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October 13th

Bush touts social security reform

The president told a packed Centenary Gold Dome crowd that social security has worked — in the past. But he cautioned that increasing costs would cause the social security trust to go broke by 2018 — if no changes are made.
"In 1950, there were 16 workers working to pay for one retiree's benefits," Bush said. "Today, it takes 3.3 workers for each retiree; in 20 years it will take two workers for each retiree."

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Aldermen adopt zoning ordinances

“This is an historic event that’s happened in our city,” Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said after the unanimous vote. “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally a reality.”
After several rounds of public meetings and various amendments, there was still one last bit of discussion before the 5-0 vote.
Dan McGee, who owns property on West Kentucky Avenue that is currently zoned R-1, but scheduled to be zoned R-10 under the new ordinance, asked for another amendment.

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Tech students need funding to finish park pavilion

Unfortunately, the pleasures of this local water and woods resort have been somewhat limited to Spring and Summer enjoyment. However, a plan — put together by the Lincoln ARC and fifth-year architecture students at Louisiana Tech University — to enclose one of the park's many pavilions could be just the remedy area residents need to reap the thrills of the great outdoors during Louisiana's cooler months.

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Superintendent Search

"There has been a little bit of phone talk, but no actual meeting so far," Board Member Joe Mitcham said.
The majority of board members said they have had no one personally express interest in the position, although they acknowledge a great bit of interest probably exists.
"I haven't heard anything as of yet; we're just beginning the search," Board Member Lynda Henderson said. "No one has expressed any interest to me as yet; I don't know if they have to any of the other members."

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Scriber meets with Arkansas officials

Scriber will go through the daylong informal interviews, an informal dinner with the board and formal interview Thursday.
The Mountain Home School District is seeking to replace Superintendent Steve Singleton, who leaves at the end of this school year to take over as superintendent of the Jonesboro School District.
Scriber said he already has a good job and isn't particularly looking for a change, but said he is keeping his options open.

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RPAR remains focused on election

Election Day.
Up for vote is a renewal of RPAR's current 3-mill property tax which is used "for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and other recreational facilities."
Two of the 3 mills will be used for operation and maintenance of existing facilities, while the remaining mill will be budgeted for acquiring, expanding and further developing new or existing facilities.

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Phil predicts more wintry weather to come

The world's most famous weather forecaster was pulled from his burrow at 7:31 a.m. EST to a chorus of boos after seeing his shadow.
According to records at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, it was the 95th time Phil had seen his shadow since first appearing in 1886. Only 14 times has he not seen a shadow.
While many hesitate to put too much stock in the prediction of a furry critter 1,200 miles away, North Louisiana residents will at least be treated with wintery weather in the immediate future.

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Jury supports lake study

The study is co-sponsored by Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, and Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, and Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe.
Downs, who spoke to the Jury, has already pre-filed legislation to appoint a lake commission to perform the study. The project, which Downs estimated to cost between $100,000 and $500,000, would come from state capital outlay funds.

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Higginbotham honored with track award

Higginbotham, a legendary football and track coach at Ruston High who eventually became principal and superintendant, died less than a week before the meet due to a brief illness.
"His influence has gone from the classroom all the way to the central office," Ruston high head track coach Dave Anderson said. "He was always willing to serve. He was always around. Even up until the last couple of times he got sick, he was at every ball game and every track meet."

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Change of venue granted in Guidry trial

Wayne Guidry Jr. is accused of murdering Louisiana Tech University English professor Stephanie Pepper Sims and dumping her body in the Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Refuge near Ansley.
Sims' body was discovered on Feb. 13, 2003, a month after she was reported missing.
Clason cited media coverage and the victim's family's status in the Jackson Parish community as reasons for granting the change of venue.

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