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September 26th, 2014

LPDC makes safety changes

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission, the District Attorney’s Office and Warden Jim Tuten wasted no time when it came to the safety of the residents of Lincoln Parish.
In an effort to ensure the LPDC was secure, the commission declared a state of emergency and the DA’s office wrote a resolution the same day Tuten presented them with a proposal to increase security to the center — no questions asked.
The action taken on Sept. 22 was the result of an escape that occurred Sept. 13.

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In for a clucking good time

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It’s no secret I am not a Ruston native, not even a Lincoln Parish native. But after spending four years at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston felt more like home that my actual hometown did.
In the years since the decision was made that this would be our home, I have spent the fourth Saturday of September in Dubach.
Sure I’ve been to Dubach on other days of the weeks and months that I have worked at the Daily Leader, but this time of year I always seem to draw the Louisiana Chicken Festival card.

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September 25th

Police, EMS respond to area accidents

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Local emergency response personnel aided with two separate vehicular accidents on opposite sides of town on Wednesday.
The first occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 33 and 821/Frazier Road and involved two 18-wheelers.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and the Ruston Fire Department/EMS responded to the scene.
RFD/EMS transported the driver of one vehicle for injuries sustained in the accident.
Another accident occured later in the day at 3:30 p.m. on East Georgia Avenue in front of Ivan Smith Furniture.

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Smiths raise awareness of Type 1

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Tristen Smith was only 1 when his young life was changed forever.

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Freeman announces candidacy

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Ruston Deputy Marshal Sandy Freeman today announced his candidacy for city marshal in the Nov. 4 primary.
Freeman, a Republican from Simsboro, is one of two candidates vying for the position held by retiring long-time Marshal Mike Hilton.

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Library invites teens to celebrate ‘Star Wars’ Reads Day Oct. 11

Teens are invited to feel the power of the force at 4 p.m. Oct. 11. In partnership with Random House, Penguin Publishing and DK, the library will celebrate National “Star Wars” Reads Day in the Lincoln Community Room.
Along with many freebies from library partners, teens will also participate in “Star Wars” Trivia; learn Jedi paper tricks, play intergalactic games in addition to tasting Wookie cookies and Yoda soda. A prize will be awarded for the best “Star Wars” costume.

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Club News: Junior Guild

The Junior Guild held their Fall Luncheon Meeting in the home of JoAnn Johnston on Sept. 18.
Johnston and her co-hostesses, Diane Hoogland, Annette Maxwell, Martha Moss, Betty Lou Robertson and Donna White prepared and served an array of blueberry, chicken and vegetable salads, topped off with a dessert of Chocolate Russian Cake, to the ladies attending.

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Chicken Festival struts into town

For the past 26 years the Louisiana Chicken Festival has strutted through Dubach on the fourth full weekend of September. This Friday and Saturday will be no different as the annual festival finally arrives.
Although many events have been held leading up to these main festival days, the activities held these two days are what organizers say draw in the crowds.

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LPDC working to improve inmate's lives

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Monday was my first time to ever go to the detention center and I have to say I was pretty impressed. The DC is not usually my beat, so typically, I don’t have a reason to go but this time certain circumstances called for it.
No, I wasn’t impressed with the building itself, but with all of the different efforts being made to improve the lives of the inmates.

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Tech’s defense set to face big challenge

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Louisiana Tech Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz are no strangers, something Bulldogs fans are hoping will play in their team’s favor.
In 2010 Malzahn was offensive coordinator at Auburn and Diaz was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State when Auburn held on to a 17-14 win on its way to a national title.
Malzahn hasn’t forgotten.

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