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October 7th, 2014

Techsters tip off practices

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Louisiana Tech senior Savanna Langston summarized this morning’s three-hour practice with first-year head coach Tyler Summitt in just two short sentences Monday afternoon when she met with members of the media.
“I can’t say that I’ve been through anything like that before,” Langston said. “But I think when it was all said and done, we all felt like we got better today. “
Summitt, Langston and the Lady Techsters officially began team workouts at 6 a.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. But what was so unusual about the practice session for Langston?
It was void of basketballs.

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The many faces of the Genus Allium

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Gardeners don’t have to wait for the spring season to establish an herb garden. Fall is a prime time for planting the hardiest herbs that actually grow very well in areas with mild winters.
Cool-season annual herbs are hardy enough to survive our normal winter temperatures and actually prefer to grow in the cool-to-mild days and chilly-to-cold nights we have here during the cool season. Some of the most common plants planted in herb gardens are members of the onion genus Allium. Onions, garlic and chives are the most notable.

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Parish pigskin on the rise

It’s funny how fast things can change, especially in the game of college football.
Sometimes that change can be good, and the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates our parish universities for the excitement they’ve built up in recent weeks.
Three weeks ago Grambling State stood at 0-3 on the season, and with a total of two wins over the previous two seasons, it looked like it would be another year of futility for the Tigers.

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La. law provides protection for ag.

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Agritourism involves hosting curious visitors on our agricultural operations. Their unfamiliarity with operations increases the risk of injury and of course lawsuits. In response to the vulnerability for lawsuits and the problem with obtaining liability insurance for agritourism operations, Louisiana law, R.S. 9:2795.5, was passed in 2008. The law is intended to limit the liability of an agritourism professional for injuries that occur through no fault of the agritourism professional.

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October 6th

Fire damages mobile home

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Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 officials were unable to determine the cause of a Friday morning blaze that resulted in extensive damage to a mobile home on Salem Road, according to LPFD officials. Fire personnel arrived at the scene of the fire at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday to find heavy smoke coming from the home. Seven units and 12 personnel extinguished the fire, clearing the scene and returning the service by 12:20 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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Man charged with battery

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A Ruston man faces second-degree battery changes today after a weekend altercation with his father-in-law.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Matthew Allen Smith, 21, of 215 Brothers Road, around 1:30 a.m. today. Smith reportedly told officers he went to his father-in-law’s house on Highway 151 in an attempt to see his infant daughter, who was staying with her grandfather while her mother was hospitalized.
But when Smith arrived, his father-in-law told him to leave. Smith then attempted to hit the other man, but missed, according to the arrest affidavit.

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LPSB sustains local truancy program

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The Lincoln Parish School Board filled a financial gap for the local truancy office after the state failed to reimburse grant monies for three consecutive months.
Truancy, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the act or instance of not showing up or missing school without permission.”
In the early 2000’s the office of the 3rd Judicial District Attorney recognized the direct link between early truancy, juvenile delinquency and eventual criminal behavior.

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Officials announce installation of ‘Move Over’ signs on highways

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In support of Louisiana’s “Move Over” law, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson, alongside Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, announced the installation of several dozen Move Over for Emergency Vehicle signs across the state.
The signs, strategically placed along major travel routes and state line crossings, will serve as a reminder to motorists not only of state law requirements, but also of the importance to keep first responders, emergency workers and stranded motorists safe along Louisiana’s highways.

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Car show raises funds, awareness

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The Second Chance Car Truck and Bike Show was held Saturday and Sunday at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
More than 50 entrants participated to raise money and awareness for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency.
The event began when event promoter Andy Curry’s son, Tommy Curry, died of polycystic kidney disease.
Pictured is participant J.R. Hansen, of Monroe, who has been working on alterations to a 1984 Chevy, some of which include suicide doors, rear steering, airbag suspension, 18-wheeler custom rims and dually tires on the back.

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Register to vote deadline today

On Nov. 4, voters in Lincoln Parish will make decisions on who will be the best person for a variety of open positions. Several positions including Ruston mayor, 3rd Judicial District Attorney, 3rd Judicial District Judge and Ruston City Marshal, will see a new face for the first time in more than a decade.

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