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Balancing the budget

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City proposes $400K cut in FY 2010-11
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The city of Ruston’s approximately $75 million budget will likely shrink slightly as it rings in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
During a special-called meeting on Monday night, council members introduced the 2011 budget after they convened as the Personnel Finance Committee to approve it.
“Overall, our revenue is very neutral,” said alderman Jim Pearce, who serves as chairman of the Personnel Finance Committee. “Revenues are $77,000 less than in the 2010-11 budget. We do have a two percent merit raise for all (city employees) who qualify — no four percent — but all limited to two percent.”

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’Dogs settle in to two-a-day flow

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Louisiana Tech went through its second set of two-a-days practice Monday with an early morning practice on the Tech practice fields and an evening practice in Joe Aillet Stadium.
The change of venue in the evening practice led to a change of schedule as the team went through 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and the team (11-on-11) periods first before going into individual offense/defense workouts.
The team’s offensive line continued to stand out in terms of hard work and consistency, despite some movement around the depth chart due to minor injuries.

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RPD requests to add Dpy. chief

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Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers might soon have a bigger say in who he wants to be his second in command.
During a City Council special-called meeting to introduce the 2010-11 budget last night, aldermen also introduced an ordinance that would allow the creation of a deputy chief of police position within the city of Ruston.
If aldermen approve the ordinance at their September meeting, the ball will start rolling to get someone in a three-year term for the department’s No. 2 spot.

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Football, soccer registration under way

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Ruston Parks and Recreation officials are gearing up for a new season of youth soccer and flag football.
Ashlynn Shell, recreation coordinator, said registration is currently under way and will end at 5 p.m. Aug. 31. The soccer season begins Sept. 18 with all games on Saturdays, and flag football begins Sept. 21 with all games on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration fees are $45 for Ruston residents and $55 for non-residents. Registration will be allowed up to a week after the deadline for a $10 late fee.
In addition to sign-up fees, Shell said the only other expense is the purchase of an RPAR reversible jersey, which can be found at the Ruston Locker Room for $20.

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Churches report thefts

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Two local churches have reportedly been burglarized this month.
Police say the burglars made off with one musical instrument from each building.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Stephen Williams said a small electric organ and a stand were taken from Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

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Freddy Wayne Stewart

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Mr. Freddy Wayne Stewart, age 70 of Jonesboro, died Saturday, August 14, 2010 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Mr. Stewart was a retired contractor. Visitation was held 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Southern Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Maplehill Cemetery in Huntsville, AL.

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In the running

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Livas’ Indy Bowl return up for award

Phillip Livas’ 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 2008 Independence Bowl against Northern Illinois is one of 20 Independence Bowl moments in competition for the Top 10 Moments in Independence Bowl History Campaign.
The “Top 10 Moments in Independence Bowl History Campaign” is sponsored by Jimmy Granger Ford Mercury and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Fans can click on the link at http://independencebowl.org/poll/favorite-moments until Aug. 29 at midnight to cast votes.
There are 20 choices with accompanying you tube video clips and also space for write-in votes. A link will also be provided on www.shreveporttimes.com and more information regarding the campaign is available at www.independencebowl.org.

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Mary Alice Beasley Langford

Mary Alice Beasley “Bea” Langford, a long-time resident of Ruston, died August 13, 2010 in Lake Charles. She was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Meridian, Mississippi to Robert Clarence Beasley and Mary Rixie Wilson Beasley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Eula Elizabeth Beasley and Helen Clarice Beasley Weekly and her brothers Robert Clarence Beasley, Jr. and James Wilson Beasley, her husband of 67 years Carl Lee Langford, M.D., her daughter Mary Ann Langford, her grandson Christopher Carl Heit and her son-in-law Raymond Anthony Heit.

She is survived by her daughter Helen Carlee Langford Heit of Houston, her son Charles Robert Langford and wife Beverly of Lake Charles, three grandchildren, Amy Cecelia Heit Linsley and husband David of Seattle, Nathaniel Robert Langford and wife Elizabeth of Lake Charles and Jonathan Carl Langford of Baton Rouge and three great-grandchildren Perryanne Claire Langford, Chiara Isabella Linsley and Declan Nathaniel Langford.

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Fiddle and guitar show to sound at library

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Residents are invited to join noted north Louisiana fiddler Paul Woodard for a toe-tapping, hand-clapping morning of fiddle music from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Lincoln Parish Library.
Woodard showed an interest in the fiddle at an early age and began playing by the age of 7.
After several years of lessons with local teachers and self-study, he attended Louisiana Tech University School of Music where he earned his Masters of Music in 1973.

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Art of Film screens Indian take on ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Lincoln Parish Library and North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Art of Film screening will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Lincoln Parish Library meeting room. The featured film is “Bride and Prejudice” starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews (“Lost”).
The film begins a special segment of the series — the Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 movies are both based on Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice.” August features a Bollywood-style adaptation by the director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” while September showcases a version starring Sir Laurence Olivier.
The August screening brings a comedic culture clash. In “Bride and Prejudice,” sparks fly between a small-town Indian beauty and a rich American. Through a blend of songs, dance and comic misunderstandings, these opposites attract and repel each other in a romance spanning three continents. Details are available on www.imdb.com.

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