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August 3rd

LPDC upgrades could cost $474K in upgrades

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It appears the Lincoln Parish Detention Center will undergo extensive renovations sometime in the near future.
The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission met last week to discuss facility issues, a proposal by Sheriff Mike Stone, juvenile housing and finances.
Warden Zack Crooks gave the report from LaSalle Management, the organization that is under a management contract for the detention center.

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RHS Belles in fashion

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Members of the Ruston High School dance line will model fashions from local shops when they take the stage at the Annual Style Show/Dinner on Monday evening.
The event, which typically draws 350-400 attendees, will take place at the Ruston Civic Center.
“We’ve been doing this since 1993,” said Melanie Garrison, who, along with Beth Yenser, is Bearcat Belles co-sponsor. “For the clothing, we are using all local stores, except the seniors always model evening wear, so we are modeling evening wear from one store in Monroe.”

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Mayfield sentenced on lesser charge

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Following several months going through the judicial system, Ruston Ward 2 City Council member Elmore Mayfield is hopeful his legal troubles are behind him for good.
“To go through a judicial system, it stays a part of your life up until it’s over,” Mayfield said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s done with several lessons learned.”
After being charged with aggravated assault last October, Mayfield pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace.

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NCLAC summer arts camps come to a close

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North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s summer of arts camps has come to a close. It was an action-packed summer with six week-long camps in four parishes. Campers made pin-hole cameras, sock monsters, magnetic murals and shield puppets. They worked on musicals, wrote scripts and practiced choreography. It was a fun time for all involved — campers, teachers and volunteers.

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Tech restores pillars at original entrance

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The original entrance to Louisiana Tech University has been restored with original bricks from Hale Hall.
The four brick pillars along Railroad Avenue near the business building are more than a century old and mark the original entrance to Tech. Crumbling due to time and the elements, the 8- and 10-foot pillars were recently given an update, then capped and sealed to hopefully keep water out and extend life.

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No. 40 Bethlehem donates to CCA

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Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 recently donated boxes of non-perishables and canned goods to the Christian Community Action Center in Ruston. The Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 is adopted by MT. Tema Lodge No. 42 and affiliated with U.M.W. King George Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Louisiana. Pictured from left to right are Angelite Caldwell, Marvin Johnson, Beth Anders with the Christian Community Action Center and Tira Webb.

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Prepare kids for new school year

Local k-12 students will be back in the classroom in approximately two weeks.
After a long summer at camp, in childcare, on vacation or just hanging around the house watching television, students will be changing their routines.
To ensure a smooth school year, there are steps that parents can already be taking.

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Olympics spark enthusiasm

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You would think it would be hard to get excited about an event that happens only once every four years, but I found things to be quite the opposite Friday night as I sat through countless hours of the 2012 XXX Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
From the queen’s “skydive” to the ceremony with current James Bond actor Daniel Craig to the parade of athletes from the more than 200 nations participating in the parade, I just couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen.

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The pains of a new phone

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Wednesday, Feb. 29, was a special milepost in my life. I finally could tear up the learner’s permit which I have been using to operate a motor vehicle for the past 48 years. I reached my 16th birthday and instead of making me wait another year, they “grandfathered” me and awarded my real driver’s license.
Good story, but way too much gray hair to be believable. I was born on Leap Year, though, so hitting my real age of 64 was less painful!

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La. Tech to receive $612,850 in grant money

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced recently that the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration will award two grants to Louisiana Tech University.
The first, a $112,850 award, will go to the University Center Economic Development program to fund the third and final year of the program. The second, a $500,000 award, will support the economic development partnership between Tech and the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development.

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