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July 4th, 2014

Driving spirit of liberty

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Former President Bill Clinton said “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
The Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago today, and as we all prepare to celebrate with our friends and families, there are a few things we must always remember about this day and its meaning.
First, our freedom was not given to us. It was earned. Thousands gave their lives after deciding to walk from underneath the boot of British tyranny and stand up for themselves and ultimately, for countless generations after them.

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Record year for Tech fundraising

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A year of firsts at Louisiana Tech culminated into a record-breaking total in athletic fundraising.
The 2013-14 academic calendar saw first-year President Les Guice lead the University and first-year Athletics Director Tommy McClelland lead the athletic department. It also saw the Bulldogs and the Lady Techsters compete as first-time members of Conference USA.
Those factors and many more contributed to the record $10.9 million in total athletic gifts during the past year, nearly $6 million more than the previous year.

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July 3rd

Drug bust biggest in parish’s history

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The Daily Leader has learned that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have assisted in making what authorities are calling the largest narcotics-related criminal investigation in Lincoln Parish history.
On Tuesday, a total of four search warrants were executed in Lincoln Parish, which resulted in three people being arrested.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said a number of additional arrests are also currently being carried out.

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New princess, queens to be named July 12

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For decades little girls have set their sights on being named the next Princess Peach and many will have that opportunity yet again.
Georgia Dugdale, 5-year-old daughter of Bart and JoAnna Dugdale, was named the 2013 Princess Peach during the 63rd Louisiana Peach Festival. But this year the pageant was unable to be held during the time of the annual festivities.
The annual Princess Peach pageant, along with the Miss Dixie Gem Peach pageant will be held July 11-12 at Choudrant High School.

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Honoring those who fight for freedom

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Area service men and women in the Air and Army National Guard will be honored guests at a first-of-its-kind military appreciation day Friday at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach.
The event is from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will include an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic lunch, games for children and adults and an opportunity to enjoy several of the center’s ropes course elements, Patrick Blanchard, OWL center marketing and program coordinator, said.

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Property stuck in adjudicated deadlock

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is trying to move forward on the sale of one particular piece of adjudicated property, but state laws are making the process complicated, turning the sale into a sticky situation.
“There are approximately 300 adjudicated properties in Lincoln Parish right now,” said Parish Administrator Courtney Hall. “Any entity that gets a tax millage has something at stake in these properties.”

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Insurance is lower in parish

While it’s not something most people enjoy having to spend their money on, auto insurance is something individuals just have to buckle down and purchase. Luckily, according to a study revealed recently by Value Penguin, Ruston residents will have a little more left in their wallet than those living in most cities in the state.

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Bureaucrats just don’t know

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I don’t think a horse has ever been beaten so much without dying but the beast that has become Common Core just doesn’t want to snuff out.
I received an interesting letter in my email the other day containing a petition from several “prominent” Louisiana businesses and organizations urging citizens to support Common Core and the standardized test that is known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, or the PARCC.
I’m all about conviction and commend anyone who would take the time to draw a petition for something they believe in but may I ask a question?

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Wiggin’ Out tickets, sponsorships available

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Tickets and sponsorships packages are now available for the Fourth Annual Wiggin’ Out Dinner and Gala set for Squire Creek Country Club while the Wiggin’ Out organization announced it has recently launched its new website.
The annual gala is the premiere event for the Wiggin’ Out organization, an entity that purchases wigs, lymphatic garments and prosthetic bras for those in North Louisiana unable to afford them.

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Celebrating those who fight for freedom

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Local resident JoAnne Bearden shared this wreath that honors her own grandsons, as well as other members of the military. Bearden has three grandsons in different branches of the service. Her grandson Richard A. Paxton has been in the U.S. Navy for 14 years, and is currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Another grandson, James Patrick Wood has been in the U.S. Army for 12 years, and is currently stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He has served three years in the Iraqi/Afghanistan conflict and recently come home from a one-year deployment in Korea.

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