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July 10th, 2014

Grambling bust yields 7 arrests

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A prolonged narcotics investigation by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team lead to the execution of more than two dozen arrest warrants Wednesday afternoon at 149 Wayside Drive in Grambling.
Maj. Chad Alexander, of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said six people were charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and seven were arrested on the scene at Wayside Drive.

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Eyeing future growth

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Ruston aims for economic development sites
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It used to be that economic development site selectors spent hours on the road touring potential business and industrial locations. Times have changed.
“Now, 90 percent of it is done beforehand using technology,” Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development director, said.

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Riggs announces bid for re-election

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Ruston District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs today announced her candidacy for re-election this fall.
Riggs has represented District 5 for 12 years.
“I have learned that projects undertaken by city government take years to complete, but in time those projects are finished,” she said.

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Simsboro plans special meeting for Monday

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Council to address property tax millage rates at second July meeting
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The village of Simsboro will have a second meeting in the month of July because Monday night’s regular meeting was only 29 days after the June 9 meeting.
Aldermen will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday to vote on Resolution 01-16, which will set the 2014 millage rate. Mayor Willie Hendricks told aldermen that the recommendation will be that the millage rate remains at 5.08 mils, the same rate as the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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2014 Princess Peach contestants revealed

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The annual Princess Peach Pageant is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Choudrant High School. This pageant allows local children to compete in a long-time Ruston tradition. The experience, reserved for girls ages 4, 5 or 6, begins on Friday with an ice cream social and judge interviews, and culminates with the pageant on Saturday.

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LPPJ property decision looms

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been back and forth on what to do with one piece of adjudicated property for several years now — one out of about 300 parcels in Lincoln Parish which have been adjudicated and are no longer inside the economic stream of commerce.
The question is: what is the best plan of action to sell adjudicated properties and still benefit the parish?
There are three options available:
• The LPPJ staff and attorneys work on obtaining titles themselves.

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Foreign relations gone wrong

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When I was growing up, the United States was a world “superpower.” As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think anyone believes that anymore — not even U.S. citizens.
The decline in patriotism has had a pronounced effect on our morale and, like a wolf hot on a trail; other countries can sense our weakening confidence in our country and its leadership.

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New ‘Legends’ to be honored

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Grambling set to induct sixth class of Hall of Fame athletes
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GRAMBLING — As any Tigers fan knows, the sports program at Grambling State University is full of history and success. The history is accentuated by the many individuals who have achieved greatness in the varied areas of sports and society.
Each year, former members of the storied-athletic program recognize and honor excellence on and off the arena of athletic performance. This year is no different as 11 individuals are being recognized and inducted into the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame.

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Ruston to face W.M.

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The West Monroe Nationals, pictured celebrating a earlier win, will face Ruston in a championship game of the 14-year-old Dixie Youth Baseball Regional Tournament at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ruston Dixie Baseball Complex on Ballpark Road. Undfeated Ruston needs one win in the double-elimination tournament while West Monroe needs two.

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July 9th

‘The Sound of Music’ set to begin Thursday

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The piney hills of northern Louisiana may have their own tune, but this week, Ruston Community Theatre is adding an Austrian twist with “The Sound of Music” directed by Dee Alexander.
The play will open at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. It will also run at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students and children.

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