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Blanco to visit Ruston

Blanco will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club's weekly meeting Thursday. The meeting has been moved from its normal location at Maxwell's Restaurant to the Ruston Civic Center to accommodate the expected large crowd.
After addressing the noon meeting, Blanco has scheduled a tour of both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities.

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Shows returns to roots

But where last week's Neville contest was a battle born out of mutual respect and the friendship of the respective head coaches over the years, this game is more along the lines of the old playground game "King of the Mountain."
For years, Ruston and Neville ruled the roost in northeastern Louisiana, making annual trips to the state Class 4A, then 5A playoffs.

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Schedule committee meets tonight

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Parish School Board's Title I conference room.
The committee was formed after some parents complained that the current "block" system, which allows students to accumulate 8 credit hour each year, encourages students to take a light schedule load their senior year.
"This is a time when they need to be preparing themselves for college," Ruston High School graduate Bert Jones said. "Instead, they are taking one or two classes, then taking the rest of the day off."

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Dubach's annual Chicken Festival slate full

Area residents can get dressed up in their old cowboy boots and hats for the Friday night street dance, beginning at 8 p.m.
"This (dance) is for all ages," Nancy Jensen, president of Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, which is sponsoring the Chicken Festival, said. "Denene Stringfellow of Ruston will perform first, followed by the local band 'Extreme Country,' headed by Dennis Albritton."

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Bus Stop Diner construction continues

Bus Stop Diner, located on the corner of Trenton Street and Louisiana Avenue across from the courhouse, has received an outward makeover and is currently receiving an inward one.
"It is doing very well," Keith Upton said of the restaurant's progress. "Right now, we are in the middle of having everything torn up and put back together."
The Uptons original goal was to have the Bus Stop Diner opened by the beginning of September, however, Keith Upton now targets a mid-to-late September opening.

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Watson named Economic Development director

Watson, who is expected to begin work at his new job on Oct. 15, still must be approved by the Ruston Board of Aldermen at a special called meeting, scheduled for Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. Hollingsworth said their should be "no problem" with getting that approval.
"I've talked to four of the five aldermen and I don't believe it will be a problem," Hollingsworth said.

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Louisiana Tech investigates alleged hazing incident

Vice President for Student Affairs Jim King a parent of James Andrew Cummings, a junior from Bossier City, called and initiated the complaint.
"We are investigating the alleged complaint and hope to complete our investigation soon," King said.
The incident allegedly involved Cummings being thrown into a tub full of ice.

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Oldest higher education building in state reopens on Tech campus

Historic Hale, which housed eight decades of either dormitory or art students, has risen from the dust of its 2002 demolition. The reconstruction — virtually a resurrection — occurred thanks to efforts by university administrators, local architects and contractors, and alumni.
President Dan Reneau has said jokingly that he has made a career out of rebuilding Hale Hall.

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Students get a taste of other cultures

Bowden, along with his classmates, had a chance to sample first-hand the cultures of other countries, as well as their own, during Cultural Day .
Cultural Day was the brainchild of fourth grade teacher Lori Kelly.
"This is my first year here," Kelly said. "I thought this might be a way to make learning more interesting."
Students brought in artifacts representing different cultures — as well as their own cultures. They were also treated to a smorgasbord of international food.

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Police Jury makes good on promise, balances budget

The two balanced budgets fulfilled a promise made by the jury when eight new members took office in April.
"The main thing is that the budget is balanced," Treasurer Bobby Gray told the jurors during discussions on the 2005 budget. "There were cuts made in several areas, but many of those were made in the amended budget also."
The amended 2004 budget was for $14,545.580, while the 2005 budget stands at $12,264,725.

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