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January 1st, 2015

Boys, Girls club donates to DART

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Sabrina Love, (left) unit director of Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, along with teen members of the local club, donated gifts to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team during the Christmas holidays. “Upon learning that the shelter can always use sheets and towels, our teens decided to select some of those items for DART,” Love said. “They also selected gifts for children served by DART.”

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CLUB NEWS: Literra Club

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The Literra club met Dec. 3 in the Ropp Center on Louisiana Tech University campus for our Christmas luncheon. Twenty-two members attended and were greeted by the hostess, Norma Hood, who encouraged members to sign the Ropp Center guest book as they visited. Hood’s table decorations complemented the Christmas decor provided by the Ropp Center, which included a decorated tree.

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2014 big year for parish athletics

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A look at some the top area sports stories over the past 12 months
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In the midst of New Year’s Day festivities, the Ruston Daily Leader takes a look back at the many reasons Lincoln Parish sports fans had to celebrate in 2014:
BULLDOGS GO BOWLING FOR HOLIDAYS
On a drizzly, overcast day at the Cotton Bowl, the Bulldogs made Tech Nation proud as they took a 35-18 win over Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.
It was a big day with big plays in “Big D” for the Skip Holtz-guided Bulldogs.

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Trucks Collide

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A vehicle crash occurred on Wednesday at the intersection of West Carolina Avenue and North Trenton Street.
According to police reports, a 2011 Ford F-150 driven by Wade McGaha, 27, of Ruston, was travelling westbound on West Carolina Avenue approaching North Trenton Street.
McGaha reportedly stopped at the stop sign and proceeded through the intersection.
McGaha reportedly did not see the 2014 Toyota Tacoma driven by James Anderson, 37, of Ruston.
Anderson was struck by McGaha's vehicle as it passed through the intersection.

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Ruston growth progressing each year

Fifteen years ago, New Year’s Day dawned to a giant, collective sigh of relief that at as the calendar turned to a new century, the lights were still on, cash registers still worked and the world had been spared from some sort of millennium milieu.
The fears that gripped so many people even here in Lincoln Parish, as the year 2000 approached, seem laughable now. A decade and a half into the 21st century, much has been accomplished locally in government, education, business and basic quality-of-life matters.

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Bring positive vibes for 2015

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2015 is here, which means we begin a whole new year filled with memories.
What an interesting year 2014 was. It was filled with wonderful stories around the world, such as a mass ALS awareness campaign known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, new relations with Cuba and the World Cup, which the U.S. joined the rest of the world in watching.
It was also a year of tragedy. The fear of Ebola rose, the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared and we saw a new terrorist threat called the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, better know as ISIS, rose to power.

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December 31st, 2014

Top local stories of 2014

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Political shake-up, new public safety complex, retirements on list
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Four longtime leaders hang their hats
Ruston and Lincoln Parish saw the retirement of four longtime officeholders during 2014 and the subsequent election of new leaders, both at City Hall and in the 3rd Judicial District.
In March, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth announced he would not seek a fourth term in the fall elections, thus ending a 16-year run as Ruston’s mayor.

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Top law enforcement, fire, EMS stories for 2014

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Tenants lose home in apartment fire
A structure fire began at 620 Henderson St. in the Drew Apartment Complex evicting tenants out of their home permanently.
At first only a small group of tenants were asked to leave due to the damage caused by the fire.
But after an investigation by the state fire marshal it was determined that all of the 16 units in the Drew Apartment Complex were a fire hazard.
The complex stayed on 24-hour fire watch for a week after the fire first sparked.

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Starting off the New Year the right way

Out with the old and in with the new. As 2014 draws to a close and the new year kicks off at midnight, now is a time for reflection.
While parties are set to be held and resolutions are to be made for 2015, individuals can find ways to better themselves.
This an opportunity for residents to reflect on 2014 and remember how the time was spent in the past year.
Today should be a time of reflection on places visited, people met and changes that were made.
Resolutions to create a better persona can be made in the new year.
There are a few ways to aim for success in the new year.

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New Year’s resolutions for Ruston

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For most of us, New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, but maybe the City of Ruston can buck that trend when 2015 draws in a few hours.
After all, it will be a new day at City Hall, and not just the kind of new day that’s marked by clocks and calendars. Thursday, which beings in the middle of tonight, is the first day of the first new mayoral administration Ruston has had in 16 years.

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