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July 12th, 2017

Choudrant schools to charge new meal prices

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Choudrant Elementary and High School students will see a 25-cent increase in their breakfast and lunch meal prices this school year.
The Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously approved a recommendation Tuesday to increase breakfast meal prices from $1 to $1.25 and increases in lunch prices from $1.25 to $1.50 for prekindergarten through sixth grade students and from $1.50 to $1.75 for seventh through 12th grades.

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Tech mourns Jarrell’s passing

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The Louisiana Tech University athletics family is mourning today following the death of longtime Tech supporter/benefactor Guthrie Jarrell earlier this morning.
Jarrell first came to Ruston as a freshman in 1945, playing for the Bulldogs basketball team that season before continuing his education and graduating in 1949.
Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Jarrell began a medical career while in the Navy and eventually set up his private practice in Monroe, where he served for more 50 years and delivered more than 15,000 babies.

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LPPJ seeks more information on DC expansion loan

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During the regular meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday, members voted to accept the recommendation of Lucius McGehee, a registered municipal advisor from Argent Institutional Services, to begin the process of applying for a United States Department of Agriculture loan for the expansion of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

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‘White colleges?’ Really, Mr. Nungesser?

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Though the Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas, is generally recognized as the last skirmish of the Civil War, it seems even after 152 years, we still haven’t figured out how to put the divided nation back together again.
Consider the ongoing controversy over what do with Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
After declaring the four monuments a public nuisance, the New Orleans City Council had the hunks of concrete and bronze removed – at a cost of over $2 million to taxpayer and private donors.

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New housing, smart growth

If Ruston’s Board of Aldermen follows through and enacts a rezoning ordinance it introduced Monday night, the stage will be set for yet another development of new single-family houses in southwest Ruston.
In fact, if all of the companies with projects underway in that area complete them, roughly 500 new living units will become available over the next several years.
Not since the era of the late homebuilder Don Love, whose developments spanned the city, has Ruston seen so much potential residential growth and development happening.

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GSU’s Thomas, Perry-Murray selected for NBPA Top 50 Camp

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State men’s basketball seniors Shirmaine Thomas and Jason Perry-Murray have been selected to participate in the National Basketball Players Association and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Top 50 Basketball Camp, which will take place, July 20-22 at the Clark Atlanta University Center in Atlanta.

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Tech to retire Fred Dean’s No. 70 jersey

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Louisiana Tech will bestow its top athletic honor on one of the greatest Bulldog football players in the program’s tradition-rich history when it retires the No. 70 worn by College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean.
The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Sept. 2 season-opener against Northwestern State at Joe Aillet Stadium, the home field that Dean terrorized opposing ball carriers and quarterbacks during his extraordinary career (1971-74).

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July 11th

Walpole Tire demolishes old office space

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Constructions crews were out early beginning to tear down Walpole Tire Service’s old office space this morning. Walpole Tire moved into their new facilities, a 6,000 square foot office space located beside the old offices, three weeks ago. Walpole Tire opened its doors to the Lincoln Parish community in 1956.

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Aldermen hire consultant for sports complex

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A consulting firm headed by former Ruston Parks and Recreation Director Jay Ellington has been hired to develop policies and procedures for the city’s new sports complex.
The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Monday night to hire Resource Development Associates to come up with operational, management, marketing and other plans for the complex.
The approximately 18-month contract will cost the city roughly $35,000.
“I felt like we needed somebody with outside eyes to help us (formulate the procedures),” Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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RHS FFA receives top honors at convention

The Ruston High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America recently returned from the 88th Annual Louisiana State FFA Convention held in the Monroe Civic Center with multiple honors to its credit. RHS competed in five contests, placing in the top four in each.
Isabel Oakley placed fourth in the Prepared Speaking CDE, Emma White placed third in the Geaux Teach CDE, and Christian Cole placed third in the Employment Skills CDE while the chapter brought home state championships in the remaining two.

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