Ruston’s Les Singletary voted early today at Glen View Elementary School. Lincoln Parish’s residents hit the polls to cast ballots in elections for Grambling mayor and aldermen, Dubach mayor, a school board spot, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seats and state lieutenant governor. Also on the ballot is Lincoln Parish Library tax support renewal and 10 state Constitutional Amendments.
Polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Comprehensive election results will be in Wednesday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.
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For the second week in a row, hundreds of Ruston power customers were left in the dark.
This time, the duration of the outage was shorter, beginning shortly after 8 a.m. and lasting for about 20 minutes.
City of Ruston Power and Light Manager Darrell Caraway said about 600 customers in the downtown area lost power this morning after Circuit No. 5 — the same one as last week — was affected.
Area residents should be up and running after Saturday afternoon’s severe weather.
Widespread damage was caused throughout Lincoln Parish by high-speed winds.
Josh Turner, who was driving north on Louisiana Highway 818 toward U.S. Highway 80 when he saw a tree falling in front him, ended up with his GMC pick-up truck smashed.
“I didn’t have time to stop and not get hit, it was going to hit me, so I gunned it,” said Turner, who escaped uninjured. “It hit the back top of the truck and then tore up the cargo area as a I slid through.”
For the second year in a row, a team of students from Louisiana Tech University has won first place for diesel fuel efficiency in the Urban Concept class of the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, held this past weekend in Houston.
Louisiana Tech’s vehicle, “Hot Rod,” defended its 2012 title by achieving 316 miles per gallon, besting the second place team by more than 70 mpg. The team’s newest vehicle, “Tech Double X,” had a successful debut, coming in fourth place in gasoline fuel efficiency in the Urban Concept class with 355 mpg.
RUSTON (AP) — A fire gutted a Louisiana Tech University fraternity house on Saturday, resulting in injuries to three firefighters but none to students.
Lt. Tim Parker of the Ruston police said firefighters responded to a 4:35 p.m. call about a fire at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at the edge of the Tech campus. The fire engulfed the building and spread to a nearby structure. It caused a roof collapse and items to be ejected from the frat house.