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Ruston teen missing

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A Ruston teen with a severe medical condition is missing and local officials fear for her safety.
According to a press release from the Ruston Police Department, Debra Ford-Owens, 16, is a black female with brown eyes and black hair. She is 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. She also goes by the name Natasha Ford.
Debra purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to Shreveport on Aug. 12, but it is unknown if she boarded the bus. Ruston is her last known location.
According to police, Debra is a severe diabetic who requires medication, so local officials are worried about her health.

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Jury stalemates on land deal

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To donate or to lease? This was the disagreement among members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Public Property and Buildings Committee when they met on Monday evening.
Members were presented with a draft copy of a cooperative endeavor agreement to give the Law Enforcement District of Lincoln Parish, represented by Sheriff Mike Stone, usage of 18 acres of jury-owned property located across from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Road Camp Road.

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A new tradition at GSU

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A Candlelight and Pinning Ceremony, a relatively new tradition at Grambling State University during which administration, faculty, staff and students make commitments to one another to enhance and support students’ academic success, was held Monday evening as part of Welcome Week. Pictured right: Favrot Student Union Board members serve a picnic dinner.
following the ceremony.

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A Ruston radio legend

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It’s ‘Day’ time
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Whether he’s out at the grocery store to pick up the essentials or at the gas station filling up, Bob Day can usually get by without anyone knowing who he is, unless he decides to open his mouth.
“That’s when people start to figure out who I am and ask about my voice,” he said. “No one knows me by my face, just the voice.”
Day, who has spent the past 32 years broadcasting on three different stations in Ruston, said that’s just part of the price you pay for working in radio.

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Council to vote on millage rates

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Along with the recent assessed property value increases, the Ruston City Council must decide on two new ordinances that will affect the amount of taxes property owners pay at the end of this year.
Due to property being reassessed this year, the Ruston City Council voted unanimously last week to introduce two ordinances that will either keep revenues the same by decreasing the millages or continue at the same millages, which will subsequently bring in more revenue.

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Plant now for great fall vegetables

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Late winter and early spring are the peak months for planting vegetable gardens in our region, but for those who enjoy fall gardens and their bounty, August is the beginning of the fall planting season, which continues until late November. I know it is hard to believe but the summer heat will soon give way to cooler weather, creating ideal conditions for the salvaged spring garden plants such as tomatoes and peppers.

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GSU hosts ‘The Big Event’

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The Big Event was held at Grambling State University on Aug 4. Grambling and Trailblazer RC&D  worked together to increase awareness of opportunities that are available through the United States Department of Agriculture.
About 100 people attended the first-time event. GSU President Frank G. Pogue said he and organizers were so impressed that they will do it again, perhaps making it an annual event — and maybe move it around the region.

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Library to show ‘Hunger Games’

The Lincoln Parish Library will be showing “The Hunger Games” at a special movie night presentation at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Community Room.
The movie, based on the bestselling book by Suzanne Collins, premiered in March and raked in more than $155 million in the U.S. and Canada during its debut weekend in the theatres.
The movie stars actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

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Memorial Gym getting ‘facelift’

Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of Louisiana Tech University is nearly 60 years old, but it’s going to look a lot “younger” over the next several months.
The nostalgic and history-packed pecan basketball court at the facility is undergoing a facelift.
In recent weeks, demolition on the existing court that was constructed in the 1950s began to pave the way for a new state-of-the-art floor that will be used by the health and physical education and athletics’ departments.

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Cool approaches to fire ant issues

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I get asked lots of questions as county agent. Some are very easy to answer and others can be extremely difficult.
Lately, I’ve been getting one of those questions that are very easy to answer, but extremely difficult to deal with. That is, “What is the best way to control fire ants?” The answer is, “There isn’t any one best way to control fire ants.” Easy answer, but that answer, of course, makes the person ask more questions. So, I thought this would be a good time to write about controlling those pesky little fire ants.

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