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September 10th, 2014

LPPJ OKs Hwy. 33 plan

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has approved putting warning signals and stop signs at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 33 and 821 (Frazier Road) per a recommendation by the state Department of Transportation and Development.
“Everyone worked together to see some serious improvement in the safety of that intersection,” said Public Works Committee Chairman Randy Roberson. “But in the meantime, let’s do everything we can on our part to be cautious.”
There have been numerous accidents and some fatalities at the intersection over the years.

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Three local students named National Merit semifinalists

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today that three Lincoln Parish high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Hannah McNew, of Cedar Creek School, and Austin Meng and Nicholas Ruff, both of Ruston High School, have been selected along with approximately 16,000 other semifinalists from all over the country.
These academic scholars will now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

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Tech earns Tier One ranking from U.S. News, World Report

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Louisiana Tech University has achieved a Tier One ranking among “National Universities” for the fourth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges list.
Tech, along with LSU and Tulane University, were the only institutions in the state to achieve a Tier One “National Universities” ranking. Tech landed at No. 201 on the latest US News & World Report list.

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Second robbery suspect caught

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The Ruston Police Department has made a second arrest in an armed robbery that occurred on Aug. 31.
Allen Clay Garlington Jr., 27, of 124 June Road, was apprehended by law enforcement around 4 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on Pleasant Grove Road in Choudrant.
He was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on one count armed robbery, and two failure to appear charges for careless operation and driving under suspension.
Garlington’s bond totaled $104,000.

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Club launches program for tween, teen girls

After-school program designed to empower youth
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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is one of 10 selected Boys and Girls Clubs locations nationwide that will be offering the SMART Girls Program, which launched this summer and will continue through the fall.
Local support from Suddenlink will allow the program to continue through 2015.

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Leading biomed professor, scientist to launch Tech lecture series

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The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series will kick-off its second year at Louisiana Tech University with a presentation by Nicholas Peppas, the Fletcher Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin.
Peppas’ presentation titled, “Intelligent and Recognitive Nanoscale Systems for New Therapeutic Applications,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday at University Hall on the Tech campus. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

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LPSO offers new app, office

On Friday, Lincoln ParishSheriff Mike Stone saw many years of hard work and dreaming come to fruition as his staff took up residence in the new state-of-the-art Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex.
Stone said he is excited for the people of Lincoln Parish.
“This is a building that will provide an optimum level in public safety,” he said. “I am proud for our deputies because they will have a facility where they can operate and have the room and equipment needed to get the job done. This is one of the top facilities in the state.”

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Candidates should be accessible

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For the past several days my co-workers and I have been attempting to get in touch with each of the 76 candidates in the 23 races that will be on the Nov. 4 primary ballot.
We’re trying to give them the opportunity for a little exposure in the Daily Leader’s upcoming election edition. Contacting the local candidates has been fairly easy, but the district and statewide folks, not so much.

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Ensuring our safety at home

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One of the most important national duties of the federal government is to provide and support a military for the protection of citizens, both at home and abroad.
Do you feel safe?

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Holtz looking for continued progress

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Tech coach wants strong push in short week following big win
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After last weekend’s big 48-20 win at Louisiana-Lafayette, one might think Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz would be content.
Think again.

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