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November 19th, 2014

Downtown Open House, Arts Tour kick off Thursday

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Seventeen years in the making, the annual Holidays Arts Tour will kick off Thursday along with Ruston’s Downtown Christmas Open House.
HAT is a celebration of the arts in the region: visual artists, writers, dancers and musicians perform and sell their works amid holiday shoppers, said Executive Director of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Jessica Slaughter.

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Suspected murder victim identified

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The victim in a suspected homicide on Tuesday has been identified.
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers said the victim has been identified as 22-year-old Markeith Baylor, of Ruston.
Rogers added that toxicology reports are being conducted, along with a routine autopsy.
“We should have the results back within a few days from what I understand,” he said.
Until the autopsy results come back, Rogers said the cause of death remains unknown. However, police are treating the death as suspicious and investigating it as a homicide.

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Sales tax collections up 5 percent this year

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The monthly total for actual sales taxes collected this quarter was up by 8 percent and the year-to-date actual collections were up by 5 percent thanks to the oil and gas industry.
The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss revenues for the third quarter. Denise Griggs, who will be replacing retiring Tax Administrator Jerry Moore, said every parish municipality was up in sales taxes for the third quarter, with the exception of the towns of Grambling and Dubach.

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Dubach must implement backflow, cross connection plan in 180 days

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The Dubach Town Council met Monday night to discuss the implementation of a backflow prevention and cross connection plan.
The Department of Health and Hospitals has ordered the town implement the plan to their water and sewer system within 180 days.
There were two bids given by backflow specialist — one for $7,500 and one for $4,550. The bid was granted to John Wolford, certified backflow specialist for $4,550
“We have to bring everything up to code with our water,” said Mayor Bob Jensen. “It has nothing to do with us having a problem, it’s something they’re making everyone do.”

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Library honors fall of Berlin Wall

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This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
To commemorate this event, the Lincoln Parish Library, as part of its Historical Happenings discussion series, presents “Ich War Dabei: I Was There,” an eyewitness testimony by local resident Rebecca Haley at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Community Room.

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Tech announces fall quarter graduates

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 15, with diplomas awarded to 300 graduates. Commencement marked the close of the fall quarter at Louisiana Tech, with winter quarter classes set to begin Dec. 3.
Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
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Ariel N. Bzdil, bachelor of fine arts studio; Jeffrey Taylor Sampson, bachelor of science and Christopher D. Stelly, bachelor of science forestry.
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Flag dedicated in memory of J.P. Fitzmorris

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Under a clear blue, November sky an American flag was raised on Nov. 6, at Ruston High School in memory of Ruston’s fallen Navy hero, Petty Officer 1st Class J.P. Fitzmorris. The J.P. Fitzmorris Memorial Fund board donated the American flag and a bronze plaque in Fitzmorris’ memory to his alma mater.
“J.P. was a proud Ruston Bearcat and the board wanted to acknowledge his love for his alma mater as well =as the sacrifice he made for our country,” Board President, Mark Graham said.

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Troops rally goods for CCA

Countless Ruston residents are in need of a warm meal on a nightly basis and our local Boy and Cub Scout troops are putting forth a helping hand.
The Scouting for Food program has been around for many years, and the goal this year was to collect 9,000 pounds of food for Christian Community Action.
On a recent Saturday, Scouts placed paper bags on residents’ doorsteps with directions. The directions stated that the bags would be picked up the following Saturday and that only nonperishable and canned items would be accepted.

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The dawning of the Walker era

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About six weeks from now, a new era will dawn in Ruston: the Ronny Walker era.
The man who said he has vision for the city and a plan to make that vision a reality, is the man city voters decided they want to lead them for the next four years. Walker’s 60 percent of the vote victory in the Nov. 4 election put him right in line with winning margins racked up by retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth in each of his successful election and re-election bids.

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Jindal owes us consideration

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Oh, let us sing his praises! He who has bankrupted our state. Sing for the one that stripped the majority of our state’s emergency funds to fill “one-time” budget shortfalls. Let us praise him who raided educators, state workers and health care facilities’ pay, retirement and  pension, as well as our children’s futures to plug even more holes in his house-of-cards spending- without-taxation idea of governing. Let us shout his name from Ouachita Mount. 

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