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First Friday entertaining

As part of First Fridays, held on the first Friday of every month, art galleries, retail shops, restaurants and the Dixie Center for the Arts are open late to offer residents a little downtown entertainment.
“We plan to get it built up for people to know every first Friday of the month, there will be something to do in Ruston where people can enjoy themselves and see people they haven’t seen in a while,” said Meg Waters, assistant director of Ruston Main Street.

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Advancements empower Tech researchers

Tech’s research future, an outgrowth of dreams set in motion two decades ago, has grown through focused efforts like grant-writing and a presence in state and national scholarly pursuits.
Involvement in the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative is no different, in that respect, than having representatives working with the National Science Foundation on a clean energy project.
LONI does, however, empower the university in a unique way, giving it an impressive link to other research entities statewide and through national networks.

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Tech to host prep jamboree

Joining up with the Bearcats and Cougars will be Caldwell High, Shreveport Calvary Baptist, Farmerville and Minden.
The Friday night jamboree is the culmination of talks that began last year between coaches Billy Laird of Ruston High and Corwyn Aldredge of Cedar Creek and is set up for a two-year contract on the FieldTurf of the 30,600-seat Aillet facility.

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Moratorium plan shows concern

A moratorium on building new apartments, duplexes and high-density subdivisions in the city’s residential neighborhoods can, on its face, seem like a measure that will just stall development. It is intended to protect homeowners’ investments in their property and keep development on a guided path. These concerns came out in recent Ruston 21 planning meetings.

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‘The Miracles’ are coming

“My favorite part of the show is going to be the beginning,” Gill said. “That’s where, through special effects, we’re going to re-create a storm right there in the auditorium.”
“The Miracles” originated in 2005 when Gill developed an experimental documentary for the British Broadcasting Company and Discovery Channel called “The Miracles of Jesus.” He was recruited for the project based on his reputation as a Christian and an illusionist, and he was presented with the challenge of re-creating some of the better-known miracles of Jesus Christ.

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It's a bit lonelier right now

Recently, a whole slew of people who live around me left their homes distinctly still and empty. That brings around a feeling that change is on the horizon for those of us who end up hanging around in their wake. It brings up questions about who is going to live in those homes now. You wonder if they will fill quickly or slowly, whether new neighbors will be friendly or not.

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GSU, Tech players: Impact potential

In the Tigers’ run to an 11-2 record, Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and national black collegiate title in 2008, Lenard was a constant pest for opposing teams.
The 5-11 and 195-pounder led the team in interceptions with six covering 98 yards, including one for a touchdown, and returned 13 kickoffs for a club-leading 25.2 average.
His 33 tackles also ranked No. 10 on a defensive unit that was the stingiest in the SWAC.
Lenard is due for even more breakout potential in 2009.

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City approves moratorium

“It seems that whether we vote for 12 or 18 months, it would not please the people who don’t want a moratorium at all,” alderman Elmore Mayfield said. “Those representing the Chamber (of Commerce) seem to want no moratorium, (but) most individuals I have talked to have indicated (the moratorium) is the direction they want to go.”
The moratorium is applicable to about 13 percent of the city’s land, and only a small portion of that area is not already built upon, so Hollingsworth said he anticipated the economic impact would be minimal.

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YMCA looks to meet needs in Ruston

This is one area of need that the YMCA of Northeast Louisiana is hoping to help meet, if it can rally the support of the community.
The YMCA works to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities, and local leaders are looking to expand its reach into the Ruston area.
Our local youth tackle football program has been administered by the YMCA, but a recent gift from Saint-Gobain Containers has sparked a campaign to provide more services in Lincoln Parish.

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Ruston embraces new season

It was in full bloom this weekend as incredible weather greeted area residents who ventured out for all kinds of great things happening all weekend long.
Things got started off Friday night with the initial First Fridays event going on downtown. The new event, started by Ruston’s Main Street Association, is designated to get residents out to see and celebrate just how much the downtown area has to offer. Monty Russell and Friends staged a concert in Railroad Park, while many businesses extended their hours in an attempt to lure more people downtown.

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