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May 3rd, 2016

Tarbutton Road project moves closer

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Aldermen approve DOTD financial supplemental agreement on Monday
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The long-awaited Tarbutton Road project should be a step closer to going out for bids today.

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday approved what officials hope is the final supplemental agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development involving the project. Mayor Ronny Walker signed an agreement Monday evening and sent it overnight to DOTD administrators in Baton Rouge.

“This agreement designates what part of the roadway around the junior high school is the state’s, is the city’s and is the parish’s,” Walker said.

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New sales tax proposed for Simsboro

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Simsboro Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster introduced a tax proposition of a 1.25 percent sales tax to aldermen during the city council  meeting Monday evening.

A public meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the Village of Simsboro will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at Village Hall which will include a consideration of a resolution to authorize a tax proposition, she said.

“The Village of Simsboro will consider asking for a 1.25 percent sales tax on the upcoming ballot on Nov. 8,” Smalling-Foster said, adding that all residents were encouraged to attend the meeting so that their input may be heard.

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Gardening changes seen then and now

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It’s been decades since Sue Metcalf worked on her parent’s farm in Richland Parish.
But not much has changed for the Choudrant resident. She still gardens, just in a different capacity these days.
“A friend of mine decided she was going to do the master gardener’s class and asked me to do it with her,” Metcalf said. “I really learned a lot about things I didn’t even know about.
“Even though I grew up on a farm there were still things that I didn’t know.”
Metcalf said she was looking for a way to give back to the community.

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Union Parish rape investigation ongoing

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The rape of a 17-year-old girl at the Union Parish Detention Center is still being investigated.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday the investigation into the rape of the female inmate at the parish detention center is continuing and that further arrests are possible.

“We’ll be working closely with the district attorney and the police jury to bring about justice in this case,” Gates said.

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Giving to those in need

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Stephen Williams, representing the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, stands with children from Alabama Presbyterian Church of Sibley. They presented stuffed animals that had been collected to be given to children by the officers in order to comfort children that may be dealing with trauma in their lives.

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You never know the way of a serpent on a rock

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Note by June Chandler Grant, daughter of Lige Chandler: Daddy wrote this sometime in the late 1940s. He showed it to me once day when I was out there. It was written in pencil in a little spiral notebook. He said he wrote it at night when he couldn’t sleep. He asked me if I thought the Ruston Leader would publish it in the paper. I told him I doubted it unless it was some kind of special edition, and I have regretted telling him so, as I’m sure he would have loved to see it in print.

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Local athletic programs flourish

Spring is here. April showers have brought May flowers along with flourishing athletics programs for our Lincoln Parish teams.

The Louisiana Tech University tennis team became nationally ranked for the first time ever this spring and finished with a record of 15-7 with four players being named to All-Conference USA teams.

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Rural roads are hazardous

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I'm writing today to make it clear to anyone who doesn't have to drive on one of our many rural state and parish roads, and that includes some if not most of our legislators, that our rural roads are in hazardous if not catastrophic conditions. My 77-year-old mother drives between 25-35 miles per hour in a 55 zone on Louisiana Highway 544 until she gets to Louisiana Highway 563 because to drive faster for her creates a truly harrowing experience for her. And that isn't acceptable to me.

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May 2nd

SEALED BIDS 2016-14

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SEALED BID # 2016-14
The Purchasing Office of the city of Ruston, Louisiana, located at Ruston Public Works Complex, Administration Building, 701 East Tennessee Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270 will be accepting SEALED BIDS until the hour of 10:00 a.m. local time TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud, for furnishing the city of Ruston with NEW CHRISTMAS LIGHTING.
As per specifications on file:
The city of Ruston
Purchasing Office
701 East Tennessee Avenue
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
(318) 251-8631

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SEALED BIDS

Sealed bids for the following project will be received by the Purchasing Department of the City of Ruston, Louisiana, located at Ruston Public Works Complex, Public Works Administration Building, 701 East Tennessee Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, either by mail or hand delivery, no later than 2:00 P.M. local time on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at which time all bids received will be publicly opened and read aloud in the in the office of the Purchasing Agent. Bids received after the 2:00 P.M. deadline will be returned via certified mail to the bidder unopened.

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