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October 25th, 2013

RPD to accept prescription drugs at station on Saturday

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From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Ruston Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Residents are invited to bring their medications for disposal to the Ruston Police Department at 501 N. Trenton St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Church to hand out winter coats

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From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday The Living Gospel Church of Ruston will be having a winter coat giveaway at the Ruston Housing Authority Community Center, located at 901 Martin Luther King Drive. Food will be provided to all that come.
Otis Holland Sr., pastor at The Living Gospel church, said the church’s goal is to give back to the community.
“We are dedicated to spreading the knowledge and ways of Jesus Christ,” Holland said. “We know that the best gift of all is charity. It is our goal to give back to the community that has been a blessing to us.

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Crash at Lewis Boutique

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At approximately 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Ruston Police Department and Ruston Emergency Medical Services responded to a call regarding a vehicle crashing into Lewis’ Boutique. The driver reportedly had a medical emergency, which resulted in his death.
Tim Parker, public information officer for RPD, said it appeared the driver of the vehicle had a heart attack or another medical emergency.
“The occupant of the BMW was traveling east on Mississippi Avenue when he jumped the curb,” Parker said.

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Grambling gears up for Texas Southern

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GRAMBLING — After two controversy-filled weeks and a forfeited game, Grambling State finally gets back to the business of football at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Tigers play host to Texas Southern on High School Day at Robinson Stadium.
It will mark Dennis “Dirt” Winston’s first game as interim head coach of the Tigers, who took over two days before last week’s boycott of Jackson State’s Homecoming game, which the G-Men had to forfeited after refusing to play in protest of a number of issues.

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Tech looking to cut down on mistakes at FIU

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Two teams looking to turn around their seasons clash in Miami at 5 p.m. Saturday as Louisiana Tech takes on Florida International in Conference USA play.
Tech enters the contest at 2-5 overall and 1-2 in C-USA while FIU is 1-5 and 1-1.
The main thing Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz is looking for his team to eliminate at least some of the mistakes that have been so costly so far this season.

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Area prep teams set for Week 8

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Grambling Lab is the only area team playing a “home” game this weekend as Ruston and Cedar Creek both face district showdowns on the road.
The twist? The 1-6 Kittens will play what will be designated as their “home” game on the road as they face 1-6 Arcadia in Arcadia in tonight’s 7 p.m. District 2-1A showdown.
Ruston heads east down I-20 for a District 2-5A contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Ouachita Parish High School.
The Bearcats are coming off a district loss to West Monroe and stand at 5-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.
OPHS enters the game at 5-2 and 2-0.

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Big weekend slated for Tech soccer

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The pursuit of qualifying for the Conference USA tournament continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech wraps up its final road trip of the season, taking on Colorado College at 4 p.m. today and UTSA at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tech’s (9-7-1, 4-3 Conference USA) squad of 18 freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and one senior has turned in an incredible turnaround, winning four of its last five matches by a combined score of 10-3 with all four of those victories being shutouts.

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RHS to host meet

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Ruston High School will host a Cross Country meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Farm/Equine Center. Pictured is Bearcat Brandon Smith competing in the 2013 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., where he finished ninth overall earlier this month, leading RHS to a fourth-place finish. Smith also finished in first place overall at the recent Lois Davis Invitational at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark.

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Hoogland’s dream of LPP comes true

Fredric Hoogland had a dream when he ran for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury back in 1972. People needed a place to play, to be outdoors, to picnic, to fish, he believed. People needed a park.
For the next 10 years, Hoogland sought money, property and public support for the vision that would eventually become Lincoln Parish Park.
The path to the park wasn’t always easy. At first, there was push-back from the Police Jury. But the parish governing body eventually realized the wisdom of Hoogland’s vision.

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GSU should be treasured

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During my senior year of college, I decided to take yet another history class really to just fill space in my schedule. Little did I know that class would bring a whole new appreciation for a university that was just down the road — Grambling State University.
The class you might wonder was Introduction to Public History, which looking back actually fit well with my degrees.

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