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April 22nd, 2014

Jindal helps welcome new Alpine Guest Care location

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Hundreds of balloons were released into a clear, blue Ruston sky on Monday afternoon after the ribbon was cut by several dignitaries including Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth at the new 70,000-square-foot location for the Alpine skilled nursing facility, located at 2401 N. Service Road East.
After being introduced by Kit Gamble, chairman of the board of Alpine’s parent company Gamble Guest Care, Jindal thanked the Gamble family for their significant contributions to the health care industry in Louisiana.

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Neighbors at odds

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission will ask the board of aldermen to introduce an ordinance creating the city’s first neighborhood conservation overlay district.
But Monday night’s commission vote in favor of the proposed district came over the objection of Robert Street residents who said they don’t want to be included in the plan.
“If we had seen this overlay when we were considering our move to Ruston, we would not have bought on Robert Street. We would have moved somewhere else,” Richard Maxwell, who moved onto the street just last week, said.

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Grove takes step forward

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Ruston’s first zero-lot line development is a step closer to reality.
The planning and zoning commission voted Monday night to ask the city’s board of aldermen to approve developer Dicky Nealy’s request to have the approximately five-acre site of his The Grove development rezoned from its current one- and two-family residential designation to a planned unit development.

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Bills rise in Dubach

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The Dubach Town Council met Monday night to discuss last month’s bills, among other things.
After Mayor Bob Jensen called the meeting to order, the pledge of allegiance and an invocation was said before a motion was made to approve the agenda.
The motion passed unanimously and the council took pause to read the minutes from last month’s meeting.
A motion was made to approve the minutes but before it passed councilman Davie Powell said he was concerned about the amount due being higher than usual.

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Louisiana-friendly gardening techniques

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Today is Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. This would be a good time to start maintaining landscapes in ways that minimize environmental damage.
Below are seven interrelated principles which every home gardener can put into practice to have an environmentally friendly landscape.

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Boat's Buzz: Right move for Tech’s White

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball fans had to play the waiting game over the past couple of days.
I guess that’s the price of success in today’s world of college athletes.
And make no mistake, there is no game about college athletics, it’s all about big business.
So when you have a proven and successful commodity like 37-year-old Louisiana Tech men’s basketball coach Michael White, money is bound to become an object.
Then the question becomes, “Does money supersede everything else?”

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White remains at Tech

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It looks like they’ll be no “White Out” for Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball program this offseason.
After being courted for a few days to take over the same position at the University of Tennessee, Bulldogs head coach Michael White has apparently opted to stay in Ruston after negotiations with UT athletics director Dave Hart failed to come to fruition.

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Tech, GSU women to meet on diamond

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Louisiana Tech travels across I-20 to face Grambling State in a single game at 4 p.m. today at the GSU Softball Complex.
Tech (17-27) is coming off a weekend that saw the Lady Techsters drop two out of three against Conference USA foe Southern Miss. The Lady Techsters dropped the first two games 2-0 and 4-3 before coming back Saturday to win 7-0.
Grambling State (11-19) lost all three of its games to Southwestern Athletic Conference rival Prairie View A&M, falling 3-0, 8-5 and 4-1 in Texas.

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High school softball playoffs start today

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Choudrant High School and Cedar Creek School will be at home as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association softball playoffs begin next week.
The Lady Aggies are the highest seed at No. 11 in Class B and will play host to No. 22 Bell City at 4 p.m. today.
Cedar Creek is the No. 12 seed in Class 1A and will play host to No. 21 Montgomery at 5 p.m. today.
A first-round win would send the Lady Cougars to a second-round matchup between the winner of Monday’s game pitting No. 5 Sacred Heart against No. 28 Northwood Lena.

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JC catcher signs on with Tech softball team

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery announced Tuesday that Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College catcher Krysta Tutsch has signed a national letter of intent to play softball for the Lady Techsters.
Tutsch has spent the past two seasons playing for coach Joe Yegge where she led the Eagles to a fifth place finish at the 2013 national tournament.

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