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February 22nd, 2017

DART responds to female homicide ranking

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Editor’s note: This is the second column in a two-part series on Louisiana ranking No. 2 in the nation for female homicides.
On Monday, I shared the troubling new information that Louisiana now ranks No. 2 in the nation for female homicides, and that in the vast majority of these cases, the victims were the wives, common law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the killer.
When I read this new report, I was filled with certainty that DART is vital to our community. Our purpose, inscribed on every piece of literature we distribute, is “helping keep families safe.”

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Reader writes about protests

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The riots that are on going in the United States only happened in the far east until recently. Private property is being destroyed and police are being hurt violently by young people.

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Town Hall: Time to talk and listen

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It’s good when groups get together to talk about themselves. That way everybody becomes a bit more familiar with everybody else, and presumably, with what the other folks are doing.
Such was the premise of the recent two-hour-long Lincoln Parish United Town Hall Meeting. The annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce event is designed to allow government, education, business and law enforcement agencies about 10 minutes each to update the public on what each group did the previous year and their plans for the year to come.

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Student shows how to volunteer

Once again, Lincoln Parish has a reason to be proud of one of its own students.
Cedar Creek School junior Anna Katherine Tollett, 16, was named one of the state’s top two youth volunteers of 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Anna is one of only two recognized in the state.
Anna will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in May as a result of being a state honoree.

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Lady Techsters to face SLU on softball field today

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Louisiana Tech returns home following a six-game road against P5 programs to host Southeastern Louisiana at 4 p.m. today at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech (7-4) posted impressive wins over Big 10 foe Indiana and previously-undefeated SEC foe South Carolina this past weekend at the Texas Invitational which also included a pair of one-run losses to the host Longhorns and the Gamecocks.

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G-Men boomed by Sooners

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Head Coach James Coopers’ Grambling State baseball team fell to 2-2 on the baseball season as the Tigers were defeated 11-2 Monday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma. GSU and the Sooners (3-1) will meet again at 3:05 p.m. today at Mithcell Field in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Diamond ’Dogs to host UALR

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Louisiana Tech’s Tuesday night contest with Arkansas-Little Rock was rescheduled for 6 p.m. today due to weather conditions in the Ruston that are expected to leave the area by tomorrow evening. Chase Lunceford (above) and the Diamond ’Dogs stand at 3-0 on the season.

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Boys prep playoff brackets released

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All six Lincoln Parish teams to begin postseason play at home
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After a extended wait, all six of Lincoln Parish’s boys basketball teams finally learned Tuesday how they will start their playoff seasons later this week.
Ruston High School is the No. 8 seed in Class 5A and will begin postseason play at home as the Bearcats play host to No. 25 Dutchtown at 7 p.m. Friday in the RHS Boys Gym.
Tickets for that game will cost $7.
Cedar Creek earned the No. 15 seed in Div. IV and for the first time in nearly 30 years will begin the playoffs at home as the Cougars play host to No. 18 Catholic-Point Coupee at 6 p.m. Friday.

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February 21st

LC GEORGE

Funeral services for L C George, age 80, of Dubach, LA will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston, LA. Rev. Dwayne Monk will officiate. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park in Monroe, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA.

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WILLIAM "BILL" WARREN AKIN

Graveside services for William "Bill" Warren Akin of Simsboro are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Simsboro City Cemetery. He went to his heavenly home on February 17, 2017 at Bienville Medical Center in Arcadia, LA. Bill was born March 3, 1932 in Sibley, LA. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force beginning in 1950. “Bud” retired in 1970 after numerous duties, including Vietnam. Upon military retirement, he returned to Sibley where he worked for Jim Bonsall Construction.

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