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Downtown Trick or Treat planned

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The city of Ruston, in partnership with several organizations, will host its annual Downtown Howl’oween event Tuesday beginning with trick-or-treating at 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to visit participating merchants, as businesses will be handing out candy.
For the canines, the Howl'oween Costume Contest, a pet show, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Railroad Park. Children will also be able to participate in games and other activities in the park.

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Halloween Happening

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Ruston Fire Department to host annual event Saturday
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Ruston Fire Department is gearing up for its sixth annual Hot Halloween Happening.
The free event is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ruston Fire Station Headquarters, which is located at 920 E. Georgia Ave.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the gathering — which has drawn an average of 650 participants in previous years — is an opportunity to learn about fire safety through games.

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Shop offers more than machines

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Mother, daughter open ‘dream’ in April
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After many years in the nursing industry, Rhonda Ponder, along with her daughter Melissa Ott Herman, decided to open Quilteroo’s on Louisiana Highway 33 this past April.
“I worked as an industrial nurse for 34 years and decided to change career paths to follow my dream of owning a quilt shop,” Ponder said.
With a combined 24 years of experience, the mother-daughter duo shares their talents with others wanting to learn.

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Grambling seeks funds

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GRAMBLING — The town of Grambling is seeking $575,000 from the State Bond Commission.
“This loan will be coming from Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality,” Grambling Mayor Edward Jones said. “But in order for DEQ to extend us the loan, it has to go through the state bond commission for approval.”

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School board utilizes federal funds

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Everyone is having to do the same or more with less these days, and the Lincoln Parish School System is no exception.
At the regularly scheduled board meeting earlier this month, board members heard information about the federal programs utilized by the school system, including the Title I, II, III, IV and VI-B.
Willie Washington, federal programs director, presented a program on the various federal programs that fall under his jurisdiction. The total budget for all Title projects is $3,291,080. This reflects an overall decrease of 1 percent in federal funding. Washington explained what the various Title programs are designed to do:

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Salary changes discussed

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The Lincoln Parish School Board held a second meeting this month at Cypress Springs Elementary School on Oct. 17.
Board members discussed several items of business, including the required salary schedule updates in connection with Act 1, which requires that every school district revise salary schedules by Jan. 1.

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Remember safety while trick-or-treating

Where did the goblin throw the football? The answer: Over the ghoul line. As you know, Halloween is next week. It’s time for all of the Halloween hoopla: Trick-or-treating, carving out Jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, decorations, parties and elaborate and creative costumes. No matter how old or young, Halloween never gets old.

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Dixon just dandy

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Tech freshman ripping records
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And this guy’s a freshman?
‘Fraid so.
All of which means headache-inducing problems for opposing defensive coordinators for the remainder of this season and then three additional years.
Ouch.
Such is the predicament that Kenneth Dixon is putting Louisiana Tech University foes in during what is destined to be the best first-year performance of any running back in school history.

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RJHS runners sweep to titles at state meet

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Number one.
That’s where Ruston Junior High School finished in the girls’ and boys’ division of the recently held Louisiana State Junior High School cross country meet on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The Lady Bearkittens completed yet another perfect season with a state title by totaling 20 points and easily outdistancing runner-up Caddo Middle Magnet (106 points).

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NMSU, Texas Southern have struggles

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Only seven points each were totaled by upcoming opponents for Lincoln Parish collegiate football teams during recent action.
New Mexico State, which will host Louisiana Tech University on Saturday, suffered a 41-7 setback to Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference game held this past weekend in Logan, Utah.
Two weekends ago, Texas Southern University — they’ll host Grambling State University on Saturday — was a 34-7 victim of Southern University in Baton Rouge.

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