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October 16th, 2013

McClain identified as victim of fire

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Jettie McClain, 64, of Ruston, has been identified as the victim of an early morning residential structure fire on Tuesday on Edgewood Street.
Just after midnight Monday, Ruston firefighters were dispatched to a single story residential structure fire at Edgewood Street. When officials arrived they found the single-family, wood-frame, house fully involved in flames. A resident of the home, 45-year-old Phillip McClain told first responders that his brother was trapped within the burning structure.

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LPPJ denies DA fund increase request

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Facing tough financial choices, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury passed a motion at last week’s monthly meeting to maintain the same budget award requests for 2014 as were given in 2013.
Several agencies that receive funds from the LPPJ requested increases for 2014, including a 70.73 percent increase requested by the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office. The Lincoln Parish DA’s Office requested $289,660, a $120,000 increase over the $169,660 the agency received last year.

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Sixth graders ‘think pink’ with walk

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At 2 p.m. Friday students, teachers and parents at I.A. Lewis were seeing pink as they completed their breast cancer awareness walk, which raised $525.
Christy Hipp, a parent at I.A. Lewis, said her daughter Grayson thought the walk would be fun for them to do together.
“This is something fun to do, but they are passionate about awareness as well,” Hipp said.
“I think it is great that the school is supporting such a worthy cause.”
Lois Davis, a parent as well, said she feels it is good that the children see that there are bigger things out there.

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New Korean karate class offered at RPAR

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Jordan’s Korean Karate is pleased to announce a new Ruston Parks and Recreation class. The class will be held from 5-5:45 p.m. on Thursdays in the McLane Multipurpose Center on James Street (in front of Ruston High School). The new addition will join the programs’ other class times and will offer both new and current students the opportunity to train in the martial arts.
Jordan’s Korean Karate is directed by David Jordan, ninth degree black belt. Loren Todd, first level black belt will be the head instructor of the Thursday night class.

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Club news: Culture Guild hosts meeting

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The regular monthly meeting of the Culture Guild was held at the home of member Anne Kilpatrick. Hostesses were Helen Reeves and Lou Ropp.
Marlen Jimerson introduced the program’s performer Steel Moegle, associate professor of music at Louisiana Tech University, who played several piano selections. Moegle teaches applied piano, piano classes, music history and honors music appreciation at Tech. In addition to teaching, she is well known throughout the region as a soloist and collaborator.

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Recognizing contributions

We learned earlier this week of a group of physicists from Louisiana Tech University were part of the team that the Nobel Committee recognized for their contribution to physics.
The award was given in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field.

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Common sense can go a long way

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If it weren’t so serious it would be funny: The federal government is suing the Ruston Housing Authority for allowing people to live where they want to live.
“Between 2007 and at least 2011, the staff at RHA has followed a practice of deferring to the preferences of white applicants for the Louise and Maryland Plaza homes, and of black applicants for the Eastwood, Greenwood or Truman homes,” the U.S. Justice Department contends in a suit filed on the eve of federal government shutdown.

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Impairment suspected in Tuesday’s Ouachita fatal crash

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At 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 20 about four miles west of West Monroe.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by 47-year-old Bobby Childers, of West Monroe, was traveling west on Interstate 20 when it drove off the left side of the road and into the median. The Dodge then traveled back across both westbound lanes, off the right side of Interstate 20 where it rotated counterclockwise and began overturning.

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Banks nominated

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Tech receiver candidate for Wuerffel Trophy

Louisiana Tech has nominated Wide Receiver/Return Specialist D.J. Banks for the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy reports Patrick Walsh, Director of Media Communications.
The senior from West Monroe High School majoring in Business, was 2012 First Team All-WAC and First Team Preseason Conference USA after transferring to Tech from Tulane in 2011. He’s very active in giving back to the community in the way of speaking and mentoring local youth.

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Hunt finds a hole for the Bearcats

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Ruston High freshman running back Carlos Hunt breaks free to gain yardage Monday in a freshman team game against Minden. The Bearcats fell to Minden 33-7 in that contest.

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