Parents share back-to-school tips

By Charlette Hilton

Every year around this time, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, loose-leaf paper and a thousand other of these types of items suddenly start appearing in just about every store in North Louisiana and across the nation. That signals one thing…Back to School.

Back to school season elicits a variety of emotions in every heart, young and old. Some kids dread going back to school with the homework and routine.

“John Robert is our child who is the least excited about going back to school,” said Angie Taylor, mom to Sarah Kate, who will be a freshman at Ruston High School, and John Robert and Jack Henry who will be in second grade at A.E. Phillips. “While he is looking forward to seeing his friends, he is not looking forward to the school aspect of returning.” 

Others thrive on routine and love the thrill of learning new things and seeing friends every day.

“My kids say they don’t want to go back to school, but I think they actually get excited about it, especially my younger ones,” said Mallory Rogers, mom of Mason, who will be a freshman at Ruston High School and Ryder and Kelsey who will both be in the fourth grade at Cypress Springs. “The excitement of meeting their new teacher and seeing all of their school friends is definitely there for them each year when it is time for school to start back. Mason has even made the comment this summer that he is ready to go back; I think he is looking forward to starting high school.”

Parents and teachers tend to be ambivalent about Back to School – sad for the carefree, lazy days of summer to end mixed with the desire for a structured routine. 

Back to school can be stressful as parents scramble to buy back to school clothes, school supplies and begin to figure out how to juggle school and activity schedules. Planning ahead can lessen this stress and make back to school easier for everyone.

“We start getting up earlier about a week before school starts back,” said Laura Jones, mom to Annie who is a senior at Cedar Creek, Allie who is in tenth grade at Cedar Creek, Chloe who is an eighth grader at Cedar Creek and Jett who will be in sixth grade at A.E. Phillips. “We’ve typically shopped here and there all summer for uniforms and clothing.” 

While most people have natural tendencies to procrastinate, thinking ahead and making yourself get those tasks done can help immensely with back to school.

“The biggest tip that I can share would be to start early. Try not to wait until the end of summer to purchase backpacks, uniforms and school supplies. We try to get as much accomplished as early as possible,” said Taylor. 

Many parents begin easing their kids into a school-friendly routine a week or two before the big day. Jones starts this schedule about a week ahead of time. Taylor starts her kids back on their school routine the Sunday before school starts.

“That gives us almost a full week of going to bed on time,” said Taylor.

Rogers on the other hand, has a different viewpoint.

“This is probably an unpopular opinion, but we don’t really ease back into school mode. We are soaking up every bit of rest that we can before the hustle of the school year starts up again. I feel like we are in such high gear during the school year that it is worth slowing down and spending quality time as a family for as long as possible,” Rogers said.

Once school starts, many families struggle with fitting extracurricular activities, homework and dinner all into one evening.

“We plan the week’s suppers together on Sundays and they are posted on the dry erase board in the kitchen,” said Jones. “This helps with the constant asking what’s for supper?”

Rogers echoes meal planning as a lifesaver. 

“I am a planner, especially during the school year. I plan meals two weeks at a time. I cook easier meals, usually in a crockpot, on nights that we will be running around for the kids’ activities. Planning meals helps me to make sure we are eating nutritious dinners even on a busy schedule,” said Rogers. 

All three residents stress packing lunches the night before and completing homework as soon as possible after school.

“Doing homework immediately has made it less of a struggle and leaves more time for playing and doing other things,” said Rogers.

“Each of our kids has their own homework spot that is not in their room,” said Jones. “They can also do reading assignments in the car on the way to activities.”

Planning ahead, meal planning and completing homework assignments early will help make the back to school season a much easier transition. Rogers, who has taught at Ruston Junior High for the past eight years, will be moving to Ruston High School this year. As a teacher, Rogers has another perspective on back to school.

“Honestly, kids seem to bounce back into the school routine pretty quickly. I have never noticed a difference between students whose parents have done special things to prepare them versus the ones who have kept their summer schedule,” Rogers said. “I would encourage parents to worry less about preparing for early bedtimes and spend more time preparing their kids for being good people. I wish all parents would talk to their kids about being kind and respectful to others when school starts back.”

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Tech, GSU set fan days for tomorrow

LA Tech and Grambling State will both hold their fan fests this Saturday on their respective campuses.

Saturday will be a day full of opportunities for both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State fans to meet their favorite Bulldogs and Tigers as both athletic departments will be holding their annual Fan Days.


Louisiana Tech — Saturday at 12 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Louisiana Tech fans will have an opportunity to interact with the 2022 Louisiana Tech football, soccer and volleyball teams and coaching staffs during its annual Fall Fan Fest Saturday. 

Doors to the TAC will open at 11:30 a.m. with the free event slated from noon to 2 p.m.  Players and coaches from all three programs will sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

Youngsters can enjoy a photo booth, inflatable bounce houses, and various games.  Official Tech merchandise through the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore will be on sale while members of the Tech spirit squads will join Champ and Tech XXII for the event.  Concessions will also be available. 

Season tickets for football and soccer will be on sale at the event along with the opportunity for parents to register their boys and girls for the Champ’s Kids Club. The Champ’s Kids Club membership is $75 for the year and includes admission to every home regular season sporting event for 2022-23.

Set to be officially released on Aug. 15, fans will have the opportunity to get an advanced copy of Chris Kennedy’s book “Louisiana Tech’s Joe Aillet” and have it autographed by the author. In the book, Kennedy illuminates the full picture of the Louisiana Tech icon, from his against-the-odds childhood to his tenure as head coach of the Bulldog football team that stretched north of a quarter century and included 151 wins and 12 championships. The cost of the book is $26.50. 


Grambling State – Saturday at 10 a.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

Grambling State football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s soccer teams will be featured during Fan Day.   

The Tiger football team gets the festivities started with a 10 a.m. scrimmage inside Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 9 a.m. and fans will have the opportunity to see head coach Hue Jackson and the GSU Tigers as they prepare for the upcoming season.  

The scrimmage will last approximately 90 minutes, before transitioning to the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. as fans will have the opportunity to interact, meet and sign autographs with Grambling State coaches and student-athletes.   

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Threatening phone call heard by officer prompts arrest

A Ruston man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened a woman over the phone.

Ruston Police were called to an Eastland Avenue residence early Tuesday morning regarding a report of threats. The victim said Braxton R. Bonner, 38, had been threatening her. The woman showed a RPD officer texts allegedly sent by Bonner. The victim was advised to block Bonner on her phone.

A short time later, the victim called RPD again reporting Bonner had tried to kick in her door but had left the scene. As an officer returned to the residence, the victim said Bonner was calling her from another phone. The officer asked her to answer the call and listened in as Bonner reportedly threatened to kill the victim. When the officer took over the phone, Bonner hung up.

The victims said Bonner might be at his mother’s residence and other officers responded there. Bonner was found behind the house but ran from officers before being apprehended.

Bonner was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked for unlawful telecommunications, simple assault, and resisting an officer. 

Bail was set at $3,000.

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Anders, Hooper vie for LPSB District 10 seat

Otha Anders (left) and Juan Hooper (right) are vying for the Lincoln Parish School Board District 10 seat in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

By Amber Barker 

There’s nearly nine decades of educational leadership experience between the Lincoln Parish School Board District 10 candidates, and both have their sights on continuing to prove the excellence of the school system they have grown to love should they be elected on Nov. 8. 

The incumbent, Otha Anders, has served on the School Board since 1997 and been re-elected every four years since that appointment. He said he is hoping to finish his tenure by being re-elected in what would be his final allowable term due to the term limits.  

“I am seeking re-election for District 10, but I am elected to serve the entire District for the benefit of all our children,” Anders said. “Although the term limit will keep me from serving on the board after this one, I will continue to be a lifelong educator and do anything I can to help continue to promote the quality education for students in Lincoln Parish – that’s my calling.” 

Anders has been in the classroom in some capacity since the mid-1960s – teaching 5 years at Jasper Henderson in Chatham, and since 1970 at Weston High School in Weston, where his tenure included teacher, assistant principal, and most recently teacher and in-school suspension supervisor. 

“I am seriously concerned about the welfare of our children, to the extent that I have dedicated the majority of my life to them,” Anders said. “I have an unshakeable conviction that every child is valuable, and every child can be successful.”  

That’s a sentiment his opponent, Juan Hooper, shares. 

“I want to encourage students to achieve greatness, no matter their socioeconomic background or their physical, emotional, mental background,” she said. “I want to be transparent. I am here to listen to students, parents, and stakeholders to help continue to support the wonderful education Lincoln Parish provides, prepare tomorrow’s leaders, and make sure all children are able to achieve their own greatness.” 

It’s the lifelong ties to her community – growing up, working and being a minister in District 10 – as well as her ingrained desire to be an educator, that persuaded Hooper to run for election.  

“I’m a native of Lincoln Parish, attended schools here, and they afforded me a wonderful education to experience opportunities due to what Lincoln Parish instilled in me, and I wanted to give back to the community,” said Hooper, who recalled her interest in education from age four. She worked for Monroe City Schools for 27 years, and since 2017 has served as education coordinator for Lincoln Parish Head Start Child Development Program. 

“I’ve always known I wanted to be in education. I remember playing school, teaching my dolls, playing with friends, and always wanting to be the teacher,” she said. “I’ve been in education 32 years and have an interest in working with young children and families. I come from a long line of educators: my mother was an educator, her mother, her mother’s mother and father, cousins – education is in my blood.”  

Both Hooper and Anders have already been busy on the campaign trail with contacting voters, handing out pamphlets and fliers, and yard signs, while also engaging with community leaders and stakeholders. Hooper is making a concerted effort to inform voters about her hopes for the future, and potentially educate some on what the School Board’s responsibilities are.  

“I’ve been reaching out to some people in the areas of District 10 I do not know, and even the ones I do, to let them know what the school board actually does, including getting the right curriculum for students, keeping our students on the same playing ground as students in other states, and making sure every need of the students and teachers in the Parish is met,” she said. “We want to make sure their mental and physical health is taken care of and that students are receiving the best education possible.” 

Anders is hoping his track record of success propels him to re-election and ends with Lincoln Parish being deemed the best of the best. 

“I’ve helped to keep the board unified, as we work toward the goal of making Lincoln Parish #1 in the state,” Anders said. “We have moved up to #2 in the state, and I want to continue the goal until we are #1.” 

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Railway police make arrest for threatening train

A Simsboro man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a train blocking a roadway.

Steven W. Ray, 50, was arrested at his Centerpoint Road residence Tuesday evening by a Kansas City Southern Railway special agent.

Earlier in the evening, the KCS received a call, allegedly from Ray, who stated he was “fixing to start shooting hoses on the (edited) train” because it was blocking Shelby Road near Simsboro.

The railroad determined the road had been blocked 15 minutes when the threatening call was made.

KCS Railway Police agents hold law enforcement commissions through the Louisiana State Police.

Ray was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for terrorizing and criminal mischief. Ray’s bail amount was not available at press time.

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RHS to scrimmage tonight after Bearcat Madness

Photo by T. Scott Boatright

By T Scott Boatright

After practicing in shells Monday-Wednesday, the Ruston Bearcats held their first full pads preseason practice on Thursday, and continued picking up their pace while doing so.

“We started slow on Monday,” said RHS coach Jared Baugh. “I guess it took us a while to get going. That was the first time the kids practiced in shoulder pads since spring practice, so I guess that adjustment took getting used to.

“But every other day — Tuesday, Wednesday and today, the first day in full pads, went well. There’s been a high level of intensity and competition, and that’s always good to see this early.”

Baugh was particularly pleased seeing his inexperienced offensive linemen getting after it in full pads.

“They’re not necessarily young, but we don’t have much varsity experience up front on offense,” Baugh said. “That’s an area we’re keeping an eyeball on for sure.

“I thought they looked pretty good without going back and looking at video yet. My initial thoughts are that it was a positive day for them, although there’s always room to grow and some improvements to make. But I thought it was definitely a good start.”

That Bearcats offensive line is going up against a RHS defensive front that does feature solid experience and talent.

“I think that’s gotta help our offensive line having to go up against those guys in practice,” Baugh said. “We do a lot of first group vs. first group work, and I think that’s always beneficial for our guys, and I think our O-line is getting the chance to compete against some high-quality guys.

“So once we get into a ball game, that should be something they’ve looked at and faced in practice. The defense may line up differently than we do in a real game, but as far as the caliber of players that they’re going to see, they will have seen that in practice and hopefully all of that will make us better in the long run on both sides of the ball.”

Baugh said the newcomer Bearcats seem to be playing at the same pace and knowledge level as the RHS vets.

“We do quite a bit of football stuff throughout the summer -— a lot of individual work after we’re done with weights and conditioning, and I think they’ve retained a lot of that information,” Baugh said. “Then we take one day out of the week (in the summer) and practice in helmets, so they hear a lot of football stuff during the summer. We do that so that they can retain those things and it’s not like starting back over.

“They’ve done a good job of that throughout the summer and it’s helped early in preseason practice and kind of pick up where we left off.”

Bearcat Madness will be held at 6:30 p.m. today with a meeting for parents starting in the “Chick” Childress Field House starting at 5:30 p.m. Hamburger plates, drinks and Kona Ice will be available for purchase, and free Blue Bell Ice Cream will be available as long as  it lasts. 

Fans attending Bearcat Madness will not only get their first good look at the 2022 RHS squad. They’ll also get to see and experience the newest addition to L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium — chairback seats in the reserved section on the home side of the field.

“I’m very proud of those and it’s been a long time coming,” Baugh said. “Being able to get the circumstances done so we can do that for our fans — it wasn’t easy to find the means to do it but we’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve been able to figure out how to get that done — only adds to the great experience that fans have when they come into the stadium.

“They’ll be able to enjoy football and be more comfortable while they’re there. That stadium is obviously one of the best stadiums, if not the best, in the state and the region, and I think the seats are just going to add to a really good fan experience for a ballgame.”

The Bearcats will hold an instraquad scrimmage right after Bearcat Madness.

“I told the kids there are some things we need to work on tomorrow at the end of Bearcat Madness,” Baugh said. “But I really want to give our fans and community an opportunity to see our kids and give them a snippet of what they can expect to see at a home — or away -— ballgame to give them an idea of what that’s going to look like. “

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Dusty McGehee: Deer season preparations

Into the Woods with Dusty McGehee

We have had a long, dry, and abnormally hot summer.  It’s been so hot, it’s made hunting season preparations almost impossible without the aid of a tractor with cab and air conditioning.  In just three short weeks, we will be able to sit in a hot, clear cut full of goatweed and empty our magazines at a dove.  Dove season is what we all look forward to.  Sure, those little birds are tasty but more importantly, it means hunting season has begun and deer season is just around the corner!

The anticipation is right up there with a kid waiting on Christmas morning.  As with Christmas, there is a lot of prep work to be completed before the big day.  Here are a few preseason tips that I’ve compiled from personal experience.

Safety, safety, safety.  Whether you are hanging new tree stands or checking box stands, safety needs to be the first thing on your mind.  If you are hanging a lock-on stand, make sure you have all the safety gear needed.  A climbing belt, safety lifeline, fall protection harness… utilize them!  There are way too many incidents each year, and we all have families that we need to return to.  If you are checking box stands, make sure to do a thorough inspection of your ladder and steps.  It appears the treated wood is not made like it used to be.  I personally witnessed a guest fall through the 4th rung of my ladder last year when it collapsed.  Luckily, he caught himself and only suffered bruised ribs.

Stinging insects:  It is inevitable, wasps will have used your deer stand while you’ve been gone to build nests and raise their young.  I would prefer a deer stand full of spitting cobras than a stand full of wasps.  I will bail off a 10-foot ladder without hesitation and my 40-yard dash time to get away must be close to world record speed.

There are two ways of dealing with these awful pests.  The first is prevention.  During turkey season, I will place a “Hot Shot No Pest Strip” in each of my enclosed stands.  The label claims it will keep any insect away for four months.  I can attest that it lasts much longer than that.  If an insect does make it inside the stand, it does not make it out, so worst-case, you will need to sweep dead insects off the floor.

The second is to fog the stand.  I prefer the small aerosol can with a locking trigger.  These are marketed for ants, fleas, roaches etc. but trust me, they will take care of the wasps.  Whether you have confirmed there are wasps or not, just go the safe route and set off a fogging can.  I like to sneak up the ladder quietly, crack the door open just enough to get the can inside, set it off and run like the wind.

Buzzard box stand infestation:  If you have a box stand and the windows are not closed after deer season, a buzzard will find it.  They will roost inside and potentially have baby buzzards inside of it.  They will ruin your chairs, flooring, and whatever you have inside.  Buzzards will utilize your stand as a home, nursery, and toilet.  The best advice I can give for this is to close or board up your windows in the off season.  If a buzzard does take residence, I’d suggest you gather some flammable liquid, strike a match, and burn it down!  You might think I’m kidding, but the stench and nastiness will never buff out of a buzzard stand.

I can’t wait for the start of deer season.  Although I’ve got a lot of tractor hours to be logged before then.  Food plots to be planted. Lanes to be trimmed.  It is a lot of work, but the sweat equity always seems to pay off.  It has been a long eight months of waiting, the freezer is low on venison, and it is time to restock.  With inflation rising and the cost of groceries at an all-time high, let’s all get out in God’s grocery store and provide for our families.

Good luck and be safe!


Dusty McGehee is a native of Downsville and a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelors in wildlife conservation. He is currently employed by WestRock and serves as an environmental engineer at the Hodge Mill. Dusty is an avid hunter and crappie fisherman, fishing crappie tournaments with his son when he is not in the woods. He and his wife Rachel have three young outdoorsmen/women: Anders, Ridge, and Mae. If you have a story idea or question about the great outdoors, you can reach Dusty at

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Hot Grill Summer, Vol. 10 – A fudgy farewell

We conclude this season of Hot Grill Summer with our first and only dessert: fudgy chocolate brownies. Lots of butter. Lots of chocolate. You’re welcome for it all. We start with—

*record scratch* What? Why am I concluding the season this season? Do I know that it’s going to be summer in Lincoln Parish for 4 more months? Have I lost my mind in the heat?

Alas, yes. It’s been a wonderful ten weeks, and I’ve enjoyed getting to share with you one of my greatest joys in life: good food. If you’ve followed each week, we’ve learned new cooking methods, settled debates on the best way to cook a steak and the best part of a chicken, and now, we’ll land this culinary craft with my personal favorite dessert recipe.

First, make sure your fridge has butter. A lot of butter. In fact, if you don’t have an unopened container, you probably don’t have enough for this recipe. Parchment paper is a must, as well, so don’t skip on that if you can help it.

Also, if you’re counting macros like me, input this recipe first before you even begin your day if you plan to eat a piece. It’s that good, but that, uh…. “un-macro-y.”

Second, prep yourself for the important method of “folding” instead of mixing. To do this, you’ll need to take a spatula instead of a whisk and carefully mix the ingredients together in a, well, folding fashion. This helps keep the ingredients from getting too “cake-like” and leaves a fudgy feel.

I personally love these right out of the oven.

Recipe and ingredients are here.

That indeed will conclude this season of Hot Grill Summer. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed getting to visit with people who read the column or tried the recipes. I fully intend to return next summer with more for you.

Thank you as always for reading. I hope you enjoy!

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Dunkin’ Dogs 2-0 in Puerto Rico

Bulldog head coach Talvin Hester and Co. are 2-0 in Puerto Rico after Thursday’s 87-80 win.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletics Communications 

Game 2: LA Tech 87, LPB Blue All-Stars 80 (Thursday)

The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team overcame some adversity both on and off the court on Thursday evening, pulling out an 87-80 victory over the LPB Blue All-Stars inside the Mario Morales Coliseum.

Tech is now 2-0 in Puerto Rico.

While cruising along in the charter bus on the way to the arena, a flat tire only a couple of miles from the destination derailed the team’s expected arrival time. 

Approximately 40 minutes later, another charter bus arrived on the scene to rescue the Bulldogs on the side of the road. 

Once the delayed contest was tipped, LA Tech gradually separated themselves from the LPB Blue All-Stars, going up as much as 19 points late in the third quarter.  However, the home squad chipped away in the fourth getting to within six late, but the ‘Dogs came out victorious in the second of their three exhibitions.

“We played a better team today,” said head coach Talvin Hester.  “The ball did not fall like it did yesterday even though we shot a good percentage from three, but we have to hang our hat on defense.  This opponent brought some pressure at us and we handled it decently, but we have to handle it better and limit our turnovers.  I don’t want to be here and win every game by 40.  We came here to get better as a team.  We had some situational some there at the end that we handled well.”

For a second straight day, it was Keaston Willis and Kaleb Stewart leading the charge offensively.  The duo combined for 25 points in the first half to help LA Tech produce a 45-33 lead at the midway point.

The Bulldogs extended its lead to 17 at 67-50 at the end of the third frame, never surrendering their advantage despite the 30 fourth quarter points put up by the Blue All-Stars.

“The day didn’t start out great with our bus issue,” said forward Will Allen who redshirted all last season due to a shoulder injury.  “We needed to get off to a faster start because our opponent came ready to play.  We woke up there in the second and third quarter, but let off the gas there in the fourth.  We had to dig in and play though to pull it out.

“It feels great to box somebody out that is not my teammate, helping my team by doing the little things like taking charges and getting offensive rebounds.”

Willis finished with a team-high 23 points followed by Cobe Williams with 17 and Stewart with 16.  

Game 1: LA Tech 113, LPB White All-Stars 67 (Wednesday)

The Bulldogs first took in the sights, roaming the streets of Old San Juan while learning the rich history of the U.S. territory, sneaking in some souvenir shopping, and sampling its local cuisine. 

The latter part of day two on the island was spent at the Mario Morales Coliseum where LA Tech drained 20 three-pointers in route to a 113-67 blowout victory over the LPB White All-Stars in the first of three exhibitions scheduled.

“I was happy with the team’s energy level,” said head coach Talvin Hester.  “They went out ready to play.  While I am looking forward to adding our pieces that did not play tonight in David [Green] and Isaiah [Crawford], we showed how deep we can be.  I think the strength of our team is our team.  As long as we do not have to rely on one guy, we will be a hard matchup.”

The first quarter was back and forth with neither team able to gain separation.  As a result, the two teams were knotted up at 22-22 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The Bulldogs started to get some separation though in the second quarter, opening the stanza up on a 16-4 run and ultimately taking a 15-point edge into halftime at 49-34. 

LA Tech ran the scoring margin up even more in the third quarter, producing a 24-3 run while outscoring the home team by 20 (31-11).  The ‘Dogs added 33 more points in the fourth and final quarter.

It was balanced scoring throughout the night as five players tallied double-digit points – Kaleb Stewart (20), Keaston Willis (18), Dravon Mangum (15), Cobe Williams (15), and Terran Williams (14 all in the second half).

“This was a great experience tonight,” said T. Williams.  “There has been a lot to learn with our new coaches and to come out and see how did in a live game was great.  Energy is going to be a big key for us this season and tonight we had lots of energy.”


LA Tech will play its third and final game of the summer tour on Friday at 3 p.m. CT versus the LPB Red All-Stars.


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Man arrested entering cars

A man was arrested early Monday morning after a witness allegedly saw him entering cars outside Clinton Circle residences.

Ruston Police responded and located a man matching the description given by the caller. Kenneth Harper, 44, of Ruston, said he was trying to borrow a friend’s Ford Crown Victoria. He said the car was locked when he arrived, so he knocked on the window and his friend unlocked the car with a keyless remote control. 

The owner of the Crown Victoria, however, said she did not know Harper, had not given him permission to use the car, and it did not possess keyless entry. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle, officers were told.

Harper was arrested and a search of his backpack revealed Diclofenac and Methocarbamol, both controlled substances, under someone else’s name. A glass pipe typically used to smoke drugs, was found in his pants pocket. 

Officers booked Harper at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for simple burglary of a vehicle, possession of legend drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail amount was not available.

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Ponderings by Doug

There are a couple of positive personality traits that we overlook in today’s cultural dialogue. I want you to ponder the notion of patience and obedience. In terms of believing or working toward a noble goal these two traits are paramount. Especially for the church people who are living in the great in between time. Jesus commanded us to work while we wait for His second coming. So for the church we are called to be patient and obedient. In life too, if you have a project or a goal in mind, patience and obedience are needed.

Let me tell you a story:

In 1894 on her seventy-fourth birthday Susan B. Anthony went out in dreadfully harsh winter weather to preside over the annual convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association meeting in Washington D.C. Delegates gathered at the opera house at the corner of Twelfth and F Streets were anticipating hearing their leader speak. They were not disappointed.

Anthony reminded her colleagues that they were now in their fifth decade of seeking the right to vote for women. She told the assembly:

“We shall someday be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people believe that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past.”

When the US House of Representatives and the US Senate finally approved what was to become the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, after being rejected by every Congress for forty years, Susan B. Anthony had been dead for thirteen years. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the original drafter of the amendment, had been dead for sixteen years.

These ladies were patient and obedient to the dream and vision of a woman’s right to vote. Their patience and obedience were catalysts for change.

How about it, are you patient and obedient to the dream God has given you for your life? If you are not sure what dream God has given you, find a church on Sunday. We can help you dream in church.

Yes, the previous sentence was written that way on purpose.

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OPPORTUNITY: Cedar Creek bus driver

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Cedar Creek School is looking for a certified school bus driver for its West Monroe route for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

Anyone interested in more information on the position can email Gwen Barron at

Interested and qualified individuals can apply on the school’s website at or email their resume to

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Weekend events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of non-for-profit upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list or advertise your for-profit events, please email us at

Friday, August 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Trinity United Methodist Church Used Book Sale
6:30 p.m.: Bearcat Madness (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, August 13
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Hazardous Waste Material Collection and Recycling (2609 Farmerville St.)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ruston Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Petsense Adoption Day (Petsense Ruston)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Trinity United Methodist Church Used Book Sale
Noon to 2 p.m.: Louisiana Tech Fan Fest (Thomas Assembly Center)
7 p.m.: Cedar Creek Cougar Football Kickoff

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Street closure, all-way stop announced

Louisiana Tech has announced a pedestrian path that will be closed through the first weekend of September.

The pedestrian pathway bridge over the railroad tracks between Railroad and Western Street will be closed to travel through Labor Day Weekend.  This closure is to allow for continued work on the alumni brick walkway. 

Pedestrians are urged to plan their walking travel routes to include either the Everett Street bridge or Tech Drive as they navigate across campus. 

Motorists are also encouraged to be extra cautious while traveling on Railroad Avenue by the pedestrian bridge during the day when crews are working due to one lane closure at the crosswalk by the bridge.  Be aware of oncoming traffic before navigating through the one available lane.

Additionally, the City of Ruston has converted the intersection of Dan Reneau and Monroe Street to an all way stop intersection.  All vehicle traffic on Dan Reneau and South Monroe Street will be required to stop at this intersection.  Some of the lane marking approaching this intersection from east and west on Dan Reneau have changed so motorists should be attentive and cautious and they approach and enter this intersection.

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