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August 2nd, 2013

Remembering times past

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I thought of Dr. Rick Byargeon this last Sunday as I sat in early church here in Dallas.

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Man arrested after home invasions

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Witnesses report that suspect held them at gunpoint
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At approximately 2:14 p.m. Thursday Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped a vehicle in downtown Simsboro resulting in the arrest of Allan Joshua Cockerham, 21, of 116 Chocolate Factory Road in Arcadia.
The arrest came after four victims, two male and two female, called 911 to report Cockerham had them at gunpoint at a residence on La. Highway 544 in Simsboro.
According to the affidavit, the victims were in the living room when a noise was heard on the porch.

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A peppy tradition

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Annual cheer clinic begins Monday
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“Go Team Go!” Will be just one of the chants echoed throughout Ruston High School’s Boy’s Gym in just a few short days.
The annual Ruston High School Cheer Mini-Clinic is set to take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. A final performance for parents, family and friends will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday. Cost for the camp is $45.
Those interested in attending will have a chance to sign up between 8 and 9 a.m. Monday.
Cheer Sponsor Heather Reeder said attendees should wear comfortable clothing.

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LPNET sting yields results

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As part of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team’s Operation Summer Heat Ladarius Dehun Winzer was arrested.
Winzer, 32, of 1057 Sage Court, was arrested at 10:21 a.m. Thursday at Ginger Drive.
According to the affidavit, officers were traveling down Cinnamon Lane and noticed the suspect walking on the sidewalk.
On July 25, deputies had conducted a search warrant at Winzer’s residence, the suspect was not home during that time.
Officer’s pulled up alongside the suspect, and called out his name “Ladarius Winzer.”

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Rewarding service

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‘Safer’ tuition grant offers funds to local volunteers
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Two local volunteer firefighters have recently been honored for not only their service, but also their pursuit of higher education.
Jordan Gray, 23, has been a volunteer with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department since 2009. Matt Page, 21, has been a volunteer with LPFD since 2010, and a volunteer with Alpine Fire Department since 2009
The two men were awarded grant money at a June ceremony held in Scott. Louisiana State Fireman’s Association and Louisiana State Fire Marshal hosted the event.
Gray and Page were awarded the “SAFER” Tuition Reimbursement Grant.

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Math fair offers students hands-on lessons

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Late last month, A.E. Phillips Elementary School and the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University offered a learning experience for both local children and students hoping to one day become teachers.
First through sixth grade students were invited to the annual two-day Summer Math Fair, which gave students an opportunity to brush up on the math skills that have likely remained dormant throughout the summer while having a little bit of fun.

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NCLAC membership campaign launched

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This week the North Central Louisiana Arts Council is excited to present the launch of its first official Membership Campaign! This August, NCLAC is rolling out new membership benefits, and membership cards for all its new and renewing members.
We feel as an organization that in the past we have lost touch with some of our members, but with our new membership program we will be able to keep our members more informed about our events, therefore allowing them to take full advantage of their membership each year.

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Scouts retire American Flags

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Boy Scouts from Troop 45, in Ruston, and Troop 22, in Jonesboro, as well as Cub Scouts from pack 59, in Ruston, demonstraged a flag retiring ceremony for the Dalley Masonic Lodge, in Chatham on July 6. A flag should be retired when it it faded, torn or in any way not in perfect condition. The ceremony included demonstrating how to properly fold a flag, how to prepare a flag for retirement by separating the stripes and the blue field and a speech about the significance of each part of the flag. Once the flag’s pieces were separated, they were reitred by being placed in a fire.

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Downtown work continues progressing

Two weeks ago, we reported a story on the downtown construction that is currently still underway. While phases three and four are still continuing, the City of Ruston is about to begin construction on phase five of the downtown revitalization project. Here is the current three week look ahead provided to us by Hunt, Guillot and Associates Engineering.

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Looking for a good book to read

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It’s not often these days that I get to curl up with a good book and read cover-to-cover in only a day or so.
I have my go-to authors who I can read over and over again — the same book mind you — that never gets old. I am enthusiastically delighted when I read an oldie and find something new that I overlooked the first time.
But earlier this week, mainly on Monday when I had a few hours to myself I was looking for a new book to divulge in and yet of all the great books I have on my shelves I couldn’t bring myself to begin one.

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