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Serving the uninsured

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Mobile health unit to aid parish residents

Beginning this month, Lincoln Parish residents with no insurance will finally have a place to help them when they’re sick.
A ribbon cutting will be held for The Health Hut, which is a nonprofit mobile health unit, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
The Health Hut, which was founded by gastroenterologist Leonel Lacayo and his wife Lisa, will make stops in all of the municipalities in Lincoln Parish on a regular basis.

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Surveyor’s ATV topples over

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According to Ruston Police Department officers on scene, the man in the vehicle was allegedly driving too close to the ditch on the side of Kentucky Avenue, approximately one mile from Louisiana Highway 33, and tipped over. The driver suffered minor injuries to his knee, and was transported by Ruston EMS from the scene.

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Police: Texas man takes own life

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An investigation into a Texas man possibly drinking and driving ended tragically last week, Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley said.
Joel Keith Dillenburg, 43, of Lorena, Texas, reportedly took his own life after a deputy approached the vehicle that was parked on the side of Louisiana Highway 33 near the Lincoln-Union Parish line, the sheriff said.
 A Pafford Ambulance Service crew called the sheriff’s office around 1 a.m. Aug. 18 reporting that a car had pulled to the side of the road.

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RFD receives call influx

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The Ruston Fire Department has seen a rise in calls ranging from car accidents to medical emergencies.
Eric Brazzel, RFD public education officer, said on average the fire department received 233 calls per month over the course of June, July and August.
Based on last year’s numbers and calls in the last couple of days, Brazzel anticipates the calls to increase significantly.

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Barrels of fun: Riders ‘Run for Diamond’

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14th annual three-day event slated to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday
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Hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up to test their speed and coordination this Labor Day weekend.
The 14th annual “Run for the Diamond” is slated to race forward Saturday and run through Monday evening at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
Admission to the event is free, and a crowd of about 3,000 spectators is expected to show up throughout the three-day weekend.

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Business Review

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Home & Business offers efficiency

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Home & Business Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical has always strived to bring the highest quality and most efficient service to the Ruston area. The locally owned company specializes in residential and commercial heating, air conditioning and electrical service and installation. Their staff of qualified technicians can also help customers with duct dust, allergen or odor problems with a duct cleaning. Home & Business boasts more than 100 years of combined experience. Their goal is to provide the best service possible in the area.

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‘Gather around the Word’

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Temple Baptist expands through years
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With its roots firmly planted in Ruston, Temple Baptist Church’s ministry has branched out over its 85-year history to become international in scope.
In the church’s early years, Temple’s congregation worshiped in the Tabernacle, a frame building on Alabama Avenue. That was replaced by a brick structure, which was later supplemented with an Education-Administration Annex and a Family Life Center.

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ACT scores good for all

Lincoln Parish School System employees are excited by the ACT scores that students brought home last school year.
Though overall the scores decreased by a small margin, Donna Doss, Lincoln Parish school improvement and accountability coordinator, said that other school systems in the state that decreased had done so by a much larger amount.
Additionally, the parish tied with LaSalle Parish for the third highest average score in the state. The average composite score for Lincoln Parish was 20.9, which is higher than the 20.2 average score statewide.

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Obama critics in the wrong

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Some days start the same as any other. Things just seem to flow smoothly, with minor annoyances, but most of all, you feel at the end of the day as if you have accomplished all tasks. But then you have those days that start off bad from the beginning, when you just know it will be one of those where you will have to fight “tooth and nail” no matter what comes! Last week I had a day that just seemed like one of those days.

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