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October 22nd, 2013

GSU back on the gridiron

It was good to see Grambling State University’s football team return to practice Monday after one of the most turbulent weeks in the school’s, let alone football program’s, storied histories.
The players said they decided to return after consulting former head coach Doug Williams, who was fired Sept. 11.
Williams was replaced by running backs coach George Ragsdale, who was in turn reassigned within the athletics department Thursday in the middle of the player revolt. Defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston then was appointed to replace Ragsdale as interim head coach.

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Only time will tell if test mandate is bad

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When I first heard last year that every single student in Louisiana high schools would be required to take the ACT to graduate, I didn’t think much about it.
Sure, I could tell that teachers and other educators were pretty upset about it, but I couldn’t really figure out why. The state made it clear that special education students would not be required to take the test, and that students only had to earn an 18 out of 36. So what was the big deal?
But, then, sometimes I forget that I’m still young enough to be a little naïve.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
A public meeting will be held as follows:
DATE: November 25, 2013
TIME: 6:15 p.m.
PLACE OF MEETING: Simsboro Town Hall, 2742 Martha Street, Simsboro, LA 71275
AGENDA:
Call to Order
Approval of agenda
Old Business:
1. NONE
New Business:
1. Resolution 15-13 - Adopt the millage rate(s) for the tax year 2013.
2. Adjournment
Willie Hendricks, Mayor
Name and Position of Authorized Person
Village of Simsboro
Name of Taxing Authority
P. O. Box 40
Address
318-247-6248
Telephone Number

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LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE
167 NORTH SELF STORAGE pursuant to LA R.S. 9:4759, notice is hereby given that 167 NORTH SELF STORAGE, located at 5568 Highway 167 N, Ruston, LA 71270, will sell at auction the following described properties located in unit indicated and leased to person so named:
Winkler, Becky
13072 S. Pine Ave.
Claremore, OK 74017
Unit I329
Hutch, Dresser, Twin headboard and frame, old chest, bookshelf, end table, filing cabinet, misc.

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October 21st

Sewer plant wins safety award

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The city of Ruston has won a safety award from the international Water Environment Federation for an accident-free year at the north wastewater treatment plant.
The George W. Burke Jr. Facility Safety Award is presented to wastewater treatment facilities that have exhibited the best safety records during the past calendar year.
“We put in a plan and followed it and haven’t had any accidents,” Jim Fraiser, north treatment plant supervisor, said.
He said the plant has been accident-free since 2009, the year the improved safety measures were implemented.

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Pink fire truck visits

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Pink Heals Tour to make stop at NLMC Wednesday

October is breast cancer awareness month and the month is winding down, but Northern Louisiana Medical Center, partnered with First National Bank, the Ensure Agency and Hampton Inn, is making one last push for awareness — with a pink fire truck.
From 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday a pink fire truck will be in the NLMC parking lot to raise awareness for all types of cancer.
Elizabeth Turnley, director of marketing at NLMC, said the pink fire truck travels the United States to raise awareness as part of the Pink Heals Tour.

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Routine audit raises concerns

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State officials satisfied with LMCH plan of action

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office says it will continue to monitor two areas of deficiency noted in a recent audit of the Ruston-based Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, but the office is satisfied that the church-related organization is fixing the problems.
“Already we are seeing progress in the corrective action plan,” Joy Irwin, director of local government services with Legislative Auditor’s office, said today.

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Bennetts scaring up votes online

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Local couple’s photo selected in Top 10 in national competition
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Local couple Greg and Debbie Bennett got a lot more than they bargained for when they put in an order for some new spooky figures to add to their Halloween decorations this year.
“The company, Grandin Road, is where all of the figures in the photograph came from,” Greg Bennett said. “When we ordered some new figures this year, they sent an email notifying us of the contest.”

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Local campuses highlight domestic violence

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A domestic violence student forum discusses with openness and animation relationships and abuse. Domestic violence awareness days on campus, where sorority members dress up and wear purple ribbon pins. A 5K Homecoming Run, dedicated to domestic violence prevention. “Kiss With A Fist” — a night of dramatic monologues and other performance art on the topic of dating violence. A campus candlelight vigil called “Light The Lady,” is to be attended by the entire Panhellenic Council.

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Club News: Brazzel speaks at Cosmos Club

The October meeting of Cosmos Club was held at the First National Bank.
President Linda Newbold called the meeting to order and presented the afternoon’s speaker, Eric Brazzel, Ruston fireman. He illustrated his talk with slides which depicted house fires and car fires and discussed response time from the receipt of the alarm at the station to arrival at the fire site.
He strongly emphasized the importance of homes having working smoke detectors and checking batteries in them several times a year.

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