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October 13th

Ruston upgrades Water Tank No. 2

And thanks to an inspection investment of slightly more than $100,000, that tank should be protected for the next 10-15 years, director of water utilities Richard Aillet said.
Aillet said the city's three water tanks are made of a mild steel that if not recoated will rust out approximately every 10 years.

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Tech students pick up Peach prize

There is no need to dig or plow, for the treasure will not be found by the sweat of your brow.
Somehow, someway, those two sentences and 36 words were enough to guide two Louisiana Tech students in the right direction Monday.
While sitting in Ponchatoula's eating lunch, John Dooley, 23, and Will Cummings, 22, heard the first Peach Hunt clue on the radio.
After finishing their lunches, they headed out in search of the prize.
"We figured it was in a park somewhere," Dooley recalled. "We checked Hideaway Park."

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Stuck truck causes delays on insterstate, highways

At approximately 10 a.m., the driver of a Low Boy oversize load heading eastbound on Insterstate 20 near Choudrant decided to try and cross the median after missing his exit in Ruston.
"He missed his Ruston exit at (Louisiana) Highway 33 and decided to cross the median illegally," Louisiana State Trooper Sgt. Chuck Harris said. "He got stuck and blocked both lanes of traffic."

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City seeks public input on proposed zoning changes

The Ruston Planning and Zoning Commission and the representatives of the Ruston Department of Public Works will be available to explain the changes and answer questions, Lewis Love, the director of that department, said. The proposal is expected to be introduced to the Ruston City Council in May.
“Basically, (the commission) is adding new categories to the current zoning ordinances and changing categories,” Love said. “People need to be aware of this because their zone is going to be affected.”

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Pulitzer winner Pitts headlines SEJC

Pitts will speak at the Friday noon luncheon, and Bob Mann, communications director for Gov. Kathleen Blanco, will speak at Saturday's luncheon. Teddy Allen, prize-winning columnist from The (Shreveport) Times will speak at the opening session Friday morning. All keynote sessions will be held in the Tech Student Center. More than 20 other sessions are scheduled as well.
The public may attend sessions throughout both days free of charge, but luncheon attendance requires payment of $11 per day. More information can be found at http://eb.journ.latech.edu/sejc.

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Parish delegates discuss federal funds with Congressmen

Among the items discussed were the proposed interchange at Tarbutton Road, the I-20 service road project and potential future expansions, Hollingsworth said.
"We met with Rodney Alexander, David Vitter, Mary Landrieu and all their staff," Hollingsworth said. "We had lunch with Rodney on Thursday in Washington."
Potential improvements along I-20 from a potential interchange at Rough Edge Road on the east of Ruston all the way to Grambling were discussed with the Louisiana Congressmen.

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Love will go mad at Cedar Creek softball field

During the last week of April, local residents have a chance to pack a picnic basket, pull out their lawn chairs, and prop their feet up at Cedar Creek's softball field to watch Ruston Community Theater's production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — set not in the 16th century but in the 1960s.
Director Philip Cardwell said the field provides the intimate, outdoorsy type of atmosphere needed for the show. 

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Levingston attracts LSU's eye

And once the home state powerhouse made an official offer, it didn't take long for Levingston to scoop it up and make a verbal commitment.
"They just showed me a lot of love," Levingston said. "They were the ones talking to me all the time. They were keeping in contact with me and always talking to me."
Levingston made a splash at defensive end as a sophomore, where his quickness and athleticism made him tough for tackles to block him.

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Greater Ouachita Port Commission receives DOTD grant

"This grant will benefit North Louisiana in a tremendous way," Alexander said. "As I have said all along, one way to benefit our state's economy is to invest in infrastructure projects. Studies have shown that for every billion spent on infrastructure projects, nearly 50,000 jobs are created. As long as I continue to serve in Congress, I will continue to work with members of Louisiana's delegation to help bring needed funding to all areas of the state. I'm pleased to work closely with Sen.

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Cedar Creek, Bernice play in empty gym

"This is fairly weird," Cedar Creek Principal Connie Bradford said. "It's kind of unnatural to be in a gym where every sound is heard; it's eerie."
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association mandated the empty gym after a fight broke out between players and fans the last time the two teams played on Jan. 21. Both schools were also fined and placed on probation.

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