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August 6th, 2014

Fall sports signup ongoing

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Ruston Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of sports for children to play this fall including tackle or flag football and soccer. RPAR is even offering soccer for children under the age of 4. Registration for fall sports is ongoing from now through Aug. 29. Parents can register online at www.ruston.org/registration or in the RPAR office on James Street, in front of Ruston High School. For more information contact RPAR at 255-5800.

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Lincoln Parish Schools 2014-15 Opening Calendar

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The Lincoln Parish Public School system has announced the following schedule for the opening of school.
Registration for new students must begin at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Parents are encouraged to register new students as soon as possible to avoid possible placement delays.
Cypress Springs, Glen View, Hillcrest and Ruston Elementary Schools
• Aug. 15 — All first- through fifth-grade students — Half day (7:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.). Buses will make their regular routes.

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School bells will be ringing

In less than two weeks, the first bells will ring in the 2014-15 school year.
The majority of students in Lincoln Parish will head back to class on Aug. 15 for a half-day, and will see their first full day of classes on Aug. 18.

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Looking to trees to see the forest

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I spent some time looking at trees the other evening. Not because I intentionally set out to look at them, but because lessons learned from nature was the topic of our Bible study group that day.
And so we walked along some of the back streets that border downtown Ruston, through a couple of blocks of businesses, by several of the city’s historic homes and back to our starting point.

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Bulldogs up the practice attitude

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Holtz a catalyst in Tech’s increased workout intensity
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Louisiana Tech head football coach often seems like a light-hearted guy.
But if you pay attention — close attention — there’s a fire smoldering deep within those sparkling eyes.
That might not be so much a secret anymore as Holtz’s inner intensity has shown through the Bulldogs’ first two preseason workouts.
The Dogs worked out for a second time in helmet only Tuesday, but the intensity Holtz felt about the workout, his pleasure sneaked through.

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’Cats hit home turf for first time

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Season tickets on sale this week at RHS office
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Ruston High School football season tickets are currently on sale at the RHS office.
The RHS offfice will be open from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. weekdays. The cost of a packet of tickets is $45.00. That cost includes the Jamboree at Ruston High School and five home games.
Season ticket holders have until Aug. 20 to reclaim their tickets.
There are also tickets available for new season ticket holders now.
Bearcat Discount Cards are also available at RHS.
For more information call Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807.

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August 5th

Bulldogs begin preseason practice

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Scheme installation primary focus of initial workout
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Louisiana Tech opened football practice Monday with many new faces, especially on offense.
And with so many new players, the practice went much like second-year head coach Skip Holtz expected.
The Bulldogs were only allowed to wear helmets Monday base on NCAA regulations. Wednesday’s practice — which will be the third session of fall camp — will be the first opportunity to put on shoulder pads.

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Traffic stop results in steroid bust

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LPNET confiscates Deca, Dbol, Sustanon
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An arrest stemming from a traffic violation has resulted in a Texas man’s apprehension for steroid related charges.
Juan Jose Garza, 34, of 903 McVean, Yoakum, Texas, was arrested Monday morning at the Spirit Mart.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 20 after witnessing the driver of a blue Ford F-150 cross fog line of the roadway twice and cross the center line once.

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Safer route to school a possibility

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If things go as planned, Simsboro students could have a safer route to school in the coming years.
During the monthly meeting of the Village of Simsboro, Markay Brown, of Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix and Hixson Engineers and Land Surveyors, was on hand to discuss the National Safe Routes to School grants. She informed aldermen, as well as attendees, that the deadline for this grant is October or November.
Simsboro Mayor Willie Hendricks said that Town Clerk Justina Hensley is currently working on that application.
“We will help however we can,” Brown said.

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Ruston Aldermen approve master service agreements

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a pair of master service agreements with two local engineering firms.
The agreements with Riley Company of Louisiana and Hunt, Guillot & Associates basically mean city officials won’t have to draft a separate contract for each project entered into
with the firms.
“The master services agreement will serve as that contract,” City Administrator Ed Pittman said. “It’s prudent to have a master services agreement in place.”

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