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October 10th

Leadership class studies government, volunteerism

Parish Administrator and Engineer Richard Durrett gave an overview of the responsibilities of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury. Those in attendance learned the police jury is responsible for 450 miles of road, 90 bridges and 125 trash bin sites throughout the unincorporated areas of the parish.
Durrett also challenged class members to get involved with efforts to save the Sparta Aquifer and issued an invitation to attend the next Sparta Commission meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Nov. 29 at the Lincoln Parish Library.

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Laird considers move to NCHS

Laird said he received a call two weeks ago from officials at Natchitoches Central High School and has been offered the job as the Chiefs' next head coach.
"I talked to them a couple of weeks ago," Laird said. "They called me, and I visited with them. If someone else called me, I'd visit with them.
"That does mean that I'm not happy in Ruston or that I want to go. My wife likes it here, and I like it here."

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Kerry impresses in first debate

Kerry went after the president on the "mess in Iraq," while Bush staunchly defended his record on terrorism and questioned Kerry's leadership ability — continually asking, "How can I follow this guy?"
From the very beginning, Kerry looked the aggressor and put the president on the defense about the war.

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Leaders, citizens discuss new interchange

Jim Lyles, representing the consulting firm of Demopulos and Ferguson Associates in Shreveport, went outlined the $66.6 million plan, which include the new interchange, frontage roads connecting Ruston and Grambling, improvements to Interstate 20 exits at Cooktown Road and Grambling and widening Interstate 20 to six lanes through that area.
The work would be done in phases, with a timeline that starts in 2005 and ends in 2020, Lyles said.

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High court refuses to hear Scott's appeal

The Supreme Court has refused to grant the application for writs applied for by Jock Scott, R-Alexandria, leaving Scott, Zelma "Tisa" Blakes, D-Monroe and incumbent Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman as the candidates. The decision occurred late Thursday.
Two justices chose not to render an opinion. The other five justices each voted to reject Scott's application for writs.  

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Couple lives for Tech football

Ross and Betty Harper arrive at the parking lot of Joe Aillet Stadium on the Louisiana Tech campus a few days before each Bulldog home game in their Monaco RV and immediately ask what they can do to help get things ready before kickoff.
Thursday afternoon, Ross — Louisiana Tech Class of 1964 — was in Aillet Stadium, helping place the backs on reserve seating.
Betty — Class of 1963 — says they often help run the Athletic Store on the days leading up to the game.
"We just do whatever we can to help out," Betty said.

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Ceremony honors war veterans

Those words — spoken by a hero — held A.E. Phillips Elementary School students spellbound during a veterans ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the school's auditorium.
Marine Sgt. Randall Rugg, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, related his story to highlight the festivities.
Four days into the war, the Monroe native was wounded when the tank recovery vehicle he was riding in was struck by five rocket propelled grenades.
"I blinked once, and then my life changed forever," Rugg told the students.

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Ceremonies honor area vets on their day

At Grambling State University the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce honored vets with a flag-folding ceremony, while at Louisiana Tech, the university's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps held a flag-lowering ceremony.
A wide array of veterans gathered in front of Ruston City Hall for an 11 a.m. celebration, the time traditionally set aside to honor military veterans who have served their nation during wartime.

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Ruston veteran receives Bronze Star 60 years after earning it

Decell also earned a Combat Infantryman's Badge as his unit fought its way through southern France into the Saarbrucken area of Germany.
"I didn't think a lot about awards," Decell said, as he thought back on those days nearly 60 years ago. "I figured I had the CIB (Combat Infantryman's Badge) and that was enough."

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Blanco schedules Ruston visit

Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry said local businessman K.D. Kilpatrick had worked for some time to bring Blanco to Ruston.
"It's been a while since the Governor has paid us a visit," Terry said. "Mr. Kilpatrick was able to get her to come and be the Kiwanis Club's guest speaker."
Kilpatrict said he told Blanco it was time for her to pay this area a visit.

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