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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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Bus Stop Diner closes doors

After fighting to stay afloat, owners Keith and Jennifer Upton decided it wasn't feasible to remain open anymore.
"I've been fighting the feeling of giving up," Keith Upton said. "But I feel like we went farther than many other people would have in this situation."
The Uptons' journey began on a positive note after signing their lease in June of last year and beginning to make some renovations to the old depot building.

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Bell's replacement down to three

Louisiana Department of Education distinguished educator Kenneth Jenkins, Lincoln Parish elementary supervisor Mary Null and Lincoln Parish secondary and vocational supervisor Ricky Edmiston are among the candidates from which superintendent Danny Bell must choose.
"We were fortunate to have so many good applicants to apply," Bell, who filled the position before accepting the job of superintendent, said. "I will review the (applications) and check references to make the very best decision for this situation."

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Subdivision to be built in Choudrant

A sub-division is coming to town.
A request to rezone property located on the west side of Choudrant and north of U.S. Highway 80 was approved at the village of Choudrant's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held Thursday night. This approval will allow Strozier Brothers of Ruston to build a subdivision with 93 homes in Choudrant.
The property was zoned as R-1, and approved to be changed to R-2. By changing it to R-2, the developer, Rusty Strozier of Strozier Brothers, will be able to build more homes per acre, Choudrant mayor Bill Sanderson said.

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