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August 13th, 2016

Higgins can learn from this misstep

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My two cents worth:
On the brink of finally getting the chance to start, Ryan Higgins made a bad decision.
The fifth-year senior quarterback for Louisiana Tech University was recently arrested for a DUI and speeding.
And this less than a week before fall training camp had kicked off for the Bulldogs.
Nope, not very smart, especially so after having played so well in the spring game (469 yards, m five touchdowns passing).
Plus this: Higgins had been a backup to transfers Cody Sokol and Jeff Driskel the previous two years.

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Bearcat Madness runs rampant at RHS

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Louisiana Tech Associate Athletics Director for Communications Malcolm Butler has announced that Anna Claire Thomas and Blake Bolin have both been promoted within the department.
Thomas, who is entering her fifth year in the department, was promoted to the primary contact for football, men’s and women’s track and field and will share the responsibilities of men’s golf with Butler.

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LPL opens Hometown Teams exhibit

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It’s time to root and cheer for the home team — in this case, Lincoln Parish.
The Lincoln Parish Library held the grand opening Saturday for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America” at the LPL Events Center.
The exhibit, featuring memorabilia focusing on numerous athletes hailing from Lincoln Parish, will be on display through Sept. 24.
Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis has his own section as part of the exhibit and will appear at the library at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 to share his stories.

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Summer fishing can be hot — literally

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One of my very favorite times to bass fish is this time of year. There is not better time for me to be on the water than when daylight is just starting to creep in.
I remember one August morning on D’Arbonne I was fishing where Burnt Stump Slough connects with the main channel. I was casting a black buzz bait and when my retrieve brought the lure within six feet of the boat, a thunderous explosion almost took the rod from my hand.
A 5-pound bass saw my sputtering lure as breakfast about to get away and nailed the buzz bait.

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Aldermen to discuss budget, MRF

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Money will be the order of the night Monday for Ruston’s Board of Aldermen.

The board convenes at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtroom for a regular meeting, during which it will be asked to introduce an ordinance regarding selling bonds for Moving Ruston Forward projects, buy land for the soon-to-be developed sports complex, and set property tax millages for 2016.

Aldermen will then recess and immediately reconvene in their role as the city’s personnel-finance committee to discuss Ruston’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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Mayor to submit spending plan to committee

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Mayor Ronny Walker will officially present Ruston’s proposed 2017 budget to the Board of Aldermen on Monday.

The budget presentation will come during a personnel-finance committee meeting held in conjunction with a full Board of Aldermen meeting. The board convenes at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtroom. The five aldermen are also the personnel-finance committee.

The spending plan shows $62 million in anticipated revenue and $60 million in anticipated operating expenses. Expenditures jump to $64.5 million when capital projects and capital assets are added in.

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Local educator reflects on adventure with Air Force

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Deborah Hollimon’s job with the Lincoln Parish school system was going so well she figured it was time for a new challenge.
For four years, Hollimon had been the system’s literacy coordinator.
The program, designed to foster students’ reading comprehension and achievement, was working.
“It was going great so I felt like it might be time to expand or do something different,” she said.
That’s when Hollimon decided to retire and seek her next adventure.
What she found took her 975 miles away and into a culture she’d seen only on television.

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RFD personnel aid in state flood relief

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Two Ruston Fire Department paramedics, along with one of the department’s rescue boats, are in South Louisiana today helping first responders there in the wake of the heavy rains and flash floods that continue to swamp the area.

RFD Chief Chris Womack said the men and equipment left Ruston on Saturday morning for Baton Rouge to await their specific assignment. Additional RFD personnel are on standby, Womack said.

“We’ll probably rotate out if this runs into the week,” he said.

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Focused efforts saving Sparta

When you live in an area as richly blessed as “The Sportsman’s Paradise,” it may be difficult to understand how the availability of water is an issue.

In the middle of Union Parish is 15,000- acre Lake D’Arbonne. Twenty miles to our west is the 6,400-acre Lake Claiborne, and 30 miles to the south is Caney Lake, which covers 5,000 acres.

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Jury tax vote lacks common sense

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Ad valorem taxes have always been a controversial tax. The majority of citizens don’t have to pay this property tax because either they don’t own any property, or the value of their property falls below the $75,000 homestead exemption threshold. The tax burden falls on the citizens who own businesses or property that does not meet the $75,000 exemption.

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