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June 20th, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ mania

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Robertson family has large, loyal following
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WEST MONROE — The line began forming at a newly-created, makeshift entrance to the now famous building and extended out into an adjacent parking lot.
A quick count of license plates in that lot revealed 12 different states, give or take a few more who had to park across the street.
“Oh, there were at least 200 to 300 folks who came through here today,” said a youngster handing out catalogs. “But that’s normal now. It’s like that just about every day since school turned out.”

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John Carr: ‘No-brainer’ to join USM

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Ever since he unveiled the news, John Carr has been asked numerous times why he exited as the veteran leader of the traditionally successful Monroe Ouachita High School football program.
Simple: he had a chance to work with a longtime friend along with facing the challenges of the college coaching life.
“It was a no-brainer,” said Carr, who recently began work as the director of football operations for the Golden Eagles’ program. “I felt like this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

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Festival sports are ‘peachy keen’

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In the 98-plus degree Fahrenheit heat that usually accompanies the Louisiana Peach Festival, you would think running, jumping or any kind of physical activity would be the last thing on a participant’s to-do list.
So it made sense when tennis tournament director Lynne Jones decided to hold the annual tennis tournament at night this year.

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Techsters add assistant coaches

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Louisiana Tech University head women’s basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Wednesday that she has filled two of her coaching vacancies with the hiring of Mike Ekanem and Drew Miller.
Both Ekanem and Miller will serve as assistant coaches for Weatherspoon. Whostill has one coaching vacancy and the director of basketball operations position to fill.

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George Pipes

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George Pipes of Ruston passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Douglas United Methodist Church in Douglas. Officiating the service will be Rev. Jeremy Jones and Rev. Rolly Walker. Interment will follow at Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mr. Pipes was born in Dubberly, LA on November 3, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Alvin and Helen Burton Pipes of Dubberly; his brother: Travis Pipes of Minden; his father and mother-in-law: Lee and Maude Smart of Ruston.

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Bobbie “Nell” Scarborough Smith

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Funeral services for Bobbie “Nell” Scarborough Smith, age 74, of Ruston will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Interment will follow at Vienna Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mrs. Smith was born August 3, 1938 and passed away June 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband: James A. Smith; children: Kenneth D. Smith (Connie); Cynthia T. Frazier (Michael), and Michael L. Smith (Randa) grandchildren: Floyd A. Knox, Bridgett N. Ledford Poole, Leslie N. Smith Womack, Kammi M. Smith, Kristen D.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Town Council of the Village of Choudrant has adopted its 2013-2014 budget as follows:
General Fund
Revenue $373,110.00
Expenses $367,725.00
Water Fund
Revenue m$384,030.00
Expenses $346,162.00
Solid Waste Fund
Revenue $61,600.00
Expenses $54,659.00
Complete budgets are available at the Village of Choudrant offices, 3911 Elm Street in Choudrant.
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LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE
The Village of Choudrant Town Council met in regular session. Present were Mayor Bill Sanderson, Alderman Ricky Maier, Alderman Brandon Williams and guests. Alderman Ragan Aswell was absent. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Sanderson. Mayor Sanderson gave prayer. Motion to approve the agenda was made Alderman Williams, seconded by Alderman Maier. Approved. Motion to approve the minutes of May 6, 2013, was made by Alderman Williams, seconded by Alderman Maier. Approved.
Financial Report- Mayor Sanderson presented the financial report

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June 19th

Ruston Daily Leader delivery update

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Due to Tuesday’s weather, our printing equipment was severely damaged due to a lightning strike. Wednesday’s paper will be delivered Thursday afternoon. Technicians are currently working to repair the equipment. Thursday's paper will be delivered either tonight or Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience and should be on a regular schedule by Friday afternoon.

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Lightning struck: Fire caused by severe weather

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The Ruston Fire Department received a call at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday in regards to a fire in the 2000 block of Belcara Drive. Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said units arrived on the scene at 5:19 p.m. and the fire was suppressed by 5:34 p.m. No injuries were reported.
“Our investigation revealed that the fire seemed to have started in the attic from a lightning strike to the structure,” Brazzel said.
He added that 14 personnel and nine apparatuses arrived at the scene of the fire.

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