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November 26th

Ruston, Lady Tigers meet — again

The icing on the cake would be to knock off the Lady ‘Cats on their own home floor – just like Ruston did to Simsboro last year, ending the Lady Tigers’ 43-game home winning streak.
Ruston and Simsboro have hooked up in late January in each of the past two seasons.
The two teams have taken time out of their district schedule just weeks before the playoffs to battle it out for parish supremecy.
As is expected when a 5A powerhouse battles a B powerhouse, the Lady ‘Cats have come out the victors — winning 57-48 in 2004 and 62-56 last season in Simsboro.

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November 23rd

Prepare to tighten belts

Heading into the session — called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco — legislators knew that there were difficult decisions that had to be made. Nearly $1 billion had to be trimmed from the state’s $18 billion budget — including cuts in such areas as higher education and health care.
There were also issues such as a new law that required building codes — and with them, inspectors — throughout the state, even in rural areas.

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Lincoln residents prep for holiday

While stores are continuing to keep up with customers’ needs, those customers are planning a holiday meal for a small army — their family.
Lisa Carroll said she was staying in Ruston for Thanksgiving to be with her family.
“Every Thanksgiving, we have 50 to 75 people at my parents’ house because my dad’s family is really large,” said Carroll. “My grandparents are even coming down from Little Rock.”
Carroll said that the entire family consistently pitched in with the food.

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Possible Ruston annexation causes uproar

Two property owners, Kenneth Terral and Chris Warren, made the request to the city that their properties be annexed. Warren’s property consists of approximately eight acres, while Terral plans to develop about 43 acres into a residential neighborhood.
Both Ruston Public Works Director Lewis Love and Planning and Zoning Chairman Travis Defreese expressed the city’s desire to annex the property to the northeast of the city limits.
“The city would like to annex property in, and this is an area we’d like to do it in,” Love said.

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Building code passes House

"We voted to send the budget back to conference committee," Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said. "There were some issues that needed to be worked out."
One of those issues was the proposed reduction or elimination of the Office of Rural Development on the Governor's staff. Ruston's Ty Bromell heads that department.
"That directly affects those of us in rural parishes and it's something that we don't want to see cut," Gallot said.

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November 22nd

House gets budget bill today

The Louisiana House should take up the Senate's version of the budget amendment when it reconvenes this afternoon Lincoln Parish's legislators said.
"We're supposed to go in at 1 p.m. today," Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said. "We should get the Senate budget bill back to us to concur, and barring any major disagreements, would should approve it. I'm not hearing any objections at this time."
Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said he doesn't see "much change" in the Senate version of the bill.

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November 19th

Cartoonists beat top inventors

In the 25-plus years that Susan and I have been together, I’ve learned a lot from my little Texan.
For example, you can eat rice without having to add gravy.
Through Susan the worlds of fried rice, Spanish rice, wild rice and brown rice entered my vast food repertoire.
Susan also showed me that fish doesn’t have to be fried to taste good. Granted, fried fish is a southern tradition that tastes absolutely wonderful. But did you know that it is also good baked and broiled? It’s also a lot better for you — that is if you keep from doctoring it up too much.

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Kostelka challenges Tech graduates

By Sharon Moore
Staff Writer
Louisiana Tech University held its fall commencement at 2 p.m., Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech President Dan Reneau said the service went well.
“This is a happy occasion,” he said. “There were 399 graduates, and it was a nice, timely commencement.”
Commencement speaker for the ceremony State Senator Robert W. Kostelka, R-Monroe, said he noticed how young some of the graduates were.
“The graduates were beaming with pride and happiness,” Kostelka said. “It made my day to see that.”

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Talent, merchandise on display for Studio Artists Tour

By Mary Margaret van Diest
Business/Features Reporter
Sixty artists at 22 sites will still be showing their work this afternoon from 1-5 p.m. during the Fall Studio Artist Tour in Ruston. By mid-day Saturday participating artists and merchants were reporting a great turn-out.
Each exhibitor and each visitor had a unique experience to report with many adding that they planned to continue their tour Sunday.

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Kostelka challenges Tech graduates

By Sharon Moore
Staff Writer
Louisiana Tech University held its fall commencement at 2 p.m., Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech President Dan Reneau said the service went well.
“This is a happy occasion,” he said. “There were 399 graduates, and it was a nice, timely commencement.”
Commencement speaker for the ceremony State Senator Robert W. Kostelka, R-Monroe, said he noticed how young some of the graduates were.
“The graduates were beaming with pride and happiness,” Kostelka said. “It made my day to see that.”

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