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October 14th, 2012

Jeannie Marsh

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Jeannie Marsh, 61, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, PO Box 470773, Fort Worth, Texas 76147.

Jeannie was born Oct. 3, 1951, in Ruston, La. She grew up in River Oaks where she attended Castleberry High School, Class of 1969. She went on to attend Louisianna Tech Univeristy. Jeannie was a member of Burton Hills Baptist Church and had a love for nature and art.

Jeannie was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Paul and Maryann Driggers Walker.

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October 13th

P&Z to meet

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The Ruston Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
On the planning agenda is a public hearing to review and consider action for a conceptual/preliminary plat application from Mt. Pleasant Community Development Corporation for a Planned Unit Development lying east of Standifer Avenue and south of Maryland Avenue. The proposal is for 28 rental units constructed under a grant from the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

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Wiggin’ Out raises more than $10,000

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Squire Creek was filled with wigs of many colors, as the second annual Wiggin’ Out commenced on Oct. 11. An event associated with the sixth annual “Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer” campaign, the fundraiser attracted hundreds of attendees and raised more than $10,000.
“The show of support at tonight’s event was unbelievable. We were expecting a great turnout, but this by far exceeded what we were hoping for,” said Elizabeth Turnley, director of marketing and physician liaison with the Northern Louisiana Medical Center, one of the fundraiser’s title sponsors. “It was truly a great feeling to watch everyone having a great time while helping raise money for a great cause. This event could not have happened without the generous support of those who attended.”

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Can Tech keep Dykes in Ruston?

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Regardless of the outcome of Saturday night’s game at Independence Stadium against Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech University is destined for one of the best seasons in the program’s history.
That’s a given in a year in which the Bulldogs will likely — barring major unexpected developments — raise another championship banner in a watered down Western Athletic Conference.

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Tech rally falls short

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’Dogs come from 27-0 deficit before being edged 59-57
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SHREVEPORT — Louisiana Tech University almost pulled off a miracle comeback at Independence Stadium early this morning — yes, this morning — before being edged 59-57 in a wild and wacky Top 25 showdown against Texas A&M.
The Bulldogs (5-1) trailed by 27-0 in the first half before rallying to within two points (46-44, 59-57) twice against the Aggies (5-1) in the final five minutes of play.

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Grambling drops to 0-6

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ITTA BENA, Miss. — After six games, Grambling State University is still winless.
The Tigers continued their sluggish start at Willie Totten Stadium Saturday afternoon with a 45-21 loss to Mississippi Valley State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference meeting.
Grambling (0-6, 0-5) has not won a game sine last December’s 16-14 SWAC championship game win over Alabama A&M in Birmingham, Ala.

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Protecting retirement

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Amendment No. 3 could impact timeline for filing bills

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It is one in a series of articles by PAR that the Daily Leader will print relating to the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Today’s article focuses on Constitutional Amendment No. 3. Articles may be edited for space.
Legislators who file bills before a regular legislative session must do so no later than 10 calendar days before the first day of the session. This is known as prefiling. Usually, prefiled bills are formally introduced on the first day of a session. A legislator may file five bills during a session and the Legislature’s rules make certain exceptions to allow more. Also, any proposed amendment to the Constitution must be prefiled at least 10 calendar days before the start of a legislative session.

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Whataburger set to open in 2013

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Since Ruston is a college town, late night restaurants are welcomed by the young adult community with open arms.
Whataburger, coming to Ruston in 2013, is open 24 hours every day.
Likewise, the fast-food chain will bring another food choice and more jobs to Ruston.
Scott Terry, president of the Ruston Lincoln-Chamber of Commerce, said that Whataburger will help the community in more ways than one.

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WaterFest helps raise awareness

Approximately 850 fifth-graders from Lincoln and Bienville parishes got a lesson in water conservation last week during the annual WaterFest at Lincoln Parish Park.
Presented by the Sparta Ground Water Commission, Sparta Foundation and Devon Energy, WaterFest is an educational opportunity where students learn through hands-on activities.
For many years, the Sparta Aquifer — which is the primary source of water for several North Louisiana parishes and parts of Arkansas — has been being used faster than it can naturally be replenished by rainfall. This trend has led to lower water levels in the aquifer, resulting in water quality issues, such as saltwater intrusion and lack of clarity.

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Terry: Political sign stolen from yard

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This past week, I paid for and placed a Romney/Ryan political sign in my front yard to exercise my right to show support for the presidential candidate I intend to vote for. 
However it seems that some small-minded individual or individuals do not believe that a citizen of this country should be allowed to show support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — so they came into my front yard and stole the sign. There’s no doubt that this kind of action has gone on since political yard signs were invented, and sadly this type of behavior will probably continue as long as campaigns use yard signs as a form of marketing.

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