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January 26th, 2015

2 fired for falsifying timecards

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Bell: Surveillance footage, tip revealed the issue

Two Lincoln Parish School Board employees have been fired for falsifying their time cards, according to an audit released today by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office.
The incident occurred during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. Parish school Superintendent Danny Bell said this morning the episode lasted only “several days to a week,” and that money paid to the former employees for hours they didn’t work has been recouped.

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Walker talks transportation, water in Washington, D.C.

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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said he came home from his first official trip to Washington, D. C., “higher than a kite” over the favorable reception the city received from members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.
Walker, Waggoner Engineering’s North Louisiana Director Richard Durrett, of Ruston, and Waggoner CEO/Chairman Joe Waggoner of Jackson, Mississippi, visited with four lawmakers Jan. 21 about the proposed I-20 interchange at Rough Edge Road and the status of the Sparta Aquifer.

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‘Ballyhoo’ to take the stage Wednesday

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The opening night for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at Louisiana Tech University’s Stone Theatre is less than two days Directed by Tech Associate Theatre Professor Paul B. Crook, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” begins its run at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Stone Theatre.
The full run of performances is set for Wednesday through Saturday and Feb. 4-7. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Stone Theatre is located in Louisiana Tech’s Howard Center for the Performing Arts on the corner of Dan Reneau Drive and Adams Boulevard.

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Children: Silent victims of domestic violence

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“Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest.” I just read that line in a report called “Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children,” published by UNICEF. It really struck me. I decided to look for more research on this subject. In fact, this column will be divided into two parts. Today, I will discuss the immediate impact of domestic violence on children. Next week, I will discuss the long-term effects of family violence upon children in the home, a place which should be a place of safety and refuge.

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Lions Club welcomes new member

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council invites the public to a screening of the documentary “Grab a Hunk of Lightning,” about the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange. The film will be introduced by director and five-time Emmy Winner, Dyanna Taylor, who is Lange’s granddaughter.
This event is free and set for 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Taylor will introduce the film and engage in a question-and-answer sessions at its conclusion.

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Lions Club welcomes new member

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Above: The newest member of the Ruston Lions Club is Kirk McKean.  He is shown here being “pinned” by Lion President Jerry Johnson.
Below: Mike Milstead with the Lincoln Parish School Board was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Milstead related some of his more pleasurable experiences that he enjoyed at Ruston High School.

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Glaucoma projected to rise

The National Eye Institute projects that by 2030, 4.2 million people over the age of 40 will have glaucoma.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about this sight-stealing disease.

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Explosive situation at Camp Minden

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It’s a dangerous and explosive situation too close for comfort for Lincoln Parish residents.
The question being asked is “What’s the safest way to remedy the problem?”
Just west of Minden sits a ticking time bomb at the site of the old Army Ammunition Plant, now known as Camp Minden. Hidden beneath the pines and underbrush is a deteriorating 15 million pounds of M6 a propellant bringing danger to the area because it’s explosive and could potentially contaminate both our air and water.

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Watson sets new Tech mark

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Laticia Watson recorded personal best marks in the final three events of the five-event pentathlon competition and set a new school record with 3,302 points scored in the event on the first day of the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville Friday.

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Fobbs SBN Coach of Year

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Grambling State University’s head football coach, Broderick Fobbs, was recently named SBN Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year for the 2014 SBN Black College All-American Team. Fobbs was also named SWAC Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Tigers (7-5) to a seven-game winning streak to start conference play.

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