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May 13th, 2015

Grilling tips for summer

Despite the recent rain, warm sunny skies have been the norm in our area for a few weeks, and with that comes an abundance of outdoor grilling.
While grilling provides a great way to eat a little healthier, as with all cooking, there are certain precautions that need to be made.
The National Fire Protection Association has some fire grilling safety tips for all.
• Grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

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Capital outlay a waiting game

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Whoa up there before you get too overjoyed. Just because Louisiana’s proposed capital construction bill contains millions of dollars worth of projects for Lincoln Parish doesn’t mean (a) the money is immediately forthcoming, or (b) that the funds will ever get here at all.
Of all the political processes with which lawmakers deal as bills make their way through the system, the capital outlay process may be the most convoluted. That’s because, with rare exception, nothing in the bill is a done deal if even legislators all vote “yes.”

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Grand slam of a win for Bulldogs

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Powered by two grand slams, Louisiana Tech extended its non-conference winning streak to 12 games Tuesday evening with a 13-8 victory over Northwestern State at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech (24-25) put up huge numbers in two innings with eight in the second and five in the fifth to sweep the season series over Northwestern State (29-20), which plated runs in five different innings.

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Bearcats’ spring game set for Thursday

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Running back Qay’Shon Thurman (5) and quarterback Cade Gibson (7) will lead the Ruston High School Bearcats into their Red/White spring football game at 4 p.m. Thursday at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Admission will cost $5 with children under 12 getting in for free. RHS students can also attend at no charge with a school ID card.

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Youth group learns dental hygiene

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Dr. Rhonda Pruitt taught the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers how to improve their dental hygiene on April 25 at their monthly workshop.
Pruitt is a graduate of Grambling High School, and Grambling State University. Her office is True Care Dental that is located on 7412 Highway 80 in Grambling. She has the greatest personality, that’s suitable for all of her patients to love her demeanor and enjoy that she takes excellent care of their teeth.

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Juneteenth features poetry contest

The Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter in conjunction with the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Life Development Center will hold the City of Grambling Juneteenth Festival’s Black Poetry and Speech Contest. It is scheduled at 3 p.m. June 14.
The contest will be held at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church on 2155 MLK Jr. Ave. in Grambling.
The contest is open to students in first through ninth grade who attend schools in Lincoln, Winn, Bienville, Union, Jackson and Claiborne parishes.

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Museum to open Sunday

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The Autrey House Museum, the oldest existing house in Lincoln Parish, will be open for touring from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. A music jam session will be led by Vicki Colvin and Kerry Herren, a sister-brother duo, who are descendants of Absalom Autrey, the builder of the 1849 log dog-trot house. Bring your instruments and lawn chairs and play along and explore the house. Located at the intersection of Highway 151 and 152 west of Dubach, the Autrey House Museum is a satellite property of the Lincoln Parish Museum.

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May 12th

Ruston Housing Authority settles

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Lawsuit filed in 2013

The Ruston Housing Authority has apparently settled a federal race discrimination lawsuit filed against it in 2013.
The authority has agreed to pay $175,000 in damages to 19 individuals and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Fair Housing Act, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Justice Department.
The consent decree settlement still must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Robert James, the release said. Tim Lindsay, of Jackson, Mississippi, the attorney for RHA’s insurance company, could not be reached Monday night for comment.

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RHS AD Billy Laird suffers stroke

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Ruston High School athletics director and former head football coach Billy Laird remains hospitalized at Northern Lincoln Medical Center this morning after reportedly suffering a stroke over the weekend.
Billy Laird’s son Brad Laird, who succeeded his father as the Bearcat’s head football coach in 2013, said he first took his father to NLMC on Friday.
“I took him in on Friday and they released him around lunch on Saturday,” Brad Laird said.

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Brothers honor father with annual race

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Richard Alexander, of Ruston, and his brothers Eddie Alexander and Leslie Alexander wanted a way to honor their late father.
Their father Everett Alexander passed away several years ago. He was drafted into the 2788th engineering group in the Netherlands during World War II.
“We wanted to find a way to honor dad,” Richard Alexander said. “My brother, Eddie, lives in the Atlanta area near the Currahee Mountain and I heard about an event there.”
Currahee Mountain is located in Stephens County, Georgia.

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