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February 21st, 2014

Online options available for city customers

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Ruston city utility customers have several new options to make bill paying easier. They can pay online, pay in advance, receive their statement via email or a combination of choices.
All of the options are available to both residential and commercial customers.
“This has been something people have been asking for a long, long time,” Barbara Watts, water and light office customer service manager, said.

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RCT presents new play at the Dixie next week

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Ruston Community Theatre, one of NCLAC’s partners here at the Dixie Center for the Arts, will have on-stage action next week with its production of “Same Time, Next Year,” a romantic comedy by playwright Bernard Slade.

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Just one more day

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I recently read a true story about an older widower who was looking through a family trunk and just now found a handwritten poem titled “Just One More Day.” The piece was written more than 30 years ago just days before his wife died after a long illness.
The poem went something like this “Give me just one more day with you!”
Those poignant words were overwhelming to him and are enough to get our attention because life is so uncertain. Our rugs can be jerked out from under our feet so quickly, with no warning.

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Bulldogs upset on road by Pirates

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Louisiana Tech defense held arguably the best 3-point shooter in the country — Akeem Richmond — to just three made field goals,
But the Bulldogs had trouble from long range on their own as a late rally fell short in a 75-68 loss to East Carolina on Thursday night at the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tech (21-6, 9-3 C-USA) shot only 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and only knocked down 7-of-28 3-point attempts.

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Lady Techsters to play host to Rice Saturday

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Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been looking for a complete 40 minutes of basketball from her Lady Techster team this year.
On Wednesday night in Tulsa, Weatherspoon got exactly that plus some as Louisiana Tech (8-17, 3-9 C-USA) used overtime to defeat the Golden Hurricane for its first road win of the year.
Tech has an opportunity to build upon the momentum garnered from the impressive performance at Tulsa when the Lady Techster host Rice Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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SHS girls move on

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Eighth-grader Jade Anderson led the way with 16 points Thursday nigh as Simsboro High School’s Lady Tigers topped Hicks 51-26 at the SHS gym.
Antoinette Harris added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who also got 11 points from Emari Gipson, 10 from Jesse Anderson and eight from T’Keya Murphy.
“We played really well,” said SHS coach Brandy Tyler. “We did what we do well, which is pressure the ball and push the ball up the floor. We were confident in our game plan and look forward to the next round.”

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RHS getting ready for field turf for James Field

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Ruston High School’s football program will have a new look for the 2014.
Actually, make that two new looks.
First of all, say so long to home games being played on grass.
Artificial turf will be the new playing surface at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Construction will lkick off around April 1 and is due to be completed within 90-100 days. Bids will be opened on Thursday.
Along with the new turf will be new concession stands and restrooms on the home side of the facility.
In order to make room for these additions, old dressing rooms and other items will be removed.

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City to offer online utility payments

Every business manager knows the value of good customer service. Satisfied customers are loyal. They say positive things. They feel appreciated.
Ruston’s water and light department isn’t exactly like a retail business, but it has thousands of paying customers. In an effort to make life easier for those customers, and to ensure the best use of its own human resources, the water and light department has added three new billing options.
All of the choices — online payment, prepayment and electronic monthly statements — are good opportunities to have available.

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Child's pure joy witnessed

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It’s not every day that adults get to see the pure joy on a child’s face. This is especially true of children who may be deemed underprivileged.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home for more than 130 local youth. And Tuesday night, after much deliberation over the various entrants, six of them were honored as finalists for the Youth of the Year program before the two overall winners — one for elementary and one for secondary — were named.

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Losing the blame game

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The media gets a bad reputation. News organizations, glossy magazines and the 10 o’clock news have all been blamed for things like reporting bias or showing images that influence young people to act in irresponsible ways.
But I never thought I would see the day that our president blamed the media for a broken government.
“Yes, sometimes we (American people) get very divided,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC in December, “partly because our politics and our media, specifically try to divide them and splinter them.”

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