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October 11th, 2013

Downtown businesses revive after long-time construction project

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Downtown business owner Patricia Willis remembers days when suppliers had a hard time finding her front door, let alone making deliveries. Sales were slow. Traffic was one-lane only.
Times have changed. The construction along Trenton and Vienna streets is finished.
“Our sales have improved. People are coming back downtown,” Willis, owner of The Children’s Shoppe, located at 109 N. Trenton St., said Monday.
Construction crews are now on West Mississippi Avenue, the next phase of an estimated $9 million core streetscape enhancement program.

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Helping neighbors

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Poor Man’s Supper to raise funds for CCA

The need for assistance has greatly increased in Lincoln Parish, which is why this year’s Poor Man’s Supper is a must-attend event.
“Right now, we are extremely low at (Christian Community Action) on our funds, so we do encourage people to come out and bid on the silent auction items, as well as come out and support the supper itself,” Stephanie Mitchell, director of CCA, said.

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Troupe Dixie offers family friendly excitement

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Whoever said there’s never anything to do in Ruston? We’ve all heard it many times and we all know there’s very little truth to it. Actually, what makes Ruston such a cultural hub for our area are the many organizations that strive to raise the bar more and more each year with unique events and experiences for our community.

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Weatherspoon completes staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Thursday that she has completed her coaching staff with the addition of former Southern Miss assistant Tomekia Reed.
Her hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

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Welcome Back Luncheon set for Saturday

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Louisiana Tech Lady Techster basketball fans are invited to the Welcome Back Luncheon at noon Saturday at Argent Pavilion.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon will introduce her 2013-14 players and coaching staff while giving a brief preview of this year’s team.
Fans attending are asked to bring a covered dish (vegetable, salad, bread or dessert) as the entrée and drinks will be provided.

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GSU hopes to end futility

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Interim head coach has faced frustration before
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GRAMBLING — Grambling State interim football coach George Ragsdale knows he sounds like a broken record at times.
“I know I keep saying the same thing, but we are going to pull out of this,” Ragsdale said. “We are going to win this season. We can still get this thing back on track. We’re close, all that we need is for something good to happen by picking up that first win.”
Ragsdale also knows the frustration his winless Tigers are feeling heading into Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest against Alcorn State in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis.

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RHS to hold homecoming; Creek, Grambling Lab to meet

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Two parish teams open district play against each other as Grambling Lab plays host to Cedar Creek at 7 p.m. tonight while Ruston High celebrates homecoming at 7 p.m. by playing host to Natchitoches Central.
Following are preview capsules on those games:
Ruston (4-1, 0-0) vs. 1
Natchitoches
Central (3-2, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.; Ruston
Ruston tries to make it fiive straight wins tonight as the Bearcats take on Natchitoches Central in the District 2-1A opener for both teams.

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Tech teams to hit road

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After going 1-1 last weekend and notching its first conference victory in three years, Louisiana Tech returns to the road as the Lady Techsters travel to face East Carolina at 6 p.m. today at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C.
Last weekend, the Lady Techsters snapped a 34-match conference losing streak that dated back to 2010 with a 3-1 victory over Charlotte last Friday night on the road.
The Louisiana Tech tennis team looks to continue their fall season success this weekend as they compete in the Lady Demon Invitational on Oct. hosted by Northwestern State today and Saturday.

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Lincoln Parish prepared for disaster

If we watch the news, we see that bad things happen all over the country — sometimes when they are least expected. There is always a crisis going on around the country, and we rely on the first responders to see that the situations are managed.
Ruston is not a hot bed for disastrous activity, but if anything ever happened; such as, a train derailment, large storm or even a terrorist attack Lincoln Parish would be prepared.
Earlier this month Lincoln Parish first responders came together to attend National Incident Management Systems classes.

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Teaching younger generations

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“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
— Maya Angelou
Cooler weather is finally upon us. It never seems to fail that this is the time of year when we get loads of dreary rainy days, so it only seems fitting to let Maya Angelou speak. While I was perusing the Internet recently I came across a blog on the Huffington Post’s website titled “25 Things Every Woman Should Know.”

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