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August 5th, 2015

Detention center aids inmates in success

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center had come a long way in recent years. After being taken over by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office in 2012, improvements have been made across the board.
But looking back Warden Jim Tuten said there are a few things he would have done differently, but overall they LPDC is in good shape.
Mid-year reports recently came in showing the LPDC had a $179,552 surplus.
“That is better than we thought it was going to be,” Tuten said. “The mid-year report means more for us internally.”

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Don't take the easy way out

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A continued lack of purpose to actually legislate in this the latest Congressional early departure, truly shows that your elected officials repeatedly prefer to opt for short-term fixes rather than negotiated bicameral lasting agreements.
The House voted to extend the transportation bill for three months, just enough time for them to open another session to rehash existing plans. However, the Senate passed a three-year extension.

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Amtrak could roll through Ruston

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Ruston namesake Robert E. Russ knew what he was doing when he made a deal with the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad to locate their line on 640 acres of his land in exchange for two-thirds interest in the property.
“Russ Town” aka Ruston, was founded in 1883 after construction of that first rail line from Shreveport to Monroe. Now, 132 years later, there’s talk of another Shreveport to Monroe line, actually a Shreveport to Vicksburg, Mississippi line with stops in Ruston and Monroe.

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August 4th

Aldermen pass alcohol vote 4-1

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Louisiana Tech University is one step closer to being able to serve alcohol in the exclusive club section of its new Davison Athletic Complex.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday voted to exempt the Tech campus from the portion of the city’s alcohol ordinance that prohibits alcohol sales within 300 feet of a school. The move opens the way for Tech’s contract caterer, Aramark, to apply for both local and state alcohol permits.

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RPD seeks runaway girl

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The Ruston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile. 
Ryneshia Mayfield, 14, ran away from her home in Ruston in July.  She is believed to be in the Ruston-Monroe area. 
Anyone with information regarding the location of Ryneshia Mayfield, should please contact Sergeant Chad Hamlin with the Ruston Police Department or CrimeStoppers of Lincoln Parish.

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Student embodies what GSU stands for

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One Grambling State University student said he wears many hats — including a helmet — with a passion for his faith, family and university.
Jonathan Wallace, born in Jackson, Mississippi, said through his faith in God, he is able to achieve all that he has done in his two years at Grambling.
Wallace, who grew up in Rayville, currently starts for the GSU football team as a punter and kicker, is the Grambling Student Government Association president and is an avid piano player as well.

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Choudrant council discusses street repairs

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The Choudrant Town Council voted Monday to table the Cross Connection Control Ordinance until the September meeting following the mayors recommendation.
The council held a public hearing about the Cross Connection Control Ordinance, an ordinance on a new water system, for which there was no public input.
“We are already under the mandate to install certain pieces of equipment,” Mayor Bill Sanderson said.
“What I recommend at this point, is to table this until the next meeting.”

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Date set for Fall Fun Day

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Simsboro Mayor Sybil Foster said the date for the village’s Fall Fun Day at the park is Oct. 10.
“We’re going to try and have some music, some antique car shows, maybe some tractors,” she said. “We are also going to have some activities for the kids.”
Foster is asking for anyone interested in helping for the Fall Fun Day to get involved.
“If you all know of anything you’d like to add to it or if anyone knows anyone who would like to play some music or serve some food, any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated,” she said.

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Genesis Energy honored

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Genesis Energy was honored Monday as Ruston’s Employer of the Month. City Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin (left) and Mayor Ronny Walker (center) presented Genesis Senior Attorney Pamela Stewart (right) with a commemorative collage of city scenes. Genesis employs approximately 126 people at its Ruston trucking location.

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Congratulating our champions

It’s always great to see your kids make the most of an opportunity.
And that’s why the Ruston Daily Leader is so proud of the Ruston Ozone 11-year-old team for recently capturing a regional Dixie Little League World Series championship in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Ruston lost its opening game before going undefeated the rest of the way in the eight-team tournament featuring teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

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