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May 23rd, 2014

Youth group learns how to avoid incarceration

Teens witness high-speed chase demonstration
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On May 17, an EMMS Youth Group workshop was held at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ruston. The presenters were Deputy China Jackson from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and Officer Larry Jones from the Bernice Police Department.
Jackson told the youth about what people experience when being booked as an inmate at her facility. She said that each person being booked is strip-searched, sprayed with a solution for hair lice and showered down before being issued an orange jump suit and placed in a jail cell.

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Celebrate with Red, White and Blue

BRENHAM, TX — The newest flavor from Blue Bell is the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue or family gathering. Celebrate with the new Red, White and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Red, White and Blue Bell is a colorful dessert featuring a strawberry ice cream loaded with strawberries, a vanilla ice cream and a blueberry ice cream combined with real bluberries packaged side by side in one cart.

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Fun with friends at the Bible museum

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Well folks, I had such a great visit with Erma Hudson that I am still enjoying the afterglow. When my niece Jane was here, I was recovering from my five days in the hospital, but we had a great time without doing much gadding about. But when Erma came I was feeling much friskier and we did some fun things.
The thing I possibly enjoyed most was our trip to the Dallas Living Bible Museum at 500 Park Lane. I tell you the address in case any of you want to follow up on it, come over and see for yourself.

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Remembrance is a gift from God

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Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation.
Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served and sacrificed. The idea of memorializing those who have died is an ancient tradition, for there is great power in “remembrance.” It helps us to stay connected to our past, to be grateful for our blessings and to hope that we, too, might leave a legacy of noble character to our children. It is also an idea that is found throughout Scripture.

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Club News: Ruston Civic Guild

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The Ruston Civic Guild recently held their annual spring luncheon at the home of Nelda Neal. Co-hostesses Hilda Estes, Wanda May, Brenda McIntyre and Vergie Shealy provided the desserts while the members supplied the salads for the luncheon. Duddy Garrett, the president, conducted a short business meeting discussing plans for next year. Hilda Estes gave a financial report, and Duddy Garrett presented the slate of officers for 2014-15 which was accepted unanimously.

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Parish gears up to honor veterans

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Lincoln Parish will celebrate Memorial Day in full swing with several events commemorating veterans to be held through Monday.
Tonight, the Grambling American Legion Post 593 will kick things off at 5 p.m. when members place flags on the graves of veterans buried in Grambling Memorial Gardens.
“It’s something we’ve done every year for five years now,” American Legion member Johnny Greene said.

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Items exempt from state tax

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Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25.
According to a statement released by the state Department of Revenue, the 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives Louisiana residents a chance to get ready for storm season before the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.

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First call notifications nixed for Lincoln Parish

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The Lincoln Parish Communications District has decided not to renew the contract with FirstCall, the Baton Rouge-based notification company that was providing emergency alerts through phone, text message and email, Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Thursday.
Emergency preparedness officials are looking at several new options for notifications to local residents, including a smartphone app. All of the options would enable residents to receive emergency messages quicker, Franklin said.

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Troopers warn against fraud calls

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Following a rash of recent complaints, Louisiana State Police wish to caution the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the state police in an effort to obtain money from victims.

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Big haul for HazMat collection

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J.D. Selmon, left, and Chris Guinn were two of the workers last weekend helping unload during the annual Household Hazardous Material Collection Day at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center on Fairgrounds Road. The waste collection day is a partnership between the city of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and has taken place each May for about nine years. More than 100 vehicles unloaded hazardous waste materials during this year’s event.

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