Firefighters from the Ruston Fire Department underwent Hazardous Material Training Wednesday at Coastal Chemical Company under the auspices of officials from the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute. Pictured are firefighters undergoing a simulated decontamination. The drill had firefighters patch a hole in a ruptured tank leaking chemicals before they practiced decontamination.
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Individual property tax assessments have increased an average of 14 percent over the last four years, according to the recently completed reassessments done by the parish assessor’s office.
Assessments in Ruston and Choudrant have jumped an average of 15 percent, while those in Grambling, Dubach and Simsboro have either stayed approximately the same as they were in 2012 — the previous reassessment year — or risen only slightly.
Parish Assessor Sheila Bordelon attributed the increases to continuing residential and commercial growth.
State Sen. Rick Gallot has repaid his campaign more than $3,000 in expenses incurred for a 2012 trade mission to Panama.
Gallot, D-Ruston, was one of five legislators singled out by several New Orleans news organizations for allegedly double-dipping by keeping state reimbursement funds that should have gone into their campaign accounts.
Bayou soul artist Marc Broussard and singer/songwriter Grant Terry played at the Jazzland Music Festival Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
Janet Wilson, director of resource development and marketing for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, said there were over 300 tickets sold which raised $35,000.
Broussard said he has played in Ruston more than 10 times.
“Fans keep showing up,” he said. “Every time we come to town, people keep showing up so that’s going to always keep us coming back.”