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February 13th

Shop for your vehicles locally

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People are known by not only the people they associate with, the clothes they wear, the position they hold at work but also by the vehicle they drive.
Am I wrong? Perhaps, but I know of too many people who see a vehicle pass by and wave overeagerly to make sure their friend saw them.
I must admit I can remember being out doing something I shouldn’t have been and seeing my parents’ vehicle and trying to duck into cover.

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Retirement debt takes center stage

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Louisiana’s retirement debt has reached an eye-popping $18.5 billion, and state employees are often derided as part of the problem, for getting generous retirement benefits. But until recently, the state’s elected officials caused much of the gap between what the state retirement systems need to pay all the benefits owed.

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Listening issues need addressing

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Question: My 5-year-old daughter is in “rehab” for some listening issues at school. When she comes home with a note from her teacher indicating one or more of these incidents at school, she is confined to her room for the rest of the day. What should I do if she is constantly calling me, wanting to ask me something, wanting me to get something for her and so on? She isn’t coming out of the room, but she is constantly trying to engage me. It’s driving me nuts.

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Two women arrested on burglary charges

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Two 43-year-old women were arrested late Sunday night and charged for alleged burglary of an inhabited dwelling and possession of stolen property.
Tonya Mannette Franklin, 375 Louisiana Highway 167, Dubach, and Stephanie Suzette White, of 1519 Longstraw Road, were arrested after Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found stolen items with value of over $1,500 in White’s house according to the police affidavit.

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Incentives offered to St. Jude donors

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Donors to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will have a chance to receive tangible rewards for their donations.
Besides the primary goal of raising funds to continue the cancer-fighting efforts at the hospital, each person who becomes a Partner in Hope during the 31st annual St. Jude Radiothon in Ruston will be entered in drawings for incentive prizes.

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February 11th

Local artist shines

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Black History Month encompasses a wide array of aspects. Not only is it a time to reflect on accomplishments of great African-Americans throughout history, it also is a time to recognize those here at home still living today.
Fifty-year-old Reggie McLeroy is known nationwide for his drawings and paintings. However, he said he first began drawing as a child copying his sister.

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Health Hut looking for expansion

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The Health Hut has been serving uninsured Lincoln Parish residents since September, offering help to more than 900 residents, and the scope of its reach may soon stretch a little further. Plans are in motion to also offer the mobile health unit’s services to area small businesses that don’t provide insurance.
Health Hut founders Dr. Leonel Lacayo and his wife Lisa presented a proposed plan to a group of approximately 10 area small businesses Feb. 2 with the sole purpose of helping those who don’t have insurance.

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Grambling seeks second hotel

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GRAMBLING — Just over one month after the Town of Grambling approved the purchase of 9 acres of land and a market study to be conducted for a hotel in the area, the board of aldermen received some more news about possible economic development.
At their February meeting on Thursday evening, the town council approved a resolution in support of Resource One, a development and consulting firm from Virginia, which plans on working toward building another hotel in the town limits.

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Meth problem for parish

When talking about the increasing number of felony arrests in Lincoln Parish, Sheriff Mike Stone has pointed to a growing drug problem as one large culprit.
And in recent years, a drug that might have previously been contained to large metropolitan areas — methamphetamine — seems to have made its way to the parish.
Statistics from the Sheriff’s Office reveal that since January 2010, approximately 50 individuals have been arrested on meth-related charges in Lincoln Parish.

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Fan: Shreveport not a 'home' game

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As a citizen of Ruston and a fan/supporter of Tech Athletics, I read with interest the article in Thursday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader regarding the Louisiana Tech Bulldog’s 2012 opening football game with Texas A&M. I think it is great that the Bulldogs get to play A&M again. I truly hope the outcome is much better than our previous games.  However, I am always amazed that the Tech Athletic Department calls playing in Shreveport “a home game.” Last time I went to Shreveport, it was about 70 miles away, and depending on traffic, at least an hour away. That’s not home.

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