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An art house

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Shop features unique items

From homemade soap to handmade jewelry, residents looking for unique items might just find what they’re looking for at Pastry Moon.
The store, located right behind Social Bites, houses functional art from several different local artisans.
Owner Bonnie Ferguson said she created the shop as a way for artists to make a career of their passion.

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Affordable education

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Newsweek, Daily Beast rank Tech in Top 25

Louisiana Tech University has been ranked among the 25 most affordable colleges in the nation, for both in-state and out-of-state students, according to Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s 2012 Colleges Rankings report released Monday.
Louisiana Tech was ranked 13th in affordability for in-state students and 25th for out-of-state students. Tech was one of only two institutions in the country ranked in this year’s Top 25 in both the in-state and out-of-state categories. Tech was also one of only two universities in the state of Louisiana to make the Top 25 most affordable list — the University of New Orleans being the other at No. 17 in the in-state category.

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Water costs

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Choudrant rates increase

CHOUDRANT — In September, Choudrant residents will feel a little extra tug on their wallets as water rates are slated to rise.
At Monday night’s regular meeting, Choudrant aldermen voted unanimously to pass Ordinance No. 117 to provide for water rate changes. Both initial deposits and the actual water rate increased with the ordinance.
The new deposit amount is based on meter size, whereas currently it is a flat $40 fee. Beginning Sept. 1 deposits on three-quarter inch and one inch meters will be $50 for owner occupied structures and $100 for non-owner occupied structures. For meters two inches or larger the deposit will cost $100 for owner occupied structures and $150 for non-owner occupied structures.

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RPAR hosts pool party for man’s best friend

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For dogs lovers of all breeds, Ruston Parks and Recreation held its two-day K-9 Pool Party event Aug 4- 5.
“I’m an animal lover,” said City of Ruston Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell. “Might as well host programs for our furry best friends. We choose to make this a two-day event because it is only offered once a year and some people could not come on one of those days. Plus, there are plenty of partygoers that come both days, because it is their only chance for their dog to get in a pool.”

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CCMS Cheerleaders win awards

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Cedar Creek Middle School cheerleaders went to the University of Louisiana at Monroe for cheer camp the last week in July.
Five girls were named All-America cheerleaders: MacKenzie Harris, Caroline Hill, Kendall Machen, Elizabeth Kate Pardue and Mary Terral. The girls won first in their Home Pom routine and first in the X-treme routine. They also received third place in the cheer category.

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Production of ‘Oleanna’ on tap

B&B Theatre in partnership with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces the production of David Mamet's “Oleanna,” a drama about a university student and her professor who she accuses of sexual harassment.
Critics have called Mamet's drama a tough and “unflinching play” with an ending that chills the audience “like dramatic ice.”
The female student will be played by actress and Stitchville owner Allie Bennett, and the male professor will be played by Paul Crook, a performing arts professor at Louisiana Tech University.

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Dykes guest speaker at Kiwanis Club meeting

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On Aug. 2, Louisiana Tech University Head Football Coach Sonny Dykes spoke at the Ruston Kiwanis Club meeting.

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Protect against West Nile Virus

Just when it appeared the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus was a problem of the past for our state, the condition resurfaced.
According to a story by the Associated Press, the number of overall West Nile infections in Louisiana has risen to 53.
Additionally, it was reported that two people died last week in Louisiana as a result of WNV infections — the first West Nile deaths since 2008, when one person died.

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Support of Fitzmorris evokes gratitude

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I am writing this letter to thank the citizens of Ruston and the community of Louisiana Tech for their incredible show of love and support for J.P. Fitzmorris during his funeral services on Aug. 3.
Many of your readers will remember me from my time as a teacher and coach at Ruston High School. My wife, Jolie (J.P.’s sister), and I became the custodial parents of J.P. in 1995, the same year I began working at RHS.

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Price was devoted to community

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Bobby Price loved to dance. He did it the same way he did everything: with grace, conviction and pride.
Price recently died after a courageous battle with cancer. If anybody was determined to beat the demonic disease, he was. But sometimes cancer has other plans.
Price came to Ruston to teach civil engineering at Louisiana Tech University. For 32 years he taught young men and women about water resources and how to build hydraulic systems. His lifelong commitment to engineering and his demonstration of excellence in the practice and teaching of civil engineering earned him national recognition, and boosted him to leadership roles in key engineering organizations.

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