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January 11th, 2014

Tech opens indoor track season

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Louisiana Tech didn’t let a late start show them down as four sprinters and hurdlers advanced through the first round of competition despite a two hour delay at the UAB Blazer Invitational at the Crossplex in Birmingham.
Kim Francis led the way with a 60m hurdles time of 8.57 as she finished third in the A-section prelims to advance to Saturday’s finals, where she was joined by Bianca Jackson who advanced with an 8.60 time, finishing sixth.

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Zoning Commission to consider changes

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dewalk dining downtown and more flexible development regulations in several key commercial areas are among the changes city planning officials are recommending to Ruston’s zoning code.
The list of 52 proposed revisions would relax the zoning ordinance adopted in 2012 by the Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. A public hearing on the recommendations will be held Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.
If the planning and zoning commission approves of the changes, the revised ordinance will be introduced before aldermen in February and voted on at the board’s March 3 meeting.

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Pointing to the past

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The Lincoln Parish Museum has a Native American pottery and arrowhead exhibit up for residents to view.
Museum Director Margaret Ann Emory said she brought the exhibit down in August.
“I carried all the boxes down from the attic myself,” she said.
“I didn’t even know what I was bringing down until I looked in the boxes.”
Emory said there have been several people stop by to see the exhibit.

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Leader by example

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Former Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Andy Halbrook remembers the day 12 years ago he spotted John J. “Mickey” McHale across the room at a birthday party.
“We had been looking for someone to be the lead public figure in the restaurant referendum,” Halbrook said.
“I saw Mickey and knew he was the man for the job.”
By yearend, with McHale as the head of a political action group called LINCPAC, voters had approved the referendum that allowed restaurants to serve alcohol by the drink, and Ruston was set for one of the biggest business growth spurts in decades.

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Fire departments report statistics for 2013

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Each year men and women dedicate their time to serving Ruston and Lincoln Parish, and throughout 2013 local firefighters were on the call whenever they were needed.
Fire and emergency medical service responders in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and Grambing took on upwards of 3,000 calls in 2013.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the department responded to 158 times for potential fires. Of those 158 calls, 32 were structure fires.

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Player on Nashville scene has area roots

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The memory of Ron Tyler is stashed away in the archives of my memory. Ron — we called him Ronny Joe — grew up a few miles from me, I in Goldonna, and he in the Natchitoches Parish hamlet of Readhimer.
As I was growing up, I began playing the guitar. Ronny Joe, a disc jockey on a Jonesboro radio station, was high on my list as somebody who could flat-out pick and sing. He died some 20 years ago, leaving among survivors, his son, Tim.

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Firefighters deserving of our thanks

Considering the number of incidents we have had thus far in 2014, residents of Ruston and Lincoln Parish should take a moment today to say a prayer and to thank both local volunteer and fulltime firefighters for their efforts in 2013.
In total, local fire departments responded to upwards of 3,000 calls. Of those calls, more than 350 were actual fires.
This means those men and women responding were putting their lives on the line to serve their community. They did not worry about what time the call came out or if they were in the middle of an important event.

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Heating a genuine concern

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Regarding the Jan. 9 story “GSU: Lab Schools Do Have Heaters,” I would like to respond to the comments of Will Sutton, director of public relations at Grambling State University — since his statements, taken verbatim from the comments section of the KNOE website, comprised the majority of the article.

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Famous words of a former governor

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“I need your help. Won’t you help me?”
Some remember that famous campaign slogan of former Gov. John J. McKeithen when he ran for office. He pronounced the second “help” as “hep.” One of my resolutions in my small world of journalism is to seek humorous stories from the readers.

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Businesses a top concern in Ruston

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Several years ago, Monroe chef and entrepreneur Cory Bahr opened up 102 a Bistro. It saw some success, but ultimately left the city. Bahr, who once won an episode of “Chopped,” is a well-known man, with a restaurant in the heart of downtown Monroe. So, when I heard about Bahr’s recent troubles with the Monroe Police Department, my interest was piqued.
To summarize, Bahr’s vehicle was burglarized and several items were reportedly stolen, including several expensive knifes, a laptop and more. He even said one of the knives was the one he used while winning “Chopped.”

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