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Voters give Stone third term

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Incumbent wins sheriff’s election with a landslide
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Sheriff Mike Stone defeated opponent Larry Jones in a landslide election on Saturday to claim his third term in office.
Stone, a Democrat, claimed his reelection with 7,782 votes, which was 86.21 percent of voters, showing up to support the incumbent sheriff. Jones , also a Democrat, received 1,245 votes, which was 13.79 percent of the voters.

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Incumbents dominate Jury races

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The seats of five incumbents on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury are secure following Saturday’s elections.
The election results were as follows:
• District 1 — With 571 people voting, incumbent Theresa Wyatt retained her seat over challenger and fellow Democrat Charles Owens III. Wyatt had 66.9 percent of the votes, and Owens had 33.1 percent.

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Park accessible to all children

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Lincoln Parish Park saw a permanent addition open up to the public Saturday afternoon. Legacy Park, a new playground that features equipment accessible to all children, including those with special needs, held a “soft” opening. The project, which has been in the works for around two years, has been funded by a mixture of community donations and a grant from the Lincoln Health Foundation. Pictured above: Jana Beck, president of Legacy Park, speaks to the crowd gathered for the “soft” opening with other members of the group responsible for making the park possible.

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Jefferson takes House seat. Bullock, Shadoin to face runoff election.

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Lincoln Parish’s two state representative races were the complete opposite of each other on Election Day, with one a landslide victory and the other a runoff, giving the parish and district another month to decide who it wants representing it.
In the District 12 State Representative race, Jason Bullock and Rob Shadoin, of Ruston, and Jacob “Jake” Halley, of Farmerville — all Republicans — faced off, with a runoff scheduled to take place between Bullock and Shadoin after neither gained enough votes to take home the seat outright.

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Tightening security efforts

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Stone: Corrective action followed prisoner escape

Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said a few things are changing around the Lincoln Parish Detention Center since a prisoner escaped in late September.
It was initially reported that Moses Marcell Cooper, who was serving time on a robbery conviction, escaped the detention center sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. Sept. 27, and it appeared he had gotten out of the building and gone over the fence.
Further investigation has revealed, however, that Cooper left the facility as early as 5 p.m. Sept. 26, and Stone said no one knew the prisoner was missing until the morning of Sept 27.

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Kostelka, Gallot take Senate

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With the election results in, the races for Louisiana Senate members vying to represent Lincoln Parish saw some new and familiar faces ending up on top of the political polls.
Two Senate races were decided Saturday, with a third Senate race in District 33 already going to Republican incumbent Mike Walsworth, who ran unopposed.
The closer of the two races in the parish was the seat for the District 35 Senatorial District between Republican incumbent Robert W. “Bob” Kostelka and Republican “Jeff” Guerrerio.

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Bordelon to serve as LP tax assessor

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Lincoln Parish decided on Sheila Bordelon to be the new tax assessor.
Bordelon replaces current assessor Pam Jones, who chose not to seek re-election after serving 12 years in the position.
Bordelon took 4,667 votes, which accounted for 54.69 percent of the votes cast Her opponent, Becky Webb, received 3,867 votes or 45.31 percent of votes cast.

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Gas line ruptures

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A ruptured gas line on the corner of West California Avenue and Adams Boulevard Friday afternoon caused the evacuation of six buildings located within the gas line’s radius. According to reports from the Ruston Fire Department, a cable company boring under the sidewalk in front of Pearce Dormitory hit a small service line, causing gas to leak in the area. Ruston Police Department officers blocked traffic and contacted the gas company. Pearce Dormitory, Subway, California Tanning, U.S. Agencies and Hi Tech Computers were all evacuated. The gas company arrived at 2:30 p.m.

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