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Andrew's Wish to be granted

He is the son of Todd and Christi Faulkner of Ruston and he will soon be leaving for the U.S. Tennis Open in New York made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Louisiana and the Ruston Jaycees.
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children between the ages of three and 18 who have life-threatening diseases. Faulkner is on dialysis and has a rare kidney disease called Focal Glomeralsclerosis or FSGS.

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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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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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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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Former Ruston resident introduces 'Tweel' invention

Neither was it enormously shocking for Professor Emeritus and retired Louisiana Tech University Chemical Engineering professor Ron Thompson to discover his son, a Ruston High and 1983 Tech mechanical engineering graduate, was the lead engineer in designing the "Tweel."
Bart Thompson, employed with Michelin America's Research and Development Center, has appeared recently on The Discovery Channel from The Detroit Auto Show to discuss the practical applications of the Tweel, a tire and wheel combination.

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Both sides rest in firefighter’s lawsuit against city

The lawsuit, which was filed by the firefighters in Feb. of 2001, addresses firefighter concerns about vacation time, alleged sub-standard pay for engineers, captains and district chief, and “out of class” pay when firefighters of different ranks are required to work as dispatchers.
Testifying on behalf of the city Mayor Dan Hollingsworth also said the city has tried to please the firefighters.
“We’ve tried our best for the past six years to comply with the law as fairly and equitably as we can,” Hollingsworth said. “We hope the court will see that.”

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Robinson remains legend among Grambling faithful

It occurred during the NCAA's annual national signing period for gridiron prospects earlier this month, when more than 40 student-athletes joined the Tigers' program.
The vast majority, when asked about reasons for choosing the famous Lincoln Parish school, made references to coach Robinson and the indelible imprint that he placed on the program for nearly 60 years.

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Sparta might keep 'critical' label

"Any chance that we have, any hope, is good," Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Mickey Mays said.
Anthony Duplechin, head of water resources for the Louisiana Office of Conservation, told the state's farmers a review of the Sparta's status is underway and could take as long as six months to complete.
"We have to determine what effect Act 235 (HB 388) has on the order," Duplechin said.

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Downs: 'Declare Sparta critical'

"This is wonderful news to have Representative Downs join Representative Gallot and the people of North Louisiana in our efforts to secure a critical designation and a total solution for the Sparta Aquifer," Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Mickey Mays said.

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