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New budget approved

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City expenditures to exceed revenues

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth deems the city’s $74 million budget fitting for these tough economic times.
“I think our budget reflects the reality of our situation today,” he said. “It was a no-growth budget. We try to watch how we spend public tax dollars, but we tried not to cut back on service.”

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Keeping it local

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Those who have been yearning for some fresh produce will be glad to know the Ruston Farmers Market will soon be back in business.
Vendors will be offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods and crafts from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, when the market reopens for the fall season.
Karen Pittman, vice president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, said the market usually stays open from mid-September until early December, depending on the produce seasons.

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Man with machete arrested

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A Texas man doing seismograph work in the parish was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting a co-worker with a machete.
De Los Reyes Gustavo, 31, Brownsville, Texas, was charged with aggravated second-degree battery.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Stephen Williams said at approximately 8 a.m.
Saturday, Ruston Ambulance Services and the LPSO received a call regarding a person cut with a machete on Louisiana Highway 563 just south of Magnolia Corner. Upon arrival, the suspect had fled the area.

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Happenings to return to library

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Historical Happenings, a monthly history program, will begin again at the Lincoln Parish Library in the Lincoln Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The September program will feature guest speaker/scholar Jeffrey Anderson.
Anderson will present a program on the history of Hoodoo and Voodoo. Hoodoo and Voodoo are two aspects of southern culture that have maintained a continuous presence throughout the centuries. Both are practices whose roots can be traced back to Africa and elsewhere, but they have nevertheless developed over time, adapting to changing circumstances whenever necessary.

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Rocking the fight against diabetes

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Second annual ‘Jam for JDRF’ set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday
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Ruston’s effort to support juvenile diabetes research is set to be twice as nice this year when it turns up the volume for the Second Annual Jam for JDRF.
Once again, the event will be held at 3 Docs Brewhouse and is being organized by Louisiana Tech University chemistry professor Bill Deese. Based on last year’s debut, organizers believe the event is set to provide the perfect opening act for Saturday’s walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Local chosen for N.O. Saintsations

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When the World Champion Saints go marching into the dome, one fortunate local woman, Alexa Black, daughter of Bobby and Leigh Black and Aaron and Kim Dietrich, of Ruston, will be in that number.
Alexa excelled in three areas of competition to win a coveted spot on the prestigious team.
In addition to advanced dance technical skills, applicants were judged by area professionals in one-on-one interviews, and tested on football fundamentals.

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Pet of the week

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Gus is a young labrador retriever mix that is up-to-date with routine shots. He will be the first to run in the yard for a good game of catch, or to lie on the couch for a good nap. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Gus.

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Local man wins regional team roping championship

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Stephenville, Texas — A local roper qualified to compete at the richest team roping in the world during the recent United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) Southeast Regional Finals Sept. 3 at the Tunica Arena and Expo Center in Tunica, Miss.
Matthew Stephens, of Choudrant, roped four steers in a time of 34.13 in the No. 10 Shoot Out division with partner Michael Stamper of Columbia. The duo took home custom Martin trophy saddles and split a paycheck for $10,000.

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Hut helps to lighten load

Lincoln Parish residents with no health insurance may just have a fighting chance to stay ahead of chronic diseases. And, since a large percentage of the working population doesn’t have medical insurance, that means that businesses across the parish may see healthier and happier employees.

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U.S. soldiers deserve our praise

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Although I was only in seventh grade when the attacks happen I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I was at school, on my way to band to be exact, and when my classmates and I walked into the room our teacher had the TV on watching the news.
He then informed us of what happened in New York — that the Trade Towers had been bombed.

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