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Lawsuit settled

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City pays firefighters $395K in back pay
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Approximately 35 current and former City of Ruston firefighters were able to rest a little easier on Monday night after the Board of Aldermen for the City of Ruston finally approved the transfer of funds for a settlement in a lawsuit filed in 2001.
Aldermen unanimously approved the transfer of $395,000 from the City of Ruston general budget into the Ruston Fire Department budget at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.
According to an official release by City of Ruston attorney Bill Carter, the dispute involved the interpretation of state statutes relating to the pay of fire personnel.

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Tech takes the checkered flag at annual competition

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A team of engineering students from Louisiana Tech University won first place for design and first place for diesel fuel mileage in the Urban Concept class and first place for Team Spirit at the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, held this past weekend in Houston, Texas.
The team from Louisiana Tech also earned second place for gasoline fuel mileage in the Urban Concept class.

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Chorus earns ‘Most Improved’ status

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Piney Hills Harmony succeeds at regional competition
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The coveted Most Improved Chorus status came home with Piney Hills Harmony when the group returned from its regional Sweet Adelines competition in Dallas.
The Ruston-based chorus competed with 17 other choruses from five states in the March contest. Piney Hills Harmony scored 74 more points than it did last year, giving it not only Most Improved honors, but also fifth place among small choruses.
The group was led by Ruston resident Sheila Nugent, who is in only her second year of directing the chorus.

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Tending to fire ants, planting vegetables

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FIRE ANTS
Red imported fire ants inflict painful stings and cre­ate unsightly mounds in our landscapes, and most of us would be happier if they weren’t around.
A variety of products and methods are available to control fire ants effectively. Unfortunately, no treatment will eradicate them from a yard permanently. The prod­uct chosen is often determined by the situation and the preferences of the individual doing the treatment.

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Lions Club hosts sheriff

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone was a recent speaker at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Stone briefed the group on the increasing cost of operating the Sheriff’s office and his need for support of the upcoming tax election.

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Pageant workshops scheduled

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The 2012 Dixie Gem Meghan Lee and the 2012 Princess Peach Madeline Clement recently put up posters in downtown Ruston for the DIxie Gem Peach pageant workshops set from 1-4 p.m. April 14 and May 19 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Potential Princess Peach Contestants, ages 4-6 at the date of the pageant, potential teen contestants ages 13 - 17 and potential Miss contestants ages 17 - 24 will have the opportunity to work on their skills. For more information and applications contact Donna Thompson at avidconsult12@yahoo.com or Timothy Bush at Tbush@rustonlincoln.com.

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Williams fits the Bill(s)

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Ex-RHS star provides model for underrated players
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Fifth-round draft picks aren’t supposed to be this good.
Yeah, right.
Somebody forgot to tell Kyle Derrick Williams.
In 2006, the former Ruston High School and LSU star was selected in the fifth round of the annual National Football League draft.

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Taylor’s Topics

Kentucky wins, Mulkey goes for No. 2
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Congratulations Kentucky. You proved all year long just how good you were, and Kansas got its second taste of that Monday night as they hoisted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship trophy over their heads. John Calipari finally squashed his doubters and critics, bringing home his first championship as a coach, and the first to Kentucky since 1998. The win also brought the Wildcats their eighth national championship, second only to the mighty UCLA Bruins and legendary Coach John Wooden with 11 championships — 10 of those coming in a 12-year span.

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Nick Isham to leave Louisiana Tech

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Quarterback Nick Isham has left the Louisiana Tech football program head coach Sonny Dykes announced Monday.
In one season with the Bulldogs, Isham played in 10 games, was 155-for-257 passing for 1,457 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions.
He also ran the ball 49 times for negative 19 yards and two touchdowns.

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Learn about Parkinson’s

Nearly 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website. It is also estimated that 7 to 10 million people have the disease worldwide.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and since approximately 60,0000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease each year, it is important that people learn about this disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. However, treatments can help those living with the disease manage their symptoms.

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