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September 10th, 2013

Aldermen approve $55.1M budget

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The city of Ruston has a new $55.1 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Aldermen approved the spending plan Monday night on a 4-1 vote, with only Alderman Elmore Mayfield objecting.
Mayfield wants an additional $10,000 added to the budget for the Lincoln Total Community Action Head Start program. Mayfield sits on the program’s board of directors. Head Start is a preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. It serves 324 local youngsters.
The city’s new budget already includes $10,000 for Head Start.

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Spearsville chief held on rape

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FARMERVILLE (AP) — Spearsville Police Chief Steve E. Bodine, accused of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 13, has been indicted by a Union Parish grand jury.
The 64-year-old Bodine was booked late Monday afternoon into the Union Parish Detention Center. State District Court Judge Cynthia Woodard set bond at $500,000.
Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dusty Gates said the indictment and arrest of Bodine came after a yearlong investigation by sheriff’s investigators, state police detectives and the district attorney’s office.

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Choate offers sweet treat to city he loves

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Sometimes small city living is all one needs.
Four years ago, Britt Choate brought Counter Culture back to Ruston. Knowing that, in 1977, the original Counter Culture first opened on Arizona Avenue, Choate took the opportunity to buy the current Counter Culture building and open one in Ruston again.
Last year, Choate also opened another location on the Louisiana Tech University campus at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center. Counter Culture is not his only business; he owns a granite countertop business in Bossier City as well as another restaurant in Waco, Texas.

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GSU named September school of month

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Pierre Moore awarded national Tom Joyner Foundation scholarship
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Grambling State University has been selected the school of the month for September by the Tom Joyner Foundation, and sophomore Pierre L. Moore was named the first of four Hercules Scholars.
“It’s always nice to be tied to the Tom Joyner Foundation because it brings such national exposure to Grambling State University,” said Pogue.

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The time for fall soil testing is here

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The end to another warm growing season is fast approaching. The 2013 September equinox comes at 3:44 p.m. Sept. 22.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later now, and nightfall comes sooner. This is our autumn equinox, when the days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere.
At this equinox, day and night are approximately equal in length. It is a time with later dawns and earlier sunsets as the sun’s path across the sky shifts toward the south. The shorter days will be bringing cooler weather.

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BPCC sets auditions for one-act plays

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2013 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays.
Auditions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Performing Arts Theatre located at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City on the BPCC campus.
Roles are available for both males and females, ages 18 and up. Anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions to complete an application and meet the directors.

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Holtz thanks fans for support

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Tech coach hoping for another strong crowd on Thursday vs. Tulane
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Louisiana Tech University head football coach Skip Holtz was proud of the way “the 12th man” came through for the Bulldogs last weekend in a home-opening win over Lamar.
Now he hopes that “12th man” will be at full strength at 6:30 p.m. Thursday as the Bulldogs play host to Tulane in Tech’s annual Red-Out game to be nationally televised by Fox Sports 1.

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Davison qualifies for women’s Mid-Am championship

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CHOUDRANT — Squire Creek’s Sarah Davison, who won the women’s state amateur golf title on her home course in June, has qualified for the upcoming Women’s U.S. Mid-Am Championship.
Playing at Stonebridge in McKinney, Tex., Davison grabbed one of eight slots available at the sectional qualifying site and will now participate in the USGA National Mid-Am Tournament scheduled for Ashville, N.C., Oct. 5-10.

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Tech volleyball hits road to take on Stephen F. Austin

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After a strong showing this past weekend at its home tournament, Louisiana Tech will hit the road midweek to take on the Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. today at Shelton Gym in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Lady Techsters (4-3) were 2-1 over the weekend with wins over in-state foes McNeese State and New Orleans and a tough four-set loss to Western Michigan. Tech will come into tomorrow’s road match having won three of its last four matches.

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Show support for Bulldogs

The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs need you. So does the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Louisiana Tech plays on national television at 6:30 p.m. Thursday as the Bulldogs will play host to Tulane in game set to broadcast on the new Fox Sports 1 television channel.
The game will be Tech’s annual Red-Out game, in which all fans are encouraged to wear red — meaning the national television audience will see a sea of red cheering on the Bulldogs against the Green Wave.

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