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January 29th, 2014

Turning 60, reaching a milestone

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I was in the midst of writing a holiday letter to one of my best long-time friends and classmates, when I realized we’re turning 60 years old this year. Surely not.
Surely we’re still in Mr. Laney’s eighth-grade class at the old A. E. Phillips lab school, or maybe in Mrs. Garrett’s homeroom at Ruston High School. At the most, we’re just getting ready to graduate and make our mark on the world, right? Wrong.
We’re done with high school, done with college, and some of us have even passed through those life changes when we become our parents’ parents.

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January 28th

Commissioners OK zoning updates

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has adopted 52 proposed updates to the city’s two-year-old zoning ordinance. The commission has also directed its staff to continue to seek public input regarding the suggested revisions and bring that information to the commission’s Feb. 17 meeting.
The commission’s vote and subsequent request to staff came Monday night at the conclusion of a public hearing called to review the code updates. Approximately 80 people attended the hearing.

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Pearce bows out

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Ruston Alderman Jim Pearce has pulled out of the race for mayor.
“I’m not running,” Pearce said Monday night. “I just need to stay at my business. I have a lifetime invested at the lumber yard and feel like I need to stay there.”
Pearce is co-owner of Pearce Lumber, a business started by his grandfather in 1936. Pearce said he will seek re-election as District 4 aldermen.

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Arbor Day and the placement of urban trees

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Next to Earth Day, the annual observance of Arbor Day is the most celebrated and important concept of our country’s conservation movement.
What is Arbor Day? It is an annual tree planting day observed throughout the nation. On this day ceremonial trees and shrubs are planted by schools, civic clubs and other organizations.
The purpose of this observance is to foster the ideals of conservation so that our forest and urban trees will always be plentiful, healthy and our surroundings beautiful.

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Pumpkin Patch proceeds presented

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Kim Birch, owner of Townsend House Gifts, presented a check to Terrie Queen Autrey, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s community advocate, for proceeds of the annual Pumpkin Patch.
“Every year, our community becomes more supportive of this project,” said Birch. “We sold a lot of pumpkins, but we also received a lot of donations during the Pumpkin Patch.”

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Bar shooting leads to arrest

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Grambling Police arrested a man Saturday after a shooting occurred at the Plush Sports Bar.
According to the affidavit, law enforcement responded to the shooting at approximately 1:55 a.m. to find the victim of the shooting was no longer at the scene.
Witnesses at Plush Sports Bar reported to police the victim had been taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center for treatment.
The affidavit states that once the officer made contact with the victim and witnesses who were on the scene they each stated a fight had broke out at Plush.

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RHS senior accepted to West Point

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Josh Owens heard news directly from Rep. Vance McCallister
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Ruston High School senior Josh Owens was in class two weeks ago when he received news from Rep. Vance McAllister that he had been accepted to the United States Military Academy, West Point.
“I was ecstatic. It definitely put me on cloud nine for a few days,” Owens said. “We’re not supposed to be on our phones at school, but when a congressman calls, you have to make an exception.”

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Tech’s Smith honored by C-USA

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Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Smith was named the Conference USA Player of the Week for week 12 the league office announed Monday.
The junior guard was a huge reason for Tech earning two conference wins this past week by 20-plus points.
Smith headed up a defense which forced Charlotte into 24 turnovers and he dished out a season-high 13 assists with only two turnovers to his name in the 80-60 victory over the 49ers.
As if that wasn’t enough, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native came out two nights later and dished out another 13 assists to only one turnover.

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Appleby update

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball coach Michael White said that while standout junior guard Raheem Appleby doesn’t require surgery, he’s still weeks away from returning from strained ankle ligaments he suffered earlier this season.

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Top ’Cats honored for gridiron performances

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Ruston High School held its annual football banquet Monday night at the Louisiana Tech Student Center, with five Bearcats taking home top honors. Awarded during the banquet were, from left to right, Zavian Jackson, Senior Award; Josh Owen, Scholastic Award; Garrett Soileau, Chick Childress Award; Kramer Newsome, Michael Parker Award; and Keon Johnson, Hoss Garrett Award.

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