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February 9th

Simsboro sets example

Mayor Willie Hendricks has emphasized the need for cooperation among all village residents in both efforts which will have a far reaching impact on the future of the village.
“If we wait for someone else to take on a daily effort to make our community as attractive as possible there is a good chance that things will simply not get done at all,” Hendricks said. “We have got to all participate in these projects if we want to attract more residents and more economic development — and both of those are very important for the best future possible for our village.”

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Is Mr. Mays really 90?

But when I went to wish Mr. Mays a happy 90th birthday I could not help but recall all those years when the Storey family and the Mays family lived next door.
It was the perfect arrangement. They had three children — boy then girl then boy. And they came right after the three children in our family — also boy then girl then boy. We each had instant playmates next door.

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City’s resolutions for 2007 in progress

The RPD also plans to continue its wellness program initiated last year for the SWAT team and the leadership development courses for the youth of the community.
Ruston Parks and Recreation personnel have also made plans for the new year. They plan to continue renovations and upgrades to the facilities, initiate a foliage program and a volunteer program for the parks, and complete the Ward 5 Park construction.

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February 8th

Bulldogs stay close to gain recruits

“Looking down the list here, I see where, really, the only player that doesn’t fit within that area is the one from Athens, Ga.,” he said during a press conference held following the university’s CHAMPS “Signing Day” luncheon at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.
Then he grinned:
“But I had to get one guy from my home area.”
That would be Dominique Faust, a 5-11 and 195-pound safety who was named as the Defensive Player of the Year for Clarke Central High in Athens during the 2006 season.

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A few steps could save infant lives

Registration for WalkAmerica in Ruston will begin at 8 a.m., with the walkathon moving to action at 9 a.m., April 28, at the Louisiana Tech Lambright Intramural Center.
The goal for the Ruston area in 2007 is to raise $30,000 in WalkAmerica, up from $18,000 in 2006.
It takes a minimum of three people to form a walking team.
“Any group can do it, whether it’s a business, church or neighborhood,” Bernie Bitting, the division director for the March of Dimes of North Louisiana, said. “We ask that each person raise a minimum of $10.”

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A bridge worth building

Whether it’s in schools — with some such as Ruston Elementary more than 90 percent minority — in neighborhoods, in churches or in social gatherings, the voluntary division of African-Americans, Caucasians and those residents from other nations is prevalent in our area.
Few people will openly argue that the separation is a positive phenomenon, yet people continue to do it.
Some residents, such as Ruston Elementary School Principal Sonja Walker, say it is important that people of various cultures mingle so that they can learn from one another’s strengths and foster understanding.

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SB approves bond proposition for Choudrant

If a bond issue is passed by voters, property owners in the Choudrant School District would pay additional taxes to fund renovations.
Property owners who have a home with an assessed value of $75,000 or less, which is eligible for homestead exemption would not pay the tax.
Those homeowners whose property value exceeds this would pay anywhere from $23 to $705 in additional taxes per year, and businesses owners would pay between $705 and $7,050 extra in taxes, depending on the value of the business.

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February 7th

SB approves bond proposition for Choudrant

If a bond issue is passed by voters, property owners in the Choudrant School District would pay additional taxes to fund renovations.
Property owners who have a home with an assessed value of $75,000 or less, which is eligible for homestead exemption would not pay the tax.
Those homeowners whose property value exceeds this would pay anywhere from $23 to $705 in additional taxes per year, and businesses owners would pay between $705 and $7,050 extra in taxes, depending on the value of the business.

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End near to misconduct investigation

Numerous interviews have been conducted by investigators, who have also been pouring over seized items in connection to the complaint received Jan. 25.
Stone said his department is trying to act fairly with all parties involved and not leap to conclusions until the investigation is complete.
“We will then take appropriate action based upon the evidence gathered during our investigation,” he said.

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Prep stars move to next level

In Cedar Creek’s march to 10 victories, a top 10 Class A Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll ranking and two games deep into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs, the tandem of Aldredge and Blackwelder played a major role.
A 6-1 and 208-pounder, Aldredge excelled at two positions and earned Class 1-A LSWA All-State honors in the process.
The winner of the Bert Jones Offensive Player of the Year award on The Daily Leader All-Lincoln Parish squad set a new single season (190) and career (386) record for the Cougars in scoring.

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