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September 14th, 2013

Tech Golf to open season at Golfweek Conference Challenge

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BURLINGTON, Iowa — Louisiana Tech’s men’s golf team will open the 2013-14 season today as the Bulldogs were invited as the representative from Conference USA for the fifth annual Golfweek Conference Challenge.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge is being held at a neutral site for the fourth consecutive year with the University of Iowa serving as host school. Tech’s line-up for the first tournament of the season includes Victor Lange, John Lewis Sams, Travis Wilmore, Ben Robinson and Chuck Spears.

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Lady Techsters net soccer win over UALR

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the first time in the series the road team prevailed as Louisiana Tech notched two goals in the second period to come away with a 2-0 shutout win over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Friday night at the UALR Recreation and Sports Complex.
Not only did a freshman-heavy Tech (3-4-1) squad have to contend against a very physical and imposing team in UALR (3-4), but they had to do it away from home in what was their sixth straight road match.

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Trenton Street Reopens

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Two-lane traffic resumes
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Much to the delight of downtown businesses, both lanes of traffic on Trenton Street were reopened at 4:30 p.m. Friday. City of Ruston Economic Development Administrator Kristi M. Lumpkin said from what she understood, both lanes will remain open except for brief periods this week when road striping will force temporary closures. Calls to the Ruston Drainage and Streets Department were unanswered, so further information was unavailable as of press time.

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Updating Dubach School

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Renovations, new building to cost $1.6M

Visitors to Dubach School will notice a distinct difference in the population of its students this year.
On average, they’re significantly smaller than they were during the 2012-13 school year, when the building was used as an eighth through 12th grade facility. After board members approved a plan to transfer all Dubach ninth through 12th grade students to Ruston High School and close Hico Elementary School, only kindergarten through eighth grade students are housed at the old high school building now.

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Simsboro contemplates hard liquor sales

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The village of Simsboro contemplated the permitting of hard liquor sales at Thursday night’s monthly meeting.
The owner of Tony’s Mart Sid went before the council and requested to sell hard liquor. Willie Hendricks, mayor of Simsboro, said during the meeting that he spoke with his attorney to see what the process would be for Simsboro to be permitted to sell hard liquor.

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PLAY Festival draws crowd

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Attendees enjoy variety of classes
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A first for Ruston and other area residents to enjoy was the Peace Love Art Yoga Festival held on Saturday.
The event featured 25 vendors, as well as a variety of classes ranging from massages and yoga to permaculture and paddle boarding.
“This has been a great success,” organizer Courtney Thibault said. “We definitely have plans to do this again, maybe next time it will be in the spring.”
When it comes time for the spring festival, Thibault said there would be nine students in her teacher training classes.
“We will have a lot more manpower next time,” she said.

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HeeHaw Hootenanny a success

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Local residents came out Thursday to the Ruston Civic Center donned in their western wear to celebrate the sixth anniversary of North Louisiana Medical Center’s Senior Circle. Attendees enjoyed guest speaker Sen. Mike Walsworth and appearances by Dolly and HeeHaw Girls. The band Saturday Night Special performed at the event, allowing attendees to two-step across the dance floor. A meal was provided by L & L Catering was provided.

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Spinning wings, rattlesnakes highlight dove hunt

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There are people who cross your path from time to time who leave lasting impressions. Some of these folks you’d as soon never crossed your path; you know the kind. Others, though, stand out for different reasons; your encounter with them smacks of good stuff.
Walter Russell is one of those in the “good guy” corner.

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Outhouse Races to take the plunge again

Lincoln Parish plays home to several different events and festivals each year, but none are quite as unique at the Outhouse Races held in Choudrant twice a year.
The fall race is just around the corner. Set to roll out at 3 p.m. Saturday, contestants and attendees are surely in for a good time.
The fourth annual event had innocent intentions.
According to the story, Sanderson and other council members were joking with an intern and decided that the made up event could actually work. And so they joined together to make it a reality and to cover up the lie.

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Citizens left uncomforted by city

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Monday night, Sept. 9, my husband and I went to the Ruston City Council meeting because we were concerned about the unconstitutional wording in part of the building code ordinance (sec 8-3). The Mayor started out the meeting saying that section of the code had never been acted on since its adoption in 1956.
Somehow that failed to give us a lot of comfort. It is kind of like saying to a homeowner that since his house had not burned down since 1956, there was really no need to have it insured.

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