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Rates will soon rise

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Cost up for Ruston’s sewer, water service

Ruston City Council members on Tuesday approved customer water and sewer base rate increases on a divided vote.
City Administrator Lewis Love informed the aldermen during the monthly meeting that the base water rate would increase $3 for most customers and $5 for those who had never had to pay the base rate, such as apartment residents. The sewer rate will also increase $3 for the base rate for most and $5 for those who have never paid a base rate.

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Ruston joins the fight

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Lee Denny was 10 when he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
“I was thirsty a lot, and I was ill for a while,” recalled Denny, today a vice-president with Bank of Ruston. “During that time there was not nearly as much knowledge about diabetes. My parents took me to the emergency room on a late Saturday afternoon, and they checked my blood and did some other tests.”

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More qualify for elections

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A couple of new contenders joined the Lincoln Parish Police Jury race on Wednesday afternoon.
Republican Jack Beard, of Ruston, qualified to run for Jury District 12, a seat currently heald by Mickey Mays, who has announced he will not seek re-election this fall.
In Jury District 5, incumbent Dave Hammons, a Republican, has been challenged by Democrat Ricky Phillips, of Choudrant.

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LPSB approves budget

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Board begins a second year with deficit
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Everything was business as usual at the regularly scheduled Lincoln Parish School Board meeting Tuesday night.
During the meeting, the board voted to approve the beginning budget for fiscal year 2011-12, extend a cooperative agreement with the Village of Dubach and purchased a plot of land in Simsboro.
During a Finance Committee meeting prior to the regular school board meeting, George Murphy, business manager, presented the current state of financial affairs to committee members.

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School bus crashes

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Mark Dennis, public information officer with Louisiana State Police Troop F, said that just before 4 p.m. Wednesday a Lincoln Parish school bus driven by Donnie Watson, 59, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Tank Road. The bus impacted with a 2010 Nissan Altima driven by Brenda Jerro, 51, that had stopped to allow the bus to turn. Dennis said one student was transported by Ruston EMS to the hospital with minor injuries. Watson was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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Blue Angels go to All-Star camp

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The Choudrant High School Blue Angels dance team attended American All-Star camp in Lafayette this summer. The team is composed of Annie Baker — captain, Morgan Price — co-captain, Becky Colvin ­— lieutenant, Taylor Burton, Halie Chandler, Alyssa Richmond, Erica Baker, Courtney Hammons and Aulbani O’Neal. These girls competed in the Home Routine competition and won an Outstanding trophy. They also won 25 individual blue ribbons for their performances in the dances they learned at camp. The last day of camp they performed in the Camp Competition and won a Superior trophy along with a bid to the National American All-Star Competition held in Orlando.

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Tech service-learning project to impact Arcadia area students

Four graduate students and one undergraduate from Louisiana Tech will have the opportunity to touch high school students’ lives this quarter in an art service-learning project.
Led by Jes Schrom, an assistant professor of photography at Tech, the students will work with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council to teach a photojournalism course for students at Arcadia High School over a five-week period. The program, called My Vision, My Voice, will help the high school students use photojournalism to strengthen writing, research and literacy skills.

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Chicken Festival Domino Run

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On Aug. 27, registration started at 9 a.m for the Louisiana Chicken Festival Domino Run. The first bike left Hico Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. After a scenic two-hour drive and stops to pull for each rider’s domino hand all the bikes returned to the church for hamburgers. Each rider drew a last domino to determine the winners. Winner of the high hand was Willie Vowles, and winner of the low hand was Ken McLelland. The ride was sponsored by Pow Wow, the North Villiage Market and Dubach Heat and Air.

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Pep rally unites university, community

Louisiana Tech University students are headed back to class today, which means the lazy days of summer are completely finished.
Residents will have to watch out as stores are more crowded, and travel times may increase as thousands of students have come to make Ruston their home once again.
With the beginning of fall quarter brings another, more beloved part of sharing our town with a university — football games.

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Grandparents deserve praise

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My parents have discovered the joy of being grandparents.
Since my nephew was born about eight months ago, they have uncovered a wonderland of delight. Look at baby’s curious expression! Is he smiling? See him moving his little arms.
Many an adult has observed that once a person is a grandparent, they are a whole lot friendlier and more laidback than when they raised their own children.

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