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Downtown renovations

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Ruston to receive DOTD monies

Downtown Ruston received some good news this month when city officials passed two resolutions authorizing the city to continue with improvements related to its ongoing efforts at revitalizing the heart of the city.
At the monthly City Council meeting, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and the board of aldermen unanimously passed resolutions allowing the city to enter into funding agreements with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Transportation Enhancement Program for four more phases of the city’s downtown revitalization plan.

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Youth race through the iHoops Skills Challenge

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Bobby James Gym was abuzz with activity on Saturday morning for Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s second annual iHoops Skills Challenge.
Around 45 youth showed up to put their basketball skills to the speed-based test and interact with members of the Louisiana Tech University men’s and women’s basketball teams.
During the free competition, each participant had an opportunity to showcase their dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course. Boys and girls competed separately in four age groups.

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Area residents voice concerns

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Choudrant aldermen look at rezoning property

CHOUDRANT — Owners of a plot of land in Choudrant will have to wait to find out the verdict on a proposed zoning classification change.
At the Sept. 12 meeting, village aldermen were presented with a request by landowners Bud and Skip Morrison to convert a piece of property — adjacent to both Lamar Drive and U.S. Highway 80 — they own in Choudrant from a Residential 1 property to a Residential 2 property.
Mayor Bill Sanderson explained to aldermen that an R-1 property designation means that a piece of land can only be broken up into lots that are 1-acre or bigger. An R-2 designation would mean the land could be divided into much smaller lots with smaller houses placed on it.

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Riding for the Cure

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The Riding for the Cure horse show, held in October at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center, raised $1,200 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research/awareness. Pictured above is cancer survivor Nonie Sizemore.

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Speaking about spring bulbs and bears

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A few days ago I was asked this question, which I felt was a good question to answer in the newspaper. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. This situation can easily come up.
“I hired my grandson to mow my lawn. After he had finished I noticed that he had mowed all the spring bulb leaves off. I have about 500 spring bulbs scattered in the turf that are coming up now. Will it kill the bulbs or keep them from blooming this year? What might I do to help them bloom better this year?”
At the present time I don’t think you will notice a great change in their performance. In most cases the leaves are showing but the bud stems have not emerged from the ground, but they still will. You might need to help them with a light application of 8-8-8 fertilizers on top of the ground. This will make the grass grow faster as well as the bulbs. They will slow down a little bit and the bulbs will add some size this year for better flowers next year.

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Tech defense super tough

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’Dogs compiling crucial takeaways during win streak
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So the Sonny Dykes’ era at Louisiana Tech University was supposed to be all about offense, huh?
Oh, the Bulldogs play defense, too.
Oh, how they do.
Ask the 10 teams that Tech has played so far, each of which has been held below its rushing average and minus a running back who has reached triple digits.
Or check the weekly Western Athletic Conference statistical report, where the Bulldogs are No. 1 against the rush (105.2 ypg), in turnover margin (plus eight) and fewest points allowed per game (25.0).

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G-Men continue super comeback

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GRAMBLING — The amazing maturation of Grambling State University’s football team continues.
All but given up for the death bed midway through the season, the Tigers (6-4, 5-3) stretched their winning streak to five games on Saturday afternoon with a 29-25 victory over Texas Southern University.
It wasn’t just the fact that they won, but the manner in which the G-Men did so.

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RHS girls, boys place in Top 10

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NATCHITOCHES — Ruston High School had Top 10 team finishes in the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the 2011 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A cross country meet on Monday.
The Lady Bearcats finished in seventh place and the Bearcats came in at No. 8 in the state’s highest classification.
Leading the way individually for first-year Head Coach Jimmy Williams and the RHS girls was Maya Robertson with a No. 9 time of 19:48.04.

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Work to ensure pedestrian safety

Over the past few weeks, the pedestrian crosswalks have been a source of concern on Louisiana Tech University’s campus. During Homecoming week, a student was hit on Tech Drive by a driver in a hit and run incident, and then this past Friday another student was hit — with reportedly minor injuries — on another crosswalk by the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center and A.E. Phillips Laboratory School. Knowing that these were not fatalities brings a sigh of relief to the Ruston community, but nonetheless, it raises an issue of safety.

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Local football stars shine

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Football victories this past weekend compel me to move this column into the world of sports.
Several weeks ago your writer shared some thoughts along the lines of “don’t give up” and words to that effect when it came to supporting the Louisiana Tech Football Bulldogs. If one will recall, we had several games that were nail biters, and several times we came up on the short end. We almost beat nationally ranked Southern Mississippi. We had the weird “instant replay” during the Hawaii game that took about a half hour and disrupted our momentum. We had Houston on the ropes and came up short. We took Southeastern conference Mississippi State to overtime before we came up short. At least three of those four games could have been victories for the ’Dogs, but we came up short. But the fans, coaches and players refused to quit.

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