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June 7th, 2014

LPPJ tweaks solid waste policy

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Due to some contractors taking advantage of the free services the Lincoln Parish Solid Waste Department offers, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury created an addendum to the current landfill policy statement.
“We’ve had some contractors pull up on scales and present themselves as hauling residential material and so there was no charge,” Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said.
Hall said one company in particular was bringing up to 20 tons a month and passing the material off as residential rather than commercial.

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Scouts prepare for flag retirement ceremony

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Cub and Boys Scouts from Pack 45 and Troop 45 in Ruston were hard at work Saturday morning cutting up American flags for proper disposal during a Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted as part of Flag Day festivities by the scouts and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3615 at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, next to Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Area residents are encouraged to join the scouts and VFW for the ceremony. Pictured are Pack 45 Cub Scouts Matthew Dalton, Luke Wages and Hunter Ellenberger cutting up the flags.

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Cramped courthouse

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Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone is one person with one employee. The two ladies share three small rooms in the first floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse and during early voting, have overseen some 2,000 people voting on three machines with no security and no room for error.
But having no room for error is difficult when there is no room for records, technology and office materials that could make keeping up with the thousands of voters in Lincoln Parish a little easier.

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Golfers hit links to show support for area MDA

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Local agencies competed in the Ruston Local 4019 10th annual Golf Classic benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Friday morning at Trails End Golf Course in Arcadia.
The four-man scramble, which was open to the public, featured EMS, firefighters and police from Lincoln and surrounding parishes.
Katie Davidson, president of Ruston Professional Firefighters Union, said all proceeds go to benefit the MDA.
“This goes along with our ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign and at the end of the year we tally the total amount and give it all to (the MDA),” Davidson said.

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Tech needs to retire Dean’s jersey

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Our two cents worth on various topics in the sports world (or maybe a quarter’s worth):
LET’S HONOR DEAN: He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech University Hall of Fame.
Now, it is time to honor Fred Dean again.
How about having a jersey retiring ceremony for the best pass rusher in Tech history?
Dean’s No. 70 Bulldogs’ jersey became a familiar obstacle to ball carriers during a highly decorated college career that included Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Southland Conference and All-American recognition.

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Tech’s Tufi first-team All-State

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Not only did Louisiana-Lafayette’s Lexie Elkins successfully replace Sarah Draheim behind the plate in 2014, but she also produced a pair of firsts on the All-Louisiana collegiate softball team.
Elkins is the first in the 29-year history of the team to win two of the major awards in the same season. She’s the Hitter of the Year — succeeding Draheim, a senior in 2013 — and Newcomer of the Year. She’s also the first sophomore to be chosen Hitter of the Year.

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Bearcats’ Burkhalter goes to Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers selected Ruston High School pitcher David Michael Burkhalter in the sixth round of the First-Year Major League Baseball Draft Friday afternoon.
The 6-3, 190-pound righty had originally signed on to play collegiately at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
But uncertainty with ULM’s baseball program helped make Burkhalter’s decision for him as he said he is planning on playing for the Brewers, organization.
The ULM administration relieved Jeff Schexnaider of his head coaching duties in mid-March.

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Love at first sight for Goff, Tech

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Elvis Presley would be proud. Because as the song says, some things are meant to be.
It seemed like Louisiana Tech officials and the new head coach of the Bulldogs’ baseball team couldn’t help falling in love after he flew into Ruston to meet face-to-face to discuss the opening left after the university announced on May 19 that former head coach Wade Simoneaux’s contract would not be renewed after the team went 15-35 in Simoneaux’s 12th season as skipper.

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Huckleberries: Nature’s top treat

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It’s hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for folks who didn’t grow up out on the rural route. People whose boundaries were defined by concrete and traffic lights grew up missing out on some of the best eating to be had anywhere.
My brother, sister and I had the good fortune of being reared by parents who introduced us to what it really means to live off the land. Our annual spring garden produced all the peas, potatoes, corn and tomatoes — all we could eat, and then some.
Mom canned and preserved or shared with neighbors the excess and everybody was well-fed and happy.

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Vandy-bound Jones made big impact on ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs are losing a coach after all.
No, Michael White is remaining on as head coach after being on the radar of several high-profile programs.
But leaving after being a valuable assistant coach for the last four years is Derrick Jones, who has been selected as an assistant coach for Southeastern Conference-affiliated Vanderbilt.
He is leaving behind many friends and fond memories from the Bulldogs’ program.

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