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October 10th

Gator gets new home

"We had been getting complaints about an alligator in the pond across the road from the entrance to Squire Creek," Sanderson said. "We called the Wildlife and Fisheries, they set out a couple of hooks, and we waited."
The wait was not a long one.
"We got word that a gator was on one of the hooks, so we thought we'd go over, drag him out of the water and have him ready to go when the Wildlife and Fisheries folks got there," Sanderson said.

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Cowpokes ride, rope and wrangle

"Most every high school in Louisiana is represented this weekend," Exposition manager Angela Manning said. "There are more than twice the number of competitors that we had here last year; it's overwhelming and challenging at the same time."

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Senate votes on local water issues

HB 596, which establishes the Jackson Parish Dugdemona Watershed Authority, now waits approval by Governor Kathleen Blanco.
The bill authorizes "lakes, golf courses, playgrounds, picnic grounds, parks and any other facilities to accommodate the public," including "retirement communities, marinas and other economic development interests."
Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, told the Senate that HB 596 was a "local bill" that would allow the watershed authority to explore the possibility of a reservoir in Jackson Parish.

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Scriber accepts Arkansas offer

"It's kind of like this," Scriber said. "Lincoln Parish has been very good to me, but there comes a time when a person needs to make a change; I think this is a good opportunity for me and my family."
Scriber will replace Superintendent Steve Singleton, who leaves at the end of this school year to take over as superintendent of the Jonesboro School District.
The Mountain Home position pays about $113,000 a year, Mountain Home School District Administrative Assistant Elaine Hughes said.

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Ruston welcomes Cleanest City judges

The Cleanest City judges were in town Friday and came away impressed once again, meaning Ruston will advance to the state competition like it has every year in the 30-plus years competition.
"You have to score an 85 or above to go onto the state competition," District 5 Chairman Jean Gilstrap said. "We have had some cities not score 85 and not be able to go onto the state competition. Thankfully, Ruston has never been one of those."

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Residents can dispose of hazardous waste Saturday

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will team up with the city's Public Works Department to hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Lincoln Parish Exhibition Center from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday.
"We started this four years ago," Public Works assistant director Ed Pittman said. "The city did it on its own at the Public Works Complex. The first year we had about about 50 cars. The next year we had about 75, and last year we had around 110."

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Leader captures LPA awards

Division four newspapers in the coveted General Excellence category, and claimed the advertising sweepstakes award during the Louisiana Press Association's annual meeting here Saturday.
"We at The Ruston Daily Leader strive to put a product out each day that keeps our reader informed and entertained," Daily Leader Rick Hohlt said. "This is an indication that others in the field of journalism believe that we are fulfilling our goal."

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Dumping large items about to get easier

Police Juror Bobby Dowling said the aim is to eliminate all of the excuses involved with illegal dumping.
"We're trying to make this as easy as possible for the citizens of Lincoln Parish," Dowling said. "We want to give them premium service at their door in order to stop this problem of lettering."
The new truck comes just as the police jury and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's office prepare to start more stringent enforcement of the parish's litter laws.

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City officials optimistic about downtown outlook

"We held our own preliminary meeting Tuesday," Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. "I met with our Ruston City Economic Administrator Ray Watson and our Ruston Civic Center Manager and Ruston Main Street Commission Director Judy Burt just to go over some general ideas before meeting with William (Lewis) and Richard (Lewis)."
Hollingsworth said the closing and subsequent new uses could actually be positives for downtown.

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DownTown Delights steps back in time

"We have about 150 pieces we can play and we'll try to be ready for any requests," band member Shirley Barron said.
"Our most requested song is Sentimental Journey," Mary Ann Woods added, "a danceable swing from the 1940s. People have memories of this time — when people were coming back from the war."
Senior citizens Shirley and Randall Barron, Billie and Robert Dawkins, Mary Ann Woods and Kandi Hinojosa make up the band, which derived its name from a song title of one of their earliest pieces.

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