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District 12 House vote

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Bullock, Shadoin offer comments on local issues
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Saturday’s General Election will mark the runoff between Republicans Jason Bullock and Rob Shadoin, both of Lincoln Parish, for the state House of Representatives District 12 seat currently held by Hollis Downs, R-Ruston.
District 12 encompasses all of Union Parish and the northern half of Lincoln Parish.
Each of the two candidates recently spoke with the Ruston Daily Leader and Farmerville Gazette regarding issues affecting Lincoln and Union parishes.
With the state of Louisiana facing a budget shortfall and resulting cuts, the candidates commented on what should be done to address the situation, whether it be increasing revenue or executing additional cuts to programs and services.

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New royalty

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Vizza to vie for Miss Louisiana title
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Sixteen girls vied for the crown, but only one could represent the university as Miss Tech 2012.
Lauren Vizza, a junior political science major from Shreveport, was crowned Miss Tech on Nov. 10 in Howard Auditorium.
First runner-up was Mallory Cox, a junior math major from Ruston. Second runner-up was Christiana Hayward, a senior biology major from Monroe. Third runner-up was Jessica Vinson, a senior professional aviation major from Abilene, Texas, and fourth runner-up was Jessica Walters, a junior animal science major from West Monroe.

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‘To Ruston with Love’ meal set

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First Baptist Church of Ruston will serve its traditional Thanksgiving meal “To Ruston with Love” to area citizens at 6 p.m. today at the Ruston Civic Center, located at 401 N. Trenton St.
For the past 20 years, FBC has hosted this communitywide, free feast. Initially, this annual event began with the idea of feeding a few Louisiana Tech students who remained on campus during the Thanksgiving holidays, and through the years has increased to not only include students, but also to include Ruston area residents.

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Forbidden flames

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Burning prohibited in Ruston city limits
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With recent news that the burn ban in Lincoln Parish had been lifted, meaning parish residents can burn leaves and debris in their yard, a few Ruston residents got a little too excited, burning debris in their yards in an area where you can’t — the whole city.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said after the burn ban was lifted in the parish, his office received calls that many people in the city limits had started to burn debris, which is prohibited inside the municipal limits.
“The city ordinance states that there is to be no open burning on the ground for leaves, debris or trash within the city limits,” he said. “The city has been operating under this ordinance for more than 20 years.”

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Health Hut to celebrate National Rural Health Day

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The Health Hut, the mobile medical clinic that serves the needs of the uninsured in Lincoln Parish, will join other rural healthcare providers across the county in celebrating National Rural Health Day Thursday.
The annual observance, set aside by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, honors the “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, and also is an opportunity to bring to light unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and to showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers to address those challenges.

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Buckle up or pay the price

Law enforcement agents will be out in full force through Nov. 26 to make sure residents are taking care of safety.
Traffic will increase as people prepare for the holiday and travel to see family members, meaning that the roads will be especially dangerous. Add in holiday festivities and residents really have to be extra careful.
According to information released by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, “Click It or Ticket,” which continues through Nov. 26, is a campaign during which agencies across the state will be working an estimated 8,500 hours of overtime.

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Give back for the holidays

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It was freezing (even more so than is typical for late November in Louisiana), pitch black outside and approximately 5 a.m. And, we had another 45 minutes to an hour before the store was going to open. Even with warm clothes from head to toe, the air was attempting to chill my bones.
Two years ago was the first and only time my mom was able to willingly drag me out of bed on Black Friday, the day that makes retailers across the country giddy with excitement.
See, my husband (who was my fiancé at the time) is a computer science major.

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College sports need control

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You don’t have to live in Nittany nation to know that college sports are in a crisis. The distinction between students and athletes in the student-athlete continuum is wider than ever before. Universities that once gained their identity through their sports teams are now trying to live down the ignominy their coaches and sports teams have provided.
I love college sports and, like most fans, have turned a blind eye to their excesses for decades.

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And a little child shall lead them

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Small children are my favorite people. Unlike some adults, they never hold grudges for long. Watch what happens when two of them become involved in a squabble, or a fight. One moment they’re as mad as can be. But, in most cases, give them just 10 minutes to “cool off” and they’ve forgotten the whole thing and are busily occupied in playing together again. Their adult counterparts? Well, almost without exception, we hang onto a grudge, or some perceived insult, as though it was our best friend.

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New RPAR runners complete first 5K

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New runners from the Ruston Parks and Recreation Start to Finish 5K Program completed their first 5K this past Saturday at the Pie Run in Shreveport.
The class began in September and met twice a week for nine weeks. The students started the class by running 60 second intervals alternating with walking, increased their running interval time each week and completed the class by running a 5K race. Completing the race were Mark Cross, Maggie Guillot, Jennifer Martin, Tina Bowen, Shannon Roberts, Kelly Smith and Carole Witten. Maryanne Smith was their coach and mentor.

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