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Vehicles tear fence

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Ruston Fire Department and Ruston Police Department responded to a wreck with minor injuries on Friday afternoon on the South Service Road.
The fence was torn in two different places, where it appeared two different vehicles had left the road. The Ruston Police Department did not have details available regarding the wreck at press time.

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Military museum gets new addition

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The North Louisiana Military Museum got another piece of history to add to their collection Friday when they received a Russian SA-2 Guideline Missile, along with a launcher/carrier for the missile from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. Volvo Rents of Monroe transported the two items from their Florida location to Ruston.

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Birthdays, hunting don’t mix for writer

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Sometime many moons ago, my mom and dad decided they’d do something that would one day mess with the mind of their eldest son, who happens to be yours truly. They decided to have me in late March. I’m sure it never crossed their minds way back then that Louisiana would one day have a spring turkey season, the height of which would be going on right around my birthday. Occasionally, opening day actually falls on my March 29 birthday.

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Aggies capture title

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The Texas A&M Aggies won over the TCU Horned Frogs to take the championship of the 10-14 division of the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s summer basketball league. Comprising the Aggies’ squad were (back row, from left) Carmen Cade, LeShaun “Coach Yum” Johnson, Fredrion Evans, Darren Crawford, Keirra Griggs, Dylan Fields (front row, from left), Abigail Africa, Jasmine Williams-Hargrove and Donald Johnson. The RPAR’s summer league contests were held at the Bobby James Memorial Gymnasium.

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Florida Gators are champs

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The Florida Gators won the 7-9 division of the Ruston Parks and Recreation summer basketball program with a title game victory over the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs. Members of the Gators’ team included Eric Shephard (kneeling), coach; Ethan Ramsey, Kyler Burlingame, Miquiel Carter, Du’Land Millbrooks, Eric Roane, Jr., Reggie Newton, Charles Griggs, IV; and Cameron Faniel (kneeling), coach. Games in the league were held at the Bobby James Memorial Gymnasium.

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Marion shooter among entries in national event

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BURLINGTON, Wash. —­ The top shooters in the dynamic “run-and-gun” sport of practical shooting have arrived in Las Vegas to compete in the 2011 United States Pistol Shooting Association National Handgun Championships.
Among the more than 650 shooters from across America, and around the world, competing for the coveted title of national champion will be local top gun­ Chris Harpin of Marion.
In all, 45 states and six foreign nations will be represented at the competition which is organized by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, the 20,000 strong member organization that is the national governing body for the sport of practical shooting.

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Retirement crucial for female business owners

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If you’re a woman who owns a business, you’ve got plenty of company. In fact, women own more than 10 million U.S. companies, and women-owned businesses account for about 40 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S., according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. Clearly, the good news is that women like you are entering the small-business arena at a rapid pace.

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529 plan good for students and their parents

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With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents. The numbers tell the story:
The first-year college tuition bill in 2020 is projected to be $32,803 for an in-state average public education institution and $66,036 for an average private institution.

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Is starting a second business a good idea?

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Question: Twenty years ago I started a business. As a result of luck and hard work, it grew beyond my wildest expectations. One of my suppliers offered to buy me out and I took the deal. Now I am sitting around with a pile of money and nothing to do. How often do guys like me buy a second business at this stage of life?

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Ex-officer shares Hurricane Katrina experience

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Cedar Creek middle school students had a chance earlier last week to learn a lesson in leadership from someone who has seen first-hand how important good leadership is.
Former Captain Tim Bayard, who served as the commander of the Vice and Narcotics Division of the New Orleans Police Department during Hurricane Katrina, stopped by to tell students about his experiences. After the storm, Bayard said he was demoted because he told Congress the New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness failed.

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