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July 27th, 2017

Finding beauty amongst continued chaos

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Through the chaos and celebrations on the streets of New Orleans’ world famous French Quarter, former Times Picayune journalist Chris Rose weaves his Magical Musical Mystery History Tour to several historic landmarks.
“This is unlike any tour you’ve ever been on,” he begins.
He’s right. A city known for its swamp, haunted and Hurricane Katrina tours, there’s quite nothing like this tour guided by one of New Orleans’ earliest post-Katrina ambassadors.

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Drive supplies deserving students

As summer draws to a close, the first day of school quickly approaches.
That means students will be needing school supplies.
Unfortunately, those supplies can be expensive and some residents, especially those who have endured domestic abuse or are fostering children, may find it difficult to buy supplies.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and The Well Ministries, a foster care group at The Bridge Community Church, have stepped up to the plate and come together to help those families struggling to pay for school supplies.

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Media tours new suites, press box and other additions to Joe Aillet Stadium

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As Louisiana Tech looks to claim its first Conference football championship, athletics departments feel they’ve already claimed a title.
Members of the media toured the new Joe Aillet Stadium Press Box facility Wednesday morning, with Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland saying he feels it will be the best in Conference USA.

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State to talk with Union jury about dumpsters

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FARMERVILLE — A spokesman with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has confirmed the agency will soon begin talks with the Union Parish Police Jury about removing trash dumpsters located along state-maintained highways.
Information obtained through a public records request filed by The Gazette shows the Police Jury has 76 dumpsters at 27 locations which are on state highways.
Rodney Mallett is communications director for DOTD.
He said the agency recently received questions about whether the practice was allowable.

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His writing on the wall

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Press box Media Room at Joe Aillet Stadium named in honor of O.K. ‘Buddy’ Davis
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Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis thought it was a simple, impromptu birthday gathering Wednesday afternoon in what he calls the Jack Lambert Suite at Princeton Place.
Instead, it became the memory of a lifetime.
Louisiana Tech officials gathered in Davis’ room Wednesday not only to wish him the best on his 71st birthday, but also to let him know that the Media Room at the new Joe Aillet Stadium press box is being named in his honor.

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July 26th

Prospective officer jailed in domestic violence case

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FARMERVILLE — The employment future of a man hired as a policeman by the Bernice Board of Aldermen ended before he started work with his arrest on domestic violence charges.
At its meeting July 11,
the board was asked considered hiring three full-time
officers. A report published
following the meeting stated that Chief Ricky Albritton and assistant chief
Justin Yruegas are the only
full-time employees. The
names of three potential 
new full-time employees
were submitted for the board to consider and one — Darin Owen — was approved.

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Dixie hosting VFW benefit concert

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The Dixie Center for the Arts has joined in the fight to raise funds for a new hall for VFW Parnell Burt Post 3615 by sponsoring a benefit concert from 6-9 a.m. Saturday.
After 80 years of service and due to the fact that no rebar was used to construct the foundation of the current hall, located at 200 Memorial Dr., the foundation there has large cracks throughout and has become so uneven that walls are cracking and separating on both the inside and outside and the roof has also become uneven and has many leaks.

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Tech student awarded Tau Beta Pi scholarship

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Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has announced that Haley Dishman, a mechanical engineering student, has received a Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Stabile scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Tau Beta Pi Scholarship Program was established to reward upcoming seniors who meet three established criteria: scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in engineering and the Fellowship Board of the honor society selects awardees.

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Pond project offers relief in 'food desert'

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Every week or so Roderick Goldsmith makes time to go fishing in the pond at Mayfield Park.
“It’s OK, if you can avoid the turtles,” Goldsmith said, after a short Monday morning excursion during which nothing so much as nibbled at the cricket on the end of his line.
There are mostly bass in the pond. Eventually there will be channel catfish big enough to catch and eat now, fingerlings that will grow for later on and maybe rainbow trout.
But things at the popular southwest Ruston community fishing hole are getting worse in order to get better.

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A chance to be heard

The city of Ruston wants to know how its doing and it’s depending on you, the citizenry, to let it know.
Between now and Aug. 22, residents can go online — or request a paper copy, if they prefer — and take a short, 19-question public opinion survey that asks about government, downtown, and quality of life issues like recycling and talking a walk or a bicycle ride.
The new survey is part of Mayor Ronny Walker’s continuing effort to engage city residents in their town.

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