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Teens close book on summer at the library

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Local teens had a chance to unwind after spending the summer hitting the books for the Lincoln Parish Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.
The final event featured awards, costumes and a look at the future for the program. Participants who attended eight programs and read 2,000 pages during the summer were entered into the grand prize drawing. The winner, Joe Murphy, received a flat screen television.
Sherry Dill, teen coordinator, said she had no idea what to expect since this was her first year working with the teens.

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Heroin found in parish

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Two suspected drug dealers arrested Saturday

A drug bust involving 5.5 grams of what is suspected to be heroin valued at $200 took place Saturday when the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team served arrest and search warrants at the residence of Roy Danton Pee, located at 214 Hodges Road.
Pee, 52, has been charged with three counts of distribution of schedule I heroin, two counts of conspiracy to distribute schedule I heroin, possession of schedule I heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pee also has a parole and probation hold.
Ron Garner Kelly, 41, who lives at 2336 Bocage Place, has been charged with three counts of distribution of schedule I heroin, two counts conspiracy to distribute schedule I heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Six teens drown in river

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SHREVEPORT (AP) — Six teenagers who could not swim drowned in a northwest Louisiana river during a family outing, falling into deep water from the shallows where they were wading.
Officials planned to hold a news conference today to release more details about the deaths of the six, who drowned Monday in the Red River in a popular recreational area where sand bars gave way to 20-foot depths. A seventh teen, a 14-year-old, was rescued.
“They had one lifejacket here. As you can imagine, everybody started yelling for help. Nobody could swim,” said Caddo Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.

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Zoning law tightened

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An amended ordinance unanimously passed by Ruston aldermen on Monday will make it necessary for business owners to take a few extra steps before they can open businesses in a residential area.
The city’s transition zoning ordinance allows doctors’ offices, attorney’s offices and some other businesses to locate in the first lot of a residential area — if it’s next to a commercial or industrial zone. The previous ordinance also allowed some other businesses not specified in the ordinance to set up shop in the first residential lot if they were approved by the Board of Adjustment.
The amended ordinance means instead of obtaining only Board of Adjustment approval, business owners must get the OK from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, which can add restrictions to make the business more compatible with the neighborhood.

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June sales tax collection spiked

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When compared with the same months in 2009, Lincoln Parish sales tax collections spiked in June after taking a tumble in May.
Jerry Moore, sales and use tax administrator for Lincoln Parish, said collections for June 2010 were up 10.9 percent over collections for June 2009. For May, collections were down 18.5 percent.
Moore attributes the difference to delinquencies not collected until June and to other factors, such as some construction and a tweak in the law to help the parish collect sales taxes on mobile home purchases.

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Career Academy’s pre-registration nears

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Lincoln Parish Career Academy enrollment will now consist of grades eight-12 and pre-GED students. Lincoln Center will service fourth through seventh grades.
The school’s uniform shirt color will be new this year. Lincoln Center’s color will be royal blue and Career Academy’s will return to purple. All other uniform color stipulations will remain the same.
Pre-registration/orientation for all Career Academy students will be held Monday and consist of two sessions.

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Piano students capture state honors

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Ruston Area Music Teacher’s Association was honored recently to have two local students win honors at the annual state competition.
The competition is one of the largest Louisiana piano competitions. More than 100 students competed, representing areas such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Shreveport, Monroe and Ruston.
Madeline Smith, daughter of the Rev. Edward and Mrs. Mildred Smith of Ruston, won Honorable Mention in the third and fourth grade division. Madeline will be a fourth-grade student at A. E. Phillips in the fall and takes piano in the piano program there.

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Alderman’s property to be demolished

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Ruston City Councilmen on Monday approved the demolishment of property belonging to one of their own.
Aldermen voted 4-0 to permit city officials to tear down the childhood home of Ward 1 alderman Levell Thurman, who owns the home with his siblings.
“It was Mother and Daddy’s house,” said Thurman, who abstained from the vote. “It’s been vacant for about eight years — since my brother moved out. Everybody else had their own houses, and it just fell apart. We probably didn’t keep it up like we should have.”

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Chamber will offer social media workshop

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Area business and organization leaders can learn how to use the social media to boost awareness and attract target clients during a social media workshop Aug. 17 sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Amy Kinnaird, a business online marketing strategist from Shreveport, will conduct the workshop titled “How to Build Your Business with Social Media — It’s Not Your Kid’s Facebook Anymore!”
Cost is $89 for Chamber members and $100 for non-members. A morning and afternoon session will be offered, with each limited to 25 participants.

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District 5 team finally falls

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EASLEY, S.C. — Louisiana’s District 5 team finally bumped into a road block at the 2010 Big League World Series Monday night.
After cruising through its first three games and eyeing a berth in tonight’s semifinal round of the United States division, the north Louisiana-based squad was a 5-2 victim of the West Regional champions from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The loss ended the season for Manager Eddie Parkman’s club, which compiled an overall record of 36-6 and going 3-1 in the BLWS.

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