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October 13th, 2005

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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Grambling gets major medical grant

Calvin Young, who is the president of Powerpoint and Associates Consulting Firm in Arcadia and wrote the grant for the city, made the announcement in front of roughly 75 attendants at the Trash Bash.
The grant will "mean a lot to the city of Grambling," Young said, adding Grambling received one of only 20 grants in the nation.

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The good and funny reverend

The comic, the retired Rev. Douglas McGuire of Ruston, tells the crowd that God wants all people treated equally, so he allows the bum inside to share their meal. The hobo, who is actually McGuire’s long-time friend and partner, Robert Peyton, a retired Methodist minister from Arcadia, then says, “Well, I can play the guitar for my supper.”

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Dubach issues get messy

District 4 Police Juror Terry Knowles, who shared the Jury's conception with council members, said he is opposed to the plan, which would provide each parish resident outside city limits with a 96-gallon garbage pail for waste disposal.
"If the bins are removed completely we'll have the problem of people going on the back roads and dumping," Knowles said.
Although still in the planning stage, Knowles said the new system will likely become a reality.

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National Guard Engineer Unit to Change Command

Lt. Col. David B. McGee handing over command — which he had held since Nov. 1, 2003 — to new 527th commander Lt. Col. Jerry S. Crooks at a command change ceremony at Ruston's Memorial Armory.
Kelly Barnett, chaplain for the 527th and master of ceremonies Saturday, gave some of the history behind the 527th and command change ceremonies.
The 527th saw its birth in 1973 and has served in both Desert Storm, being called to active duty by President George Bush in December of 1990, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Lady 'Cats end Simsboro home win streak

Yet for all intents and purposes, they were the decided underdogs for perhaps the first time all season.
Being the defending Class B state champs and current No. 1-ranked team in the state in your classification doesn't mean much when you step up to play a Class 5A school — particularly a consistent winner like the Ruston Lady Bearcats.
Despite the underdog status, the Lady Tigers (33-3) fought valiantly against the bigger, stronger Lady 'Cats (23-9). But Ruston managed to hold on to a 62-56 victory that snapped Simsboro's home win streak.

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