Top Photo: Children aged 7-14 showed up to participate in RPAR’s annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition on Saturday.
Bottoom Photo: Winners of the RPAR event will go on to compete in an event Saturday in Pineville. See a list of those winners on page 3.
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Ruston’s proposed $55.1 million budget for the coming fiscal year is on its way to the Board of Aldermen for approval.
The 2014 spending plan won the endorsement of the board’s personnel-finance committee Monday night. Aldermen vote on the budget ordinance Sept. 9. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
The proposed budget is $1.7 million less than the current budget, and is an effort by Mayor Dan Hollingsworth to tighten the city’s financial belt in light of rising retirement system costs and generally flat sales tax revenue.
In recent weeks, thousands of Ruston residents have received new electric meters as part of the city’s Smart Metering System.
City Public Utility Manager Darrell Caraway said crews are first changing out the meters of the approximately 10,000 residential power customers and will then move on to the approximately 1,000 meters for commercial customers.
The meter change-out takes approximately 30 minutes for each customer. Electric usage will cease during the 30-minute installation period.
Pamela Siegmund has joined the Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners Market Center.
Pamela is joining her husband, Bruce Siegmund, as his business continues to expand. She has a bachelor’s degree in education as well as her master’s in public administration at Grambling State University.
Pamela has worked as a real estate assistant for the last seven years and is now a licensed Realtor.