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October 13th, 2005

Police Jury makes good on promise, balances budget

The two balanced budgets fulfilled a promise made by the jury when eight new members took office in April.
"The main thing is that the budget is balanced," Treasurer Bobby Gray told the jurors during discussions on the 2005 budget. "There were cuts made in several areas, but many of those were made in the amended budget also."
The amended 2004 budget was for $14,545.580, while the 2005 budget stands at $12,264,725.

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Meeting "jumpstarts" reservoir plans

Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, hosted the meeting of area engineers, financial leaders, and government representatives. Downs told those who gathered at his office on Mississippi Street that the project has the complete support of Lincoln Parish's congressional delegation.
"Rick (Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling), Bob (Sen. Robert Kostelka) and I are committed to the project for Lincoln Parish," Downs said. "They've sort of given me the green light to run with this."

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Cordaro makes move to Michigan

Cordaro, a Ruston High and Louisiana Tech alum, recently accepted a position as General Manager for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, the Class A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay franchise.
The move to Battle Creek, Mich., in October was just another in a series of steps up the ranks of Minor League Baseball for Cordaro, who has worked in the business for the past six years after leaving Louisiana Tech.

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Boy shaves head to support friend facing chemo

The eight-year-old learned there would chemotherapy treatments, bone marrow tests and spinal taps. The drugs needed to fight the disease would make his hair fall out. He would stand out like a sore thumb — the only bald kid among his third grade classmates.
Then a friend stepped in to share his burden.
Tanner Stark, also eight years old, decided that if his playmate was going to be bald, he would join him. To seal the pact, the two youngsters paid a trip to Hair Techniques on Tech Drive Tuesday evening and had their heads shaved.

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'WWII Legends' headed to library

The program will feature video-taped interviews with approximately 25 World War II veterans from Lincoln Parish. The interviews were compiled by Ruston photographer Kevin Hawkins into a three-volume DVD series of the up-close and personal accounts of WWII history.
"Some stories from this stuff are really impressive," Hawkins said. "One guy was shot down three times. Another guy was shot down over the English Channel."

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Tech's TTC hosts methods workshop

Among the day's activities were a trenchless installations presentation made by TTC director Raymond Sterling and TTC associate director Erez Allouche, an introduction to drilling fluids lab led by Tom Tibor of Houston's Baroid Drilling Fluids, a speech on the owner's perspective of pipe bursting by the city of Ruston's Richard Aillet and a pipe bursting demonstration by Allouche.

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RHS 'Ironman' begins Monday

To celebrate that conclusion, the coaches are putting on a 10-event competition to determine just who is Ruston High's "Ironman."
"I think our offseason program is going extremely well," RHS head coach Billy Laird said. "I think our kids are working extremely hard. We're getting a large amount of improvement in strength, conditioning and endurance from our offseason program."

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Bradshaw tosses perfect game

Bradshaw (13-2) recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings and did not allow a single Converse Wildcat to reach base safely here Saturday, as Choudrant (28-8) advances to the semifinal round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class B state playoffs with a 9-0 win.
Converse did not hit a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning when Aaron Sistrunk and J. V. Lafitte both flied out to center field. Phillip Vansickle was the only other Wildcat to put the ball in the outfield flying out to left field to begin the seventh.

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Alexander agrees to repay Democrats

Alexander, who was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2002, changed his alliance just before qualifying for his 5th Congressional District seat closed Friday afternoon.
"I did not want to spend the next three months defending my voting record to my party," Alexander said.
Alexander was criticized by Democratic leaders for his outspoken support of President Bush and conservative stance on issues such as abortion and gun control.

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Veterans Day recognizes those who served their nation

From Germany to Guam, Africa to Antwerp, and San Juan to the Sunni Triangle, U.S. servicemen and women have galantly served, laying their lives on the line for our allies and families. To understand why Nov. 11 was chosen as the date for this annual holiday, and when it began, we have to go back to World War I.

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