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September 4th, 2014

Cheers: Jones

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Gregory L. Jones recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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September 3rd

Outhouse Grand Nationals set for Oct. 11

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Gather those outhouses. It’s almost time to race.
The Village of Choudrant will be hosting the Fifth Annual Outhouse Grand National to raise money for the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department.
The races will be held Oct. 11 on Elm Street in downtown Choudrant. The time of the races has not yet been set.
Anyone can register and registration fee is $25. Late registration will also be accepted and is $50. The early registration deadline is Oct. 8.
To enter, call town hall at 768-4111 or email info@choudrant.org.

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Schools face $1.32M deficit

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The projected budget for the 2014-15 fiscal school year was presented by the Lincoln Parish School Board Chief Financial Officer George Murphy at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.
Murphy said the estimated ending fund balance for the beginning budget is $29,645,311 with a deficit of about $1.32 million.
Murphy said the deficit is due in part to nonrecurring expenditures for capitol improvements planned for the current school year.

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Two arrested for suspected hash oil manufacturing

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Law enforcement personnel arrested two suspects in the alleged manufacturing of hash oil on Tuesday afternoon.
Ali Hendricks, 22, of Penny Lane, Apartment No. 3, and Zachary Patrick Cefalu, 23, of 4788 Monticello Drive, Hammond, were arrested by agents with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team on multiple charges.
According to the affidavit, LPNET agents went to Penny Lane Apt. No. 3 at approximately 6:40 p.m. in reference to illegal drug activity.

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Guice celebrates successes, shares plans for Tech

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Challenges met and challenges to be faced was the focus of Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice’s “State of the University” address Tuesday to faculty and staff at Louisiana Tech’s annual fall meeting.

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Let local banks help with college savings

September marks not only a new school year, but also National College Savings Month — a perfect time for families to open a college savings account or bolster one that has already begun.
A recent national study from renowned educational finance service company Sallie Mae revealed that, despite the cost of college, fewer families are appropriately saving. In the past two years, the percentage of families saving for college has dropped from 60 percent to 50 percent.

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Pension plans tighten city budget

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Hold that deep breath in a little longer, Ruston. The days of budgetary belt tightening will likely continue for at least another fiscal year.
If the city’s board of aldermen does as expected, come Tuesday night it will approve the Hollingsworth administration’s proposed $55.3 million spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1.

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Speak out on immigration crisis

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
— Edmund Burke
We have a huge problem with illegal immigration. The current crisis on the Texas border is bringing this issue to the nightly news. Our southern border is not secure. By simply respecting the rules of law and securing the border, we will send a message to the rest of the world that we welcome immigrants who come here legally and reject those who do not.

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GSU to stick with dual quarterbacks

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Johnson, Williams to continue battle for starting role
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GRAMBLING — Grambling Sate’s search for a full-time quarterback continues.
Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs said during his weekly press conference Tuesday that senior D.J. Williams and redshirt freshman Stephen Johnson will continue to share time until someone takes control behind center for the Tigers.
The two rotated at quarterback during last week’s loss at Lamar.
Johnson hit in 6-of-18 passes for 118 yards with a long of 51 yards while adding 51 rushing yards, including a four-yard scoring scamper.
He also turned the ball over twice on an interception and a fumble.

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The church’s response to domestic violence

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Recently, I have spent time working on DART training, education and awareness events for the fall. The first event on our calendar is a clergy training seminar, set from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.
Readers might wonder, “Why single out the church for domestic violence training?” The answer is simple. The church is often the first place that women turn to when they are experiencing abuse by their husbands.

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