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Saying goodbye

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Approximately 300 gather to bid Hollingsworth adieu
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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON- Retiring Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth (left), visits with Jack Beard, of Ruston, during Tuesday’s reception hosted by city employees. Hollingsworth leaves office Dec. 31 after serving 16 years as mayor.

Approximately 300 people gathered in the Ruston Civic Center Tuesday afternoon to thank retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth for his 16 years of service.

“He ran for office for all the right reasons,” Benny Denny, a longtime friend and political ally of Hollingsworth’s, told the crowd.

Denny praised the four-term mayor for his leadership, his vision for Ruston’s future and his work with city staff members to enact changes that Denny said increased government efficiency. Denny said Hollingsworth is responsible for more than 100 municipal improvement projects.

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