After serving as the assessor for Jackson Parish for 34 1/2 years, Eddie Gatlin has decided not to be a candidate in the 2015 election.
“My present term in office will end December 31, 2016,” Gaitlin said. “I am making my public announcement at this time to allow anyone considering the position of assessor ample time to prepare for their campaign.”
Qualifying to be a candidate for the October election will be Sept. 8-10. The election will be held Oct. 24.
Kenny Galyean, vice chairman for program development with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, congratulated students and teachers who had been chosen by their schools and the district to be honored at the fourth annual Lincoln Parish Schools Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Monday night. Pictures and a full list of the winners will run in Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.
According to the Ruston Fire Department, investigation of a recent fraternity house fire revealed the inappropriate use of extension cords, which shorted out causing the fire.
RFD responded to the structure fire at the Alpha Gamma Rho house on West California Avenue at 10:59 am. Friday. On arrival firefighters found flames coming from the rear of the house. It reportedly took about 20 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the structure was an older home with one power outlet in the room of origin.