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November 1st, 2014

Amendment No. 13 changes N.O. property sale guidelines

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment 13 is asking voters to allow government-owned property in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans to be sold under specific guidelines.
Proposed Change

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Halloween fun downtown

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In Lincoln Parish tradition, trick-or-treaters young and old lined the streets of downtown Ruston Friday evening for the Halloween holiday.
Meanwhile four-legged friends joined the fun with a costume contest for the annual Howl’oween event at the Ruston Civic Center.
Pictured above is “OT” who placed third in the Funniest category of the contest.

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Get out and vote on Tuesday

On your mark, get set, vote. Come Tuesday, the long-awaited Nov. 4 election day will finally be here.
And if local early voting numbers are any indication, polling places will be busy. Approximately 10 percent of the parish’s 27,229 voters voted early — a record turnout for a non-presidential election year, Registrar of Voters Dianne Stone said.
Stone attributes the interest in Tuesday’s election to the number of races on the ballot, the media attention some of the contests have received and the push by local candidates to get their supporters to the polls.

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Voting essential to election process

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Elections are supposed to be open. They should not involve unknown monsters hiding in the dark. Advertising requires that a responsible candidate identify himself. Yet to this day, some creep around hiding behind anonymous names, phone calls, literature and sleazy ads. I recently heard of an anonymous call using racial slurs. This is quite illegal. Yet most candidates abide by the law and have the courage to be open.

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DART still needs our support

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This past month, which was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve spent a lot of time learning, thinking and writing about domestic violence.
While Ruston and Lincoln Parish are amazing — you only have to consider the recent designation from USA Today that named us as one of the most charming small towns in the South for verification — we’re unfortunately not free of this societal blight.

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Pride spills over into student success

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I am a proud daughter today.
Of course, I’m proud of my parents every day for more reasons than I could list in this column. But today I’m especially proud and with good reason — this weekend daddy was celebrated at Louisiana Tech University’s Homecoming as Alumnus of the Year. And while I’m sure I could be accused of lacking in objectivity, I have to say they couldn’t have made a more outstanding selection. Let’s face it — Big Bill is “the man.”

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City council addresses safety issues

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to take the first step toward making it safer for pedestrians to cross the KCS railroad tracks downtown.
Aldermen will consider entering into a $77,500 professional service agreement with the Ruston-based HGA engineering firm for work on crossings at Trenton, Vienna and Monroe streets.
The request is one of several items upon which aldermen are expected to vote during their regular monthly meeting that convenes at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Shoppers will have 3-hour limit to downtown parking

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Enforcement of Ruston’s new downtown parking regulations begins Monday.
The rules, adopted in October by the city’s Board of Aldermen, give shoppers three hours to leave their vehicles parked in the same place before being ticketed.
But the changes also eliminate existing all-day free parking on the south side of West Park Avenue and on the block of North Monroe Street between West Park Avenue and West Mississippi Street.

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Bowden to speak at FCA event

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Bobby Bowden has spent much of his life teaching his players how to win football games.
Now he’s offering his knowledge for anyone who wants to win in the game of life.
Bowden, the winningest coach in Division I football history, will appear at noon Nov. 10 in the Thomas Assembly Center as part of a North Central Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser.

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Ruston Elementary names new 4-H president, officers

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Third grade
The third grade teachers and students at RES have hit the ground running this year.
With many transitions taking place we have pulled together to create the best learning environment possible for ourselves and our students. We have started our second reading unit which focuses on the study of “Trees” by implementing many different fiction and nonfiction texts. We are working daily to make our students better writers, too.

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