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October 15th, 2013

Early morning fire causes fatality

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At 12:22 a.m. this morning the Ruston Fire Department responded to a 911 call on Edgewood Street that resulted in a fatality and a total loss of the structure.
“During the investigation, we thought there was a victim inside, and in fact, there was,” Eric Brazzel, public education officer, said. “It was a total loss.”
There were two pumpers, two ladders and one rescue unit that arrived on the scene. The scene was cleared at 5:56 a.m.

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5th District candidates voice opinions in forum

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Contenders for the 5th District Congressional seat had plenty of opinions to offer voters during Monday night’s candidate forum sponsored by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party.
Two of the contenders said the race itself is suspect, one called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment, several wanted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, others supported the new law and still others pushed for a return to family values on Capitol Hill. All pledged to advocate for solutions for the beleaguered Sparta Aquifer.

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LCB gives back to community

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The Louisiana Center for the Blind is finding ways to give back to the community.
As part of Meet the Blind Month the center is teaming up with a few organizations in order to bring awareness to the blind and to give back.
During October, the Louisiana Center for the Blind will be collecting donations to support Ruston Elementary.

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WaterFest a success

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On Thursday and Friday, all of Lincoln Parish’s fifth grade classes came to Lincoln Parish Park for fun in the sun and a lot of Sparta knowledge at the Lincoln Parish WaterFest. Ruston Elementary, Cypress Springs, Simsboro High School and Choudrant Elementary were among the schools that attended.
The students learned different facets of information about water — from water conservation to water filtration.
Kareline Young, 10, from Simsboro High School said she was having a lot of fun.
“We are having so much fun learning how water works,” Kareline said.

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‘How to’ for container plants of winter

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What a difference a few weeks make when it comes to fall weather. The cool temperatures have finally arrived and in a few weeks the first frost is possible. With the average first freeze date coming in mid-November, October is an ideal month to begin preparing tender container plantings and outside house plants for the winter season. Preparations for over-wintering can be time consuming and may require special attention.

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Show support for Tech’s Homecoming

Louisiana Tech University’s campus is in a celebratory mood this week with Homecoming activities, but it’s not a celebration just for students.
And although Saturday’s football game is the culmination of the week, there are many other Homecoming activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The university boasts such a close relationship with the Ruston community, and this week is an opportunity to let that support shine. Many Ruston residents are Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff but even those who aren’t can take pride in our university.

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Help out by experiencing a Poor Man's meal

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It isn’t uncommon for us to claim to be “starving” when our stomach’s start to growl and it’s been several hours since our last meal. But, in reality, for the majority of us, hunger isn’t really something we understand.
However, according to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fight domestic hunger, 1 in 6 people in the United States do understand exactly what it means to be hungry. And, some of those people live right here in our own community.
In 2012, 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.

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’Dogs prepare for ‘two-game season’

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Usually “coachspeak” is all about taking things “one game at a time.”
But coming off a bye week with another looming three weeks away, Louisiana Tech football Skip Holtz has a unique form of double vision as his rested Bulldogs get ready to play host to North Texas.
Tech’s 2014 Homecoming game is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium against North Texas.

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Grambling looking at offensive changes

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GRAMBLING — At 0-7, Granbling State interim coach George Ragsdale is willing to try anything to spark a turnaround out of his Tigers.
And if that means throwing some new faces into the mix, that’s what he said he intends to do.
After the G-Men managed only 30 yards passing last week in a 48-0 loss to Alcorn State, Ragsdale is determined to ramp up his passing game.
“I’m going to play some different receivers and have to on the line because two are hurt,” Ragsdale said. “We didn’t do as well receiving this week.

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October 14th

4 Paws celebrates shelter with fall festival

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4 Paws Rescue Inc. celebrated their new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Fall Festival on Saturday.
The event also served as a fundraiser for the volunteer pet rescue organization.
Above: A group of Chihuahua-mix puppies were the big hit of the day during the 4 PAWS Palooza event held Saturday at the organization’s shelter on Rodeo Road.

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