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October 2nd, 2013

Cedar Creek moves up in Class 1A poll

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Ruston barely misses cracking 5A Top 10 after a win over Haughton

Cedar Creek moved up to eight-place in this week’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association prep football polls while Ruston is still flirting with the Top 10 and received more votes than any other previous point this season.
The 3-1 Cougars stand eighth in the Class 1A poll with 49 points after ranking 10th last week before taking a 34-28 win at Class 4A West Ouachita last weekend.

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October 1st

A patch for good

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Ninth annual DART pumpkin sale begins
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The ninth annual Pumpkin Patch has arrived in Ruston.
Members of local sororities, fraternities and the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana were on hand to help unload an 18-wheeler full of pumpkins.
Proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go to benefit the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.
“This is one of the biggest volunteer events of the year,” said DART Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. “It is also one of the most fun events. Student organizations, sororities, fraternities and athletic teams from both Louisiana Tech and Grambling came to help out.

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Inflated utility bills

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Ruston error results in long billing cycle for some locals

A clerical error caused about 550 Ruston utility customers to receive unusually low bills in August, followed by significantly higher bills in September.
The customers were billed for 23 days of service rather than the typical 28- to-32 days of usage because the wrong closing date was keyed into the billing system, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said Monday.
“It was completely our fault,” he said.
The areas affected were near Cooktown Road in northwest Ruston and along Ashland Street and the La Mesa Subdivision west of Cooktown Road.

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Nashville star to play in Ruston

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Jace Everett takes the stage 8 p.m. Wednesday at 3Docs
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Residents will have the opportunity to hear the musical stylings of Jace Everett, an Illinois native raised in Texas.
“I’ve done some shows in Louisiana before — Monroe, Laffayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans,” Everett said. “This will be first time in Ruston.”
He said he grew up in Texas, but is currently living in Nashville.

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Former Ruston mayor’s son grows into spiritual leader

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From pastor, to singer, to passionate community member, Stan Pody is a busy man.
Pody spent his childhood in Ruston, and was raised to love music, God and his community by his parents, Elton and Sherry Pody. Elton Pody served eight years as mayor of Ruston from 1982-1990. This instilled a love for his city in Stan Pody.
“My parents really put a love for music, community and a love for God in all of their children,” Pody said. “My dad believed in this community.”

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October planting season begins today

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The recent rains have come just in time for the October planting season. The next several weeks are excellent for planting many plants which will grow during the winter and deliver many gifts to the gardener in the spring. Planting now seems odd, but these plants are adapted for the cooler weather and some require this time to establish themselves for optimum spring growth and production. Plants to put into the ground now include: spring flowering bulbs, cool-season herbs, strawberries and all landscape trees and shrubs.

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Seven students stay in school with scholarship help

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Tears filled the eyes of senior Alexus King as she talked about how she may not have been able to finish school this semester, but for a special gift.
“I would not have been able to stay in school,” said King, biology major from Los Angeles.
“This means so much because it has been hard for my mother to afford my education.”

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Bulldogs focus on putting up points

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Tech coach Skip Holtz looking for more scoring from his offense
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Slowly but surely, Louisiana Tech’s offense has started getting on track and at times moving the ball with some consistency.
There’s only one thing missing — more points on the scoreboard.
That’s something Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz acknowledged Monday during his weekly press conference following Saturday’s 35-16 loss to Army in the Heart of Dallas Classic.

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Freshman ’Cats fall to W. Monroe

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Quarterback Jacob Phillips broke free for good running yardage during Monday’s freshman football game between Ruston and West Monroe. The Rebels won the game 24-0.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs begin preseason practices

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Preparation for the upcoming season began Saturday morning for head coach Michael White and the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team as the Bulldogs conducted their first official preseason practice as a new member of Conference USA.
Tech opens up the regular season in only 39 days when they travel on Nov. 8 to face Saint Mary’s, one of six opponents this year who went to the big dance last season.

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