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October 13th

Tech mistakes lead to loss

Two more turnovers — both interceptions — in the final half prevented Tech from giving itself an opportunity to win.
“The story of this game was we turned the ball over too many times,” said Tech head coach Derek Dooley. “I thought the kids played hard; I thought the effort was there. The execution at times was not. We moved the football, especially in the first half, but you can’t give the ball away four times and expect to win.”

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Bragging on Ruston's culture

The food, provided by Ponchatoulas, hit the spot and the high-noon weather was perfect, though I recommend for the fair-skinned spectators toting an umbrella. I’m anxiously awaiting this Friday’s installment, in which The Red and Black Second Line Band will bring a fresh, yet still authentic New Orleans vibe to the Piney Hills region. (Many of the members of the band relocated from New Orleans to Grambling after Hurricane Katrina.)

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Care enough to weigh in on

On Wednesday, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth will reveal the city’s plan for the 21st century. The blueprint hopefully will strike a balance between developing a city that attracts and retains business and retaining its small town charm. That’s a tall order, but with collaboration and residents’ input, it can be achieved.

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CHILDREN RACE TO SUPPORT ST. JUDE

The Trike-a-Thon is a time for the children to put those skills to practice.
Mitchell said she feels that donating to the St. Jude research fund is a worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds is used to provide affordable medical care for cash-strapped families.
“A lot of times parents don’t have the money to even get to St. Jude or pay for procedures because they’re very costly,” Mitchell said.
The preschool will collect donations throughout the week from the public, which will be added to the endowment.
Want to give?

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October 11th

Mayor to reveal city’s growth plan

On Wednesday, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth will hold a press conference to discuss the launch of “Ruston 21,” the city’s community planning process.
Hollingsworth is expected to provide details on how residents will benefit from and participate in Ruston 21, including the timeline, key areas of focus and Community Visioning Day on Nov. 11.
Ruston 21, which has $350,000 budgeted for its creation, will provide a blueprint for the city outlining the direction it will go in terms of its land use, economic development and
capital outlay projects.

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Compromise brings best

The University Hills Neighborhood Association and New Living Word Ministries have come together in agreement about the 27 acres of clear-cut forest on Barnett Springs Road.
The property, which was purchased by the church and clear-cut of trees last fall, has been a point of contention ever since. University Hills subdivision residents were shocked and highly upset by the removal of the forest, and many neighbors used some harsh words to describe the impact on their neighborhood.

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Get out the gumbo spoons

Didn’t you notice the high was below 80 for one or two days? That’s gumbo weather, all right.
The best part about those precious few days late in the week wasn’t even the “low” temperatures; it was the low humidity. I stepped outside on Wednesday and Thursday and could take a full, deep breath of fresh air without that sticky, humid aftertaste.
Ah, fall in Louisiana.
While other states are drinking in the beauty of fall colors and running TV commercials about their foliage tours, we here in Louisiana are relishing a few mild days.
At least we have gumbo.

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RHS drops 1-5A test, 10-3

“We talked about that at the half — that was our drive of the night,” Laird said. “No, we didn’t score the touchdown we wanted, but we got it down for a field goal and got a little confidence.”
Phillip McClain’s fumble recovery on the ensuing series turned the ball over the Bearcats four plays later, and again Ruston reached the red zone, moving down to the Ouachita 15-yard line before Brasher’s 33-yard FG attempt was blocked and recovered at the Lions’ 8-yard line.

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‘Jailbirds’ support MDA

The donations, Creighton said, will be utilized within Lincoln Parish and will assist those affected by MD in purchasing equipment and getting clinical checkups. It will also be used to organize and provide for local support groups, she said.
The Woodwards are among the families who have received support from MDA.
“(The organization) helped us buy a wheelchair for Jesse, a power chair,” Dennis Woodward said. “It didn’t cost us anything. Between insurance and MDA, it covered all of the cost.”

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October 10th

Taxpayers have right to know

Because the taxpayers have a right to know, have a need to know and want to know, that’s why. The argument is as simple as that.
Sure, a school district, a city, a county, a utility district or a state government can post legal notices online at little or no cost. But so what? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound? If a notice gets posted on an obscure Web site and taxpayers don’t think to look at the site, does the notice really matter?
Nope. That’s why newspaper notice is important.

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