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October 11th, 2005

RPAR eyes millage vote

Every 10 years, RPAR's millage rate must come up for vote with the public. Currently, the rate is 2.65 mills after being rolled back from its original 3 mills.
It is uncertain at this time whether RPAR will push for the original 3 mills or stick with the current 2.65 mills when the vote comes to election, which could occur as soon as April, RPAR Director Wes Barton said.

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RHS graduate to receive first Distinguished Alumni Award

Willie Green, president of the RHS Alumni Association and a 1955 RHS graduate, said Holstead, class of '56, was chosen because of his "deep sense of gratitude and his indebtedness to Ruston High, its teachers and coaches."
In 2001, upon Holstead's retirement from Vinson and Elkins law firm, Green said Holstead selected RHS to be the recipient of his "retirement gratuity" to create the Outstanding Achievement Award scholarship for a graduating senior.

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Public Forum for tax millages slated for Tuesday

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Police Jury Conference Room on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish Court House.
Louisiana law mandates that government agencies who receive taxes based on millage rates, roll those rates back to reflect the same amount of taxes collected before the reassessment. But after the rollback, agencies can then roll the rates forward back to the same rate from the prior year, or anywhere in between that rate and the roll back rate.

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October 10th

Mayor pledges cooperation with Police Jury

"I'd like to thank you on behalf of the city for your spirit of cooperation," Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth cited collaborative efforts to bring fresh water to Lincoln Parish through a proposed D'Arbonne pipeline, the Tarbutton Road Exchange for Interstate 20, and the Commerce Street extension as areas where the city and parish have worked together.

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Man for All Seasons starts second run

"This is a play filled with intriguing and highly contemporary ideas," Director Kenneth Robbins said. "One of our goals is that audience (members) have something to carry home and discuss."
The plot centers around the conflict of Chancellor Sir Thomas More as King Henry VIII strives, against the will of the Pope, to divorce his first wife and marry his mistress.
"The fundamental idea is related to one political issue today — which is the relationship between church and state," Robbins said.

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Leadership class studies government, volunteerism

Parish Administrator and Engineer Richard Durrett gave an overview of the responsibilities of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury. Those in attendance learned the police jury is responsible for 450 miles of road, 90 bridges and 125 trash bin sites throughout the unincorporated areas of the parish.
Durrett also challenged class members to get involved with efforts to save the Sparta Aquifer and issued an invitation to attend the next Sparta Commission meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Nov. 29 at the Lincoln Parish Library.

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Laird considers move to NCHS

Laird said he received a call two weeks ago from officials at Natchitoches Central High School and has been offered the job as the Chiefs' next head coach.
"I talked to them a couple of weeks ago," Laird said. "They called me, and I visited with them. If someone else called me, I'd visit with them.
"That does mean that I'm not happy in Ruston or that I want to go. My wife likes it here, and I like it here."

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Kerry impresses in first debate

Kerry went after the president on the "mess in Iraq," while Bush staunchly defended his record on terrorism and questioned Kerry's leadership ability — continually asking, "How can I follow this guy?"
From the very beginning, Kerry looked the aggressor and put the president on the defense about the war.

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Leaders, citizens discuss new interchange

Jim Lyles, representing the consulting firm of Demopulos and Ferguson Associates in Shreveport, went outlined the $66.6 million plan, which include the new interchange, frontage roads connecting Ruston and Grambling, improvements to Interstate 20 exits at Cooktown Road and Grambling and widening Interstate 20 to six lanes through that area.
The work would be done in phases, with a timeline that starts in 2005 and ends in 2020, Lyles said.

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High court refuses to hear Scott's appeal

The Supreme Court has refused to grant the application for writs applied for by Jock Scott, R-Alexandria, leaving Scott, Zelma "Tisa" Blakes, D-Monroe and incumbent Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman as the candidates. The decision occurred late Thursday.
Two justices chose not to render an opinion. The other five justices each voted to reject Scott's application for writs.  

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