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April 16th, 2013

Bulldogs give fans optimism

Louisiana Tech University’s 2013 football season won’t kick off for several more months.
But judging from last weekend’s “T-Day” spring game, Bulldogs’ fans are eager to get the program’s first year in Conference USA under way.
An estimated 2,500 Tech fans were in attendance at the two-hour contest that officially closed out 15 sessions of spring drills.
They were enthusiastic from the get-go and, most importantly, optimistic about what new Head Coach Skip Holtz and his team have in the works for the upcoming season.

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Great potential for Fed Building

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This is the time of the year that I will usually write about home gardening or lawn care. Seems that is what most people want to hear about when the weather starts to warm up. I can understand that because I tend to get the urge to work out in the yard or garden when the weather warms up. I think it’s something instinctual in us that makes that happen.

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Invigorated after break

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I will admit that some days, I don’t want to climb out of my comfortable bed and trek to work in the morning.
While I love being a journalist — it is one of the most interesting jobs I think one could choose to have — there are of course days I’d rather drive off into the sunset and take an adventure.
Well, this past weekend, because the reporters (myself included) at the Ruston Daily Leader managed to rack up several first, second and third place awards in the annual Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editor’s competition, I had the chance to do just that.

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Richard Wayne Simonton

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Memorial services for Richard Wayne Simonton, 70, of Shreveport will be held at 11AM Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Corinth Baptist Church in Hico, LA.

Mr. Simonton was born January 15, 1943 in Lincoln Parish, LA and passed away April 15, 2013 in Shreveport, LA.

He is preceded in death by his mother Genie Simonton, father Roy Simonton, brother Dewey Simonton and sister Neita Brumley.

He is survived by his sister Sallie Johnston of Ruston, La, brother Sam Simonton of Haughton, LA and several nieces and nephews.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

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Sealed bids will be received for the State of Louisiana by the Division of Administration, Office of Facility Planning and Control, Claiborne Office Building, 1201 North Third Street, Conference Room 1-145, Post Office Box 94095, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9095 until 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. ANY PERSON REQUIRING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL NOTIFY FACILITY PLANNING AND CONTROL OF THE TYPE(S) OF ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE THE BID OPENING.
FOR: Repairs and Renovation to Wyly Tower Auditorium
Louisiana Tech University

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

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Sealed bids will be received for the State of Louisiana by Louisiana Tech University, Office of Purchasing, Room 408, Keeny Hall, Post Office Box 3157, Ruston, Louisiana 71272 until 2:00 P.M., May 6, 2013. ANY PERSON REQUIRING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL NOTIFY LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY OF THE TYPE(S) OF ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE THE BID OPENING.
FOR:
Third Floor Renovation for Bio-Medical Engineering Building
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana
BID NUMBER:
50012-241-13

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April 15th

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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“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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