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June 23rd, 2014

Police encourage ‘smart’ giving

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In response to recent reports of panhandling in the community, the Ruston Police Department is encouraging residents to be charitable, but to do so wisely.
In reference to citizen complaints of a man going around town asking for money to help pay for a tow truck, RPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Clint Williams suggested that residents could call the garage or tow service themselves and then directly pay for the service.
“We encourage our citizens to be charitable to someone who is in need,” Williams said in a statement. “But we would encourage our citizens to help wisely.”

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Leader, Tech earn LSWA awards

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NATCHITOCHES — Lincoln Parish scored big at the Louisiana Sports Writers Association awards ceremony Sunday with representatives from the Ruston Daily Leader and Louisiana Tech University all bringing home honors.
Ruston Daily Leader executive sports editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis earned a second-place award in the Class II Pro Column category for his piece on Benny Anders and was also honored with a lifetime achievement award during the ceremonies.
The Leader’s T. Scott Boatright took home Class II Prep Event second-place award for his coverage of a Ruston High School football game.

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All-Louisiana collegiate baseball team released

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Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU had a combined 19 players selected to the first and second teams of the 2014 All-Louisiana College Baseball Team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The two schools also had four of five special awards announced by the LSWA.
Louisiana-Lafayette led the way with 10 players named to the first and second teams, as well as picking up two of the five special awards given each year. The Cajuns ended the season with an overall record of 58-10 and reached the NCAA Super Regionals before falling to Ole Miss in a best-of-three series in Lafayette.

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Wayne family reflects legacy

The Wayne family can say something not many people will ever get to say — that they are in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The family was notified two months ago that their bid would be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Of the 86 family members that attended Grambling State University, 40 graduates were accepted.
The official record was the “Largest Family to Attend the Same University.”
The family was honored last weekend in Dallas, complete with a professional photo shoot.

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Peach Festival countdown begins

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The countdown is on!
Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by Squire Creek is set for Friday-Sunday and is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.
Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons).
1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good old fashioned festival food? Funnel cakes, chicken on a stick, turkey legs — that’s some good eating. Throw in some cool lemonade on a hot summer day and some peach ice cream to cap it off and you’ve got the makings of some perfect summer treats. And don’t forget the reason the festival exists — our sweet peaches from right here in Ruston.

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More good news from the capitol

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the good news and the bad news for domestic violence victims and service providers in Louisiana. In that column, I wrote about the good news of two new bills which had been introduced by legislators during this session, passed through the House and the Senate, and were signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
One of these laws allows for stricter penalties for domestic violence offenders. The other law bans an abuser under a protective order from possessing a firearm.

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Todd Cripps

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Funeral services will be held for Todd Cripps, age 31, at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, June 23, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia. Rev. Dallas Witt and Rev. Steve Cripps will officiate. The interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Cripps was born August 31, 1982, in Minden to Tim Cripps and Terri Roberson Frasier. He entered into rest on, Saturday June 21, 2014 in Arcadia. Mr. Cripps was a member of South Park Way Church in Ruston.

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APPLICATION FOR HOUSING

APPLICATION FOR HOUSING
PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAM
The Housing Authority of the City of Grambling will accept applications for Public Housing beginning, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Applications will be taken only on Wednesdays from
9:00 - 3:00 for the next six (6) weeks during the following dates/times:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:00 A.M .- 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014- 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:00 A. M.-3:00 P.M.

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VILLAGE OF SIMSBORO

VILLAGE OF SIMSBORO
TOWN HALL
2742 MARTHA STREET
P.O. BOX
SIMSBORO, LA. 71275
ORDINANCE NO. 04-15
ORDINANCE TO ADOPT FISCAL YEAR BUDGET 2014/2015
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Aldermen of the Village of Simsboro, Louisiana convened in the regular session on this 5th day of May, 2014, to review
Ordinance No. 04-15. This ordinance will be considered for adoption on the 9th day of June, 2014.

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THE VILLAGE OF SIMSBORO

THE VILLAGE OF SIMSBORO
MONTHLY TOWN HALL MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
The Village of Simsboro met in Regular Session Monday, June 9, 2014 at 6:15 P.M. Council members present were: Alderman Tiffany Cole, Alderman Doug Durrett and Alderman Pam Durrett , Justina Hensley, CMC, and Ray Patterson with the Ruston Daily Leader.
Absent: NONE
Citizens attended: Danny Brown, Jeri Hendricks, Joe Reed, Jennifer Riser with Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson, LLC, and Tyler Storms, a candidate for Judge in Lincoln and Union Parish.

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