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August 10th, 2017

Ward named second-team All-SWAC

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University junior Kevreion Ward was named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference 2017 volleyball preseason second team, while the Lady Tigers were predicted to finish eighth, the league announced earlier this week.

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August 9th

Clinton Heath Durrett

A celebration service for Clinton Heath Durrett will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston with Rev. Danny Baskin officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery near Simsboro, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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Pauline Cassel

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Pauline Cassel joined her beloved family in Heaven on August 2, 2017, a few weeks away from her 104th birthday. Pauline spent her final 15 years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, moving there to be near her niece.

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Notice to Bidders

NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Sealed bids will be received at the Louisiana Tech University Purchasing Office, P.O. Box 3157 T.S., 408 Keeny Hall, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana until 2:00 P.M., August 31, 2017 at which time and place they will be publicly opened for the following:
Farm Equipment (50012-383-18):
Specifications and bid documents for the above may be obtained from the Director of Purchasing, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana; phone 318-257-4205 or fax request to 318-257-3772.

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Trial underway in restaurant shooting

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Testimony resumed this morning in 3rd Judicial District Court here in the attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery trial of Steven Devon Hardyway.
Hardyway, 25, is charged in the Nov. 4, 2015, robbery and shooting at the Subway restaurant on West California Avenue. The victim, who was first witness to testify Tuesday, was both shot and stabbed during late-night incident.
Hardyway was arrested two days later in Grambling.
Lewis Jones, chief felony prosecutor with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said via email he expects the jury trial to conclude on Thursday.

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RPD officer still critical

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A Ruston city police officer injured Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident in Jackson Parish remains in critical condition in a Shreveport hospital, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said Tuesday.
Officer Brandon Milner suffered head, neck and other injuries when his motorcycle apparently crossed into the path of an oncoming one-ton pickup truck, Williams said.
“The family is continuing to ask for prayers,” Williams said.
The accident report from the Louisiana State Police, the agency that worked the mishap, was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

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Bearing gifts: Local group visits village in Malawi, Africa

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There are now children donning Louisiana Peach Festival shirts halfway across the world, thanks to Bruce Siegmund and his team.
“My wife is from Malawi and so I go there fairly often and last year I decided I was going to start helping some relatives that are helping a poor rural village there,” Sigmund said. “This year I went and I took five people with me to help, whether it was educational or construction. We went around door to door praying for people.”
They also brought items for the school located in the village and its students, he said.

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Jurors kill vote to roll millages forward

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted unanimously to keep general alimony millages the same as last year — 1.68 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.37 mills outside the city limits — during the regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse.
When asked to vote on rolling the millages forward to their limits — 1.82 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.65 mills outside the city limits — only Hazel Hunter and Sharyon Mayfield voted “yes.”
If passed, the vote would have increased the general alimony fund by $133,700.

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Let’s get rational about leadership, Louisiana

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Here’s what’s wrong in Louisiana.
In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent at letter to House Speaker Taylor Barras asking Barras to identify a plan he is willing to support to keep the state from plummeting off the fiscal cliff upon which it is rather precariously perched.
“Specifically, I need a good faith commitment to remove the partisan barriers and solve the problem,” Edwards, a Democrat, wrote to Barras, a Republican from New Iberia.

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Board decision good for growth

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen took the first steps Monday toward what could be the city’s biggest economic boom tool since the decision 24 years ago that lead to the still-expanding development along the Interstate 20 north service road.
In a unanimous vote, aldermen agreed to start the process for Ruston’s first tax increment financing district.

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