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Ruston High closed Friday

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Ruston High School will be closed on Friday due to the playoff football game against South LaFourche due to many RHS faculty and staff being out, as well as student groups who need travel time for the game. All other Ruston and Lincoln Parish schools will be in session.

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Suspected meth lab

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A Choudrant man was arrested Saturday after an investigation led to an alleged meth lab in a backpack.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dennis Penuell noticed that Jack Eugene Cook Jr., 41, of 2750 Louisiana Highway 820 in Choudrant, was allegedly buying excessive amounts of the controlled substance pseudoephedrine over the past few months.
Penuell reportedly asked Cook if he was cooking methamphetamine, which Cook denied. Cook allegedly gave Penuell permission to search his property.

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A new business building

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Louisiana Tech University students and faculty members are now enjoying a brand-new, state-of-the-art College of Business building.
On Saturday morning during Homecoming festivities, a dedication ceremony was held for the 42,000-square-foot building.
Tech President Dan Reneau and College of Business Dean James Lumpkin called the dedication a “red-letter day,” something they’ve been waiting and hoping for a long time.
“We’re very proud of the College of Business,” Reneau said. “We’re so proud to open this new facility.”

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Local political perspectives

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Daily Leader staff asked a few local residents what they believed are the three most important issues in the presidential election on Tuesday. Their responses will be printed today and Tuesday.

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Teens visit GSU

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With ear-deafening chants of GS-GS-Uuuu and several colorful displays about the school’s academics, Grambling State University presented its annual High School Day as host to nearly 2,000 high school students from as far away as Tennessee.
The Saturday event is one of the university’s primary recruiting efforts, and it seemed to be working.
“I am really considering it and the whole tour is convincing me to attend GSU,” said Niambi Simbley, a high school senior whose mother graduated from Grambling.

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Students, faculty attend conference at West Point

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Louisiana Tech University Student Government President Will Dearmon, Treasurer Matt Rich, and faculty member Wayne Hogue recently attended the 27th Annual National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA) at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Approximately 150 students and 30 faculty members from across the United States were invited to attend the prestigious three-day conference to engage in intensive discussion and examination of ethical and moral issues facing college students today.

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Learn more about diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 79 million Americans are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Nearly 26 million Americans already have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in this country, and the ADA estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $174 billion.
It is estimated that one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless precautions are taken.
This is why the ADA has designated November as American Diabetes Month, set aside to help raise awareness of the disease.

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Why you should shop locally

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I have made no secret that I am fairly biased toward Louisiana. With that, I try to support as many of our businesses and industries as possible — from food to authors. Although I feel I personally do not contribute that much, I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find others who are just as conscientious about their shopping habits as I am.
As Lynda Steed, director of development at Cedar Creek School, introduced famed Chef Cory Bahr, she remarked on his “passion about incorporating local products into his Southern cuisine.”

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Firefighters attack barn blaze

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At approximately 5:23 p.m. Sunday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a hay barn fire on St. Peter Road in southeast Lincoln Parish.
LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said the first fire apparatus on scene found an open air barn that was fully involved in fire.
“This barn was completely filled with round hay bales,” Hilton said. “The fire had also spread to an adjacent storage building containing firewood, and was threatening a workshop and adjacent residence.”

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Princeton Place goes to the dogs

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John Mitchell and his dogs, “Austin the Flyn’ Lion” and “Brandy,” entertained residents at Princeton Place Nursing and Rehabilitation on Nov. 1. Mitchell is a Lincoln Parish native who attended Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University. In addition to his dogs, with whom he has appeared on national television, he is also a musician and an artist.

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