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October 10th, 2005

Residents can dispose of hazardous waste Saturday

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will team up with the city's Public Works Department to hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Lincoln Parish Exhibition Center from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday.
"We started this four years ago," Public Works assistant director Ed Pittman said. "The city did it on its own at the Public Works Complex. The first year we had about about 50 cars. The next year we had about 75, and last year we had around 110."

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Leader captures LPA awards

Division four newspapers in the coveted General Excellence category, and claimed the advertising sweepstakes award during the Louisiana Press Association's annual meeting here Saturday.
"We at The Ruston Daily Leader strive to put a product out each day that keeps our reader informed and entertained," Daily Leader Rick Hohlt said. "This is an indication that others in the field of journalism believe that we are fulfilling our goal."

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Dumping large items about to get easier

Police Juror Bobby Dowling said the aim is to eliminate all of the excuses involved with illegal dumping.
"We're trying to make this as easy as possible for the citizens of Lincoln Parish," Dowling said. "We want to give them premium service at their door in order to stop this problem of lettering."
The new truck comes just as the police jury and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's office prepare to start more stringent enforcement of the parish's litter laws.

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City officials optimistic about downtown outlook

"We held our own preliminary meeting Tuesday," Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. "I met with our Ruston City Economic Administrator Ray Watson and our Ruston Civic Center Manager and Ruston Main Street Commission Director Judy Burt just to go over some general ideas before meeting with William (Lewis) and Richard (Lewis)."
Hollingsworth said the closing and subsequent new uses could actually be positives for downtown.

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DownTown Delights steps back in time

"We have about 150 pieces we can play and we'll try to be ready for any requests," band member Shirley Barron said.
"Our most requested song is Sentimental Journey," Mary Ann Woods added, "a danceable swing from the 1940s. People have memories of this time — when people were coming back from the war."
Senior citizens Shirley and Randall Barron, Billie and Robert Dawkins, Mary Ann Woods and Kandi Hinojosa make up the band, which derived its name from a song title of one of their earliest pieces.

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Bus Stop Diner closes doors

After fighting to stay afloat, owners Keith and Jennifer Upton decided it wasn't feasible to remain open anymore.
"I've been fighting the feeling of giving up," Keith Upton said. "But I feel like we went farther than many other people would have in this situation."
The Uptons' journey began on a positive note after signing their lease in June of last year and beginning to make some renovations to the old depot building.

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Bell's replacement down to three

Louisiana Department of Education distinguished educator Kenneth Jenkins, Lincoln Parish elementary supervisor Mary Null and Lincoln Parish secondary and vocational supervisor Ricky Edmiston are among the candidates from which superintendent Danny Bell must choose.
"We were fortunate to have so many good applicants to apply," Bell, who filled the position before accepting the job of superintendent, said. "I will review the (applications) and check references to make the very best decision for this situation."

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Subdivision to be built in Choudrant

A sub-division is coming to town.
A request to rezone property located on the west side of Choudrant and north of U.S. Highway 80 was approved at the village of Choudrant's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held Thursday night. This approval will allow Strozier Brothers of Ruston to build a subdivision with 93 homes in Choudrant.
The property was zoned as R-1, and approved to be changed to R-2. By changing it to R-2, the developer, Rusty Strozier of Strozier Brothers, will be able to build more homes per acre, Choudrant mayor Bill Sanderson said.

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October 9th

Maxwell hospitality legendary in parish

Ask anyone who has spent the night at one of Johnny Maxwell’s hotels. The staff is friendly, polite and attempts to help solve any problem travelers may encounter.
Maxwell wouldn’t have it any other way, according to people who know him. Maxwell made his money through hard work and demanded the same from his employees. But instead of making his money by sacrificing the livelihood of his employees, Maxwell also gave his employees the opportunity to succeed.

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Gipson proves value as senior

Last week, Gipson was named All-State MVP by Louisiana’s sportswriters. Earlier in the year, the 6-2 senior forward was named MVP for District 2-B.
Now, he can add MVP award No. 3 to his list of senior accolades. Gipson has been named Most Valuable Player for the 2003-04 version of The Ruston Daily Leader’s All-Parish team.
“He was very deserving of this honor — which is a good honor,” Dubach head coach Shane Lee said. “There are a lot of good players in this parish. It ought to mean something to him. He worked very hard for us.”

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