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September 9th, 2014

The time has come to plant or divide iris

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Iris are found in many landscapes, providing graceful flowers in an endless array of brilliant colors. The bold sword shaped foliage is also an excellent contrast to the more traditional or mounded forms of garden plants. There are hundreds of species and cultivars of iris, varying from tiny woodland groundcovers to dramatic flowers for sunny landscapes to species that thrive in water-logged conditions. There is an iris for virtually every condition in the garden.

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Garden Club Yard of the Month

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Ruston Garden Club has selected the courtyard garden at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church as the September Yard of the Month. The church is located at 810 Carey Ave.

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RCT announces cast for ’Til Beth Do Us Part’

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Auditions for Ruston Community Theatre’s next production, the two-act comedic play “’Til Beth Do Us Part,” a Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy, took place at The Dixie Center for the Arts on July12 and 14.
“’Til Beth Do Us Part,” sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, opens Oct. 9 and will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj.

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Rivalry games make football games more fun

While the outcomes of the games were quite different for local fans, their greatness can’t be contested.
That’s because, like most football fans, The Ruston Daily Leader loves a good, old-fashioned rivalry game.
And we were treated to two such contests in Lincoln Parish last week as Neville traveled west down Interstate 20 to face Ruston in one of the oldest high school rivalries in the state while Louisiana Tech traveled south to take on longtime nemesis University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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September 8th

Downtown beautification now underway

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Ruston’s historic downtown Railroad Park is getting a makeover. Crews began uprooting trees this morning as part of the project that will entail removing soil, some of the existing sidewalk and all of the trees. The trees will be replaced with 25- to 45-foot-tall oak trees that will offer shade immediately, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. The park is expected to be ready for annual holiday season events typically held there.

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Safer pass on Hwy. 33?

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After completing a study at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 33 and 821 (Frazier Road), the Department of Transportation and Development has recommended the installation of oversized warning signs equipped with flashing warning beacons and 45 mph speed limit advisory plates, as well as the installation of oversized stop signs on both sides of Frazier Road.

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Jackson seeks re-election to Grambling City Council

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Cullen Jackson today announced his candidacy for the Grambling City Council.
Jackson said he would like to thank the citizens of Grambling for electing him as a councilmember four years ago.
“I hope you will consider my experience, knowledge, dedication and service to the city of Grambling to be worthy of your support for re-election,” Jackson said. “Grambling is my home. Grambling is where my family and I have lived our lives and reared our children since 1960.”

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Chamber seeks nominations for board members

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for both the Russ Award and for 2015 board of directors.
The deadline for nominations to the board of directors is set for Friday. The board of directors is composed of 15 members plus ex-officio (nonvoting representation of organizations in the community) members. The governing and policy-making responsibilities of the chamber are vested in the board of directors.

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A look back at Tech’s big win

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Bulldogs have now won seven straight games over Ragin’ Cajuns
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News and notes from Louisiana Tech’s big win at Louisiana-Lafayette that left the Bulldogs at 1-1 on the season:
• Tech recorded 48 points, the most since Nov. 10, 2012 when they scored 62 in a win at Texas State.
• Tech racked up 533 yards of total offense. The last time that happened was Nov. 24, 2014 at San Jose State.
• Cody Sokol, making his second career start for the Bulldogs, set a career-high in passing yards with 295 and tied his career-high with 22 completions and two touchdown throws.

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DART: 20 years and still going strong

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All week long, I have been working on a newsletter in honor of DART’s 20th anniversary. As I have written of our beginnings and our growth during the past two decades, it is apparent that DART has had a tremendous amount of support from this community. In this column, I want to talk a little about what true community support looks like.
While DART’s founders commonly receive recognition for the formation of this organization, there are a few people helped out without them, we wouldn’t have gotten our very first grant, the one which allowed us to open our doors.

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