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November 13th

Voters head to polls this weekend

Amidst all of the holiday shopping, school events and family plans, please don’t forget to vote.
Saturday’s ballot holds several important elections, including run-offs for police jury seats in districts 1, 3 and 11. Other positions to be determined by Lincoln Parish voters are the district 5 seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Louisiana’s attorney general.
Choosing our representatives on both the state and local levels is always important, but especially this year as our state works to overhaul its image.

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Look out for holiday crime

The holidays bring a sense of warmth along with some added stress.
Many people feel the need to get fast money during the holidays to make their Christmas brighter, while others just see this season as an opportunity to catch stores’ register boxes with some extra cash.
Whatever the reason, nothing justifies resorting to crime or any other illegal activities, but a small crime wave seems to ride along with the holidays.
Security cameras are not listed in job descriptions as perks and worrying about your life is not something people usually consider when applying for a job.

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’Dogs focus now on WAC games

“But it’s not just the physical aspect, but also the mental.”
Dooley is hoping that his team took care of its “quota” of mistakes against LSU. Seventeen of the Tigers’ points were courtesy of turnovers by the Bulldogs.
“Wilt Chamberlain (former basketball legend) used to talk about the myth of everybody playing their best against great teams or great players. Oftentimes, teams and players don’t play as well under such circumstances and I felt that way with how we did against LSU.

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School board OKs health plan changes

The board pays about 80 percent of members’ premiums, and Null said the third party administrator has advised that on self-insured programs the employees should be paying at least 25 percent, as opposed to the current 20 percent school board employees pay.
“With the way things are looking, we might have to pass on insurance premiums to the employees in the future,” she said.
School Board Business Manager George Murphy said continuing increases are due to greater utilization of the insurance and increasing fees from doctors and hospitals.

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November 12th

Fire & Ice puts Ruston in the

Stores throughout Ruston and across the country unveiled their Christmas offerings shortly after Halloween, and the holiday spirit is starting to infiltrate our daily activities.
This week in downtown Ruston, Christmas comes early with the Fire & Ice Festival beginning Thursday. The four-day event promises lots of great shopping and entertainment for the whole family. You don’t want to miss it.

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Replace prejudice with love

When I drove into the gravel parking lot of the quaint church, tucked neatly away on a tiny rural road in Dubach, the hastily scrawled letters I saw at its entrance incensed my anger so that before I could stop them, tears jumped to my eyes.

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Cougars home again Friday

“We did well in all aspects of the game,” Aldredge said. “Offensively, defensively, special teams, we had a complete effort and that was good to see in the first playoff game.”
Sean Dwyer continued his role as the Cougars’ top receiver by ending with six catches for 139 yards. He also had 27 rushing yards and four point-after kicks.
Senior wide receiver William Jones totaled five catches for 61 yards for the Cougars.

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Tech economy on the rise in Ruston

He said plans to build a research park would aid commercial research and development entities or private companies that do research and development, such as a pharmacy, as a significant part of the company. He said these types of businesses would attract physicists and mathematicians to the area.
“That’s a different path for our economy,” Norris said. “Lincoln Parish has very much been an economy driven by the wood industry, oil in south Louisiana or pulp and paper, but those are probably not the main drivers of our economy in the future.”

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Veto override protects local water projects

As part of the more than $3.5 billion designated for Louisiana, the bill contains a $2 million authorization for the Union-Lincoln Water Supply project that will help identify alternative sources of water to decrease dependence on the Sparta Aquifer.
Our local representatives in Washington, including Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter along with Rep. Rodney Alexander, deserve special thanks for voting to protect our precious waterways.

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Discovering the story of a local hero

The couple’s chance find at a Ruston flea market inspired them to pursue a relative of the item’s original owner. Although their search has only led to dead ends, the Hulls remain undaunted in their mission.
The story begins about a year ago when the Hulls purchased a set of dogtags at a Ruston shop. Walter, an International Paper retiree and Army veteran, noticed the name and hometown of the soldier to whom the tags belonged: Francis O. Adam Jr. of Ruston, LA.

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