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September 19th, 2014

Rhapsody Quartet to sing

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Rhapsody Quartet will sing at Chili’s in Ruston at 1 p.m. Saturday to support the “Tackle Childhood Cancer with St. Jude” campaign. Members of the quartet are (from left) Carol Ogle, Sheila Nugent, Judy Sisson and Donna Fike. All are members of the Ruston-based Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

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Proposals to make life easy

When Ruston’s Board of Aldermen approved the city’s updated zoning ordinance earlier this year, the board was determined that the public understand the newly revised regulations were part of a living, breathing document.
If more changes needed to be made in the future, they would be, aldermen said. In October, the board will have the opportunity to uphold that promise to the city residents and developers.

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Don't forget benefits of EPA

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Politicians of late find it fashionable to bash the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some say they wish to do away with it. They believe this activity has a soothing effect on influential donors such as big coal, chemical, oil and other industries that are not always friendly to the environment. The EPA is certainly not perfect. Some critics say it goes too far. Some say it doesn’t go far enough.

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Child restraints a must for safety

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I remember riding in the front seat of the car with no seat belt while my mom drove. I even remember getting to “drive” when I was about Asher’s age.
On beautiful spring and summer days, I remember riding in the bed of my pappaw’s pickup truck.
Unfortunately, unless I’m looking to be arrested and reported to Child Protective Services, Asher and Tristan wont be able to do those sorts of things.
This week has been National Child Passenger Safety Week and events are being held across the state on Saturday.

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September 18th

Montessori School expands experiences

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An idea for the Montessori School of Ruston has finally come to fruition with a set of renovations that has allowed the school to expand.
Renovations included the addition of an outdoor classroom and redesigning the interior of the building to accommodate a new toddler program.
Those responsible for the renovations included three Louisiana Tech University professors — Robert Brooks, Marla Emory and Brad Deal. Brooks and Emory are also partners in the firm Studio Brooks-Emory.

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Police make arrests

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Four apprehended; theft, fraud among charges
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The Ruston Police Department has arrested four suspects that spawned from two separate incidents.
At approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to Walmart for a reported theft, according to a statement released by Public Information Officer Sgt. Clint Williams.
“Upon their arrival, officers were able to locate and detain two male suspects,” Williams said. “Detectives with the Criminal Investigative Division along with Walmart In-Store Asset Protection had been investigating a series of thefts from the Ruston Walmart.”

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$40k-plus raised for United Way

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Two hundred and ninety-eight employees of the Lincoln Parish School District banded together to raise $42,886 in an annual campaign to support the local United Way of Northeast Louisiana office.
ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said this is the 10th year the LPSB has conducted the campaign and the donations have grown tremendously from last year’s 34 participants and $10,913 in donations.

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Wreck on Dan Reneau Drive

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At approximately 9:30 a.m. today Ruston Police Department responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Dan Reneau Drive and Monroe Street. A 2003 Honda Civic driven by Tymetria Hall, 23, of Dallas, was reportedly driving north on Monroe Street when she ran the stop sign at Dan Reneau Drive. She then struck a Dodge truck traveling west on Dan Reneau Drive, driven by Benjamin Barnett, 42, of Dodson. Hall was cited for disobeying a stop sign, and there were no reported injuries.

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Tech freshman enrollment up nearly 20 percent

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For the second consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University has seen a substantial increase in both the quantity and quality of its 2014 freshman class.
According to the university’s fall 2014 enrollment report released Wednesday, the number of first-time freshmen enrolled at Tech grew by 19.4 percent with a total of 1,853 new students registered for the fall quarter — an increase in headcount of 301 over last year.
Tech’s first-time freshman enrollment has grown by 546 students over the past two years, which represents a nearly 42 percent increase since fall of 2012.

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G-Men ready for hostile environment

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GSU, JSU to renew rivalry following last year’s boycott by Grambling players
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Anytime a football team goes on the road to play at its opponent’s home field, it’s heading into a hostile environment.
Multiply that times 10 for this weekend’s game pitting Grambling State University at Jackson State University.
GSU coach Broderick Fobbs knows his Tigers are going to be facing a tough team this weekend. He also knows they’ll be facing an angry team and home crowd.

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