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Jones, Day to wed Aug. 27

Michael Wayne Jones Sr. and Nora Jones are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Danielle Nicole Jones, of Ruston, to Edwin Lee Day, also of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of John and Ruby Rice, of West Monroe, Jack and Janice Cook, of West Monroe, and the late Donald Ray Jones Sr.  

She is a 2008 alumna of Choudrant High School and is employed at Willow Ridge Nursing Rehabilitation.

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Feeling the crunch

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Louisiana Tech University has long been known for its excellence in higher education.
However, recent legislation is creating problems for students who are continuing their education.
Kasey Gaspard, a senior health information management student from Bunkie, said she was shocked to see how much tuition had been raised from Spring Quarter 2011 to Fall Quarter 2011.
“I cannot believe tuition went up (almost) $200 from last spring to the fall coming up, that’s insane,” Gaspard said. “I’m glad I’m getting out this year.”

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Local jailed for failure to file taxes

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SHREVEPORT — United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Randy L. Branch, 53, of Ruston, was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months imprisonment for the felony offense of impeding the internal revenue service and 12 months imprisonment for failing to file a tax return.
These sentences will run concurrent. After his release from prison, Branch will serve a 12 month term of supervised release.

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Test scores improve

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Individual student LEAP and GEE scores were released earlier this year.
But Donna Doss, school improvement and accountability coordinator, shared the big picture with board members at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.
Overall, Doss said Lincoln Parish students appear to have shown an increase in the number of passing scores, as well as higher-level scores, over the past four years.

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Aldermen: Remove ‘no parking’ signs

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Property owners say requirements put in place by city are ‘cumbersome’
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A new business can go in, but the “no parking” signs must come down.
This was the unanimous decision of Ruston City Council members Monday when asked to approve a conditional use permit for a dance studio to be opened at 414 W. California St.
The building owned by Robert Flournoy has a few other tenants in addition to the dance studio owner, and Flournoy said clients utilize the 11 parking spaces on the west side of the building.

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Library hosts local author

The Lincoln Parish Library is proud to host local author James O. Evans, who will speak about his book, “Called to Serve,” at 4 p.m. today, in the meeting room.
James Evans was born in Lincoln Parish and is a retired Methodist minister.
In his book, he shares his life’s journey that has been one of rags to riches both in a material and spiritual sense.

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Tech engineering staff, alums guests at final shuttle launch

Staff members and alumni from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science will attend NASA’s final space shuttle launch on Friday as special VIP guests of Barrios Technology, an aerospace engineering services company headquartered in Houston, Texas.
In addition to attending the launch, the Tech contingent, representing four generations of graduates from the university, will be guests at a pre-launch reception with NASA administrators and former shuttle astronauts. They will also have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Quilt winner announced

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The winner of the 2011 Peach Festival donation quilt by Piney Hills Quilt Guild is Dean Young of Ruston. The donation ticket sales were done by the guild to benefit one or a pair of Kid-Med Camp attendees, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART), Life Choices and Christmas stockings made by the guild for the Methodist Children’s Home.

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Wear a seat belt and save a life

The Fourth of July weekend was pretty uneventful in Lincoln Parish in a good way. Other than a few arrests for Driving While Intoxicated and fires caused by fireworks, there were no major incidents.
But other parishes were not so fortunate. Just up the road in Union Parish, a Downsville man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Bridges Road on July 4. According to state police, the driver collided with a tree and was partially ejected from the Toyota pickup.

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Burger, fries and a beer please?

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What if you could walk into a fast-food restaurant and order a beer with your burger?
This is the direction some chain restaurants are moving to pick up sales amid a suffering economy.
A recent article in USA Today reports that two Sonic restaurants in South Florida soon will sell beer and wine.
Other places that have gotten on the alcohol with your quick food bandwagon include Miami, Las Vegas and Kansas City, which sell beer in Burger King Whopper Bars. The article also mentions Starbucks has begun to serve local beer and wine in a handful of Seattle stores.

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