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September 9th, 2015

City of Ruston receives new budget

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The City of Ruston has a new budget for the spending year that begins Oct. 1, but part of the document has drawn objection from District 4 Alderman Jim Pearce.
Peace was the lone dissenter in Tuesday night’s 4-1 vote to adopt the $57 million spending plan.
Pearce said his vote reflects his concern over the Walker administration’s decision to include 33 unfilled positions in the budget. The positions are among those cut during the last several years of former Mayor Dan Hollingsworth’s administration.

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Guice gives ‘State of the University Address’

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Louisiana Tech President Les Guice held his annual “State of the University Address” Tuesday at a faculty/staff convocation signaling the start of the university’s 2015-16 school year.
Classes will begin for Tech students on Thursday.
Guice expressed optimism for the upcoming year and said that Tech’s newest freshman class should be a signal for good things to come.

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Kentrell Brice: Big fish in small pond

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Don’t expect to see Kentrell Brice spending a rare day off sitting on the dock of the bay anytime soon.
He admits he was a fish out of water, so to speak, at this year’s Conference USA football media day, in more ways than one.
When the league organized an event that involved student-athletes from each of its 13 football-playing member institutions spending an afternoon fishing off the pier in south Florida, Brice wasn’t exactly thrilled. His media responsibilities the next day weren’t high on the soft-spoken safety’s list either.

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RHS digs out volleyball victory over Loyola

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The Ruston High School volleyball team took a straight set over Loyola Prep Tuesday, winning 25-20,25-6,25-16.
Reagan Lee had seven service aces, two blocks and five kills for the Lady Bearcats while Le’Ana Leonard had two aces and three kills.
Kara Goff had five kills and eight digs for RHS, who also received three kils from Madalynn Plunkett. Four RHS players finished with a 100 percent serving percentage.

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LA Tech’s Douglas C-USA Defensive POW

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Coming into week three of the 2015 season, Louisiana Tech senior Taylor Douglas had only recorded one career goal.
The defender doubled that this past weekend with a goal in each victory, plus an assist, leading to her being named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
On Friday at crossparish foe Grambling State, the Carrollton, Texas, native came off the bench to deliver a header goal off a set piece. She was also on the other side of the scoring effort, dropping in a perfectly placed ball into the box which led to a goal.

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LSMSA to host meeting for prospects

Prospective students and their parents will have 12 opportunities this fall to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons at Centenary College in Shreveport.
Another meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, in the university library located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
On Sept. 22, a meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of the East Bank Regional Library.

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Pine Hills receives $2,076

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Claiborne Electric Operation Round Up Trust Board member Danny Allen, right, presents an ORU grant to Carole Carson, left, director of the Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center in Ruston. The grant, in the amount of $2,076, will be used to purchase a new projector system for office use and volunteer training, along with a canopy to be used for volunteer opportunities at community events.

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Keeping babies safe all year

School is in session for area youth. But what about those children who are still at home?
September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s goal is to help educate parents and caregivers on safeguarding against hidden hazards in the home through their campaign “A Room With A Safe View.”
Raising a bundle of joy takes care and knowledge to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. It’s important to know how to properly use any juvenile product, including cautiously following product instructions and using keenly attuned instincts when caring for baby at all times.

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And the election races are on

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On your mark, get set … And the horses are out of the gate. Well, sort of. Candidate qualifying for the Oct. 24 primary is underway. Finally voters are beginning to learn who’s really running and who’s just making noise.
Though we won’t know for sure how many actual races will be on the ballot until qualifying closes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the local election day landscape is considerably less daunting than it was this time last year.

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Reader writes on Obamacare

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I recently received Rep Ralph Abraham’s latest e-newsletter.
I read through it carefully several times and I realized from this latest correspondence that Abraham is not representing me, my beliefs, nor my values.
By his continued efforts to repeal the ACA, which by the way has not only saved my life, but also my son’s and my father’s lives from a genetic blood disorder, Abraham blindly follows the party line as he disregards all the number of enrollees in the ACA, and all of our success stories.

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