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July 7th, 2014

Broadcasting camp set for July 24-26

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RUSTON — Two of north Louisiana’s award-winning radio broadcasters will hold a camp designed for area youth who are interested in sports radio broadcasting.
Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/ULM’s Nick White will team up for the inaugural Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates July 24-26 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

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LPSB makes improvements

Lincoln Parish School Board members have been good stewards of the tax dollars afforded to the district by the citizens of Lincoln Parish.
Throughout the year, administrators and board members have been working with architect Mike Walpole to ensure students in our public schools have adequate facilities that are the most conducive to a safe, progressive learning environment.
There are several projects that the LPSB will wrap up before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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El Nino culprit of great weather

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Let me warn you, it’s not going to last.
In fact, it’s already fading away.
But for those who spent much of your Fourth of July weekend outdoors, you probably took notice.
The weather was incredible.
It was rather hot and sticky during Peach Fest weekend, nothing new for Ruston. We’re used to watching temperatures climb near or over the 100 degree mark this time of year, and the Sunday night after Peach Fest it felt like you could swim through the air with the humidity being so thick.

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July 5th

RDL staff brings home accolades

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During the judging for the 2013 Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editor Awards held recently, the staff of the Ruston Daily Leader was awarded numerous awards for their outstanding dedication and work.
LPA first place honors went to T. Scott Boatright, who totaled 15 awards overall, for his sports coverage and headline writing and also to O.K. “Buddy” Davis for sports coverage.
The Ruston Daily Leader’s advertising department also received a LPA first place awards for multiple staff advertiser.
RUSTON DAILY LEADER 2013 AWARDS LPA

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Grambling amends decision

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The Grambling Police and Fire departments will not receive work hour cuts as voted on by the board of aldermen last month.
During a July meeting of the Board of Aldermen, they voted to reduce the number of hours per pay period for each personnel from 80 hours to 70 hours to help with the current deficit in the general fund. However, upon further investigation the plan raised more issues and it appears it cannot be done the way it was first presented.

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Council to vote on setting improvements in motion

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday evening to set in motion a long list of improvement projects including two more phases of the downtown revitalization program.
The aldermen meet at 5:30 p.m. in the city courtroom on the first floor of City Hall.
The board will be asked to approve professional services contracts with Hunt, Guillot & Associates for the design portions of Phase VII and Phase IX of the downtown project.

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GIS provides useful data for community

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Geographic Information Systems is a relatively new tool being used by governmental offices throughout the parish. It could be described as a “one-stop shop” for all connected and useful data used by entities such as the Lincoln Parish Assessor, the City of Ruston, Clerk of Court, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Parish School Board and Fire Protection District No. 1.

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Northern pike — Jackfish on steroids

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I remember it well although it happened several decades ago. I was a kid, fishing Molido Creek behind our house with my dad’s rod and reel and his favorite lure, a brown fishy-looking River Runt.
Casting next to cypress knees, I managed to tie into a few Kentucky bass that made their home in the creek.
Up ahead, I saw a lay-down log in the water that was the ideal ambush spot for a bass and my cast was perfect, gently nudging the log as it landed. Two turns of the reel handle and WHAM! — I got a smashing strike.

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Harris duo clinches Fishers of Men season

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June 21 marked the end of the 2014 season for the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men with their final tournament held on Caney Lake. Blasting off from Brown’s Landing under light winds and clear skies just after 5:30 a.m., the field of 24 teams had 9 hours to locate and land a winning stringer of fish.
For some, not only was a tournament victory at stake, but also the season points race.

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Recognizing risk — in markets and in human nature

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Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which decision is better?
Answer: You want to avoid risk. That’s a good instinct. Just make sure you see and respect all the risk factors out there.
Reading between the lines, I’d guess that you are more security minded and want the sure thing. You want to avoid the risk of losing your money.

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