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July 15th, 2014

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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Tips for gardening in the hot summer months

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The stresses of a hot summer take their toll on our gardens and landscapes, as well as on us as their caretakers.
While many plants can thrive in the normal summer heat, lengthy doses of daytime temperatures in the 90s and low 100s coupled with nighttime temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit are enough to push even the hardiest gardeners and plants to the edge of their capabilities.
Without precautions, gardening during the summer heat and humidity can lead to death, heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat strokes.

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Saints show Graham the money

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There will be no hold out.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s quest for a new contract apparently ended in the final hours before this afternoon’s deadline to finalize the deal.
“It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support,” Graham tweeted shortly before 8 a.m. today.
ESPN is reporting Graham agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed. The Saints have confirmed a deal, but did not disclose financial information.
Graham and the Saints had until 3 p.m. this afternoon to sign a long-term deal.

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Todd’s Cream Shack takes RPAR title

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Todd’s Cream Shack defeated Sail 17-3 to claim the Ruston Park and Recreation Department’s Men’s Class E softball championship. Pictured are team members (bottom row, left to right) Lucas Vascocu, Mitchell Best, Joel Gray and Brady Bascle along with Noah Abercrombie. Pictured on the top row (left to right) are Michael Pecoraro, Michael Giesse, Chad Rook, Matt Madden and Nick Abercrombie.

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Jr. golf tourneys slated

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Ruston junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the AJGT Hattiesburg Junior Classic in Hattiesburg, Missippi at the Hattiesburg Country Club.
The event will be held July 22– 23. The 2-day, 36-hole tournament is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour.
Tournament entry fees are $215 and includes two days of green fees, tee gifts and trophies in four age divisions.
Recommended accommodations are available at Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites-Hattiesburg. Call 601-296-0302 for reservations.

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Hall of fame inducts greats

Congratulations to the 11 Grambling greats who were officially inducted into the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame on Saturday in Monroe, helping to recall the university’s storied athletics past.
All are more than deserving candidates.
The Ruston Daily Leader would especially like to congratulate two of Lincoln Parish’s own for being part of the induction class — Doris Mott Robinson and Jophery Brown.
Robinson, the wife of legendary GSU coach Eddie Robinson known as the “First Lady of Football,” highlighted the incoming class as an athletics contributor.

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