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July 14th, 2018

Local named recipient of Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship

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Thomas Hudson, a graduate of Ruston High School, was named the recipient of First National Bank’s 2018 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship. Each year, graduating seniors from Lincoln Parish schools apply for the $1,500 scholarship. Hudson graduated from Ruston High School with a 4.5 GPA. He was an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bearcat Mentoring, Future Farmers of America and the Bearcat baseball team. Thomas will be attending Louisiana Tech University in the fall pursuing a degree in business as an accounting major.

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Club gives service award

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At a recent meeting of the Ruston Lions Club the Community Service Award was presented to Delores Williams,left, Director of Paul E. Slaton Headstart.

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July 13th

Parish under heat advisory

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Lincoln Parish and much of north Louisiana is under a heat advisory from noon – 7 p.m. today with the heat index predicted to reach as high as 110 degrees. The heat wave is expected to extend into next week when actual temperatures are predicted in the upper 90s.

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Five facing burglary charges

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Five people face charges today in connection with a three residential burglaries that occurred in various parts of the parish since July 3.
Though the arrests clear the burglaries, investigators are still looking for a sixth person suspected of participating in one of break-ins, Chief Deputy Stephen Williams, with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said this morning.
Authorities want the public’s help in finding Orlando Jones, of Ruston. Jones is wanted in connection with a July 3 burglary on La. 145 in the Sibley community, Williams said.

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Local student takes home first place in national competition

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A Cedar Creek School incoming sophomore took home first place in the Introduction to Public Speaking competition at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership conference.
Chanley Patterson, 15, brought home a first place trophy and a $700 check for her first place finish during the largest career student business organization’s annual convention held this year in Baltimore.
“It’s just amazing,” Chanley said. “I couldn’t believe I won. I was just in shock when they said my name.”

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Cage wants second term

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Ruston Alderwoman Carolyn Elmore Cage, a Democrat, today announced her candidacy for a second term representing District 1.
Qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary begins Wednesday.
Cage was first elected to the Board of Aldermen on Dec. 6, 2014, and sworn in Jan. 5, 2015, and said she has been a constant voice for District 1 at City Hall.
“It has been such an honor to serve District 1 and the city of Ruston,” Cage said.

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Mayfield seeks re-election

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Ruston Alderwoman Angela Mayfield today announced her re-election bid for the District 2 seat.
Qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary begins Wednesday.
Mayfield released the following statement to her constituents:
“Thank you for the honor, opportunity and privilege of representing you these pas four years. You will never know the depth of my gratitude.

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RCT excited about opening ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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Prepare yourself, Ruston: “Dolly” is coming to town.
Ruston Community Theatre is proud to present none other than that staple of musical theatre, “Hello, Dolly!” directed by Dee Alexander.
This is the eighth annual musical in the Gale and Lucy Chumley Musical series.
With music by composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, audience members will surely leave the theatre humming the memorable tunes.

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Stay cool, safe as heat ramps up

Lincoln Parish has been fortunate in recent days with cooling showers popping up and pinballing around the area, making things a little more bearable than we’re used to this time of summer.
But alas, all good things must come to end, as we’re predicted to find out in upcoming days.
Lincoln Parish is under a heat advisory today from noon to 7 p.m. The National Weather Service advisory warns that “hot afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle 90s will combine with the humidity to produce heat index readings from 104-109 degrees from this afternoon through early evening.”

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Be prepared: Prevent sunburn this summer

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My family was one for long vacations — usually two weeks somewhere sunny, warm and full of activities.
Some of my most vivid vacation memories revolve around the water. Both of my parents are scuba divers, and when my brother and I were old enough, we too, became divers. The world under the water is a beautiful and mysterious one that never failed to enchant me.
So, it was natural that most of our summers were spent — at least some of the time — in the water.

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