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April 15th, 2013

Woman dies in hit and run crash

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Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded around 3:36 p.m. Sunday to a two vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 20 about 10 miles west of Ruston that claimed the life of a Shreveport woman.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Saturn SL, driven by 19-year-old Sylesia Howard of Shreveport, was traveling west on Interstate 20 in the left lane when an unknown vehicle that was traveling west in the right lane swerved into the path of the Saturn.

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Making music at the Dixie

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A packed house was on hand Saturday as the eighth annual Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express Showcase was held at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Nearly 20 acts hit the stage for performances, including Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, Denene Stringfellow, Karen Hodnett, Grassfire, Brothers In Christ, Peggy Dring, Rita Spillers, Laymon Godwin, Mark Graham, Travis Woods and Joe Woods Tribute Band. Pictured above are the Dixie Dancers, including Mary Ann Woods, second from left, the wife of the late Joe Woods. Pictured at left is 2013 Dixie Horizon Entertainer of the Year Chad Tingle of Saline.

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Suspect arrested after alleged machete attack

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A 53-year-old Ruston man was arrested following a suspected altercation in Simsboro involving a machete on Sunday evening.
According to reports, Jacob Salinas-Solazono, of 613 Belton Road, was arrested for disturbing the peace- simple drunk and aggravated battery after the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance near Highway 80 and Highway 563 in Simsboro.

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Stressing safety

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Caution while driving in work zones urged
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“These people are somebody’s father, mother, brother or sister,” Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secratery Sherri LeBas said. “Would you want them put in harm’s way?”
That was part of the message LeBas delivered as she appeared at a midday press conference Friday at Railroad Park in downtown Ruston.

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High school students flood campus

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Tech hosts Engineering and Science Day
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Parking places were nearly impossible to find on portions of the Louisiana Tech University last Wednesday morning as school buses brought more than 800 high school students and teachers from North Louisiana and Southern Arkansas to participate in the College of Engineering and Science’s Engineering and Science Day.
The annual event is held each week as a part of Engineering and Science Week and is hosted and organized by the Louisiana Tech Engineers and Scientists Association (LTESA), a student organization representing all majors in the College of Engineering and Science.

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Man apprehended after hit and run

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After being dispatched to the Graham Shopping Center in reference to an individual being struck by a vehicle, officers with the Ruston Police Department arrested 45-year-old Zedie Lorenzo Jones for aggravated battery, reckless operation of a vehicle and theft — less than $500.

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Pet of the Week

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Lonestar is a sweet, happy, easy going fellow that just wants a family he can love. He enjoys other dogs and playing in the yard. Lonestar would make an excellent family pet. He is about 15 months old, all black, with beautiful dark eyes and a happy smile. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information or come see all the dogs at the new office, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Ruston Junior High School hosts Valentine’s dance

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Ruston Junior High School recently held a Valentine’s dance. The court was voted in by teachers and students and were presented at the dance by Cory Mamon.
In the photo on the top is Queen Cienna Washington (seated) with Princesses Taylor Mays (left) and Mary Lynch.

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Guice speaks to Kiwanis

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Louisiana Tech University President-elect Les Guice, spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club on April 11. Dianne Singletary, Kiwanis program chair, is shown with him.

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Hico home destroyed by fire

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At 11:10 p.m. Saturday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department, directed by Chief Dennis Ford, was requested to respond to a structure fire at 8017 Hico Street in Dubach.
Engine 1 out of Vienna was the first to arrive on scene for Lincoln Parish Fire Department and reported the structure was collapsed.
The homeowner had been burning debris behind the home earlier in the day.
There was heat damage to the homes on the east and west sides of the burning structure.

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