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August 18th, 2017

Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The following application will be considered at a meeting of the Zoning Commission of the City of Ruston, Monday, August 21, 2017, at 5:30 P.M. in the Court Room, City Hall, 401 North Trenton Street.
Case No. 1326: Application for Conditional Use Approval (Medical Facility)
Applicant: Lincoln Counseling LLC
Location: 4378/4396 E. Georgia Avenue

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Tech’s newest grads

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Graduation speaker Stan Napper gave each of the 276 newest Louisiana Tech University graduates a jigsaw puzzle piece before they entered the floor of the Thomas Assembly Center Thursday morning for the school’s 321st Commencement Exercise.
The message the retiring vice president for research and development conveyed by the end of his speech was that life is a puzzle, and it’s finding out the way to make yourself best fit that counts most.
As he began his address, Napper asked the new graduates a bunch of questions about the gift.

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Animal services hope to ‘Clear the Shelters’

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In 2016, shelters across the nation got together and put on an adoption event — Clear the Shelters — which resulted in more than 50,000 animals adopted to their forever homes.
This year, Ashley Hollis Taylor, director of community relations, wants to continue that tradition from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4 PAWS Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston.

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Police seek suspect in shooting

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As of mid-morning today, Ruston police still had no suspect in a Thursday night shooting that sent a 24-year-old man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
The incident happened at approximately 8:35 p.m. in the area of 1410 Dark St. Officers arrived to find Ja’Ren Johnson, of Ruston, with gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen, Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said.
Johnson was taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center and later airlifted to a Shreveport hospital for surgery, Williams said.
Police continue to investigate the shooting, he said.

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Planting seeds of hope

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Kevin Patterson and his finance, Andria Fields, work the soil on their plot in the Longleaf Farms Community Garden. The couple, along with fellow community gardener Doris Sims, received their seed packets Wednesday. The garden is located on the old Fairgrounds site on Martin Luther King Drive and is a partnership between the city of Ruston and the United Methodist Wesley Foundation student ministry at Louisiana Tech University. Longleaf Farms includes garden plots for neighborhood residents as well as a market garden aimed at helping raise funds for the project.

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Planting seeds of hope

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Kevin Patterson and his finance, Andria Fields, work the soil on their plot in the Longleaf Farms Community Garden. The couple, along with fellow community gardener Doris Sims, received their seed packets Wednesday. The garden is located on the old Fairgrounds site on Martin Luther King Drive and is a partnership between the city of Ruston and the United Methodist Wesley Foundation student ministry at Louisiana Tech University. Longleaf Farms includes garden plots for neighborhood residents as well as a market garden aimed at helping raise funds for the project.

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Tech soccer to start season

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The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team will kick off its 14th year of the program as the Lady Techsters travel south to take on McNeese State at 7 p.m. today at Cowgirl Field.
The Lady Techsters will then head to the Lone Star State where they will battle Texas State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
Tech head coach Kevin Sherry, beginning his 11th year at the helm, wanted to challenge his squad early on and the early non-conference schedule is set up to certainly do so. Five of Tech’s first six matches will come away from home.

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Cougars play practice game at Sterlington

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STERLINGTON — The Cedar Creek Cougars aren’t afraid to play up in preseason and early season action to better prepare for the all-important district football season.
Creek got a chance to do just that Thursday as the Cougars traveled east down Interstate 20 to scrimmage the Sterlington Panthers. That scrimmage included multiple 10-play series with both starters and backups, an overtime session and a game conditions quarter.

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Civil War exhibit comes to Union Parish

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Editor’s note: Quotes from Civil War letters are printed in the original form.

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Union Parish sheriff, district attorney take easy way out

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Over the years, I’ve been complimented (at least I took it that way) by having people tell me (in a much more primal way) that I can tell you you’re likely to suffer eternal damnation in such a manner that you’ll almost enjoy the trip. (You’ll figure it out in time).
If it merits, I’ll tell everyone who reads something that this particular person is doing a good job. If they aren’t, well, I’ve got to tell that story, too.

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