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October 22nd

Spreading the message of hope

I gasped.
“What? Are you OK? Are you gonna get it checked out?” I asked, my fear only growing the longer we talked.
She said she had made an appointment with her doctor in the next couple of days, but it probably wasn’t anything to be concerned about. I told her to call me as soon as she found out anything and that I would be thinking of her.

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Police Jury winners declared

“I’m really happy with the results,” Wyatt said. “I’m happy with what I’ve done — I’ve worked hard and knocked on a lot of doors.”
Owens said he was at a loss for how to respond to ending up in a runoff with Wyatt.
“I really don’t know what to think at this point,” he said. “I think the race has been conducted equitably, and I think Mrs. Wyatt managing to get into a runoff with me is a credit to her skill with persuading people.”
Neither Owens or Wyatt expressed they would make any special moves in the month leading up to the Nov. 17 runoff.

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Cougars keep record perfect with 62-26 win

The Cougars (8-0, 3-0) broke away from a slim seven-point (15-8) lead in the first quarter to score 27 points in the second period and then add on 20 points in the final half.
Prior to Friday night, Cedar Creek had totaled a season-best 56 points in a 56-12 romp past North Caddo.
Featured in the Cougars’ victory was a 212-yard rushing performance by junior running back Brent Myers, who carried 20 times and three touchdowns. The former West Monroe High player scored on runs of four yards twice and another one of two yards.

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Technical school worthy of funding

That is an opportunity to prepare students to seek jobs that pay more than minimum wage, and it also encourages them to pursue further training.
The Board of Regents will consider the $11 million allocation this week, and we whole-heartedly support that level of funding as a way to boost work force preparedness and education. We would see a portion of that funding at the Ruston campus, and that would translate into opportunities for locals.

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Real estate 101: Hold on for the ride

Lucky for me, the people in Ruston who were smart enough to take all those classes have been genuinely nice as they’ve navigated my husband and I through the rapids of real estate and banking. I guess when two right-brainers like us get together, it’s crucial we find some reliable left-brainers we can depend on. Thankfully, that hasn’t been hard so far.
As we embarked on our first real estate venture, everyone we met has been extremely friendly and helpful.

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Sister celebrates sibling by raising awareness

“Part of the reason the Ruston project has been so important to me is that she pledged Delta Gamma there, and it was such an influential part of her life,” Caplis said. “There is actually no longer a DG chapter at Tech, which makes the success of the project in Ruston so exciting.”
Hundreds of Greeks and Tech students supported Caplis’ cause by wearing the T-shirt she designed to honor her sister’s memory and raise awareness.

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October 19th

Voter turnout could be up

According to the Secretary of State’s office, 50.4 percent of registered voters statewide and 48.3 percent of registered voters in Lincoln Parish cast their votes in the 2003 gubernatorial primary election.
Stone said typically less than 50 percent of registered voters cast votes in gubernatorial elections.
“If we do 50 percent that would be good,” Stone said. “Our early voter turnout was similar to the 2003 governor’s race.”
Voters must bring a picture ID to vote.

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Cedar Creek has No. 1 target on back

“Our kids have been learning that everybody is going to be playing us hard,” said Aldredge. “We aren’t allowed an off night now, not after being in this position (No. 1).
“So from here on, it’s going to be that way and we have got to win.”
The Cougars (7-0, 2-0) will try and win again tonight when they tangle with Bernice (3-4, 1-1) in a District 2-1A game set for the Cedar Creek stadium.

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Greenspace adds quality downtown

Intermission Park offers a slice of nature to drivers passing through town on U.S. 167. It will be a quiet escape for people who work downtown to stop and have lunch or take a break at one of the benches.
Ruston is fortunate to have a thriving downtown district, unlike many Louisiana cities. Downtown is a safe, friendly place to live and do business, and it attracts locals and visitors alike. The refurbishment of the Dixie has helped to preserve historic downtown Ruston and draw visitors to the city. The addition of Intermission Park only enhances the quality of our downtown area.

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Bus safety involves all of us

The National Association for Pupil Transportation tries to target this need with its annual National School Bus Safety Week. The week, which always emphasizes a different aspect of school bus safety, takes place Monday through Oct. 26. This year’s theme is “Be Aware! Cross with Care.”
Here in Lincoln Parish, with more than 4,000 students bused to schools each day, attention is given year-round to school bus safety. The Lincoln Parish School Board operates 68 school bus routes, with transportation service to schools in Ruston, Simsboro, Dubach/Hico, Grambling and Choudrant.

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