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April 10th, 2014

Aillet retires

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Ruston’s Director of Engineering Services Richard Aillet has retired after almost 14 years with the city.
Aillet announced his departure Wednesday via email. He stepped down March 7.
“I can truly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the many citizens, contractors, engineers, architects, developers and other stakeholders, and the many agency representatives at (state and federal agencies), police jury agencies, Louisiana Tech and the like,” Aillet wrote in the email.

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Alexander to seek former job?

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Former 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander said today he isn’t ruling out running for his former job in this fall’s elections.
“I’m not saying no to anything,” Alexander, R-Ruston, said this morning. “Everything’s on the table.”
Alexander’s comments came in the wake of this week’s revelation that incumbent 5th District Rep. Vance McAllister passionately kissed a former member of his Monroe District office staff. The embrace and kiss were caught on an office surveillance camera.

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Hunt for eggs takes place on Saturday

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The Easter bunny will come hopping into Choudrant for a quick visit on Saturday before his yearly rounds to homes around the country on April 20.
The annual Easter in the Village event will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday in Choudrant Park and Town Clerk Celeste Butler suggests that residents are on time so they don’t miss their age-appropriate egg hunt.
The free event, Butler said, will include games, crafts, inflatable bouncers and four separate age divisions for Easter egg hunts.

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Family nightmare becomes reality

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One of a mother’s worst nightmares is to find out her child is terminally ill. For Lori Faile, this nightmare became a reality.
When Lori’s daughter Ansleigh was 2 years old, she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, which, according to the National Cancer Institute, is a type of cancer that affects the lymph tissue, found in the lymph nodes, spleen and other organs of the immune system. It can have a detrimental influence on one’s white blood cell count, weakening the immune system and making the body more prone to infections.

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Ruston receives sound audit

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The city of Ruston has received “the best type of opinion you could get” on its 2013 audit, accountant Doug Brewer told the board of aldermen this week.
“The city once again ended the year in sound financial position,” Brewer said.
Auditors reported only one finding, that dealt with the Section 8 housing program and resulted from problems filing an electronic report, Brewer said.

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RFD responds to calls

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On Tuesday, the Ruston Fire Department responded to several emergency calls including a car fire at 10:35 a.m. on Interstate 20, pictured above.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with RFD, said no one was injured during the fire, and the car was a total loss.
At approximately 4:50 p.m. a kitchen fire occurred in a residence in the 1000 block of Eastland Street.
Brazzel said smoke and fire damage occurred in the kitchen area causing thousands of dollars of damage. No injuries reported.

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Perfect season for Lady Bearkits

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Kathy Steed goes out undeated in RJHS girls track coaching career
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Ruston Junior High School’s girls track team sent Coach Kathy Steed out in the Lady Bearkits’ usual winning fashion on April 1, winning the Simsboro Junior High Track Meet to finish out the season undefeated.
That marked 16 consecutive years of all first-place track meet finishes for Steed’s girls teams at RJHS. Steed will retire at the end of the school year.
The RJHS girl’s team took first at the Simsboro meet with 243 points.
RJHS individual results from that meet are as follows:
100m Dash
First, Alexius Austin 13.2
Second, Aniyah Roane 13.3
200m Dash

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Ruston JV team wins; freshman squad falls

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Michael Courtney, shown hitting a home run, and the Ruston High School junior varsity baseball took a 11-4 win over Minden Wednesday. Minden countered with a 10-5 win over the Bearcats in a freshman team game.

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Tech softball defeats SLU

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Duran, Tufi combine for shutout victory
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HAMMOND — Anna Cross hit a three-run home run and Bianca Duran and Pauline Tufi combined to pitch a shutout as Louisiana Tech defeated Southeastern Louisiana 7-0 at North Oak Park Wednesday evening.
Cross gave the Lady Techsters (15-25) an early lead with a two-out, three-run shot in the top of the second inning off of Lions starter Spencer Adkinson. The home run — Cross’ third of the year — came following a Courtney Lowe single and a Tori Charters walk with two outs. Cross then line Adkinson’s offering over the left centerfield fence, giving Tech the lead.

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Bulldogs hold last spring practice

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T-Day Spring Game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday

Louisiana Tech held its final practice before Saturday’s T-Day Spring Game with a two-hour session in full pads on the Tech Practice Fields Wednesday.
The session marked the 14th practice of the spring with the 15th coming in the form of the T-Day Spring Game that will kick off at Joe Aillet Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Wednesday’s session included final tune-ups for the team heading into the spring game that featured high-energy work from both sides of the ball.

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