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Exhibit reveals lives lost to domestic violence

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Anyone who drives by the Civic Center in downtown Ruston will notice a crowd of red silhouettes lingering on the front lawn.
Presented by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, each silhouette in “The Silent Witnesses” exhibit represents a life lost to domestic violence in the five-parish area DART serves, including Lincoln, Jackson, Union, Bienville and Claiborne. Next year, Winn and Grant parishes will be added to the display.
Only statistics from the last 12 years, since DART has been compiling information, are represented.

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Zoning commission votes to recommend changes

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On Monday evening, the Ruston Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the proposed amendments to the city’s zoning code to the board of aldermen.
In his report, Zoning Administrator Jim Hays told the commission that the code being considered had undergone many changes in response to public input following its release in August.

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Teacher overcomes cancer

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A little more than a year ago, Doris Moore would not have imagined she would be describing herself as a breast cancer survivor.
“You know, you think, this can’t happen to me. I can’t get that,” said Doris, a special education teacher at Glen View Elementary.
However, keeping in mind breast cancer was a possibility, Doris said she made a habit of screening.

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Upgrade in fuel

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Tech research leads to breakthrough

Recognizing a national need to eliminate U.S. dependency on foreign oil and reverse large trade deficits driven by oil imports, Jupiter Fuels — a privately owned startup development company focused on proving the economics of breakthrough natural gas-to-liquid fuel conversion technology — is capitalizing on nanotechnology energy research taking place at Louisiana Tech University.

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The different colors of autumn

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The weather has been great, and it is a good time to enjoy the native wildflowers blooming along the roadsides and in the fields. Many native plants growing during the hot summer months are barely noticeable to the untrained eye, but during the fall months there are magnificent displays of yellow, purple, lavender, blue and pink patches of color mixed among the landscape. One can only wish that planned efforts could duplicate nature’s efforts.

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Local restaurant competes for Top Huddle House title

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Upon launching its House of Representatives competition, during which all 400 locations vie for the most nominations to become the favorite location in the country, residents of Ruston flocked to Huddle House’s Facebook Fan Page, lifting the Huddle House location at 501 N. Service Road East into the top 64.
Now, Jim and Charles Ellis, owners of the local Huddle House, are leaning on the support of the community to name their Huddle House the top in the country.

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’Dogs: Variety of poll rankings

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Tech high as No. 18, plus crashes BCS list
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With Halloween less than 48 hours away, it’s only fitting that some “treats’ are being given to Louisiana Tech University’s football team.
Oh, and are they sweet ones, too.
There’s a first-ever move into the prestigious BCS standings, a Top 20 slot by one national website poll and highest rankings ever in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

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I.A. Lewis boys tops at state meet

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I.A. Lewis School of Ruston captured its second straight boys cross country championship in the 5-6 grade divisions recently held at the University of Louisiana-Monroe Brown Stadium. Jamar Kimble of the team finished as an individual runner-up. Members of the squad were (from left) Coach Jay Seal, Johntavious “Pain” Gray, Tyshon Baker, Niven Myers, Spencer Lynch, Xylon Kirkpatrick, Jon Dumas, A’Moryan Jackson, Aaron Hoenke, Jamar Kimble, Landon Foster, Christian Hernandez, Tyler Woods, Jacob Crook, and Coach Beth Toney.

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I.A. Lewis girls place as runner-up

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The I.A. Lewis of Ruston girls finished with an award as the state runner-up for grades 5-6 at the recent state cross country championship meet that was held on at the University of Louisiana-Monroie Brown Stadium. Jermyia Walker finished No. 7 in the individual competition. Team members included (seated, from left) Tahjarell Angelette, Rosary Rubio, Joanna Ham, Victoria Breeding, Haley Ray, Laisha Mendez, and Abbey Matejowsky (second row, from left), Coach Beth Toney, Jada Weatherspoon, Jermyia Walker, Abigail Ambrose, Kierra Kitchens, Lakestani Nicholas, Justice Cage and Coach Jay Seal.

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Parish schools lead way at ‘Bearcat Classic’

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Led by a varsity girls’ win from Ruston High, Lincoln Parish featured five different schools capturing championships at the annual RHS “Bearcat Classic” held this past weekend.
Joining the Lady Bearcats on the title podium were Choudrant in the 3-4 girls’ division, Ruston Elementary in the 3-4 boys’ department, Simsboro in the K-2 girls’ division and Cedar Creek in the K-2 boys’ category.
Ruston High’s girls had 33 points and the runner-up individual performer in Adaiza Austin (19:07).

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