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Political shake-up, new public safety complex, retirements on list
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Leader file photos- Clockwise, from top left: Ronny Walker was elected to be the city of Ruston’s next mayor in a November election after longtime Mayor Dan Hollingsworth announced his intention to retire. Walker will officially take the mayor’s office Thursday. ; Construction began on Railroad Park earlier this year to add updated sidewalks and new trees. The work has not been finished yet. ; In August, the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex opened its doors after years of planning and construction. ; Tech football players celebrate after their bowl win earlier this month. ; Pictured is a rendering of what the Tech South End Zone project is expected to look like upon completion. ; Pictured is Emma Purifoy, an A.E. Phillips student who was named the 2014 Louisiana Student of the Year.

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Four longtime leaders hang their hats

Ruston and Lincoln Parish saw the retirement of four longtime officeholders during 2014 and the subsequent election of new leaders, both at City Hall and in the 3rd Judicial District.

In March, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth announced he would not seek a fourth term in the fall elections, thus ending a 16-year run as Ruston’s mayor.

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