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January 8th, 2014

Mayor emphasizes collaboration

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When Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth was notified several weeks ago that the city is in line for an additional $4 million from the state for the Tarbutton Road interchange project, he was quick to thank other governmental entities and the local legislative delegation for their help with getting the project to where it is.
“We have accomplished much because of an emphasis on comprehensive planning, a willingness on the part of … city officials to emphasize the regional importance of Ruston and thus to collaborate with other local governments,” Hollingsworth said.

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Techsters to open C-USA play

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After a dozen years in the Western Athletic Conference, Louisiana Tech will get its first taste of life in Conference USA when the Lady Techsters host Southern Mississippi at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon who is in her sixth season on the Tech sideline knows that playing in the new league poses some obstacles.

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Nalborska ranked 15th in ITA Southern Region

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Louisiana Tech’s Joanna Nalborska has been ranked 15th in the ITA Division I Southern Region rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The sophomore is coming off an impressive fall season where she advanced to the singles finals of three different tournaments, taking home the flight one singles at the NSU Lady Demon Fall Invite.
The Warsaw, Poland native also reached the Round of 16 at the ITA Southern Regionals with back-to-back straight set wins, 6-0, 6-1 over Ariel Morton of LSU and 6-2, 6-3 over Marija Milutinovic of Ole Miss.

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January 7th

Tim Parker rises to Deputy Chief position

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Recent promotions at the Ruston Police Department have resulted in the former Capt. Tim Parker rising to a higher rank.
After taking over patrol operations in November 2012, Parker was just recently promoted from the rank of Captain to Deputy Chief of Police.
“It was unexpected to me,” Parker said. “Being in this position allows me to be more involved in our day-to-day operations.”
Parker said the position of deputy chief of police is a civil service position and anyone who has served on the force for at least seven years that holds a certain rank can apply for the job.

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McHale passes away

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After a long battle with cancer, John H. “Mickey” McHale a long-time resident of Ruston and friend to the community passed away Monday night.
John Emory Sr. said he had known McHale for years and years.
“He was a great man,” Emory said. “It’s a shocker for sure and I am so sorry. This has completely floored me and I don’t know what to say.”
John Tom James said McHale was one of the most generous people he has ever known.
“He has helped people financially and emotionally,” James said. “He reached out to those people he knew and those he didn’t know.”

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DA Levy to retire

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Long-time 3rd Judicial District Attorney Bob Levy will not seek re-election this fall. Levy announced his decision Monday after meeting with his staff.
“By the end of this term, I will have served as district attorney for 24 years,” Levy said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “While I loved this job, I think it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to take on the responsibility of being the chief law enforcement official of this district.”

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Committee suggests Riley Co. for SHS track project

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If the entire Lincoln Parish School Board agrees with a suggestion from the Building and Grounds Committee during the 6 p.m. regular meeting tonight, Choudrant High School will be one step closer to a brand new track.
During a special lunch-time meeting on Monday, committee members voted unanimously to recommend that the board hire Riley Engineering Company of Ruston to move forward with the proposed $1.9 million track project.

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City pauses on retirement plan decision

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Current and former Ruston city employees who participate in a deferred compensation retirement plan will have to wait a little longer to find out whether the plan is going to be moved to the Louisiana public employees system.

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GSU splits doubleheader with Ala. A&M

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Lady Tigers roar to 90-77 victory while G-Men take 12-point loss
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GRAMBLING — Alabama A&M pulled away in the second half Monday night as the Bulldogs nabbed a 70-58 road win over Grambling State before a crowd of 1,735 at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The loss dropped GSU to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play while Alabama A&M is now 5-7 and 2-0.

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Kudos to GSU students

Most college students don’t waste any time in leaving town and heading home for the holidays.
But that wasn’t the case over the recent holidays as a group of Grambling State University students lent a helping hand in preparing for the Advocare Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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