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May 8th, 2014

Numbers say Lincoln is the place to be

Since 2010, Lincoln Parish has received approximately $180,000 in grants from the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Evidently, the state’s investment in local events is paying off. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, tourists spent slightly more than $27 million in Lincoln Parish, according to research done by the U.S. Travel Association.

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The history of Cinco de Mayo

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One of the largest celebrations in the Americas just took place, but most of us don’t know why — I’m talking about Cinco de Mayo.
The Hispanic culture has always intrigued me. Well, I say always. I was a Spanish major (also a journalism major) but, in truth, I hated Spanish in high school. Turned out, it had nothing to do with me not liking the language and everything to do with the particular teacher I had.
Anyways, Cinco de Mayo is a big part of a rich, vibrant culture I find attractive.

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May 7th

Local vet recalls war

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Humor is something that allows a person to cope with certain aspects of their lives. Ninety-year-old Ralph Tinsley has used humor as his tool to remembering his time in World War II.
Originally from Haynesville, Tinsley said he settled in Ruston upon serving his four years because his mother and his sister were living here in 1946.
And now decades later, Tinsley recalls back on his times in the Army and his family.

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Dardenne tours parish

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Last year was a record-setting year for tourism in Louisiana, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne told a group of Lincoln Parish business and tourism leaders Tuesday.
Dardenne was in Ruston as part of a four-day swing statewide tour celebrating National Tourism Week. The lieutenant governor heads the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
He touted recently released statistics showing Louisiana attracted 27.3 million visitors in 2013 — a 4 percent increase over 2012.

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New clerk at Simsboro

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The Simsboro Board of Aldermen met Monday night to discuss the introduction of the 2014-15 budget and pay bills.
Simsboro Mayor Willie Hendricks was absent and Mayor Pro Tem Pam Durrett stood in his place.
After the invocation and pledge of allegiance, April’s minutes were approved and bills for the month of April were paid.
Durrett gave aldermen Tiffany Cole and Doug Durrett time to review the budget for 2013-14 and the updated budget for 2014-15. Cole motioned the new budget be approved and the motion passed unanimously.

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Choudrant FD assisted

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The Choudrant Volunteer Firemen’s Association group will now have a little help from the Village of Choudrant with clerical duties.
During the May meeting on Monday night, the board of aldermen voted unanimously to enter into a cooperative agreement with the nonprofit group that works to raise funds for the volunteer fire department.
Mayor Bill Sanderson, who is also the CFD chief, told aldermen that the association has been vital to the fire department.

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Cougars run to quarterfinals

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Cedar Creek storms to 15-2 road win at East Beauregard
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Chalk up another big win for the Cedar Creek baseball team, which has moved to the quarterfinals of the Class 1A baseball playoffs.
The Cougars didn’t waste any time taking over in Tuesday’s second game at East Beauregard, pushing across seven runs in the first inning en route to a 15-2 win in five innings.
Mark Van and Grant Clary each picked up two hits for the Cougars, who also got two RBIs each from Jacob Antee and Jacob Brown.
Brown worked four innings on the mound and picked up the win while Van pitched the final inning for Cedar Creek.

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Tech’s Smith nationally noticed

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Publications touting ‘Speedy’ as one of country’s top point guards
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The 2014-15 college basketball season is still about six months away from tipping off, but national publications are already previewing the top returning players.
ESPN recently released a top five list of the best passers and the best all-around point guards for next year and making both was Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Smith.

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Lange named second team All-CUSA golfer

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Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange continued to receive recognition for his outstanding season Tuesday as Conference USA bestowed upon him second team all-conference honors.
The announcement by the league offices comes just a day after Lange became the first Bulldog golfer in school history to receive a bid to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Lange is seeded fourth among the individuals at the San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

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ULM rallies past Grambling for baseball win

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The University of Louisiana-Monroe made it three-straight walk off wins over Grambling State as the Warhawks picked up a 6-5 win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Warhawk Field.
Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Warhawks (20-30) got a leadoff walk by Jacob Stockton and later put two men on as Cody Stone drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch runner Vincent Dellocono.

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