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September 9th, 2014

$55M budget approved

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Pearce: We’re living within our means

Ruston has a new $55 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The city’s board of aldermen unanimously approved the spending plan Monday night.
Though slightly more than the current year’s budget, the new plan continues the austerity measures Mayor Dan Hollingsworth’s administration put in place last fall.
“We’re living within our means,” District 4 Alderman Jim Pearce said “We’ve done a real good job with being efficient.”
Aldermen said citizens can be confident that Ruston is financially sound and providing essential services even though it has less money to spend.

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Downtown parking issues up for discussion

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is set to discuss changes in downtown parking regulations that could mean shoppers have a an extra hour to park free in the same parking place.
District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs introduced a proposed ordinance during Monday night’s board meeting that sets new parking limits, increases fines and establishes a downtown residential parking permit.
A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance is set for Oct. 6.
Riggs said she thinks the suggested changes are moves in the right direction and would benefit shoppers.

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Johnson to take Aswell’s place on board

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Before beginning the regular monthly meeting on Monday night, Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson formally introduced Philip Johnson, who will take a seat on the town council in January.
Johnson will take the seat of Ragan Aswell, who decided not to run again. Aswell has served on the board since 1964. Johnson previously served on the board from 1991-1988.
“We congratulate you on your landslide victory,” Sanderson said. “And, I know you won’t officially take office until Jan. 1, but until then I want to offer you a chair.”

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Political forum held

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Candidates for 3rd Judicial District Court Judge and District Attorney answered questions from Lincoln Parish residents Monday night at a TEA Party political forum held at the Ruston Country Club.
Three candidates for the judgeship; Lewis Jones, Tommy Rogers and Tyler Storms; and two candidates for DA, John Belton and Cary Brown, presented their platforms to audience members in alphabetical order before addressing specific issues conferred by individuals.

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The time has come to plant or divide iris

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Iris are found in many landscapes, providing graceful flowers in an endless array of brilliant colors. The bold sword shaped foliage is also an excellent contrast to the more traditional or mounded forms of garden plants. There are hundreds of species and cultivars of iris, varying from tiny woodland groundcovers to dramatic flowers for sunny landscapes to species that thrive in water-logged conditions. There is an iris for virtually every condition in the garden.

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Garden Club Yard of the Month

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Ruston Garden Club has selected the courtyard garden at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church as the September Yard of the Month. The church is located at 810 Carey Ave.

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RCT announces cast for ’Til Beth Do Us Part’

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Auditions for Ruston Community Theatre’s next production, the two-act comedic play “’Til Beth Do Us Part,” a Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy, took place at The Dixie Center for the Arts on July12 and 14.
“’Til Beth Do Us Part,” sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, opens Oct. 9 and will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj.

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Rivalry games make football games more fun

While the outcomes of the games were quite different for local fans, their greatness can’t be contested.
That’s because, like most football fans, The Ruston Daily Leader loves a good, old-fashioned rivalry game.
And we were treated to two such contests in Lincoln Parish last week as Neville traveled west down Interstate 20 to face Ruston in one of the oldest high school rivalries in the state while Louisiana Tech traveled south to take on longtime nemesis University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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September 8th

Downtown beautification now underway

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Ruston’s historic downtown Railroad Park is getting a makeover. Crews began uprooting trees this morning as part of the project that will entail removing soil, some of the existing sidewalk and all of the trees. The trees will be replaced with 25- to 45-foot-tall oak trees that will offer shade immediately, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. The park is expected to be ready for annual holiday season events typically held there.

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Safer pass on Hwy. 33?

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LPPJ to consider DOTD plan

After completing a study at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 33 and 821 (Frazier Road), the Department of Transportation and Development has recommended the installation of oversized warning signs equipped with flashing warning beacons and 45 mph speed limit advisory plates, as well as the installation of oversized stop signs on both sides of Frazier Road.

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