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July 16th, 2014

Barmore receives quilt

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Nell Barmore, of Dubach, won the 2014 Peach Festival donation quilt made by the ladies of the Piney Hills Quilt Guild. Each year the guild puts together a quilt to raise money for MedCamps, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and Life Choices. The guild offers thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and the women who worked on the project. Those interested in joining the Piney Hills Quilt Guild can attend the meetings held at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church in the CLC.

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K-9 Pool Party to wrap up pool season Aug. 2-3

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After opening on June 24, four sessions of swimming lessons and nine weeks of frolicking in our basin, the 480,000-gallon Municipal Pool on Georgia Street will be closing July 25.
However, the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will be opening our hearts and pool to the canine citizens of Lincoln Parish. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3, the pool is going to go to the dogs and will become the coolest place to be in the city for our hot hounds.

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Lincoln library celebrates 10

On Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Library is celebrating 10 years at its current location — 910 N. Trenton St.
In May, the Library Board of Control decided the best way to commemorate this occasion was by giving something back to the community, while also attempting to regain some of the books that patrons have accidentally forgotten to return back to the library. But, never willing to overlook an opportunity to provide some fun for patrons as well, library administrators decided to add a fun twist.

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Believing in equality now and then

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When I was 10 years old, American history changed course. It had nothing to do with me. It had everything to do with the few seconds that it took President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The landmark legislation, enacted 50 years ago this month, made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The goal was to end discrimination in schools, workplaces and public facilities and prohibit unequal application of voter registration requirements.

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Anytime Fitness takes RPAR coed title

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Anytime Fitness pulled away in the sixth inning Monday night to defeat Glove Love 25-16 and capture the Ruston Park and Recreation Department’s coed softball championship. Pictured above is the Anytime Fitness team consisting of (front row, left to right) Brittany Brasell, Hannah Terrell, Dani Pendarvis, Petula Jones and Whitney Haddox. Back row (left to right): Drew Pendarvis, Forrest Hummel, David Welch, Chris Sharp and Sontus Mitchell. Pictured below is the Glove Love team (front row left to right) Jon Lee Avery, Andy Smith, Dakota Doss, Garrett Terry and Bolton Warren.

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July 15th

Jones appointed to District No. 2

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has appointed Rosalind Jones to fill the unexpired term of the late District 2 Alderman Elmore Mayfield.
Jones’ appointment came despite requests from two of Mayfield’s brothers that the board name his daughter, Angela Spiller, to the post. Both women were nominated, with Jones elected on a 3-1 vote.
“I’m happy to have the appointment,” Jones, who’s the executive director of Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish, said. “I see a lot of room for improvement in District 2.”

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Hometown girl rides at nationals

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Watching her father compete in calf-roping competitions, Kelly O’Neal fell in love.
“My dad was a calf-roper and always had horses,” she said. “My older sister and I loved going out to the barn with the horses and riding them.”
Kelly said she has been rodeoing since she was 6 years old and placed in the Top 4 in barrel racing during the Louisiana High School Rodeo Finals.
She then advanced to the National High School Rodeo Finals that were held in Wyoming this past weekend.

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Simsboro millage remains at 5.08 mils

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During a special called meeting on Monday, the village of Simsboro voted unanimously to keep the millage rate the same for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
As of this vote, the millage rate remains at 5.08 mils, which Mayor Willie Hendricks said it has been since he’s been affiliated with the village. A millage is a property tax, and 1 mil is equal to $1 of taxes per every $1,000 of taxable value.

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Parking suggestions made

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Downtown Ruston may have adequate parking spaces, but there’s still a parking problem. That’s what a group of merchants told a Baton Rouge consultant hired by the city to recommend ways to make the central business district parking more merchant friendly.
“There’s a lot of parking that is three, four, five, six blocks away from the core,” David Hedegpeth, owner of David Hedgepeth Interiors, located at 111 N. Trenton St., said. “We’re really concerned about parking in the main little core.”

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Legislators speak during TEA Party forum

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Residents aired their political grievances to several local legislators at a forum hosted by the Ruston TEA Party Monday night at the Ruston Country Club.
The hot button issue of the night was Common Core standards and the controversy surrounding the impasse the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Gov. Bobby Jindal seem to have reached concerning the full implementation of a nationalized test.

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