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Howl’oween draws crowd

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Downtown Ruston was a spooktacular place to be on Monday night as little princesses, vampires and superheroes flooded local businesses to ask for a Halloween treat.
The second annual Downtown Howl’oween event drew hundreds of families to the downtown area for trick-or-treating and a Halloween pet costume contest.
Kristi Lumpkin, city of Ruston economic development administrator, said she was excited by the turnout.
“There are lots of kids all dressed up and they’re enjoying the activities,” Lumpkin said. “We’ve tried to include more this year, and so far we’re extremely pleased.”

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Election turnout down

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Voter turnout was less than expected for the Oct. 22 Primary Election and is expected to be even lower for the Nov. 19 General Election.
Approximately 35.28 percent of registered voters in Lincoln Parish cast their ballots in the October election, which included five Constitutional amendments and races for Louisiana governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, commissioner of agriculture and forestry, commissioner of insurance, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, state House and Senate members, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, sheriff and tax assessor.

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Man, 44, charged with molestation

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A 44-year-old Ruston man was arrested Monday for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old teenager less than two weeks ago.
Cornell Caldwell, 44, 1600 McAllister St., was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on charges of molestation of a juvenile, with a bond set at $37,500.
Ruston Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Parker said warrants were issued Oct. 31 for Caldwell’s arrest.
“The juvenile officers were working on this all day,” he said.

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Holidays in CedarTown opens Thursday

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Local residents will have a chance to check a few Christmas items off their list early this week as Holidays in CedarTown opens up in the Ruston Civic Center.
Doors to the annual market event open for the general public from 12:30-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission will cost $5, which will gain entrance for all three shopping days. All proceeds will benefit the Cedar Creek School Parents Club, which helps meet various needs of the school throughout the year.

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Prepare to bring plants indoors

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Now is the time to treat some of our plants, especially house plants that we have had outside. Our average first freeze is Nov. 12, so we need to move the tender plants inside before then.

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La. Tech alumni honored

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More than 300 individuals showed up Friday in the Student Center to honor Louisiana Tech’s Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumna of the Year and Distinguished Alumni.
Jerry Hudson, Alumnus of the Year, and Emily Doan Howell, Young Alumna of the Year, both expressed their appreciation for their education at Tech and how it shaped the individuals they are.
Tech President Dan Reneau said Hudson has dedicated himself to his alma mater over the years.

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Book sale at library

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Friends of the Lincoln Parish Library recently prepared for their Fall Book Sale by sorting books donated to the library. 
The two-day event will be from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue from 1-3 p.m. Sunday.  Friends members are invited to shop early at the pre-sale on Saturday at 8 a.m. 
All proceeds from the sale of these books support library programs and help purchase special items for the library. 

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Swinging in some b-ball

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We are in the middle of football season, especially in Louisiana and Alabama. The Saints aren’t doing badly. Most loyal fans are steeled and accustomed to collapses of the past. Yet for those without a myopic view of the world of sports, there are other sports. For example, the professional  baseball season just ended last Friday night.  And what a stirring experience of a wonderful and wholesome sport.   Yes, as with others, there can be blemishes here and there, yet baseball still involves, attracts and encourages millions.

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Tech, GSU teams turn season around

Watch out Lincoln Parish college football fans, here come the Bulldogs and Tigers.
In less than a month, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University are back in their respective conference races and both — ironically — with three-game winning streaks.
Tech and Grambling extended their streaks with important wins on Saturday, as the Bulldogs took a 38-28 win over San Jose State in Western Athletic Conference action and the Tigers got past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 27-20 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference contest.

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’Dogs gaining confidence

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With each game and — more importantly — with each victory, the confidence of Louisiana Tech University’s football team is growing.
Following a sluggish early season performance that included four losses in the first five games, the Bulldogs (4-4, 3-1) have now registered three consecutive wins, the latest being 38-28 against Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State University at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday.

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