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November 15th

Aldermen to pick police chief

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth plans to recommend Capt. Bill Davis as the new police chief to replace Randal Hermes, who retired in May after 14 years and took over as Louisiana Tech chief of police.
The recommendation is expected to be made at noon today during a special meeting with the board of aldermen.

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November 14th

Partners fighting a good fight

Fighting underage drinking is a battle waged on more fronts than just an officer giving sobriety tests and carrying out the law.
Law enforcement officers are always working their hardest to make sure our roads are safe and our youth realize the consequences of their decisions.

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Wrapping up home season

I’m going to miss the home games. Not the traffic, or the smell of concessions (too heady for me), but the general electricity in the air each week is just irreplaceable.
I’m proud of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs’ season and looking forward to their next. That may be premature at this point, but true nonetheless.
With two games left, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to bring their season to an even 6-6. Considering the 3-10 showing last year, the fact they’ve pulled out four games so far with a relatively new squad is encouraging.

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Creek ‘D’ faces No. 1 rusher

Cedar Creek is No. 1 ranked as a team.
Jyruss Edwards is No. 1 ranked as a player.
Both will be facing each other in Ruston on Friday night.
The top rated club for Class IA in the final Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll will have to go up against a White Caste team that features the state’s No. 1 rusher — regardless of classification — in the second round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Cedar Creek and White Castle will meet up at 7 p.m. at the Cougars’ facility.

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Cardwell to appear in court

The transcript of chatroom conversations between Cardwell and two of his students went on public record Sept. 11. It consists of 300 pages of conversations between Cardwell and the two juveniles, referred to as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. Cardwell was released March 8 on a $90,000 bond.
Cardwell chatted online with the two victims under the username Dr. Lilac Whipple and referred them to Web sites containing graphic photos. According to the conversations, the two juveniles were aware of Cardwell’s identity.

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November 13th

Voters head to polls this weekend

Amidst all of the holiday shopping, school events and family plans, please don’t forget to vote.
Saturday’s ballot holds several important elections, including run-offs for police jury seats in districts 1, 3 and 11. Other positions to be determined by Lincoln Parish voters are the district 5 seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Louisiana’s attorney general.
Choosing our representatives on both the state and local levels is always important, but especially this year as our state works to overhaul its image.

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Look out for holiday crime

The holidays bring a sense of warmth along with some added stress.
Many people feel the need to get fast money during the holidays to make their Christmas brighter, while others just see this season as an opportunity to catch stores’ register boxes with some extra cash.
Whatever the reason, nothing justifies resorting to crime or any other illegal activities, but a small crime wave seems to ride along with the holidays.
Security cameras are not listed in job descriptions as perks and worrying about your life is not something people usually consider when applying for a job.

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’Dogs focus now on WAC games

“But it’s not just the physical aspect, but also the mental.”
Dooley is hoping that his team took care of its “quota” of mistakes against LSU. Seventeen of the Tigers’ points were courtesy of turnovers by the Bulldogs.
“Wilt Chamberlain (former basketball legend) used to talk about the myth of everybody playing their best against great teams or great players. Oftentimes, teams and players don’t play as well under such circumstances and I felt that way with how we did against LSU.

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School board OKs health plan changes

The board pays about 80 percent of members’ premiums, and Null said the third party administrator has advised that on self-insured programs the employees should be paying at least 25 percent, as opposed to the current 20 percent school board employees pay.
“With the way things are looking, we might have to pass on insurance premiums to the employees in the future,” she said.
School Board Business Manager George Murphy said continuing increases are due to greater utilization of the insurance and increasing fees from doctors and hospitals.

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November 12th

Fire & Ice puts Ruston in the

Stores throughout Ruston and across the country unveiled their Christmas offerings shortly after Halloween, and the holiday spirit is starting to infiltrate our daily activities.
This week in downtown Ruston, Christmas comes early with the Fire & Ice Festival beginning Thursday. The four-day event promises lots of great shopping and entertainment for the whole family. You don’t want to miss it.

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