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September 13th, 2013

Miss Kansas breaks stereotypes

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For a few minutes each day I take the time to scour the Internet in search of some odd or better yet interesting news that has happened across the country or world.
I wasn’t as shocked as many people would be to see a Miss America contestant proudly bearing the Serenity Prayer on her right ribcage, and another tattoo of the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.
Miss Kansas, or as she’s called in her professional life, U.S. Army Sgt. Theresa Vail, said in an interview with guns.com that her platform was to empower women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers.

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A devastating day in New York

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A beautiful fall day suddenly turned tragic. I was in Junior High at Carroll Gardens Community School in Brooklyn when it happened. I was only 10 years old and my sister had walked me to school about an hour before. Sept.11, 2001, is a day that I will never forget.
This was my second week of junior high and I was excited to be attending a new school and meeting new people. My Earth science class soon turned chaotic.

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RESOLUTION NO. 855 OF 2013

RESOLUTION NO. 855 OF 2013
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN, SURVEY, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES RELATED TO INDUSTRIAL DRIVE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
WHEREAS, the City desires to develop construction plans and specifications for Industrial Drive Drainage Improvements (the “Project”); and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 854 OF 2013

RESOLUTION NO. 854 OF 2013
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CENTRAL FIRE STATION SITE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
WHEREAS, the City desires to construct the improvements identified as Central Fire Station Drive, Parking and Drainage Improvements, City Project No. 707 (the “Project”), pursuant to design plans and specifications prepared by Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., project engineer (“Engineer”); and,
WHEREAS, the City has received competitive bids based on the construction plans and specifications prepared by Engineer; and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 853 OF 2013

RESOLUTION NO. 853 OF 2013
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A VEGETATION MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2014 AND 2015
WHEREAS, the City of Ruston owns and operates an electric distribution system that provides electricity to the City and adjacent areas outside the City; and,
WHEREAS, the City includes an urban forest; and,
WHEREAS, the City must manage the urban forest by selected tree removals and trimming in order to provide reliable electric service and to protect public property; and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 852 OF 2013

RESOLUTION NO. 852 OF 2013
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT
WHEREAS, the City of Ruston has submitted an Application For Federal Assistance to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) for a grant to obtain funds for Apron Expansion, Phase I, for the Ruston Regional Airport, designated as grant number 3-22-0082-017-1013 (the “Project”); and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 851 OF 2013

RESOLUTION NO. 851 OF 2013
RESOLUTION STATING THE INTEREST OF THE CITY OF RUSTON IN PARTICIPATION IN THE LOUISIANA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM AND DESIGNATION OF THE ENTERPRISE ZONES AND OTHERWISE PROVIDE WITH RESPECT THERETO
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (the “Department”) provides for tax rebates and rebate programs pursuant to the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program (the “Program”), and;
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Act, La. R.S. 51:1781-1791 offers significant incentives for economic development in the State and;

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PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Ordinance titled:
ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case #1157: Application to Rezone (from R-25 One Family Residential to CN Commercial Node)
Applicant: Brent Crawford/Crawford Financial Group
Location: Vacant Property abutting south side of tract at 1843 North Trenton
(Parcels 14183112163 and 14183000071

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ORDINANCE NO. 1641 OF 2013

ORDINANCE NO. 1641 OF 2013
ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:
1. The Budget of Revenue and Expenditures (the "Budget") for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2014, of the City of Ruston, Louisiana (the "City"), dated August 19, 2013, is hereby adopted.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1640 OF 2013

ORDINANCE NO. 1640 OF 2013
ORDINANCE LEVYING AND IMPOSING TAXES ON ALL PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:
1. There be and there is hereby levied, assessed and imposed on all the taxable property in the City of Ruston, Louisiana (the "City"), for the year 2013, the following adjusted millage rates at the rates per dollar of the assessed valuation and for the respective purposes hereinafter set forth:
A. General Alimony: For Ordinary
Expenses and Public Improvements 5.88 MILLS

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