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August 8th, 2014

Landfill does a good, dirty job

The Lincoln Parish Landfill is not a popular topic of discussion but it does provide a vital function to our area.
The landfill is located off of Highway 33 to the west. Dump truck drivers, landfill employees and hundreds of residents visit the landfill every day to drop off trash. But where does it go after that? What happens to it? Some people may not realize it, but the technology, environmental factors and governmental restrictions can get pretty complicated when it comes to landfills.

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Life and all the ups and downs

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Spending six hours under the August sun of Louisiana fixing my Jeep was not how I planned my Wednesday.
Then again, I didn’t plan on the radiator bursting and the replacement being a not so “exact fit” for my Jeep.
Here’s the thing, it’s hot. Shocker, I know, but it almost isn’t fair how oppressive the sun can be in Louisiana.
It is 98 degrees right now which means it probably feels like it is actually 160 degrees.
What’s the point?

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Investing without ‘losing lotsa cash’

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I enjoy reading the investment articles written by Randy Fallin and Bobby Conville. They reminds me of some investment advice I received some years ago.
The good news is I’m only seven years away from retirement. The bad news is, according to my calculations, I need 40 more quality earning years to be able to retire comfortably. I know comfortable is a relative term, but since I don’t have any rich relatives who would feel comfortable leaving me their possessions, I’m going to say comfortable is my having enough money to keep the water running in a used one-bed travel trailer.

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Small slip can be big problem

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Bubonic plague. Malaria. Small pox. Yellow Fever. Measles. Influenza. Cholera.
And now Ebola.
These diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of people through the years, not only in the United States, but worldwide.
With the most current — and the most widespread — outbreak of Ebola in Africa and the death toll rising to nearly 1,000, one would think this is a serious enough disease and the powers that be would exacerbate all efforts to keep the virus contained.
But that’s not true. In recent days there have been two people enter into the United States with the disease.

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August 7th

Farmers market wraps up season

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The Ruston Farmers Market will close for a short break after the 8 a.m. to noon Saturday market day until early October 2014. The market is located in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street in downtown Ruston, provided courtesy of the city of Ruston.

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State laws revamped

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In the 2014 Legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers revamped several laws affecting motorists.
Laws affecting everyday drivers include a school zone cell phone ban, Louisiana Litter Law updates and vehicle inspections that can now be conducted in the rain.
Although not all schools are within the city limits, Ruston Police Department Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer, said RPD officers will be working school zones actively during the new school year.

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McAllister to visit area

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Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister will make two stops in Lincoln Parish over the next several weeks as part of his ongoing series of town hall meetings.
McAllister will be in Ruston at 9 a.m. Monday at the Peach Suite at the Ruston Civic Center. On Aug. 19, he’ll be at the Grambling Town Hall at 2 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.
McAllister, R-Swartz, is expected to discuss current legislation as well as other issues of local concern. For more information contact Tommie Seaton, McAllister’s district director, at 445-0818.

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Fire, police reports given at Choudrant

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The Board of Aldermen for the village of Choudrant met Monday night in regular session.
After Mayor Bill Sanderson called the meeting to order, the invocation was given and the agenda for the August meeting was approved unanimously.
Aldermen approved the minutes from the July meeting, and the meeting moved forward with the approval of the financial report.
Sanderson said this was the first report since the new fiscal year began.
The Choudrant Police assisted on 24 calls, wrote nine tickets and had no accidents for the month of July.

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Blake announces candidacy

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Ruston resident Fred Blake today announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the city’s board of aldermen.
“I want to continue to help what they are already doing within the district and the city to enhance it and make it even better than what it is,” Blake said.
District 1 covers much of south-central Ruston. Incumbent Glenda Howard has not yet announced whether she’ll seek re-election. Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary begins Aug. 20.
Blake, Democrat and Ruston native, is making his bid for public office.
“I just believe in giving back to the community,” he said.

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AP advancing students’ future

Ruston High School students have one more thing to smile about with the recent results in Advanced Placement scores.
RHS scored highest out of all schools in the Northeast Louisiana Region — beating out West Monroe and Neville High Schools.
According to the Department of Education, 64.1 percent of students at RHS scored a passing 3, 4 or 5 on the test out of a total of 142 tests taken. The final score was over 12 percent higher than any other school in the region.

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