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September 18th, 2017

Ordinance No. 1709

ORDINANCE NO. 1709 OF 2017
AN ORDINANCE CREATING THE "COOKTOWN ROAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, STATE OF LOUISIANA;" DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES THEREOF FROM WHICH AREA LOCAL SALES TAX INCREMENTS WILL BE DETERMINED AND USED TO FINANCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH AND AS AUTHORIZED BY PART II OF CHAPTER 27 OF TITLE 33 OF THE LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTES OF 1950, AS AMENDED; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING

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Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Ordinance titled:

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Local agencies partake in biggest pet rescue effort in Northeast Louisiana

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Seven area animal control and rescue agencies are joining together in what agency officials say is the biggest rescue effort ever in Northeast Louisiana. Some 141 dogs and cats, including Jacks, shown here getting a bath, will be loaded onto transport vehicles in Ruston on Tuesday bound for new adoptive homes in California. Jacks is one of eight dogs accepted from Ruston Animal Control. Volunteers helped bath and ready the dogs on Saturday. From left are Jayden Shipley, Mason Thompson, both of West Monroe; Britney Hammons, of Jackson Parish, and Stephanie Judd, from West Monroe.

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Jobless rate lowest since 2008

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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has now declined for four consecutive months according to data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Continuing its improvement from July, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 percent. The last time the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was lower than 5.2 percent was August 2008. This figure is 0.9 percentage points lower from the same time period a year ago.

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GSU high school day attracts thousands

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Madison Harris of Houston was one of more than 2,300 students visiting Grambling State University’s High School Day Saturday, experiencing what it means to be a Grambling Tiger.
“This is my first time here, and everything was really nice,” said Harris, a senior at Lamar High School. “I’m looking forward to more information about the school, and to see the environment.”
As a member of the cheer team, Harris traveled to high school day with cheer team and coach Travis Matthews, an alumna of GSU.

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Local residents turns 105 today

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At 105, Agnes “Chi Chi” Grafton likes to stay busy.
She exercises three to five times a week and plays Bingo almost every afternoon.
“I like to do most anything that comes along,” Grafton, a Ruston native, said.
Today is Grafton’s birthday.
“I was born and raised in Ruston,” she said. “I have had a wonderful life and I have enjoyed it very much.”
She attended Louisiana Tech University, and after graduation began to teach school in Ruston before she married her husband and moved to Bernice.

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DART training educates and chills

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Editors Note: This is the second of a two part series on Collaboration is the Key.
In Part I of my column about DART’s 17th Annual Collaboration is the Key training conference, I described the first part of the day, in which participants learned about protective orders (or restraining orders), as well as new updates in domestic violence laws in Louisiana.
In Part II, I will be discussing the presentations on Internet Crimes Against Children and Adults, and Human Trafficking.

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Parish millage increase was right choice

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury made the right choice when it unanimously agreed to levy at 4.41 mills two parishwide millage renewals that bring in more than $4 million annually for road and bridge construction and maintenance.
There are 47 bridges and 450 miles of road Lincoln Parish residents use for their daily commute to work or school.
These roads residents take are also the same ones used by work trucks that haul in or take out heavy-duty machinery from various worksites across the region.
All that wear and tear remains constant on our roads because of it.

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Lighting bug or firefly, it’s magic in flight

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Bugs are on everyone’s mind these days. Love bugs, that is.
But another bug has recently ensnared my thoughts: the wondrous lightning bug.
Almost everyone of a certain age possesses firefly memories — recollections of those magical creatures that bedazzled the warm summer nights of our youths. If you were like me, you ran here, you ran there, under the trees, even under the shrubs, and you gently, oh, so gently, caught the little airborne light in your hand.

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Trying to be a safe driver in Ruston is tough

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A few weeks ago, my dad sent my brother and I a text saying he was mailing us two devices that were to be put in our vehicles to determine whether we were safe drivers for insurance purposes. Now, I like to think of myself as a safe driver. I was in a car accident my senior year of high school and since then I take extreme caution while driving, especially when pulling out of parking lots onto busy streets.
The start of the school year brought a flood of Tech students back to Ruston, and that means there are many more people on the roads than during the summer.

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