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October 10th

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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Area businesses pin hopes on successful holiday sales

"We opened at 8 a.m. this morning and have customers in the store all day," Briley & Company owner Kim Brasher said. "It's been great."
Brasher had most of her merchandise marked down for a one-day only sale on Friday.
"I hope the business today is an encouraging sign for the rest of the holidays," Brasher.
At Christian Books and Gifts, manager Brenda Rushing said business had been a little slow.

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Saturday marks amphitheater dedication

The ceremony will kick off with a brief introduction about the construction of the amphitheater. An appreciation speech and then a personal dedication from the sole benefactor of the building project will follow. An open forum will close the event.
"We encourage people to come out," Mayor Margaret Rogers said.

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Court rules in Alexander's favor

The 10-2 ruling reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a new period of qualification.
"I feel real good," Alexander said from the Republican National Convention in New York Wednesday morning. "I have tremendous confidence in the judicial process and my legal defense team. All I ever asked to do was run as a conservative Republican and the courts have allowed me to do this."
The appeals judges said the lower court judge "committed legal error" and overstepped his bounds when he ordered that qualifying be reopened.

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Aldermen disagree over proposed pay raise

The issue that caused voices to be raised — and the tip of a microphone to go flying across the Aldermen's meeting room floor — centered on the last piece of business on Monday's agenda: a raise for Ruston Building Official Mark Joiner.

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Richard reaches 100-win plateau

Tech’s two Lincoln Parish standouts did the bulk of the work for the Bulldogs (9-8, 3-4 in WAC). Junior guard Corey Dean scored a career-high 23 points, and freshman forward Paul Millsap added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tech to a 75-61 victory over Southern Methodist (8-9, 2-5).
The Bulldogs came out hot in the first half, shooting over 56 percent from the field, perhaps trying to get Richard over the century mark.

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Grambling fighting sports bar proposal

Morris Winters of Grambling presented his plan to open a sports bar called Gotham City at 865 RWE Jones Dr., in the building where the former bar Renaissance used to be, during August’s city council meeting and once again Thursday.

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Simsboro shoots down sales tax

Six months ago, the proposal lost at the polls by a mere 12 votes. On Saturday, it was voted down by just eight votes. The unofficial return from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Web site (www.sec. state.la.us/) showed 53 votes against the tax (54 percent) compared to 45 for (46 percent).
Simsboro Mayor Woodie Pritchett and the Board of Aldermen supported the tax, but Alderman Shane Dooley said most people don’t support new taxes.

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