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February 15th, 2017

Reader writes on country’s state

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Several months ago, I wrote emphatically that I wasn’t afraid. I stated clearly that the fear mongering of our now president was unwarranted and useless regarding foreign terrorism.
However, today I am very afraid. Not from foreign terrorism, but from the executive orders issued daily by our new president, and his incredible vitriol and fascist ranting. Apparently, 45 doesn’t have a clue as to what diplomacy is or how it works. That is very clear.

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Going backward isn’t an option

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At the beginning of school year 1969-70, the last vestiges of legal segregation in Lincoln Parish classrooms ended.
That’s when predominantly black schools dotted across the parish closed, their students folding in with the rest of us. The closures came as a result of a federal court ordered issued in August 1969 and requiring the Lincoln Parish School Board stop operating as a dual education system.

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Buy tickets for Allegro Ball, help the Dixie

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction is fast approaching.
The annual extravaganza that raises funds for the Dixie Center for the Arts’ Sustaining Building Fund will be held Saturday at the Ruston Civic Center and tickets are still available.
This year’s ball ticket is $60 and includes dinner, cash bar and live music by Windstorm, a party band from Shreveport.
A signature Krewe of Allegro Cocktail will be provided by Devine Wine & Spirits and the dinner will be from Linda Peevy Catering.

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February 14th

Mississippi Avenue closure

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Weather permitting, Mississippi Avenue, between Homer Street and Everett Street, will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday The closure is necessary to allow for utility repairs.
As always, the City of Ruston will strive to minimize both the duration and impact of this closure. For more information, call 242-7703.

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NAMI hosts free seminar

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a free educational seminar on from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lincoln Parish Library/Lincoln Community Room, 910 North Trenton St.
The guest speaker will be Tiffany Bates, licensed professional counselor and assistant professor in the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Department at Louisiana Tech University. Her topic will be “Unmasking Mental Illness.”

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Leaders tout progress, list goals

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Representatives of parish and municipal governments, business, education and law enforcement spent about two hours Monday night updating residents on the status of Lincoln Parish.
“I’m very optimistic after 41 years in law enforcement about our parish,” Sheriff Mike Stone told about 120 people gathered for the annual Lincoln Parish United community update.

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State OK’s next phase of Sparta pipeline

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The state Office of Facility Planning and Control has approved the contract and scope of work for the next phase of a project seeking to pump water from Lake D’Arbonne to Farmerville and Ruston.

“The contract is signed and we’re ready to go,” Richard Durrett, director of North Louisiana operations for Waggoner Engineering, the firm that’s advising the Union Lincoln Water Supply Initiative told the group Monday.

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Rotary Club recognizes students of the month

The Ruston Rotary Club recently announced the recipients of the January Student of the Month Awards.
Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Jan. 25 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement.
Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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G-Men snap 3-game losing streak

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Avery Ugba scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and Grambling State fended off Prairie View A&M 61-58 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Ugba finished 13 of 16 at the free throw line. Remond Brown finished with 19 points and Ervin Mitchell added 15 for Grambling State (11-15, 6-7 SWAC).
Both sides struggled offensively, each finishing less than 40 percent and with fewer than 20 made field goals. But the Tigers held a slight advantage at the foul line, a 15-9 edge in second-chance points, and were plus-four in the turnover battle.

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Prep girls playoffs set

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All six Lincoln Parish girls high school basketball teams will begin playoff runs this week in the expanded Louisiana High School Athletics Association postseason brackets were released on Monday.
This year’s playoff will include five more divisions to award state championships as select and non-select championships are awarded.
Ruston is the No. 14 seed in Class 5A and will be at home in the first round against No. 19 New Iberia at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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