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FAA promises airport help

The Airport Authority has been working on the project since 1992, in hopes of expanding the current 5,000-feet runway an extra 1,000 feet.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, along with U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, and other local officials traveled to Ft. Worth, Texas, last week to lobby with the Federal Aviation Administration over the importance of the runway expansion project.

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Cuz’ sends dagger to the heart

I recently ran into one of my cousins, who is currently a senior at Ruston High School, at Raising Cane’s when we were both grabbing lunch.
Knowing his high school career was winding down, I asked him, “So what are you doing about school next year?”
His reply?
“I’m going to Tech ...”
That’s what I’m talking about right there!
As a proud alumnus of Louisiana Tech University, I’m always trying to recruit quality students — and my cousin is a very bright, hard-working young man — to my alma mater.
Of course, what followed up those four words is what shattered my heart.

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North, South split in FCA hoops fest

The director of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes wants to make the Game of Honor even bigger and better in the future.
“I was very happy with the results for year No. 1,” Butler said Sunday following boys’ and girls’ games that were held at the Ruston High School gymnasium. “But we have some things we can build upon. We have some things we will add and, most of all, we will continue to honor the legacy of coach Rick Huckabay.”

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Country singer ropes in thousands at Rabb’s

With a total of 3,300 ticket purchases, it was the largest turnout for a performer at Rabb’s Steakhouse since the concert area was added approximately five years ago.
Admirers of the popular singer came from as far away as California, Oklahoma and Virginia to stand outside and cheer Allan on. Rabb’s Steakhouse owner Larry Rabb estimated about 50 percent of the concert attendees were from out of state.

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First shot fired in trash war

When that same little girl meets a brick wall when she tries to find out what could be done about picking up the trash, the problem moves from severe to extreme.
“I saw how trashy our highways were,” Avery Woodard, a student at A.E. Phillips School, said. “I tried calling a lot of places and no one knew what to do.”

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Office death toll still zero

Consider yourself lucky if that’s all that happened; it could have went like April 9, 2004, went for Private First Class Jeremy Church.
At the time, Church was a driver for the 724th Transportation Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit on active duty in Global War on Terrorism in Iraq. As Church and the rest of his unit moved in a convoy that day, they were ambushed by more than 150 insurgents.
According to the citation that accompanied the Silver Star Church was awarded for his actions on that day, here is what happened next.

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Eugene wows ’em on Wonderlic

But this one doesn’t center around the on-the-field success that the Grambling State University quarterback enjoyed over the past several years.
It deals with a written test used by the National Football League for evaluating prospects for its annual draft.
The Wonderlic.
It’s a short-term intelligence test that measures a player’s ability to think on his feet, follow directions and make effective decisions under pressure.

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Parish agencies launch war on trash

Judge Cynthia Woodard, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone and Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark joined Lincoln Parish Police Juror Bobby Dowling in announcing an all-out war against litter, beginning April 1.
“The Great America Cleanup is scheduled for the week of April 1-8,” Dowling told a group that included mayors Dan Hollingsworth of Ruston and Margaret Rogers of Dubach. “We want to clean up every bit of Lincoln Parish that week.”
The anti-litter campaign will also coincide with what’s become an annual cleanup effort by Louisiana Tech University students — the Big Event.

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