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November 5th, 2014

’Tis the season for flu shots

In the past few weeks, the weather has finally started to cool off. While many residents are likely pleased to get a break from the scorching temperatures of a Louisiana summer, it’s also likely that many are not excited about the impending cold and flu season.
Residents may have noticed pharmacies, stores and clinics announcing that flu shots are in, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services everyone age 6 months or older should consider getting vaccinated. According to the HHS, flu vaccines have an excellent safety record.

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‘Greatness’ counts for new elects

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About three weeks before Tuesday’s election, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech’s Student Government Association held a mayoral forum the organizations hoped would clearly differentiate the two candidates.
It didn’t. Both Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker continued to talk about the same things: economic development, stronger ties with education, upgraded recreational facilities and eliminating red tape that each has said is impeding business development.

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NRA leadership is irresponsible

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The National Rifle Association. The rule for these guys — own a bunch of guns, beat your chest, shoot off a bunch of rounds, maybe kill some meat; never be responsible, never really help with gun violence and the number one rule is — act cowardly!

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Tech turns focus to UAB’s run attack

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Last week the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs had to focus on stopping the passing game of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Mission accomplished with a 59-10 win.
This week, it’s the run game of Alabama-Birmingham the Bulldogs will have to focus on as Tech plays an 11 a.m. contest Saturday at UAB.

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Lady Techsters hit recruiting trails with passion

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Like everything else in his world, Tyler Summitt was meticulous when it came to putting his coaching staff together last spring.
Summitt hit a home run — make that a grand slam — in his early April press conference with the announcement that former Louisiana Tech point guard and longtime coaching legend Mickie DeMoss would join him in Ruston.
With 35 years of experience as a head coach and assistant coach on both the college and professional levels, DeMoss brought a treasure chest full of knowledge back to her alma mater.

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November 4th

2014 Sample Ballots for Lincoln Parish

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Link to view and download sample ballots is below:

http://issuu.com/rustonleader/docs/7-10b-101914_ballots/0

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Key:

Each voting area is labeled by its ward , district and precinct denoting each voting location. To find out what’s on your ballot, find your ward-district and where you would vote and find its corresponding ballot. If you do not know which precinct or ward you are located, call the Registrar of Voter in Lincoln Parish at 251-5110 and they will be able to tell you.

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Residents head to the polls

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Margaret Hall exercised her right to vote today at Glen View Elementary School. She was assisted by Billy Belding. Voting continues through 8 p.m. today. Voters will be asked to vote on a long list of local, regional and statewide officials, and will decide the fate of 14 proposed state constitutional amendments. Local voters will vote on a variety of offices that haven’t been up for grabs for many years including Ruston Mayor, 3rd Judicial District Judge and District Attorney and Ruston City Marshal.

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City works on safe RR crossings

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has taken the first step toward installation of pedestrian crosswalks at three downtown railroad crossings.

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Sumlin displays his signs of politics

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Walking up to Willie Sumlin’s shed is like walking into a political porthole. Signs of Louisiana candidacies from long ago line the walls — Democratic, Republican, black, white — they can all be seen in their original forms and they all have a story to tell.
Sumlin has worn many hats in his lifetime — a banker, a radio talk show host, a riverboat captain.
But for all the hats he has worn, perhaps the one he holds nearest to his heart is “politician.”

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Choudrant joins state radio system

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The Choudrant Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night to discuss financial, police and fire reports, among other items.
The Choudrant Fire Department recently implemented Louisiana Wide Information Network radios through a state grant.
“Through the course of the year we do a number of grants,” said Mayor Bill Sanderson. “This particular grant was for (approximately) $22,000.”
Sanderson said LWIN is a radio network that is compatible with Louisiana’s radio network.

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