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Choudrant girls win Downsville title

The Lady Aggies of coach Gloria Riser were a narrow 41-40 winner against Spearsville to finish with top honors in the three-day tournament.
Junior forward Cody Herring had eight points, junior center Nicole Dugdale 15 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore guard Melissa Martin 13 points and sophomore forward Christain Bradshaw 13 rebounds to lead the way for the Choudrant team.
The Lady Aggies will return to action Monday night at Weston.
In the finals of the boys’ division at the same tournament, Choudrant fell to Weston 65-54.

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Dubach ousted 76-74

Both teams arrived with a warrior’s mentality, but only one team could leave the gym victorious. In the end, Doyline (28-13) proved to be triumphant.
“We knew coming into tonight the state championship was on the line,” Dubach’s head coach Shane Lee said. “Two of the best teams in the state hooked up and went head to head. We played our hearts out and they did too. We played hard the whole game and I’m proud of our team. We gave it all we had and that’s all you can ask for.”

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Election to determine RPAR fate

Started in the late 1940's thanks to the vision and generosity of a Lincoln Legend, RPAR has been serving the community for nearly 60 years.
T.L. James donated $65,000 to start RPAR, said longtime former RPAR director Jimmy Ball. Ball, who ran RPAR for 30 years, said James' generosity was the first of many that brought RPAR from a fledgling department to one that has become a vital part of the community.

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No change of venue for Swartz

Woodard said no other cases of changes in venues in similar circumstances existed.
Jesse Aaron Swartz, the accused killer of Marion Police Officer Hector Chino Gomez, will not have his trial moved out of Rapides Parish as his attorneys had hoped.
Swartz’s attorneys, David Price and Bobby Culpepper, want to take the trial out of Rapides Parish, where two police officers were recently killed. Jurors in Rapides Parish would be prejudiced against Swartz due to the publicity surrounding killings of police officers there, Price said.

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Union sends another proposal to mayor

“This is not a money issue anymore,” Capt. Keith Odom, who represents the local firefighter’s union, said. “We’ve got a 58 percent turnover rate and that’s what we’ve got to address.”
The newest proposal asks that, among other things, the city up a firefighter’s starting pay to $6.18 an hour. That is the amount the firefighters have asked for in a lawsuit against the city of Ruston.

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Two parish men die in 'tragic accident'

Huey Dudley Smith, 73, of Simsboro, and Richard “Buddy” McFadden, 62, of Ruston, were trimming tree lines for J&H Tree Trimming company on Harper Bottom Road, located outside the city of Ruston.
“They were in a tragic accident,” Lincoln Parish Coroner Dr. Alan Herbert said. “The bucket truck turned once.”
Smith sustained massive head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 9:10 a.m.
McFadden, who sustained head injuries, was rushed to Lincoln General Hospital and was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m.

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Theater location site narrowed

Shane Morrison, president and owner of the company, said he will make a formal announcement Tuesday as to where the theater will be constructed.
Morrison said the sites being considered are narrowed to two locations: one is on the Interstate 20 service road near Wal-Mart between U.S. Hwy. 167 and La. Hwy. 33, and the other location is off the I-20 service road to the west of Temple Baptist Church.
“We have met with officials in Ruston all week, and we’ve been welcomed with open arms,” Morrison said.

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Tech students present plans for I.A. Lewis outdoor classroom

Brandi Jerry, Brad Deal, and Ben Rath, all senior architecture students at Tech, were at I.A. Lewis's Parent's Night to show off their plans for an outdoor classroom. The fourth member, Becky Carson, was not in attendance.
The classroom consists of a shed with stools under it for students to sit. Beside the shed there will be tables where students can work.
Telephone poles will jut out from the table area so people will be able to see the classroom from outside the school.

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Shooting suspect's charges lowered

The suspect, DeRunn Henderson, was apprehended in Ruston around 11:30 p.m. Saturday after the RPD was notified Henderson, 28, was driving from Arcadia in a green 1996 Chevrolet Caprice on U.S. Hwy. 80.
RPD Officer Allen Smith took a position along U.S. Hwy. 80 in a attempt to stop the suspect vehicle.
A short time later, Smith identified the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near West California Avenue.

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Jury accepts bid on sewer project

"We have about 13 or 14 days left before the bids expire," Ron Riley, a consultant hired for the project, told the jury at Tuesday night's meeting. "We believe we have the commitment for the $36,000 we need from the state."
The bid selected by jury members was one from Jabar Corp. of Calhoun, for $741,308.56.
Parish Engineer and Administrator Richard Durrett said the $36,500 needed to complete funding for the project could come from a rural development grant.

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