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August 22nd, 2014

William Prentiss “Billy” Mitchell, Sr.

William Prentiss “Billy” Mitchell, Sr., 59 of Tybee Island, Georgia passed away unexpectedly on the evening of August 17, 2014.  He was born September 25, 1954 in Ruston, Louisiana son of John A. Mitchell, Sr. and Marjorie Pardue Mitchell.  He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and was a veteran of the United States Army.  

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August 21st

NLMC affected by system breach

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center, one of the 206 hospitals under Community Health Systems, was part of a cyber-security breach occurring in April and June, said Elizabeth Turnley, director of marketing for the hospital.
“Yes, we were affected,” she said. “But it was not the hospital itself, but the employed physicians practices and clinics.”
Turnley said patients affected will receive a letter by Aug. 30. If a letter has not been received by that time, they should assume they were not affected.

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Event begins Friday

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The annual Gun, Knife, Coin and Boat show will be in Ruston over the weekend.
Hosted by the Ruston Lincoln-Chamber of Commerce, the event has taken place in Ruston for the last three years.
Chamber President Judy Copeland said the idea originated when the chamber was looking at hosting a new event.
“We were looking for a new event and thought about doing a deer festival, but we wanted an event that didn’t put a lot of demand on the staff, so we decided to host a gun and knife show,” Copeland said. “Then it became a gun, knife and coin show and now we’ve added boats.”

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Parish collects $9M-plus in sales tax

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Sales tax collections for the second quarter of this year are up slightly, but the increase is largely because of a flurry of oil and gas activity in the parish, Sales and Use Tax Administrator Jerry Moore said Tuesday.
“Oil and gas is coming back, but keep in mind it will go away as quick as it came. Don’t depend on it because it will be here today and gone tomorrow,” Moore told the sales and use tax commission during its monthly meeting.

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Qualifying continues for upcoming elections

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The number of candidates in the Nov. 4 primary election is growing. Qualifying for the 63 offices up for grabs locally, regionally and statewide began Wednesday and continues until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Here’s the list of people who have qualified as of press-time today:
• U. S. Senate: Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge; Thomas Clements, R-Lafayette; Mary L. Landrieu, D-New Orleans; Brannon Lee McMorris, Liberatarian-Denham Springs; William P. Waymire Jr., D-Gonzales.

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Anders seeking to serve another term for LPSB District 10

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Lincoln Parish School Board President Otha Anders will once again be vying to keep his seat as the District No. 10 representative because he says he wants to “continue to help make a difference in promoting and providing the ultimate educational opportunities for all children.”
Anders has dedicated most of his life — nearly 50 years — to furthering education in Jackson and Lincoln parishes. He has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and, since 1997, a school board member. For the past 10 years, Anders has been elected as school board president.

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Bearcats to scrimmage Byrd

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Returning your top three rushers is always good news for a football coach.
Losing your entire offensive line isn’t.
That’s the dilemma facing Ruston High School head coach Brad Laird, who’ll get his first good look at a game-like atmosphere at 6 p.m. today when the Bearcats travel to scrimmage Byrd High School.
It will be a good test for the Bearcats as Byrd made it to the Division I state finals last year before falling by one point to Rummel, 23-22.

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Dunkin’ Dogs win close one

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The competition got much tougher on Wednesday night for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team, but the Bulldogs were up for the challenge as they defeated the Providence Storm, 96-87, inside Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The Storm was coming off of an impressive victory over North Carolina just four days ago and it took everything Tech to keep the home team from pulling out another one.
Three seniors played a huge role in the win, starting with Raheem Appleby who dropped in a team-high 21 points.

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Bulldogs wrap up two-a-days

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Louisiana Tech’s offense may have struggled during the first scrimmage of fall camp but performance gave the team better insight on how close they are to clicking as a unit.
Work to continue building an offensive unit that has several new starters continued as Louisiana Tech entered its final day of two-a-day Wednesday with a morning practice in shorts to be followed by a full pads practice in the evening.

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Smith, Mills to join in marriage

Dan and Edna Smith, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Elyse Danielle Smith, of Ruston, to Justin Lee Mills, of Ruston.

Elyse is the granddaughter of James and Marjorie Bradley, of Ruston, and the late Ernest and Mary Calvin Smith.

Justin is the son of Darryl and Becky Mills, of Ruston. He is the grandson of Charles and Lynda Mills, of Ruston, Claud and Janice Irby, of Ruston, and the late Bill Beasley.

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