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May 26th, 2017

Burglary suspects face more charges

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More charges have been added to list of those faced by two adults and one juvenile in reference to a recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the parish.
Jamario Montreal Smith, 18, of 500 South Barnett Springs Road, in Ruston, now faces 22 counts of burglary, while Emerion Holland, 17, of 141 Bennett Rd., in Grambling, now faces seven counts of burglary.
Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Smith, Holland and three juveniles on Tuesday. One of the juveniles is also now charged with 22 counts of burglary.

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Arcadia outlet mall

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ARCADIA — The city of Arcadia has signed agreement to purchase the Factory Stores of America, a popular outlet mall in the city, for $500,000.
The announcement was made during ceremonies Thursday at the mall.
Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith said the city council agreed to purchase the 90,000-square-foot outlet mall after hearing the owners were about closing it.
Vanity Fair, one of the mall’s tenants, said they were not going to renew a contract to stay in the outlet mall and as a result the owners of the mall decided to close down, Smith said.

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Conservative think tank eyes governmental reform

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The incoming head of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy said Thursday his organization wants to create a movement in Louisiana that will push for constitutionally limited government and other conservative principles.
“We want to create conditions that let prosperity grow,” Daniel Erspamer said during a stop in Ruston.
Erspamer is barnstorming the state trying to raise awareness of and money to re-launch the nine-year-old New Orleans-based think tank.
“We’re going to need everyone across the state pulling together to accomplish the kind of change we envision,” Erspamer said.

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Neighborhood Watch program organized

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Homeowners in Ruston’s Foxxwood Subdivision met recently with Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Eldred Hardison, far right, to learn how to organize a Neighborhood Watch program. Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between law enforcers and community members to reduce crime and improve quality of life in their communities. Participants in the Foxxwood meeting included Judy Posey, Karen Johnson, John and Kim Ward, Lee and Olitsa Robbins, Hunter and Patti McFadden, Taylor and Alex Burt, Monique and Jean Gourd, Robert Mitcham, Cheryl Bollier, Donna Hipp and Larkin Hudson.

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Music on the Bayou returns

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New Music on the Bayou is returning for its second annual summer festival! The festival will present contemporary-classical music across Northeast Louisiana from May 31 to June 3. Six concerts in Ruston, West Monroe and Monroe will be free and open to the public, and tickets to the finale on June 3 are on sale now at newmusiconthebayou.com.
New Music on the Bayou celebrates the possibilities of modern music by including many different voices and venues.
Over 40 composers from around the world will be in Northeast Louisiana to work with local professional musicians.

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Diamond ’Dogs out of C-USA Tourney

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Tech falls 5-2 to Southern Mississippi in elimination game
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BILOXI, Miss. — After going two and done in the Conference USA Baseball Tournament, Louisiana Tech will play the waiting game over the weekend before learning its ultimate fate on Monday.
Southern Mississippi took control early and the Bulldogs’ bats never got on track as Tech fell 5-2 to the No. 11 Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon at MGM Park.
A three-run Southern Miss home run in the second inning was all USM needed to put the game away as the Golden Eagles built a 4-0 advantage heading into the fourth inning.

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Celebrating, honoring the fallen

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I can remember the marble wall was cold to the touch as I ran my fingers over the names of those engraved there.
The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is just one of many monuments that stands today as a reminder of those we have lost through war and conflict.
The roses lining the bottom of the memorial were crushed from the thousands of visitors each day, leaving red stains to flow along the tiny streams of rainwater making it’s way to the closest patch of grass.

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Guiness record attempt one for the books

It may have started as a joke, but then on May 9, Michael Wall, a Ruston native and law enforcement officer, and Shelton Foster Jr., of Dry Prong, and also a law enforcement officer, made attempting to break a Guinness World Record into a reality.
“Shelton and I, as a lot of the riders do, will get out there on the road and take our hands of the handle bars and we cruise,” he said. “It is just a balancing deal with the bike.”
He was coming through Créole Village and got pulled over for taking his hands off the handle bars.

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May 25th

Student takes company to national competition

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It’s not everyday that a 14-year-old owns their own business, but Dakota Carpenter, of Choudrant, does.
Dakota will begin 10th grade at Darbonne Woods Charter School in the fall, but for now, she is focused on her business — Agua Plantas.
She was able to create her business through the help of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
YEA! is a program of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
“My mom works at the Chamber and last year they did it and I thought it was cool,” Dakota said. “So this year my mom encouraged me to do it, so I did.”

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Hurricane preparedness

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Sales tax discount available for certain items this weekend

Lincoln Parish residents can purchase flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies at a reduced state sales tax during the state Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Saturday and Sunday.
The state holiday provides a 2 percent exemption from the state sales tax on statutorily specified hurricane preparedness items. This means eligible purchases are subject to only 3 percent state sales tax instead of the full 5 percent to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season starting June 1.

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