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Shepherd runs for PJ District 6

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Local businessman James “Jim” Shepherd, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for Police Jury District 6.
“The reason I’ve chosen to run for the Policy Jury seat in District 6 is my wanting to serve a parish that has been so good to me and my family,” Shepherd said. “I came to Ruston in 1991 not knowing anyone except for the Hedgepeth family. I had 30 years of experience in the Drycleaning/Laundry business, but wanted a business of my own.”

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Cougars need fan support for upcoming game

Through three games, Cedar Creek High School’s football team has received outstanding support from its fans.
The Cougars’ boosters have shown up in large numbers at the “Jam at the Joe” preseason event and then regular season contests against Tensas, Jonesboro-Hodge and Shreveport’s Booker T. Washington.
Tonight, that type of support will be needed even more, as Cedar Creek confronts its toughest test in the young season.

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Tech ranking good for everyone

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With recent news that Louisiana Tech University cracked the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the 200 best colleges in the nation, things for the university are looking up.
Tech, ranked No. 194, was part of the National University category, which includes universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral degrees, and because of this ranking, the Ruston-based school now joins Tulane University and Louisiana State University as one of three schools in the state to be ranked.

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The morality of Social Security

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Some pundits appear to be learning the wrong lesson from the surprise victory of Republican Bob Turner in the special election for Anthony Weiner’s seat in New York’s 9th Congressional District: “Mediscaring” seniors won’t work after all for the Democrats, they now say.
Charles Krauthammer put it this way: “There’s a message here that what the Democrats had assumed would be the magic bullet for the next election — the Mediscare campaign which succeeded in N.Y.-29 after the Ryan plan was revealed — may not work.”

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Being doctor for the day

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Instead of choosing a career in sales, sometimes I wish that I had gone on to medical school to become a doctor. I don’t think the fact that I spent half my scholastic life on academic probation, and the only science class I ever passed was astronomy, should have carried as much weight as it did.

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Two arrested in copper theft case

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Two men were arrested on Thursday in connection with the burglary of a parish resident’s shop.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division Maj. Chad Alexander said Jacob Cody Horn, 19, of Quitman, and Jordan Nathaniel Dickens, 21, of 124 June Road, were arrested Thursday following an investigation into copper wire that was stolen from a local man’s shop near his home in February.

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Unrestrained child dead in Union crash

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A 1-year-old child is dead after a one-vehicle crash in Union Parish this morning.
Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers responded to the crash on Louisiana Highway 15, approximately three miles east of Spearsville, at about 12:45 a.m. today.
The investigation revealed that a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling south on La. Highway 15 when it traveled across the center-line into the northbound travel lane and slid off the road into a ditch. The vehicle then struck a large tree and came to rest in the ditch area.

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Three artists display works at library

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One of the greatest things about Ruston is that at any given time you can catch an amazing art show. Currently on exhibition at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is “Traditions for the 21st Century — Three Louisiana Realists” with works featuring artists Jerry Berg, Albino Hinojosa and Peter Jones. The show will be on exhibit until Oct. 14, the Events Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Tech professor to speak at conference

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James J. Cochran, Bank of Ruston, Barnes, Thompson and Thurman Endowed Research Professor and associate professor of quantitative analysis at Louisiana Tech University, will give the closing plenary presentation at the 2011 Conference of the Operations Research Society of Eastern Africa (ORSEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 12-15.

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Annual festival to honor Minden native, songwriter

The Minden native who wrote “Hit the Road Jack” for Ray Charles will be remembered at this year’s second annual Pearl Fest. The two-day festival, sponsored by Blazer Construction, will be held today and Saturday at The Farm in Minden. Organizers for the event have opened their four-acre farm for this outdoor event that promises “all music for all people.”

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