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September 11th, 2014

Section 8 housing standards change

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Some of Ruston’s Section 8 housing tenants may find themselves having to pay for an extra bedroom or move to a smaller unit.
The city’s board of aldermen on Monday approved a recommendation from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development revising the occupancy standard to one bedroom per each two people in a household.
Aldermen also approved raising the Section 8 minimum monthly rent from $25 to $50. The new rules go into effect with each Section 8 recipient’s annual review.

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Tickets available for quilt raffle

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The Raffle quilt for the Louisiana Chicken Festival is ready. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased at the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Office in Dubach or from local businesses in Dubach. The quilt was pieced together by Jean Lowrey and quilted by Virginia Hughes, of Springhill.

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Great turnout at Career Fair

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The annual Lincoln Parish Career Night for all high school juniors and seniors from Jackson and Lincoln Parishes was held Tuesday afternoon in the student center at Louisiana Tech University.
“I am so pleased that we had such a wonderful turnout and that so many students took advantage of the opportunity to learn about many of the options available to them after high school,” Lincoln Parish School Counselor Jesse Bryan said. “I would like to thank all of the businesses, schools and agencies that participated. This program would not be successful without their support.”

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Bulldogs set to face Mean Green

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Louisiana Tech returns to the football field tonight hoping to build on last weekend’s Bulldogs’ win at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Tech opens Conference USA with a 7 p.m. game at North Texas that will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.
The Bulldogs and Mean Green both stand at 1-1.
It’ll be a short week for the Bulldogs, something Tech head coach Skip Holtz knows will be a challenge for his team.

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Techsters volleyball, soccer to play at home

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It’s a big weekend for Louisiana Tech athletics as the Lady Techsters volleyball and soccer teams will both play at home.
After spending the first two weeks of the season on the road, the Lady Techsters (2-4) are set to welcome three teams to Ruston for the 2014 Louisiana Tech Fairfield Inn Volleyball Invitational with a total of six matches scheduled for Friday, and Saturday 13 at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Bethel introduces dual enrollment

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Students right are in our Junior and Senior Classes and are taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment Classes offered at Bethel Christian School through Louisiana Tech University, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Northwestern University.
They are earning college credits in English, Biology, History, Political Science, Spanish, Psychology and Fine Arts Survey.
On Friday, the Life Share bus will be at Bethel Christian School for their first blood drive this school year. We are looking forward to another great year of blood donors. 

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Kindergarten and first grade learning ‘All About Me’

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A Word from Ms. Hilton:
Thank you to our parents and students for a wonderful start to the 2014 school year! Remember, our cookie dough sale ends Sept. 16 and T-shirt sales end Sept. 19. Please be prompt when turning in all orders and money.
Kindergarten
Adkins:
We have started the year off to a great start! We are learning routines for kindergarten. We have started learning to read color words and our sight words.
Conn:

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Duck Diner to hold CASA fundraiser

WEST MONROE — Willie’s Duck Diner is preparing to host the first ever Willie’s Duck Jam concert to benefit CASA of Northeast Louisiana.
The concert will be held on at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the parking lot of Willie’s Duck Diner, located at 125 Constitution Drive in West Monroe.
Concessions will be available and admission is $5 per person. Organizers ask that attendees bring a lawn chair.
Willie’s Duck Jam will feature live performances from The Trinity River Band and The Reactors.
Fans will also get a special guest appearance from Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson.

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Remembering 9/11 and the lives lost

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.
Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

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Foreign policy a sticky situation

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When it comes to foreign policy, things can get a little sticky. We, as Americans, want to protect the innocent, but I believe saving the world from complete communist domination in 1944, set a tone for our foreign policy today — a tone that, at this point, is way out of tune.
Americans have a hero complex and the rest of the world knows it. When I think of a visual analogy of America and the way we relate to other nations I see us as an over-zealous elementary gym teacher and everyone else as the first graders on the floor that just can’t keep still.

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