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August 19th, 2014

Budget on its way to approval

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Ruston’s $55.3 million budget for the coming fiscal year is on its way to the Board of Aldermen for approval.
The board’s personnel-finance committee, composed of the five aldermen, endorsed the 2105 spending plan Monday night. Aldermen officially vote on the budget ordinance Sept. 8. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
Procedurally, aldermen convened as the board of aldermen, then recessed and reconvened as the personnel-finance committee to consider the budget. They then recommended the budget back to themselves, reconvened as the board and introduced the budget ordinance.

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Woodworking in the family

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Taking a piece of wood and carving something meaningful out of it is a tradition many have forgotten.
But not Jordan Williams, the 18-year-old son of Jill and Stephen Williams.
Williams said when he first started Southern Woods he wasn’t thinking of turning it into a real business.
“I’ve only been doing this about five weeks,” he said. “My grandpa learned from his dad, and my dad learned from him and has made a few pens.”
Williams is currently making pens, iPad styles, wine toppers, letter openers and men’s razor, all out of wood or deer.

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Siegmund to run for District 5

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Ruston real estate agent Bruce Siegmund today announced his candidacy for the District 5 seat on the city’s board of aldermen.
Siegmund, an Independent, is the second person to challenge District 5 incumbent Marie Riggs in the Nov. 4 primary. Local pastor Maurice White is also running for the seat.
District 5 covers southwest Ruston. Candidate qualifying for the fall election begins Wednesday.
“I want to see Ruston go from good to great,” Siegmund said.

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Unanswered texts result in agg. battery charges

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A man was arrested late Monday after reportedly assaulting a woman with a firearm.
Steve Bernard Mason, 63, of 2027 Beacon Light Road, was arrested on one count of aggravated battery and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center with a bond that has not been set.
According to the affidavit, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to North Chatham Road in reference to an assault with a firearm.
After identifying who the victim was, police took her statement.
She reported Mason walked into her home and confronted her for not answering his text messages.

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RHS students receive a taste of speech, debate

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The beginning of this month proved to be a busy one for Ruston High School. With orientation handing out new schedules to both old and new students and the band beginning its camp during the first week of August, there was a smaller group of students being introduced to one of the other clubs, Ruston High School’s Speech and Debate team.
Eight students showed up at RHS on Aug. 4, and were met with four teachers, ready to teach them the ins and outs of the club each of them had tried out for.

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Weather conditions can challenge gardener, plants

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What can be said about this August weather? This summer has been pleasantly enjoyable with moderate temperatures and adequate rainfall. The one condition which has made the last few weeks less than ideal is the high humidity. Working in the garden can be a challenge when the body has a hard time cooling off and everything is dripping wet. Humidity, as you know if you work outside, can have a great effect upon human comfort levels.

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Tech’s Romer presents research at international symposium

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Braden Romer, assistant professor of kinesiology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, gave a presentation titled, “Influence of Tactile Feedback on Muscle Activity During Walking,” at the International Running Biomechanics Symposium on Friday in Calgary, Canada.
Romer’s research project, which was partially funded by Adidas footwear, focuses on understanding the effects of lower extremity proprioceptive information in altering the onset of muscle activity during various levels of walking.

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Strong start for ’Dogs

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team made easy work of the Pyramid Food Rockets late Monday night as the Bulldogs won 134-52 inside Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Michale Kyser, Erik McCree, Raheem Appleby, Kenneth Smith and Qiydar Davis got the start for Tech and helped the ’Dogs jump out to a 60-26 lead at the half, surrendering only 13 points apiece in the two periods by the opposition.
Davis shined in his Bulldog debut as the junior college transfer poured in a team-high 22 points while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

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Tech’s Griffin gets extra year

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The NCAA has ruled that Louisiana Tech wide receiver Sterling Griffin has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
Griffin, a native of Opa Locka, Florida, was one of Louisiana Tech’s top receivers with 357 receiving yards on 33 catches last year, averaging 10.8 yards per catch. His 74-yard touchdown catch at Rice last November was the longest play of the year for the Bulldogs.

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Born hired as Tech’s external operations director

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClellandhas announced that Marco Born has been hired as the senior associate athletics director for external operations.
The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
Born comes to Ruston after spending the past 10 years at Middle Tennessee as a student-athlete and administrator.

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