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City budget proposed

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Ruston sewer, water rates would increase
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Despite the elimination of pay raises and an increase in sewer and water rates, the City of Ruston’s expenditures are budgeted to exceed revenues for the coming fiscal year.
On Monday, the City Council convened as the Personnel Finance Committee to discuss the proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Total revenues are estimated to be approximately $67.3 million, and the total operating budget is $63.5 million. However, Assistant City Administrator Ed Pittman points out that when capital expenditures of $10.9 million are added in, the expenditures come to approximately $74 million. However, the city does have a reserve of $59.3 million, of which they are tapping into.

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Calling all tractors

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Third annual pull set for Saturday
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For the third year in a row, tractor enthusiasts will have a chance to witness and even participate in the Ruston Antique Tractor Pull.
Dennis Wink, a member of the Boeuf River Tractor Club, said the Ruston event first came about when Woodie Pritchett suggested it to Angela Manning with the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
“Woodie suggested it to Angela and she really liked the idea,” he said. “After that we just sort of all got in contact with each other.”
Wink said though they do have some young children participating in the event most participants are older.

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Big changes on horizon for university

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The Happening XXX, Louisiana Tech’s annual alumni gathering held at the Monroe Civic Center Tuesday night, was a sold-out event, and those who attended received a full dose of the school’s past, present and future:
• Kix Brooks, of the country music band Brooks & Dunn, serenaded the crowd and donated memorabilia;
• President Dan Reneau discussed Tech’s many academic and athletic accolades; and
• Head football coach Sonny Dykes pumped up fans regarding this year’s football season.

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New Tech reveals pilot year results

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The results are in and it appears that New Tech @ Ruston is passing.
At a Lincoln Parish School Board meeting earlier this month, Cathi Cox-Boniol, director of New Tech, told the board about the program’s pilot year.
Cox-Boniol shared data that revealed that the 96 students who finished the year in New Tech had 509 total absences in eighth grade. However, in ninth grade they had 379 absences.
“One of the things when we looked at bringing New Tech to Ruston High School and Lincoln Parish was not just for higher achievement on tests, but it was also to address our dropout issue,” Cox-Boniol said.

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MedCamps hosts Fun Shoot

On Friday and Saturday, MedCamps will host its 17th Annual Fun Shoot and Auction. This year’s event will be hosted at the OPSO Training Center and Public Range and is sponsored by Community Trust Bank, Vantage Health Plans, Promatic, 1st Franklin Financial, Scott Powerline and Utility Equipment and Creed & Creed Law Offices & Title Company.
The Fun Shoot is an individual or five-man team event and is comprised of a 100-shot Sporting Clay tournament and a 25 target archery tournament. Participants may register for both.

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Ruston man wins cruise in ‘Boatload of Fun’ sweepstakes

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“Get your sea legs ready!” That’s what national chain Pizza Inn told Ruston resident Eugene Pangilinan when they showed up on his doorstep Aug. 12 to announce he had won a seven-day/six-night Caribbean cruise in Pizza Inn’s national “Boatload of Fun” sweepstakes.
When Pangilinan answered and saw JoJo, the company icon, Pizza Inn employees and local franchise owner, Scot Brasuell, holding balloons and a pizza, he knew something big was happening. Pangilinan won the grand prize — a seven-day/six-night Caribbean cruise for four.

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Three locals exhibit at library

The Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is proud to host three local artists in an art exhibit of realism. These three Louisiana realists — Peter Jones, Albino Hinojosa and Jerry Berg — will be honored at an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
The show called Traditions for the 21st Century — Three Louisiana Realists, will run from Aug. 22 to Oct. 14.
By definition, realism depicts art that emphasizes actuality or ordinary visual experiences. Scenes are painted as they are or might be experienced in everyday life.

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Kirkpatrick speaks to Lions

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The Ruston Lions Club was recently entertained by former missionary Vance Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick related to the group his years of work with the people of Kenya.

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Trinity hosts Mark Hayes

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Special to the Leader
For those who loved and respected McCoy Ransom, Jr., Trinity United Methodist Church is presenting a special concert with award-winning concert pianist and composer Mark Hayes.
The concert takes place at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in the main sanctuary and will feature a choral work commissioned by the church choir in loving memory of McCoy.
The chancel choir will be singing several other choral arrangements by Hayes, who will also be playing some of his own keyboard arrangements. The Rev. Micky Cloud is inviting all who love to sing to an open rehearsal from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 27.

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Business Review - 8/18/11

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