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February 21st, 2014

School Board receives surprise interest rate

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The Lincoln Parish School Board received an unprecedented interest rate on bonds sold for as a result of the November 2013 property referendum during a board meeting on Wednesday.
The lowest rate bid, and accepted by the board, was at 2.86 percent interest, a rate that bond attorney Grant Schlueter said is truly amazing.
“We were very surprised,” Schlueter said. “We haven’t seen a rate that low in a while.”
Schlueter said the low rate was due to a variety of factors; all of which point to the LPSB being top-notch in fiscal responsibility.

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RPD makes burglary arrest

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An arrest has been made in the Feb. 14 burglary of a vehicle at Rocketwash Carwash on Farmerville Highway.
At approximately 5:20 p.m. Feb. 14, Ruston Police Department officers responded to the Rocketwash Carwash for a reported vehicle burglary.
Upon arrival, officers met with a female who stated that she had come to the business to clean the inside of her vehicle.
The victim reportedly stated that while at the vacuum cleaner station, she was approached by a black male.

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Online options available for city customers

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Ruston city utility customers have several new options to make bill paying easier. They can pay online, pay in advance, receive their statement via email or a combination of choices.
All of the options are available to both residential and commercial customers.
“This has been something people have been asking for a long, long time,” Barbara Watts, water and light office customer service manager, said.

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RCT presents new play at the Dixie next week

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Ruston Community Theatre, one of NCLAC’s partners here at the Dixie Center for the Arts, will have on-stage action next week with its production of “Same Time, Next Year,” a romantic comedy by playwright Bernard Slade.

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Just one more day

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I recently read a true story about an older widower who was looking through a family trunk and just now found a handwritten poem titled “Just One More Day.” The piece was written more than 30 years ago just days before his wife died after a long illness.
The poem went something like this “Give me just one more day with you!”
Those poignant words were overwhelming to him and are enough to get our attention because life is so uncertain. Our rugs can be jerked out from under our feet so quickly, with no warning.

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Bulldogs upset on road by Pirates

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Louisiana Tech defense held arguably the best 3-point shooter in the country — Akeem Richmond — to just three made field goals,
But the Bulldogs had trouble from long range on their own as a late rally fell short in a 75-68 loss to East Carolina on Thursday night at the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tech (21-6, 9-3 C-USA) shot only 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and only knocked down 7-of-28 3-point attempts.

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Lady Techsters to play host to Rice Saturday

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Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been looking for a complete 40 minutes of basketball from her Lady Techster team this year.
On Wednesday night in Tulsa, Weatherspoon got exactly that plus some as Louisiana Tech (8-17, 3-9 C-USA) used overtime to defeat the Golden Hurricane for its first road win of the year.
Tech has an opportunity to build upon the momentum garnered from the impressive performance at Tulsa when the Lady Techster host Rice Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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SHS girls move on

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Eighth-grader Jade Anderson led the way with 16 points Thursday nigh as Simsboro High School’s Lady Tigers topped Hicks 51-26 at the SHS gym.
Antoinette Harris added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who also got 11 points from Emari Gipson, 10 from Jesse Anderson and eight from T’Keya Murphy.
“We played really well,” said SHS coach Brandy Tyler. “We did what we do well, which is pressure the ball and push the ball up the floor. We were confident in our game plan and look forward to the next round.”

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RHS getting ready for field turf for James Field

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Ruston High School’s football program will have a new look for the 2014.
Actually, make that two new looks.
First of all, say so long to home games being played on grass.
Artificial turf will be the new playing surface at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Construction will lkick off around April 1 and is due to be completed within 90-100 days. Bids will be opened on Thursday.
Along with the new turf will be new concession stands and restrooms on the home side of the facility.
In order to make room for these additions, old dressing rooms and other items will be removed.

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City to offer online utility payments

Every business manager knows the value of good customer service. Satisfied customers are loyal. They say positive things. They feel appreciated.
Ruston’s water and light department isn’t exactly like a retail business, but it has thousands of paying customers. In an effort to make life easier for those customers, and to ensure the best use of its own human resources, the water and light department has added three new billing options.
All of the choices — online payment, prepayment and electronic monthly statements — are good opportunities to have available.

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