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August 1st, 2014

Pigskins and Pearls a hit

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The annual Pig Skins and Pearls luncheon was hosted Thursday at Squire Creek Country Club by the Louisiana Tech University athletics department in efforts to not only raise money for the Louisiana Boys and Girls Clubs, but also teach ladies a thing or two about the football.Pictured above, from left, are BGC members Avery Bradford, Kaitlyn Woods, member of the local BGC board Connie Bradford, Timiyah Graham, Kamryn Bradley and Briley Speivey.

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Local artists’ work chosen for tour

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Local resident Maureen Hinton found out this morning that her stained-glass piece “Gone Fishin’” will be part of an exhibit traveling to several cities in Louisiana and Mississippi.
“I’m so excited I can barely sit down,” Hinton said after she got the results. “Talking to the judges, they really liked our design.”

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Puppy pool party planned

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Municipal pool to host K-9s

The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the fifth annual K-9 Pool Party on Saturday and Sunday at the Municipal Pool on East Georgia Avenue.
Dogs of various shapes, breeds, sizes, colors and personalities are welcome to frolic in the pool from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Dog owners are also encouraged to join their pets in the pool.
All dogs must be current on their shots and aggressive dogs are not welcome.

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Bank scammed

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A Ruston man was arrested on bank fraud charges Thursday afternoon.
At 4:35 p.m. Tyrone Evan Beard, 37, of 812 E. California Ave., was arrested for bank fraud by the Ruston Police Department.
Sgt. Clint Williams said the RPD was contacted in September 2013 by a local bank in regards to new account fraud.
“This bank reported that a male, later identified as Tyrone Evans Beard, entered the bank and opened an account using a check made payable to him,” Williams said. “Beard was issued an ATM card, which he then had to activate.”

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RFD receives $24K grant

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The Ruston Fire Department has received a $24,304 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Program.
The money, along with a 10 percent match from the city, will be used to purchase physical fitness equipment and to pay for comprehensive physicals for all RFD employees, Chris Womack, RFD’s training officer, said Thursday.
The department plans to spend $14,456 for a multi-station gym for its physical fitness room, and $12,548 for the physicals. Womack said the goal is to thwart cardiovascular disease — the No. 1 killer of firefighters.

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House fire on Eastland Avenue

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At approximately 1:35 a.m. today the Ruston Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1200th block of Eastland Avenue.
According to RFD District Chief Tommie Woods the residence is expected to be a total loss.
“The State Fire Marshall’s Office is on scene right now and the fire is still under investigation,” he said. “No one was home during the time of the fire.”
More information will be available as the investigation continues.

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Holiday Arts Tour sign-up begins now

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I can hardly believe it’s true, but it’s already time to sign up for the Holiday Arts Tour.
The 17th annual event will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23.
As usual, this special weekend will feature visual artists and musicians, and we’ll be bringing back the poetry reading that was such a hit last year.
We are also looking into carriage rides on Friday and theatrical street performers on Saturday.

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Tech kinesiology professor re-elected to national board

David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University and strength and conditioning coach for the Tech baseball team, has been re-elected to a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Tech value shines nationally

At a time state officials are fighting over control of state education standards in Baton Rouge, we in Ruston have reason to celebrate.
Money Magazine ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the best college values in the nation placing them at No. 154 out of the Top 665.
Because so many alumni have chosen to call Ruston home long after shaking Reneau’s hand this area remains saturated with Tech.
Graduates, according to Money Magazine, have an average annual salary of $49,400 just five years after graduation.

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Debt ceiling no biggie to Feds

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It seems as if I wake up to a house full of young, bickering children every morning these days.
The thing is, I don’t have any children.
As most working Americans, I slowly drag my tired bones out of the bed each morning and begin my zombie-like approach to the coffee maker.
While I anxiously wait for that glorious sound indicating the caffeine is prepared, I sit and watch the news.
Sure, not every person watching television in the morning is tuning in to Fox News, CNN or MSNBC, I’ll have to attribute that to the journalist in me.

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