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Housing market stable

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Varying numbers look bright locally
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With the ongoing foreclosure crisis and policy changes, the housing market on a national level doesn’t look very bright.
However, that doesn’t apply to the city of Ruston.
Dicky Nealy, broker and principal owner of ERA Lincoln Reality, said Ruston has a relatively stable housing market.

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Funds from sales benefit DART

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It’s pumpkin time again.
During the month of October each year, the holiday fruit is sold at the Townsend House in Ruston as a means to raise funds. Monies go to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, which serves victims through providing shelter, advocacy and other services.
The annual Pumpkin Patch has reportedly drawn some pretty plump pumpkins this year.

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GSU president recognized

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Pogue named one of the top African-American presidents
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GRAMBLING — It was no surprise to Grambling State University faculty, staff and students that their president Frank G. Pogue has been named one of the top African-American presidents at a college or university in the United States.
Late last week the Atlanta Post announced their top ten African-American University and College presidents. Based on their selection Pogue ranked ninth on the list of presidents. The online publication stated that, “Education has been touted as the universal key to success.

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Help spread fire safety

Little ones across the nation are learning all about fire safety this week as part of the National Fire Prevention Week.
They’ll learn how to stop drop and roll, how to get out of a burning house and how to avoid causing fires. But, the truth is that adults probably need just as much of a brush-up each year as their children do.
According to the national Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org, the observance began to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

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Always remember to vote

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Sitting around a table, discussing the politics of the nation is a favorite pastime of many people I know. In fact, the best man from my wedding is even traveling across the country today to begin a political career as a campaign manager.
However, I’ve never really been a very politically-minded person. But, right now as state elections draw near and the nationwide races begin to heat up, it seems like you can’t walk to your mailbox without overhearing or being pulled into a political discussion. It’s not that I don’t have opinions; I have some that I’m quite passionate about actually.

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Musings and word pictures

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We call a man a pagan if he makes an idol of wood or stone by the works of his own hands, and then worships it. But what about the fellow who makes money by the works of his own hands, and then does the same thing?
The wisest young woman of all is the one who flees fast enough to remain modest and demure — yet not so fast that she cannot be caught by her own Prince Charming!

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Bumps, bruises: A topsy turvy sports season
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If anyone had stood up in a crowd and said that the Detroit Lions would be 5 – 0 while the Indianapolis Colts were 0 – 5, they might have been tarred, feathered, placed in the center of a downtown area and laughed at from a good, hearty place by all those who walked by.
But alas, that poor, hypothetical being would have been entirely correct, and we would have all have had to swallow our words, no matter how bitter they may be.
With the first five weeks of regular season play, the National Football League has had the foundations turned upside down, teams that were completely inept and aloof about two years ago are now among the top of the league.

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Bulldogs take needed breather

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Open date will allow Tech to patch up injuries
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Talk about perfect timing, but that’s the case with Louisiana Tech University having an open date this weekend.
With a large group of players dealing with either injuries or “aches and pains” following Saturday’s 24-11 Western Athletic Conference victory at Idaho, the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1) can use some recovery time.
“We are really beat up,” said Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes following the Bulldogs’ first league win of the season at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

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Techsters nearing start of season

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It won’t be long for the 2011-12 basketball season starting up for Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Louisiana Tech women’s team.
The Hall of Fame coach has sent her squad through over a week’s worth of workouts, as the Lady Techsters are just over a month away from the start of their regular season.
Although men’s college basketball programs won’t begin their official workouts until Friday, the NCAA changed the rules for the women’s side last year allowing those programs to start practice 40 days out from their first game.

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RHS girls finish No. 6 at meet

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Ruston High School’s Top 10 state ranked cross country team for girls finished No. 6 at the recently held Mississippi College Invitational in Clinton, Miss.
The Lady Bearcats featured a No. 8 individual finisher in Maya Robertson, who had a time of 6:23 for the 2.5-mile course.
Other individual places for Ruston included Adaiza Austin, No. 24, 6:38; Anna Hall, No. 28, 6:39; Morgan Winstead, No. 34, 6:K46; Tanya Stark, No. 57, 7:00 and Hannah Rhodes, No. 123, 7:40.

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