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October 21st, 2015

Graham speaks at Lions Club

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Thomas Graham, of Louisiana Tech University’s athletic department, recently spoke to the Ruston Lions Club. He spoke about keeping the student athletes academically eligible and able to graduate.

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Mike Green: Dominant Dunkin’ Dog

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Former hoops great to be inducted to Tech Athletics HOF on Saturday
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When Louisiana Tech’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder is inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame Oct. 24, it will have been more than 45 years since he played his first game for the Bulldogs, more than 40 since he turned pro, and 39 years to the day since his NBA debut on Oct. 24, 1976.

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Allen javelin runner-up at Senior Olympics

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More than the high finishes or awards, John Allen is discovering that post-college competition is more about the friendships that are made.
“Now that I have been involved in this Senior competition for two years,” said the former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower, “I have developed friendships with many athletes from all over the country.
“As we get to know each other better, I am finding that each of us is planning competition schedules so that we can go heads up as often as possible.”

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Weekend a time to enjoy the arts

With the cooler weather finally beginning to settle around Lincoln Parish, we encourage residents to get out and enjoy the crisp air.

In fact, we’ll help you out with a few ideas on how to celebrate this new change in season, just in case you didn’t have any in mind.

For those who enjoy a good visit with your fellow citizens while also enjoying a cold beer, North Central Louisiana Arts Center’s ARToberfest will begin at 5 p.m. for early bird admission and 6:30 p.m. for general admission on Saturday at the Norton Building.

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Reader writes about cat rescue

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Thank you, Nancy, for your sweet, heart-warming story about rescuing Maggie and thanks for a fire department and building official that would spend their time on rescuing a tiny kitten. What a heart-warming story.
I love cats, but even if I didn’t, to think that our fire department and Bill Sanderson would bother with saving a kitten, what extent would they go to save a person? There is so much bad news everywhere; it is such a blessing to hear a wonderful story of rescuing a small kitten.

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Fashion week huge success

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The first ever Ruston Fashion Week was held recently, and it was, without a doubt, a tremendous success. Set in motion by Kelly Hogan’s inspiration and dedication, the weeklong affair grew out of downtown to include locations across Ruston. The goal was to create various events that would both feature and celebrate this unique and creative community. Over 25 individual events were held as well as many weeklong specials at certain businesses.

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Saturday election a time to vote

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We’re in the home stretch. The light at the end of the long political tunnel is beginning to shine more brightly.
Come Saturday night, we’ll know who’s in the runoff for governor, who’s the Lincoln Parish clerk of court, who’s the assessor and who will sit in each of the six contested Lincoln Parish Police Jury seats.
There are other things we’ll know, too, including who will represent the three state Senate districts that contain parts of Lincoln Parish, and whether Louisiana’s constitution will have four more amendments. It already has 181 add-ons.

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October 20th

Young girl gives back to those in need

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For the past four years, Elli Dickerson has been giving back to those in need.
Elli, now 9, started a pumpkin patch at the age of 5 to raise money for 4 Paws Rescue.
“We went to the shelter to give them some stuff and the animals looked so sad, I wanted to help them,” Elli said.
Elli’s Pumpkin Patch is open to the public daily during October, at 3980 Louisiana Highway 822 in Dubach.
The entire process is based on the honor system.
“We can’t have someone out there all the time,” Elli said. “So we have this box that gives instructions and kind of tells you what to do.”

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Improving Animal Control

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There’s a new building under construction at Ruston Animal Control that officials say will be the cat’s meow.
Cat Haven will house up to 30 cats that will be available for adoption. The new structure, built with mostly volunteer labor, is one of several changes being made in the city’s animal control department.
“This is a first attempt to get some things improved at animal control,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Apartments, duplexes coming soon to Ruston

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More apartments and duplexes could be available in Ruston within the next 18 months because of action taken Monday by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Commissioners unanimously approved conditional use permits for the construction of six studio apartments to be located at 303 West Georgia Ave. and two duplexes on the northwest corner of Dubach Avenue at Tech Drive.
The apartments are expected to be finished in 18 months and the duplexes, within a year, according to terms of the applications.

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