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HOMER, LA -- Claiborne Memorial Medical Center physicians have been busy performing sports physicals for more than 350 Claiborne Parish and Claiborne Academy students.

The region is experiencing a heat wave this August without much relief. One thing that thrives in the hot and dry climate in lawns and can become a real issue this time of year is chinch bugs.

An emergency timber sale involving agricultural lands in Bayou Bodcaw in Webster and Bossier parishes in Louisiana has been announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.

Bobby Smith, 83, of Spearsville, LA, was killed about 8:55 p.m. Saturday after the 2011 Ford Escape he was driving struck a guardrail on East State Line Road in Junction City, AR.

Jeremy Copeland, 26, of Minden, LA, died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle wreck that happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday on Dogwood Trail in Webster Parish.