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October 9th, 2005

Porn store shuts down

Less than a month after Dan Sasha Birman, 23, former owner and operator of Fantasy Video, was convicted on one count of a four-count indictment charging obscenity last month in the 3rd Judicial District Court.
“We should have everything out of here by tomorrow,” said one of the workers who did not give his name to The Leader. “They said they wanted us out of here.”

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Sanderson grew legendary dreams for community

The late William Lynn “Ikey” Sanderson, who served as mayor of the village of Choudrant for 42 years, was a true dreamer.
His vision led the village of Choudrant above and beyond what many small communities had in their day and has continued to help the municipality stay current in rapidly changing times.
But he always managed to keep his feet on the ground and help those who depended on him for everything from working on stadium lights at Louisiana Tech University to hooking up water service for a home in Choudrant.

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Regents ask state for a four percent increase

The measure — intended to address mandated cost increases in retirement contributions, insurance premiums and civil service merit raises — includes a financial hardship waiver for students who lack sufficient means to absorb the added cost. The fee would generate $17.7 million statewide.

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Mays elected as jury president

Mays, who defeated former jury president and longtime board member Jack Beard for the District 12 seat in the March 9 election, eased past District 1 representative Charles Owens to win the seat.
“I think the eight new jurors reflected what the local population wanted,” Mays said “They just wanted a new face.”
District 5 representative David Hammons was chosen as vice president.
Mays served on the jury from 1980 to 1984.

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Garrett's legend goes beyond just football

This is mostly true in the sports realm.
Babe. Gehrig. Mantle. Jordan. Kareem. Wilt. Elway. Marino. Montana. Just mentioning these names brings back memories for many people.
Ruston lays claim to the roots of another such one-name legend — Hoss.
Hoss Garrett was a legendary football coach for 35 seasons at Ruston High School, but to those who knew him best, Hoss was so much more than just a mentor on the sidelines.

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Galloway leaves impact on area, sport

He recently retired after 21 years of service. He is a distinguished member of his sports' Hall of Fame.
What former Louisiana Tech coach is it? Bill Galloway.
His accomplishments are outstanding. In his years of leading the Lady Techsters' softball program, he accumulated 933 victories and only 410 defeats.

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Simsboro holds heated public hearing

Under state law, the village is required to roll back the millage rate for property taxes every two years when property value is reassessed.
Then, the aldermen have the option of rolling those rates forward to last year's rate (5.08 percent) or leaving the rates at the old rate (4.57 percent).
Mayor Woodie Pritchett suggested rolling the rates back forward because the village would lose money if they weren't, and alderman Jimmy Dale Clements said he felt the money was "essential" to run the village.

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October 8th

Marbury part of legendary fabric of Lincoln Parish

One couple in Ruston has shown their devotion to the Piney Hills area by making all these contributions and more to Lincoln Parish.
William A. and Virginia Lomax Marbury, who together have been in business in Ruston since the 1940s, have made their mark both here and throughout the state with innovations in the field of insurance and their readiness to serve when called upon.
Perhaps the greatest benefactor of the Marburys’ good will has been Louisiana Tech University.

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Childress legacy lives on in players, coaches

As the players marched the concrete mile between the locker room and the practice field, Childress made his way to the game field.
He took a quick glance around him then looked at the sky. In an awe-inspiring moment, the rain ceased and the clouds folded themselves under the blanket of blue that is the sky.
Practice went as planned, or so the legend goes.
In an area where high school football is a religion, coach Childress is pastor emeritus.

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Beasley dedicates genius to community

Whether it was in the classroom as a Louisiana Tech professor or serving her constituents on the School Board, she always put the education of others first.
Paul Pennington, Beasley’s speech professor in the 1950s and her department head when she became a professor at Tech, said he has never had a student who was superior to Beasley in all his time at Tech.
“She was really an incredibly wonderful student,” Pennington said. “She was neat, moral, decent, kind; she was everything you would want a student to be.”

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