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October 17th

Suicide threat halts I-20

“We got a call from a motorist about a guy on the overpass who looked like he was contemplating jumping,” Capt. Bill Davis said.
Davis said the unidentified man pulled a knife out when officers arrived on the scene and asked that the police shoot him.

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Shadow casts lasting impression on area

Though she wasn’t born here, the California native has adored the small-town life, benefited from it and, most importantly, given much more back.
It’s hard to ask questions about Margaret Shadow and her husband Hale without conjuring up memories of giving to area projects and organizations.
For many, the couple is a model of how two people truly can influence the lives of others through selfless acts.

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President propels Tech into 21st Century

Distinguished alumni from as varied a background as four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw, to country music star Kix Brooks, to Mike McCallister, president and CEO of health care giant Humana Inc., travel the country showcasing the talent that briefly called Ruston home.
However, the greatest treasures come from the distinguished list of graduates of the university’s College of Engineering and Science.

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Fraternity donates gifts to Methodist Children's Home

Louisiana Tech University's chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity made Christmas a little brighter for some residents of the Methodist Children's Home. The fraternity presented the kids with gifts and pizza at 5:30 p.m. last night at their house. Pat Charette was on hand to add Christmas spirit dressed as Santa Clause.
Several members of the fraternity are employed with the Methodist Children's Home, which gave them the idea for the event.

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Talk of rest area still incomplete

Last night's meeting began at 7 p.m. at the Choudrant Town Hall Conference Room and conversation at the meeting touched base on everything from budgets, to rest areas and a request for financial documents made by Alderman Jimmy McGrew.
McGrew made a written request to Village Clerk Celeste Butler to see the following information on a monthly basis:
• a detailed breakdown of any and all payments made;
• a print-out of all taxes and permits with payee and amount for each permit; and
• a copy of the bank statements including copies of checks issued.

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Lab dedicated in Sims Honor

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday in George T. Madison Hall, room 207, to dedicate a new computer lab in her honor. The lab was made possible by a grant that Sims and a colleague, Dr. Tamara Powell, an assistant professor of English, wrote in October 2002.
Sims parents, Howard and Barbara Pepper were on hand to cut the ribbon and her husband, David Sims, placed a commemorative plaque in her honor by the entrance to the lab. David Sims said the lab was something Sims always wanted to do.

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Area students tackle IOWA, LEAP

Testing began on Monday and will continue until Friday except for the first and second grades who will be finished Thursday, Kay Huffman, coordinating teacher at Hillcrest, said.

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Groundbreaking to be held for new fire station

Jeff Mitchell and Ben Rauschenbach of Balar Engineers and Surveyors of Shreveport said the new complex would include the fire station, community center, open-air basketball court, playground, ball field and fountain.
"Phase one is the fire station," Rauschenbach said. "It's getting the latest and greatest technology. We really feel like it will provide a boost to the community and really be a good asset to the town. Phase two is doing something with the existing facility and rehabilitating that."

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Search for new library director continues

"We posted our job qualifications with the Louisiana Library publication and they have posted it on Web sites, Sam Williams, LP Board of Control president, said "I haven't seen the applicants, but I know we have maybe five.
"As far as I'm aware, the library is functioning as we want it to, and we will take our time in trying to find a new director."
The board voted to keep the same elected officers for the upcoming year. Williams will remain president and George Byrnside will remain vice president of the LP Board of Control.

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Afghan author visits Squire Creek

Afghan author Farah Ahmedi asked the crowd of guests in her "southern" voice at Squire Creek Golf and Country Club Wednesday. Ahmedi, author of The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, was the guest speaker at the 2005 Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon hosted in the Main Dining Room.
All tickets sold to the event benefited Ahmedi's education, James Davison, Ruston businessman and philanthropist, said.

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