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October 13th

Students reach out to community

The students are involved in Faith Mission, which is an after school program that takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays afternoons, Wesley Foundation Director Scott Wright said.
During Tech's school year, six students from the Wesley foundation, along with volunteers from other campus ministries, make their way to an old building near Cinnamon Square apartments twice a week to interact with 25-30 children ages 7-13.

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Simsboro town hall to receive upgrade

Aldermen Jimmy Dale Clements and Ken Slocum approved the purchase of a new desk for village clerk Mary Beth McCullen. The desk will cost the village approximately $1,130; however, the village was able to find a floor model desk that was already assembled and included a chair, for a reduced price.
Simsboro Mayor Woodie Pritchett said the town hall's current desk has needed replacement for quite some time. The desk was damaged on two separate occasions when the town hall was broken into.

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Simsboro village clerks move on

Both of the village's full-time clerks, Terry Dampier and Shannon Nemitz, are leaving to take other jobs.
Nemitz's final day was Oct. 1, while Dampier is set to leave the office for the final time on Oct. 12.
"I have enjoyed working with both of them," Pritchett said. "Both of them are bettering themselves."
Nemitz left her position as village clerk, where she served for the past 15 months, to take a position as an assistant cashier for the city of Ruston.

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October 12th

Moats to play in Shrine Game

The 5'9", 209-pound junior running back from Louisiana Tech, who declared himself eligible for the NFL draft earlier this month, received one of the most important phone calls of his life Saturday.
With that phone call came an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, set for a 2 p.m. kickoff at San Francisco's SBC Park. The game will be televised live by ESPN.

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October 11th

Choudrant wins state title

In a dramatic, 10-inning contest, the Aggies had the last laugh as senior infielder Jacob Simmons singled to center field to score junior pitcher Jamey Bradshaw to give Choudrant an 8-7 win over Northlake Christian School (22-5) in the finals of the Class B state tournament here Saturday afternoon.
Both teams cruised to semifinal wins Friday, with the Aggies (30-8) beating Simpson 16-2 and the Wolverines beating Glenmora 11-1. Something had to give Saturday.

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RPAR eyes millage vote

Every 10 years, RPAR's millage rate must come up for vote with the public. Currently, the rate is 2.65 mills after being rolled back from its original 3 mills.
It is uncertain at this time whether RPAR will push for the original 3 mills or stick with the current 2.65 mills when the vote comes to election, which could occur as soon as April, RPAR Director Wes Barton said.

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RHS graduate to receive first Distinguished Alumni Award

Willie Green, president of the RHS Alumni Association and a 1955 RHS graduate, said Holstead, class of '56, was chosen because of his "deep sense of gratitude and his indebtedness to Ruston High, its teachers and coaches."
In 2001, upon Holstead's retirement from Vinson and Elkins law firm, Green said Holstead selected RHS to be the recipient of his "retirement gratuity" to create the Outstanding Achievement Award scholarship for a graduating senior.

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Public Forum for tax millages slated for Tuesday

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Police Jury Conference Room on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish Court House.
Louisiana law mandates that government agencies who receive taxes based on millage rates, roll those rates back to reflect the same amount of taxes collected before the reassessment. But after the rollback, agencies can then roll the rates forward back to the same rate from the prior year, or anywhere in between that rate and the roll back rate.

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October 10th

Mayor pledges cooperation with Police Jury

"I'd like to thank you on behalf of the city for your spirit of cooperation," Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth cited collaborative efforts to bring fresh water to Lincoln Parish through a proposed D'Arbonne pipeline, the Tarbutton Road Exchange for Interstate 20, and the Commerce Street extension as areas where the city and parish have worked together.

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Man for All Seasons starts second run

"This is a play filled with intriguing and highly contemporary ideas," Director Kenneth Robbins said. "One of our goals is that audience (members) have something to carry home and discuss."
The plot centers around the conflict of Chancellor Sir Thomas More as King Henry VIII strives, against the will of the Pope, to divorce his first wife and marry his mistress.
"The fundamental idea is related to one political issue today — which is the relationship between church and state," Robbins said.

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