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Marzett sentenced

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A Ruston man who was involved in several residential burglaries in Lincoln Parish between March and May 2010 has been sentenced in Third Judicial District Court.
Damon Marzett was convicted of 17 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, along with two counts of armed robbery.

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RPAR softball revs up

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Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s fall softball season will swing into action a little earlier this year. Instead of mid-September, play for men’s, church and co-ed leagues will begin the week of Aug. 29.

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Kostelka to re-run for Senate District 35 seat

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Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, announces that he has committed to run to serve his one remaining term. “I am a state senator today because the business community recruited me to help repeal the Stelly Tax as well as other taxes and restrictions that were obstacles to business and job growth,” Kostelka said.

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Area poultry growers discuss networking

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Poultry growers from across a wide section of North Louisiana converged in the Farmerville Recreation Center on July 21 to hear informational briefings from state officials and to discuss the potential of regularly networking with each other.
Growers seemed to appreciate the idea.

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Regional artists’ work to be on display

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The art exhibition “Ruston En Plein Air” hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and 102 a Bistro (102 Monroe St.) will close Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. to make way for “Sifting the Exotic and Familiar,” which will open on at 5 p.m. Wednesday, “Ruston En Plein Air,” a collection of landscape paintings depicting Tech Farm and Ruston, includes work from 15 artists who participated in Peter Jones’s last painting class at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art.

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Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow visits Ruston

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The Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow has been in Ruston since Tuesday and will continue to look at items until 4 p.m. Saturday. Ruston residents are pictured having a 1965 Fender Mustang guitar appraised by a member of the Roadshow team. They are looking for a variety of items and are located at the Fairfield Inn, 1707 Roberta Ave.

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Parish schools celebrating

Parents who have decided to keep their children in the Lincoln Parish School System have a reason to celebrate this week. For the second year in a row, a Ruston High School English teacher has been named the Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year.

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Friend's death reminder of life's brevity

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Life is short, and you never really know what will happen five minutes from now.
I was reminded of that earlier this week in an all too painful way. Monday started off to be a good day for me. I’m usually off of work on Monday but had to come in to the office to get out the sports page as Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis was off on vacation. I was at my desk when Daily Leader Editor Laura Bond asked if I knew a Stanley Atkins from Grambling.

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The myth of Christian terrorism

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The young man from Norway with the chiseled blond good looks of a movie star, a Nordic god, who brutally slaughtered 76 innocent human beings, many of them children, claimed he was some kind of “crusader.” It took the police 90 minutes to arrive on the secluded island where the Labor Party hosted its youth retreat.

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America's poor have TV, computers

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The Census Bureau reported last fall that 43 million Americans, one in seven of us, were poor. But what is poverty in America? The most recent government data show more than half of the families defined as poor by the Census Bureau now have a computer in the home. More than three of every four poor families have air conditioning, almost two-thirds have cable or satellite television, and 92 percent have microwaves.

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