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January 10th, 2014

The earth opens on Monroe Street

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Sinkhole closes off section of downtown Ruston
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City officials aren’t sure what caused a sinkhole to open up Thursday on Monroe Street near its intersection with Dan Reneau Drive.
“We don’t know if it’s a sewer line that collapsed underneath the street or some other line,” Richard Aillet, Ruston’s head of engineering services, said this morning.
The roughly 15-foot-long-by-5-foot-wide chunk is about 2 feet deep on one side.
The block of Monroe Street between Texas Street and Dan Reneau Drive is expected to remain closed until the cave-in is fixed.

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Texas man charged with local burglary

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On Jan. 3, a residential burglary at 504 Robert St. was reported to the Ruston Police Department.
During the course of a follow-up investigation by detectives with the Criminal Investigative Division of RPD, Joseph L. Dean, 24, of 1609 Crockett St., Garland, Texas, was developed as a suspect.
Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Dean and a search warrant for his residence.
Detectives executed this search warrant at Dean’s local residence, 2000 W. Barnett Springs, on Thursday.

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Bulldogs slam Owls, 84-64

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Tech wins first ever Conference USA game over Florida Atlantic
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Louisiana Tech’s strong second half surge was more than enough for the Bulldogs to pull away Thursday for a 84-64 win over Florida Atlantic in the first Conference USA game ever for both teams before a crowd of 2,678 inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Owls (4-11, 0-1 C-USA) used their size and a strong zone defense to keep the Bulldogs within reach during the first half, but Tech (13-3, 1-0) opened the second half a 12-2 run that propelled it to a fifth straight win.

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Appleby injury not deemed serious

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Louisiana Tech junior guard Raheem Appleby received good news late Thursday night as tests on his left ankle were negative.
Appleby, who went down in the first half of the Bulldogs Conference USA opener versus Florida Atlantic, appeared to have suffered a severe ankle injury as he was carried off the floor and eventually taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center for X-rays and a CT scan.
All tests came back negative as doctors diagnosed it as an ankle sprain.
The Bulldogs leading scorer is questionable for Saturday’s contest against Florida International.

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GSU teams to play doubleheader at Southern on Saturday

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Grambling State University’s basketball team take to the road Saturday for doubleheader action at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Pictured at left is Lady Tigers forward Victoya Ricks (00), who is averaged 11.5 points per game and leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per contest. The Lady Tigers stand at 5-8 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while the Lady Jaguars are 5-5 and 2-0. Pictured at right is Grambling guard A’Torri Shine (1), who leads the Tigers with 17.4 points per game. The G-Men enter the game at 1-10 and 0-2 in the SWAC while the Jaguars are 6-9 and 2-0.

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Mardi Gras Ball tickets available

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Come dine, dance and support the arts with us this February.
The Ruston Civic Symphony Society’s Annual Mardi Gras Ball has been a highlight of the North Central Louisiana Mardi Gras scene for a long time. This year it is reinventing itself as the four other arts-affiliated nonprofits that call Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts home join with RCSS to host the 15th Annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction.

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Brewster family uncovered from the grave

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A few months ago, I ran across a little mystery involving some very old tombstones in Union Parish that had the last name Brewster.
Ebenezer Cemetery is located on the corner of Hicks-Frazier Road and Highway 33, or so I have been told. I have not actually been able to physically locate it — for very good reason, as most of the stones have been moved.

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Buckle down on resolutions

January is a time for starting life anew. When a new year dawns, people make resolutions to lose weight, exercise, further their education and more.
For some, those resolutions have already gone by the wayside, but it’s not too late to buckle down and accomplish those goals.
Many people across the country begin the year with a plan to sort out their financial situation, whether that means getting out of debt, saving rainy day funds or figuring out what they need to do to accomplish their future goals such as retirement.

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Museum exhibit includes artifacts

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Before the Christmas holidays I had the chance to swing by the Lincoln Parish Museum to talk with James White and Margaret Ann Emory, museum director, about an exhibit they currently have on display.
This exhibit of churches illustrated by White was truly remarkable. But while I was there, Margaret Ann also showed me another exhibit that was on display.
As we walked into the back room of the museum, I was floored by the exhibit that was before my eyes. Enclosed in multiple cases, which will remain on permanent display in the museum, were countless Native American artifacts.

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January 9th

GSU: Lab schools do have heaters

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Will Sutton, director of the Grambling State University media bureau, called a story that broke on Wednesday about the university’s lab schools “bogus” this morning.
An anonymous email purporting to be from an angry Grambling High School student on Wednesday, claimed that only one or two classrooms in the school had heat, which was insufficient. The email claimed that the only place in the school warm enough were the lobby and main office.

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