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July 28th, 2014

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July 26th

Jones sworn in

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Newly appointed District 2 Alderwoman Rosalind Jones has signed the paperwork making her an official member of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. Jones was named to the seat July 14 to serve the unexpired term of the late Alderman Elmore Mayfield. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth (left) presented Jones her official commission from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Friday.

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Elections emerge

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Sixty-three local, district and statewide positions are up for re-election this fall, but how many of those will actually appear on the Nov. 4 primary ballot depends on outcome of next month’s candidate qualifying.
“You never know until the last day of qualifying,” Dianna Stone, Lincoln Parish registrar of voters, said.

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Davis heads Ark-La-Tex HOF induction class

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North Louisiana has long been known for producing world-class athletes.
Lincoln Parish has always produced its fair share and is leading the way this year as five of six new inductees to Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions have strong local ties.
Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis will be joined by A.L. Williams, Ralph “Road Runner” Garr, Kim Mulkey, Billy Jack Talton and Alton “Red” Franklin as they will be inducted to the Ark-La-Tex Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

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Interim fire chief selected

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Ruston Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler League is the city’s new interim fire chief.
League was appointed to the post by Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, and succeeds Chief James Austin who retired July 22.
“I was honored that they trusted me to run the fire department,” League said Friday. “It’s kind of humbling. It’s a big responsibility. I’ve got a good staff. I’ve got a good bunch of guys to work with. We work well together.”
Hollingsworth called League’s appointment “a natural move up.”

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Sexual battery arrest

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A Grambling man convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile has been arrested on three new charges including violating his probation.
Cameron Gerard Bowden, 26, of 204 RWE Jones, also faces charges of sexual battery and unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. The charges stem from an incident that occurred July 16 at a Ruston residence, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Michael Lestage said.

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Election overview of jobs and duties:

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Here’s a brief look at the duties of the offices up for re-election this fall:
• U.S. Senator: Louisiana has two United States senators, both elected statewide and both of which represent the entire state. Senators cast votes on federal legislation, approve treaties and hold impeachment trials.
Congressman: Elected from districts; vote on federal legislation, including the initiation of appropriation and tax legislation.

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LPSO’s hard work pays off

After two years of investigations and hard work by local, state and federal law enforcement officials multiple suspects in an extensive drug operation have been apprehended.
Earlier this month law enforcement officials executed search warrants that resulted in more than $500,000 cash, multiple guns and a range of drugs spanning from marijuana to cocaine were seized.
U.S. District Attorney Stephanie Finley said this operation was not a surge.
“This is a sustainable operation and a smooth operation,” she said in a press conference on Thursday.

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Pro se not exactly a good idea

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We have all heard and used this one: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”
There is another that I use from time to time: “anyone can put on a band aid but when you break a leg you need a doctor.” I call this the “Band-Aid theory” of legal practice.
Recently the Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”) took some steps that are well-meaning, but I fear illusory. Before sounding critical, let me provide some background.

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Jindal's legacy en'sues' debate

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Admittedly, while being a working adult, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the only governor I’ve known. But, it sure seems like Jindal gets sued a lot more often than other governors.

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