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June 13th, 2018

'Fanning' away the Lincoln Parish heat

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I was born on the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. I can only imagine how miserable my mother must have been that last month or so before I arrived, trying to beat late May and early June heat.
There was no air conditioning in the small house my parents rented at the foot of the Everett Street Bridge, only steps away from my father’s equally un-air conditioned office in Louisiana Tech University’s original Lomax Hall.
Nor was any AC in the old Ruston Hospital, where around 5:30 a.m. on a hot June morning, I made my entry into the world.

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State ranks high for teen driving

The Ruston Daily Leader knows that having their teens become licensed drivers can be a very worrisome thing for parents. But Bayou State parents, including those in Lincoln Parish, have reason to be thankful — Louisiana ranks as the sixth-best state overall for teen drivers.
Motor-vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among the population aged 16 to 19, which also happens to be the age group with the highest risk of crashes.
The financial implications of those numbers is simply staggering.

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Southern Junior Golf Championships tee off

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The 46th Southern Junior Golf Championship begins this morning at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant. There are 156 competitors from 20 states and four countries between the ages of 14 and 18 competing over 54-holes of stroke play for the title with action running through Friday. Pictured is Sam Maze of Vestavia, Alabama teeing off on Hole 1 this morning.

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GSU’s Christmas preseason All-American

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas was selected to the Hero Sports FCS Preseason All-American Team on Tuesday.
Christmas, who was selected to the Street and Smith All-American team last month, earned several accolades in helping the Tigers to a back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. The native of Vicksburg, Miss., was a STATS FCS All-American Third team honoree, a BOXTOROW All-American, SBN All-American and SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.

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College ‘free speech’ measure signed by governor

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — A measure aimed at protecting controversial speakers’ appearances at Louisiana colleges has been signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The Democratic governor agreed to the legislation a year after vetoing a similar proposal sponsored by one of his top foes, House GOP leader Lance Harris.
The new law, which took effect immediately, was sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Ward.

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Jury seeks firm to temporarily replace treasurer

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will seek a certified public accounting firm to temporarily do the “heavy lifting” of parish finances rather than begin a new application process for parish treasurer.
The decision comes after current parish treasurer Megan Wiens announced she will leave her position for another job on July 31. Wiens was offered the parish treasurer job in August 2017 and was expected to serve until her term expired in December 2019.

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Teens create art from records, paint

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Arianna Butler concentrates as she paints her design on an old record. After the paint dried, the record was put in the oven and melted to create a bowl during the Epic Record Meltdown event at the Lincoln Parish Library. The activity was part of the LPL’s summer reading program.

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Local VFW post to conduct flag retirement ceremony Thursday

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Sponsors Ruston VFW Post 3615 and Forest Lawn Cemetery will conduct their annual flag retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
To prepare flags for retirement, local Boy and Cub Scouts on Saturday cut the blue field with the stars away from old flags and separated the red and white strips. When the colors are disassembled, a flag is no longer considered a flag and the pieces of material can be burned.

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June 12th

Local students begin Enhanced School Year program

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Approximately 507 Glen View and Cypress Springs Elementary students began the first day of the Lincoln Parish school district’s inaugural Enhanced School Year calendar program Monday. The program, which school officials hope will combat summer learning loss, will run through July 27. Pictured is Cypress Springs third grader Emily Pigue, 8, receiving instruction from librarian Maria Davidson during a computer course Monday.

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GSU summer enrollment jumps to 1,527 students

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University saw 1,527 students enroll in the first summer semester certification date of 2018 — a 10 percent increase over one year jump in enrollment.
University officials said Monday that approximately 136 more students enrolled in the historically black university than 2017 at the close of certification.
The jump follows the university reaching a five-year enrollment high of 5,188 students for the fall of 2018.

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