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October 3rd, 2013

Mr. Johnny Pierce Frasier

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Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Pierce Frasier, age 77 of Shreveport, will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Officiating the service will be Rev. Tuck Roberts. Burial will follow in Culbertson Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Frasier was born October 6, 1935 in Vienna, LA to Virgil Frasier and Ava Otwell Frasier. He died September 29, 2013 in Shreveport after a lengthy illness. He worked for many years as a loan officer and lineman for Gould/Exide Batteries. In his spare time, Mr.

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Lester Lavelle Hood

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Services to celebrate the life of Lester Lavelle Hood, age 92, will be held Friday, October 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Arcadia. Bro. Jeff Hoffman will officiate. He will be laid to rest at St. Rest Cemetery in Lincoln Parish. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Roseneath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Mr. Hood was born April 17, 1921, in rural Arcadia to Andrew and Geneva Hood. He entered into rest on October 1, 2013, in Ruston, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Pearl Hood, and his sister, Ineta Baker. Mr.

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Anna Jo Sarah (Sally) Savage Gullatt

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Funeral services for Anna Jo Sarah (Sally) Savage Gullatt, 84 of West Monroe will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, October 4, 2013 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe. Rev. Warren Eckhart will officiate. Interment will follow at Gullatt Family Cemetery near Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe, LA. Mrs. Gullatt was born December 29, 1928 in Wyatt, LA and passed away October 1, 2013 in Monroe, LA. She was a retired school teacher and received a B.S. in Education from Louisiana Tech in 1949. Mrs.

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October 2nd

Escapee caught

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Local law enforcement reported that Dekedrick Dontez Mardis turned himself in this morning.
The suspect surrendered himself to law enforcement.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office thanks residents for their patience and assistance in the way of tips.
Mardis escaped from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center through an open door Friday.
LPSO along with Ruston Police Department, the K9 Chase Team from Wade Correctional Center and Louisiana State Police Air Wing (FLIR equipped helicopter) were called in to assist in the search.
The search has been ongoing since Friday night.

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Ruston Housing Authority sued

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DOJ files lawsuit based on pattern of discrimination

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Housing Authority for the City of Ruston, alleging it has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against black tenants.
“Access to housing free from racial discrimination is everyone’s right, including those who seek public housing assistance,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The department will continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.”

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Charter application received

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oln Parish could be home to a charter school in 2014, if the charter application submitted late last week to the Lincoln Parish School Board is approved.
Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell informed board members of the application during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
At this point, Bell said the application is not complete, so very little information is known about the applicant and what they hope to do.
“The application was very vague,” Bell said. “From what I can tell, there will be a lot of questions.”

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Shutdown continues

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Lincoln Parish is feeling the effects of the government shutdown. Local offices at two of the three federal agencies in Ruston are closed, and the third is operating with limited services.
Employees at the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Geological Survey have been furloughed. The Social Security Administration field office is open, but only at partial capacity.
“We are one furlough. We’re not at the office. We’re not on the job,” Ben McGee, USGS supervisory hydrologist, said.

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LPDC meeting discusses juveniles

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is struggling to find a place to house juvenile offenders.
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Lincoln Parish Detention Center called to order a meeting at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The commissioners opened the floor to Deputy Kirk Taylor who discussed the lack of space for juveniles that are at risk to themselves and the community.

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Event raises money for LOPA

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A line-up of unique vehicles can be spotted at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center during the Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show set to be held Saturday and Sunday.
The Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show is in its third year and is held in honor of the late Tommy Curry, a Farmerville resident born with polycystic kidney disease.
Andy Curry, Tommy’s father, said when Tommy was a small child he needed a transplant and there were not any family members who were a match.
In Tommy’s lifetime he would have two transplants and numerous other surgeries.

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Help prevent bullying

October is a month that brings awareness to a variety of topics — including bullying. National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign that was founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention.
According to pacer.org, it is used to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Historically bullying was viewed “a childhood rite of passage.”
It was also believed that bullying “made kids tougher,” when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety and depression.

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