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October 7th, 2014

New penalties for parking begin Nov. 1

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Downtown shoppers will soon have an additional hour to leave their vehicles parked in the same parking place before being ticketed.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a package of downtown parking changes Monday night that include:
• increasing timed parking from the current two hours to three hours per space,
• raising the overparking fine from $5 to $25 per infraction,
• eliminating 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 and

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Local teen tapped for international competition

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On Oct. 18, Cedar Creek senior Erik Eklund will join talented young piano players from across the globe in the Louisiana International Piano Competition.

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Buddy Ball swings into play

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The smiles on the children’s faces said it all, and was more than enough reward for those who chose to spend their time lending a helping hand.
After all, that’s what Buddy Ball is all about.
Another round of Buddy Ball of Ruston games for local children began over the weekend, its third session since being organized on the local level.
Buddy Ball is a softball league for special-needs children, ages 4-16. Games are played at the J.C. Love Complex in Ruston, where a special field just for Buddy Ball is currently being built.

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Tech announces start time for UTSA game

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Officials with Conference USA and Louisiana Tech University announced that the Oct. 18 Louisiana Tech Football game against UTSA game will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Network. The game will be hosted by Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium in the program’s annual Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer contest. Pictured is Tech quarterback Cody Sokol (19) picking up yardage on a run during last weekend’s 55-3 home win over Texas-El Paso.

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Tech Softball blanks BPCC 18-0 in exhibition

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Louisiana Tech banged out 20 hits and four Lady Techster pitchers combined for the shutout in an 18-0 10-inning win over Bossier Parish Community College on Friday night in fall action.
The two teams agreed in advance to play 10 innings regardless of score so both coaching staffs could fully utilize their full roster of players.
Tech plated runs in six of its nine at bats, including 13 runs over the final three innings of action.
Freshman infielder Karlee Jensen led Tech’s hit parade with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, scoring two runs and adding two RBIs.

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Techsters tip off practices

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Louisiana Tech senior Savanna Langston summarized this morning’s three-hour practice with first-year head coach Tyler Summitt in just two short sentences Monday afternoon when she met with members of the media.
“I can’t say that I’ve been through anything like that before,” Langston said. “But I think when it was all said and done, we all felt like we got better today. “
Summitt, Langston and the Lady Techsters officially began team workouts at 6 a.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. But what was so unusual about the practice session for Langston?
It was void of basketballs.

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The many faces of the Genus Allium

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Gardeners don’t have to wait for the spring season to establish an herb garden. Fall is a prime time for planting the hardiest herbs that actually grow very well in areas with mild winters.
Cool-season annual herbs are hardy enough to survive our normal winter temperatures and actually prefer to grow in the cool-to-mild days and chilly-to-cold nights we have here during the cool season. Some of the most common plants planted in herb gardens are members of the onion genus Allium. Onions, garlic and chives are the most notable.

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Parish pigskin on the rise

It’s funny how fast things can change, especially in the game of college football.
Sometimes that change can be good, and the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates our parish universities for the excitement they’ve built up in recent weeks.
Three weeks ago Grambling State stood at 0-3 on the season, and with a total of two wins over the previous two seasons, it looked like it would be another year of futility for the Tigers.

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La. law provides protection for ag.

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Agritourism involves hosting curious visitors on our agricultural operations. Their unfamiliarity with operations increases the risk of injury and of course lawsuits. In response to the vulnerability for lawsuits and the problem with obtaining liability insurance for agritourism operations, Louisiana law, R.S. 9:2795.5, was passed in 2008. The law is intended to limit the liability of an agritourism professional for injuries that occur through no fault of the agritourism professional.

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October 6th

Fire damages mobile home

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Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 officials were unable to determine the cause of a Friday morning blaze that resulted in extensive damage to a mobile home on Salem Road, according to LPFD officials. Fire personnel arrived at the scene of the fire at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday to find heavy smoke coming from the home. Seven units and 12 personnel extinguished the fire, clearing the scene and returning the service by 12:20 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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