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Extending connections

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Choudrant discusses possible sewer tie-in
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Although there was no new or old business to discuss on the agenda at the regularly scheduled Village of Choudrant meeting Monday night, Mayor Bill Sanderson told the aldermen he had recently been approached by a property owner requesting sewer services for a new home that is currently under construction.
“Under normal circumstances, the village supplies the materials and the property owners provide the labor to extended the main,” Sanderson said.
“But this is an unique situation.”

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Reneau Drive official

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For 50 years Dan Reneau has been a part of Louisiana Tech University, as a student and as an educator and administrator.
And in 26 years as university president, Reneau has transformed an already strong university to one that is regarded as a Tier One school among national universities and has overseen unprecedented academic and research success.
Reneau, who will retire as Tech’s president on June 30, has created a legacy that will long outlast him at the university. But now his name will be a part of the university for generations to come.

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Theft complaint leads to drug arrest

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Following a theft of utilities complaint, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office made two arrests on drug possession with intent to distribute while investigating the complaint in the Choudrant area.
According to the arrest affidavit, the sheriff’s office was dispatched to 604 Roach Road in Choudrant Wednesday afternoon. While investigating the complaint, the deputy reportedly noticed Heather Nicole Gray, 25, of 3594 Highway 15 in Calhoun, asleep on the front porch. Gray was reportedly startled by the deputy’s presence and allegedly tried to conceal a suspected homemade foil pipe and cigar.

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‘Anybody Out There’ running at the Dixie

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A man already down and out on his luck wakes up to the worst day of his life. This scenario is currently being played out in Ruston Community Theatre’s production of  “Anybody Out There?” at the Dixie Center for the Arts today through Saturday.
“He wakes up on his birthday, gets a brick thrown through his window, his landlady tries to make him pay for it, his girlfriend breaks up with him, he gets robbed and his employer decreases his salary,” said Director Billy Chandler. “He is a born loser, Barney Fife-type character.”

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RHS to hold mock crash

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Multiple first responder agencies and Ruston High School Student Council members will participate in a mock fatal crash to demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving and lack of seatbelt usage to the junior and senior classes.
At 10 a.m. Friday at the Ruston High School front parking lot (off Bearcat drive), multiple agencies will converge with students to demonstrate the possible fatal consequences of impaired driving and the dangers of not using seat belts.

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Ruston Junior Guild

The Ruston Junior Guild held their winter meeting on Feb. 21, at the home of Donna White. The guests were welcomed on a cold and rainy day by the sight of her gardens of King Alfred Daffodils.
Terrill Deville was introduced to the club members as the guest speaker for the afternoon meeting. Deville was clothed in a Mardi Gras vest that depicted the theme of his program, which was the history of Mardi Gras.
His outfit was complete with Mardi Gras beads of gold, green and purple. These colors represent justice, power and faith.

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Playing ball with a buddy

Play ball! That’s the shout you’ll hear Saturday morning when Buddy Ball of Ruston opens its inaugural season. The coaches are set, the team rosters posted and the T-ball field at the Dixie Youth Complex has been made ready for the crack of the bat and the pop of the glove.
Buddy Ball is for special-needs youngsters whose disabilities preclude them from playing on other ball teams. But with adaptive rules, some special equipment and help from their volunteer buddies, the 30-plus boys and girls who’ll take the field can play just like everybody else.

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Time to celebrate Reneau

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The send-off celebration has started, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.
I’ve been a fortunate man in the 26 years since I walked across the stage at the Thomas Assembly Center to pick up my undergraduate degree.
And a big part of that fortune is some of the incredible people — almost legends — I’ve met in the piney hills of North Louisiana.
Yesterday afternoon, street signs were put up renaming parts of Arizona Avenue along the Louisiana Tech campus as Dan Reneau Drive.

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Pierian Club

On Jan. 8 the club saw 20 Pierian Club members visiting the home of Bobette Banks. Desserts were served by co-hostesses Mary Alice Moore and Shirley Reagan. After some fellowship time, the meeting was called to order by President Carol Young. Members said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and recited the Club Collect.
Member Vivian McCain presented the program and introduced Dr. Rowena Spencer. No one in the Club recognized her name, but she is a contemporary woman who is still living today at age 90. Source for the program is the book “Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times.”

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Science Olympiad teams win Region 3 tournament

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Thanks to Ruston High School and I. A. Lewis School, Lincoln Parish recently brought home the bronze, silver and gold at the Region 3 Science Olympiad Tournament held at Louisiana Tech University.
The RHS team captured three first place, four second place and two third place awards while IAL scored six second place and 17 third place finishes. All now advance to the state competition in Hammond on April 27.

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