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September 5th, 2014

Ordinary people inspire greatness

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“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
— Louis Nizer
In this business not a day goes by where we don’t meet someone new.
That new person can become an instant friend or a reliable source of great story ideas. But every now and then we meet a person that we just sort of click with.
No I’m not talking about a soul mate, well maybe if there is such a thing as a work-related soul mate.

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Oil trucks a danger to backroads

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On this past Labor Day, I was accosted by what has come to be known today as common courtesy,  and a common event. For anyone that has occasion to drive on one of our battered and tattered country roads, you are acutely aware of the oilfield and logging activities in our area, and how dangerous these roads have become. Many residents of Lincoln Parish draw revenue from oil and gas wells, as well as timber; including many of my family members and neighbors. We are all grateful for the money.

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Crawl set to kick off fall season

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Now that we have passed Labor Day, I find myself yearning for fall. We generally think of September as part of the fall season, even though Louisiana weather often disagrees. However, everyone is back in school, football has begun and our minds begin to wander toward pumpkins and cooler weather.
To celebrate this new season and enjoy an early evening outdoors, be sure to come downtown for the Fall Crawl. Several arts businesses in downtown Ruston are joining together for a great evening from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 19

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NASA camp gives students hands-on STEM experience

Educators and counselors from NASA Stennis Space Center recently conducted a three-day “train-the-trainer” Astro Camp, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), at Louisiana Tech University’s SciTEC Center.

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September 4th

Armed robbery suspect arrested

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Ruston Police Department officers have made an arrest on the suspected armed robbery that took place at the Super 8 Hotel on Sunday.
Taylor Dawn Beckley, 21, of 480 Pleasant Grove Road, Choudrant, was arrested by officers and charged with armed robbery on Wednesday.
Due to video surveillance footage available, on the night of the suspected armed robbery law enforcement personnel were able to identify Beckley, along with a white male.
The affidavit stated that Beckley’s arrest came after a law enforcement interview about the incident.

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Offices make final move to LP Public Safety Complex

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A project that has been many years in the making will become a full-fledged reality as various divisions of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office begin operating out of their new facility Friday.
“This is a great thing for Lincoln Parish,” Sheriff Mike Stone said, during a short tour of the facility.
Stone said the new facility will be a hub for North Louisiana, providing training for personnel.
The following divisions within LPSO will begin operating out of their new home in the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located at 161 Road Camp Road:
• Administrative Division

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Horse show season draws to a close

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The Cotton Country Open Horse Show Association’s annual season is nearly drawing to a close.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, the organization will have their fourth out of five annual shows at the Northeast Louisiana Exhibition Center, located on Highway 33. Typically, approximately 50 individuals show up to test their mettle against the other horses and riders.
“You can come and enter the day of the show,” Loyce Miller, a long-time member of the organization, said. “Any horse is welcome, this is an open horse show. Negative Coggins (test) is all that is required.”

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Tickets still available

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John French, of Shreveport, is pictured with his brand new Glock. French was the winner of the early bird prize for the 2014-15 52 Gun Raffle, benefiting the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department. There are a few tickets left with the first drawing to be held on Saturday. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 768-4111 or email info@choudrant.org.

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Outdoor tax-free weekend coming soon

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday marks an occasion where outdoorsmen in the area can save a few bucks — the 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday.
“Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act that provides an exemption from state and local sales and use taxes on individuals’ purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday of each September,” said Louisiana Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield.

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Sokol settling in behind center

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It was a long wait for Louisiana Tech senior quarterback Cody Sokol.
After breaking records originally set by former Tech standout signal caller Tim Rattay, Sokol transferred to the University of Iowa expecting to spend a couple of seasons as the Hawkeyes’ starter.
But things don’t always work out as planned, and Sokol spent two seasons on the bench before graduating with a year of eligibility remaining.
That opened the door for Sokol to transfer to Louisiana Tech, where he started for the Bulldogs in last weekend’s 48-16 season-opening loss to Oklahoma.

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