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July 11th, 2018

LPPJ talks library millage increase

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury members discussed the increase of the library operation millage from 3.2 to 5.04 mills during their regular meeting Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
Megan Wiens, jury treasurer, said the reason the jury was considering an increase is because the goal of dropping the millage in 2013 was to reduce the fund balance that library had.

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LPSB begins process for property exchange

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The Lincoln Parish School Board has set in motion the process of an agreement to exchange the Lincoln Center property with the city of Ruston for the construction and use of a softball field and tennis courts at the new Ruston Sports Complex.
The board unanimously voted Tuesday night to authorize school Superintendent Mike Milstead to execute the exchange and lease the Lincoln Center property to Lincoln Total Community Action for the purpose of housing its Head Start program until a permanent agreement is finalized. The lease agreement had to be amended into the board’s agenda.

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Power of One weekend coming to Grambling

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Hundreds of city of Grambling and Grambling State University supporters will gather this weekend in Grambling to celebrate the local community and university.
The Power of One Weekend, in conjunction with the city of Grambling, GSU, the Grambling University National Alumni Association, the Grambling Economic Development Corporation and the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame, will host a number of events that event officials will help both the community and the university.

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Player changes may help Pelicans fly even higher

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It’s become clear in recent days that the “Boogie and The Brow” experiment was a bust for the New Orleans Pelicans.
But I do have hopes everything that has happened will all end up being for the better.
And more importantly, I have reason to believe that’s what could happen.

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Mayor becomes honorary 8U All-Star with official cap

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Pictured above are members of the Ruston Dixie All-Star 8U baseball team that placed second in the state tournament last weekend and earned a berth in the National World Series slated to be played July 27-31 in Lumberton, North Carolina, presenting Mayor Ronnie Walker on Monday with an official team cap. From left to right are Austin Lee, Tyler Osborne, Nate Smith, Hudson Wilkerson, Mayor Walker, Dalen Powell, Casen Willis, Clarence Menyweather, Tristan Nassar, Jack Smith and Keegan Compton. Pictured below is the team following last weekend’s state tournament.

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Grambling Legends set to honor 10th anniversary class

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GRAMBLING — Eleven of Grambling’s greatest athletes ever will be honored this weekend as the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 10th Anniversary Enshrinement Class.
The former student-athletes will be recognized for their athletic success at the undergraduate and professional levels in addition to achievements in their professional lives.

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Nugent leads summer workshop chorus

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Piney Hills Harmony Director Sheila Nugent, of Ruston, accepts applause at the summer regional meeting of Sweet Adelines International in Houston. Her workshop chorus had just finished its performance the final night. Only two directors from the region’s 19 choruses were selected to lead a group at the Houston event. Seen cheering as part of the standing ovation is Ryan Heller, the internationally known director of Portland Pride Chorus, who served as guest faculty member. Three Piney Hills Harmony members flank Nugent – (from left) Michelle Jones, Rebecca McNeill and Candice Bassett.

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Garrett Foundation announces 2018 award recipients

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The Garrett Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Garrett Foundation Award, a total of $4,000 — KBNF, Ruston High School’s radio station, the RHS baseball team, ECO car and Robotics classes.
Eighteen years ago an anonymous RHS alumnus made a generous donation in honor of Coach and Mrs. L.J. “Hoss” Garrett for the impact each of them had on our school, acoording to a press release.

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Keep things simple for a day

Oftentimes, it’s the simple things that are best in life.
That makes Thursday a day to celebrate.
National Simplicity Day rolls around every July 12. It was founded in honor of writer Henry David Thoreau, who was born on July 12, 1817. Thoreau was an advocate of living simply and wrote a number of well-known books on the subject.

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Campaign season: All about people power

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Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary begins one week from today, and so far, the campaign season has been exceedingly silent, despite a fairly long list of offices up for grabs.
One local officeholder suggested voters might not realize there’s an election coming. Maybe. Or perhaps they just don’t want to think about it. After all, Louisiana’s spate of prickly legislative sessions and the national political polarization do little to rev up constituents’ juices.
Nevertheless, Election Day cometh.

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