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Simoneaux Jam set

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Ruston ready for 13th annual event
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Downtown Ruston will be bursting with people this weekend as musicians and music lovers make their yearly pilgrimage to the John Simoneaux Memorial Jam.
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Jam. The event kicks off Friday with a pre-jam from 8:30 p.m. until midnight. The real Jam will be from 5 p.m. until midnight Saturday. The annual event will be held simultaneously at both Sundown Tavern and Ponchatoulas.

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Spring cleaning

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Parish to tidy up over weekend

Spring is right around the corner and area residents now have the chance to pitch in to help their community.
Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful will host the Great American Cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Railroad Park.
The event titled Lincoln Green and Clean is designed so that residents who attend will be given information regarding different ways to help out in the community.

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School board discusses case

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The Lincoln Parish School Board held a strategic planning session concerning the ongoing desegregation litigation on Wednesday evening.
Board members called the meeting to order and then went into executive session after their attorney on the case Bob Hammonds, of Hammonds and Sills, suggested that they do so.
This is the latest in a series of such meetings, which have been called to address the concerns brought up in a status report filed in May of 2011 regarding the desegregation case originally filed in the 1970s. That status report revealed that three out of four of the Ruston district elementary schools had racially identifiable populations.

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Choudrant debates over street repairs

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Village talks roads, clean up at meeting

Choudrant mayor Bill Sanderson and village aldermen focused the March 5 village council meeting on the challenges of repairing damage to North Depot Street. According to Sanderson, the street has extensive water damage in one area to both the surface and base of the road.
The business adjacent to the damaged section of the street, which has run large commercial vehicles over the road, has denied financial responsibility for fixing the street Sanderson said.

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Spelling to win

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Mary Wynne, Cedar Creek sixth grader, won second place in the Northwest Louisiana Spelling Bee at Louisiana State University at Shreveport on March 5. Mary competed against 54 other students.

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Show Lincoln Parish support

With warmer weather on the horizon, area residents will have the opportunity to venture outside this weekend to show support for their community.
First on tap is the third Annual Community Trust Bank March of Dimes Crawfish Boil set for 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Financial Center.
Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at the event. All proceeds will go to benefit the local chapter of the March of Dimes.

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The importance of free press

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The truth is dependent on rational persons.
Rational persons gain information from myriad media.
Therefore, the truth is dependent on multiple media.
The above syllogism is a testament to how despite — or perhaps because of — the sundry quality of the media, it is now the sole messenger of reality in the 21st century. To delve into and sift facts out of the daily onslaught of news on the internet, television and smartphones is no longer a choice, but a necessity, a civic duty of an informed and educated American.

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Rise of the Super Pacs

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I’m sure those of you still brave enough to watch 24-hour news channels have heard the phrase “Super PAC” tossed about a lot lately. Much less frequently do any of these “talking heads” attempt to explain to the public exactly what these Super Pacs are or what they do. Considering Super PACs have not been a part of ANY past presidential elections, I think the public deserves a reasonable, straight forward, explanation.

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Fed taken to the woodshed

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It is the scariest thing I have read in a long time. Unfortunately, it is hard to argue with much of the message it contains. The “it” is a recent Associated Press interview with David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s “whiz kid” budget director. Stockman, now 65, made headlines back then by pushing first for what was at the time the largest tax cut in history and then later resigning to protest excessive levels of deficit spending.

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Dubach trio is All-State

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Don’t put those glass slippers away just yet for Dubach High’s version of Cinderella.
The Hornets added another chapter to their rags-to-riches story in boys’ basketball on Wednesday afternoon when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its All-State squad for Class C.
There’s a definite Dubach flavor to it, for sure.

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