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March 19th, 2014

RPD hosts DNA seminar for local law enforcement

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Four local law enforcement agencies came together Tuesday to further their education on the topic of DNA.
Hosted by the Ruston Police Department, employees with the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Shreveport were on hand to inform officers, deputies and agents on DNA analysis and the importance of CODIS (COmbined DNA Index System).
RPD Training and Public Information officer Sgt. Clint Williams said the purpose of the class was to help bring different agencies together.

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Charter school in the works

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The Grambling High Foundation will be submitting an application to the state’s Board of Secondary Elementary Education for a Type II charter, after missing the deadline to submit an application for a Type III charter to the Lincoln Parish School District.
“We were still waiting on a piece of information and were unable to get the application in by the deadline,” said GHF president Gordon Ford.

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Farmerville PD seeks suspect

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The Farmerville Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are seeking a Ruston man believed to be responsible for a burglary at Northside Pharmacy.
Farmerville Police Chief Bim Coulbertson said officers were dispatched after an alarm from the pharmacy was received at 12:24 a.m. March 14.
“Our officer parked around the corner from the pharmacy and saw the suspect squatting down at the front door, looking like he was trying to pick something up off the floor,” Coulbertson left. “When the officer identified himself, the suspect jumped in his car and took off.”

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Initiative willing to purchase land for $65K

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The head of the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative says his group is willing to pay the $65,000 appraised price for property for a water treatment plant, if the Legislature OKs the sale.
“If we can buy it, the two towns and the police juries are willing to pay $65,000 to purchase the property,” ULRSWI President Stein Baughman said Tuesday.
“I just pray it will pass so we’ll have that opportunity,” ULRWSI member Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said.

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Local students make us proud

Lincoln Parish has two girls to be proud of — three if you count Lacey the cow — for their recent achievements.
Cedar Creek eighth grader Mary Wynne won the Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee competition at LSU-Shreveport on March 8 and Ruston High School Senior Keirstyn Sonnier won the state title of Premiere Dairy Exhibitor for Louisiana at the Louisiana State University annual Livestock Show in Gonzales last month. Keirstyn’s Brown Swiss Cow, Lacey, took home three first place titles.

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Coastal land loss a loss statewide

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When it comes to Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem, John Barry doesn’t mince words.
“If you think the northern part of the state can thrive while the southern part of the state melts into the ocean, you better rethink your position,” Barry, founder and head of Restore Louisiana Now, said during an interview in Ruston recently.

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GSU alumnae recognized as Teacher of the Year

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Valentine’s Day was extra special for Kiana Carr Johnson this year. She received an extra special valentine as she was named teacher of the year at Betty and Jean Schmalz Elementary School in Katy, Texas.
“Teachers felt like I was the best teacher and had done the best work,” said Carr Johnson, 27, a Grambling State University alumna who attributes her classroom success to what she learned at her alma mater.

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Bulldogs primed to face Iona

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Louisiana Tech will participate in the 77th edition of the National Invitation Tournament with a first round matchup versus Iona at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Two and a half weeks ago, Tech (27-7) thought it was playing its last home game in the TAC for the 2013-14 season, but the Bulldogs now get to regroup as the next phase of the season arrives in the form of the NIT.

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Tech softball hits road to face Mississippi

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OXFORD, Miss. — Louisiana Tech will face its third Southeastern Conference foe of the season Wednesday when the Lady Techsters travel to Oxford for a 6 p.m. single game against the Ole Miss Rebels.
The contest begins a five-day road trip that sees Tech play five games as the Lady Techsters will head to Nashville, Tennessee to face Belmont Thursday before then play a three-game Conference USA series at Middle Tennessee starting Saturday.

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RJHS competes at Lakeside

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Hurdler Devin Herbert (above) won the eighth grade girls 100-meter hurdles and David Cason (below) competed on the Bearkits boys 4x2 relay team Tuesday at Lakeside High School.

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