas.

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Bulldogs set to get back to work

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Holtz hopes bye week helps heals up his banged up team after physical game
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Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz hopes a week’s work of rest without accumulating rust will pay off in the Bulldogs’ stretch run toward the end of the season.
Tech had its second bye week last weekend and changed the intensity of practices from their first bye week.

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Grambling could use either QB vs. UAPB

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Grambling State Interim Head Coach Dennis “Dirt” Winston doesn’t look at it as a quarterback controversy.
Instead, he likens it to a having a “a double-barreled shotgun” behind center.
Winston said during Monday’s weekly press conference that DJ Williams remains GSU’s starting signal caller after not playing in last weekend’s 47-40 Homecoming win over Mississippi Valley State after suffering concussion symptoms following the previous week’s loss to Texas Southern.

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