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Man booked for multiple burglaries

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A Ruston man was taken into custody Saturday morning after the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call of a residential burglary in progress.
Christopher James Hardaway, 24, of 220 Igoe Road, was arrested and booked on five counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
According to a news release from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:46 a.m. Saturday the LPSO received a call reporting a burglary in progress at a residence located on U.S. Highway 80.

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House burns down

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One structure was lost and two others damaged in a fire that broke out at approximately 4:30 a.m. today on Arlington Street.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said firefighters received the call at 4:30 a.m., and the fire was under control by 5:15 a.m.
Brazzel said the first house, which burned down completely, was a substandard structure with no occupants and no connected utilities.

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Amendment targets compensation fund

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Editor’s note: The Ruston Daily Leader this week is printing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.
Protection of the Patient’s Compensation Fund is among the proposed Constitutional amendments.

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Center renamed after former Tech president

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A Louisiana Tech legend was commemorated on Saturday morning with the renaming of the visual arts center.
Following a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by the university’s band, a ceremony was held to officially designate the 40,000 square foot building the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center.

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Looking forward to festival, plants still in despair

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On Oct. 15 Nature’s Hideaway Nursery in Bastrop will be holding their annual “Autumn Joys in the Garden.” Their location is on Naff Street in southwest Bastrop.
They have held a fall and a spring sale and get together for several years. Local crafters display their wares and speakers share interesting and informative tips to help you with your garden and landscape.

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Cheers

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Madeline Smith, 10-year-old daughter of Ed and Mildred Smith of Ruston, won second place at the LMTA State Piano Rally held in Lake Charles in June. The competition was held at McNeese State University. She competed with third and fourth grade District Rally winners from across the state. Madeline is now a fifth grade student at A. E. Phillips where she is a piano student of Jeanne Patterson.
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NCLAC offers gourd painting

NCLAC Arts Academy is excited to offer a new class for October — Gourd Painting for Adults.
The class will be offered Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. With two classes offered, residents can join NCLAC for one or both.
The fee for the one-day class is $35 for NCLAC members, $40 for non-members. The class fee will cover all supplies needed for the class, including gourds and paint. The class will be taught by Geri Taylor.
Taylor holds a degree in Arts Education from Louisiana Tech University and is active in the Ruston Community Theatre both on and off stage.

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News stories hold similarities

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When doing some research this past weekend, I noticed a couple of posted stories closely situated on the news page. The proximity made me think that there was a bizarre similarity.

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Farms filled with attractions

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Agritourism is growing in Louisiana and many farmers are diversifying their operations to include education and entertainment for visitors. Farmers have always shown their farming operations to guests visiting their farms, but today farmers are charging for these services.
I recently found an article titled, “101+ Ways to Grow Your Farm with Agritourism,” by the agritourism coach, Greg Clement. I want to share some of Clement’s ideas.

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Tech’s 2011 Hall class outstanding

It had been four years since Louisiana Tech University last held an induction ceremony for its athletics Hall of Fame.
Judging from the class that was honored on Saturday afternoon, the university definitely made up for lost time.
Eight individuals with a wide range of expertise, achievements and contributions to Tech athletics were enshrined during a nearly two-hour ceremony in the Waggoner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center.
The induction class of 2011 includes David Lee, Matt Stover, Matt Dunigan, Paul Millsap, Venus Lacy, Mike McConathy, T.J. Soto and Dave Nitz.

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