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Farmers Market plans ‘Last of Summer Blast’

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The Ruston Farmers Market will hold a Last of Summer Blast on from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Held rain or shine on Saturdays, the market is located in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street, in downtown Ruston, provided courtesy of the City of Ruston.

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Agents net ‘hydro’ weed arrests

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Two 21-year-old Ruston residents were arrested this week on drug distribution charges after law enforcement agents allegedly uncovered 11 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in their home.
Floyd Wood and Brittany Miller, of 309 E. Colorado Ave., remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon with bond to be set.
At around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team agents reportedly served a search warrant at the residence. Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Stephen Williams said the agents then located the suspected hydroponic marijuana, or a strain of marijuana grown indoors using tubes, filters, water and fertilizers.

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Andrus questions council’s motion

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GRAMBLING — While no veto was made, Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus has issued a No Action disclaimer on a motion passed by Grambling City’s Council on Aug. 5.
That motion granted pay raises to city employees. Andrus’ No Action ruling does not eliminate the ordinance, which will become law 10 days after the No Action ruling, which was dated Aug. 19.
The mayor listed seven points as the reasons she issued the No Action disclaimer:

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Gospel performance benefits Patriot Paws

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A gospel-singing concert from 2-5 p.m. at Lincoln Hall on Saturday will raise funds for service dog provider Patriot Paws. There will be up to 12 acts, including Grass Fire, The Camerons, Tina Bowen and others. Ten-dollar donations will be collected at the door.
Patriot Paws won’t be the only cause benefiting from the concert on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will also be used for breast cancer research and an Order of the Eastern Star scholarship fund for those entering ministerial studies.

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Forums crucial for Grambling elections

More than two years of political turmoil and infighting have been enough for residents of the town of Grambling.
The numbers bear the proof. The town has 10 candidates running for mayor and 17 vying for five City Council spots.
After watching its government mired in a political quagmire for so long now, Grambling residents have to try to figure out what kind of leaders these tough economic times require. Which candidates can help free Grambling from that political quagmire? And which candidates are best to try to lead the town forward into an uncertain and daunting future?

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Thousands to receive tax notices

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Thousands of Lincoln Parish residents will receive a notice from the tax assessor’s office in the next week or two.
Parish Tax Assessor Pam Jones said she will send out approximately 3,000 notices for re-assessments on oil and gas wells and business personal property.
“The law says if it’s not a reassessment year then you only have to send notices to those (whose property value) increase by 15 percent or more,” Jones said. “In the case of (business) personal property, I choose to mail them every year, because (the value) changes every year.”

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Assessor files suit against tax commission

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In 2010, Lincoln Parish did not see the typical growth in its overall property tax base.
Parish Tax Assessor Pam Jones attributes the growth stunt to a change in guidelines implemented by the Louisiana Tax Commission. According to the new guidelines, oil and gas wells will hit the “floor” of their straight-line depreciation — which is 20 percent of their initial value — after only 17 years instead of 25 years.

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Forums crucial for Grambling elections

More than two years of political turmoil and infighting have been enough for residents of the town of Grambling.
The numbers bear the proof. The town has 10 candidates running for mayor and 17 vying for five City Council spots.
After watching its government mired in a political quagmire for so long now, Grambling residents have to try to figure out what kind of leaders these tough economic times require. Which candidates can help free Grambling from that political quagmire? And which candidates are best to try to lead the town forward into an uncertain and daunting future?

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‘Bash’ ushers in a new school year

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Under the tag “Lincoln Parish Schools: Empowered for Excellence,” the district rolls out its fourth annual Community-Wide Back-to-School Bash at the Ruston Civic Center. The event is planned from 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday.
The event is free and open to the public.
“I assure you that when we originated this event, we never anticipated it taking off like it has,” Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox said. “Each year we’ve seen our attendance numbers soar, as well as the community partners involved. We are absolutely thrilled with how everyone has embraced this effort.”

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String of burglaries leads to five arrests

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Five suspects were arrested last week in connection to one house and several car burglaries.
The following people were arrested:
• Chase Brownfield, 18, 9126 Blom Blvd., Shreveport, two counts of simple burglary
• Michael Crump, 17, 162 Brown Road, Dubach, two counts of simple burglary

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