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September 17th, 2014

Aldermen’s race may be anyone’s to lose

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One thing is for certain: When the Nov. 4 primary is over, Ruston will have a new mayor. But that’s old news.
What’s not so certain is what is going to happen in the four contested board of aldermen races. Only District 3 Aldermen Jedd Lewis escaped opposition this year, enabling him to hold on to the seat he’s had since 2003.

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September 16th

More zoning changes possible

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked to make some additional changes in October to the city’s recently revised zoning code ordinance.
The planning and zoning commission on Monday agreed to forward to aldermen seven updates that the commission says continue to make the ordinance more workable. Aldermen will vote on the changes during their Oct. 6 meeting.
“This represents a part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep the city code current, least restrictive and yet effective,” commission member Otha Anders said.

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Simsboro deals with animals, lights

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The village of Simsboro held their meeting on Monday night after having to reschedule their Sept. 8 meeting because they didn’t have a quorum.
Doug Brewer, the village’s accountant, was unable to attend and provide the financial report.
Additionally, the village again had to postpone approval of the budget amendments for fiscal year 2013-14 because it has not been finalized.
Before giving his report, Mayor Willie Hendricks allowed Sandy Freeman, who is currently running for Ruston City Marshal, to tell those in attendance a little bit about himself.

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LPDC escapees still at large

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No new information regarding Saturday night’s two escapees from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center has been brought to light.
According to Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office’s Public Information Officer Chad Alexander, the two men are not expected to be in the immediate area.
In Saturday’s press release on the incident, Alexander said the preliminary information gathered by law enforcement suggested that these two individuals may have obtained a ride upon fleeing the LPDC.

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Tech ranks No. 1 in state in starting, mid-career salaries

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Graduates from Louisiana Tech University earn higher median early career salaries and mid-career salaries than graduates from any other university in Louisiana, according to PayScale.com’s recently released 2014-15 College Salary Report.

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Morgan takes the bronze

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Ruston was well-represented over the weekend at the International Association of Athletics Federations Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.
Former Louisiana Tech University track standout and 2012 Olympics participant Jason Morgan finished in third place Sunday throwing the discus at the international track and field sporting event held under the auspices of the IAAF in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Exploring the ‘new’ world of ecological gardening

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When I began gardening in the early 1970s, I was introduced to a seemingly revolutionary term called “organic gardening.”
Of course this way of gardening, as I soon discovered, was not new as it had been practiced for many years throughout the world. In fact, before gardeners relied on the relatively recent practices of using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic gardening was the norm.

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Young ladies take home Chicken Fest crowns

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Top left: Crowned as Jr. Teen Miss Chicken Festival was Olivia Hogue, left, the 14-year-old daughter of Nichole Hogue, of El Dorado. She also won the Interview, Sportswear and Photogenic Awards. Allison Gauthreaux the 14-year-old daughter of Brent and Tammy Gauthreaux, of Dubach, placed as first runner up. Erin Wade the 15-year-old daughter of Jodie Turnage and Mike Wade, of Farmerville, placed as second runner up. Rebecca Otwell, the 13-year-old daughter of Lynwood and Jessica Otwell, of Bernice, was named a future queen.

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Bulldogs look to build on momentum

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Off to a 2-1 start following a season-opening loss to highly-ranked Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz is only focusing on building on the Bulldogs’ early-season performance.

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NSU-Tech ‘Rivalry Reborn’ program set for tonight

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NATCHITOCHES — With a history dating back to 1907, and a 50-year tradition of meeting every October for the State Fair Classic in Shreveport, tradition radiates around the Northwestern State-Louisiana Tech football series being renewed Saturday in Ruston for the first time in 20 years.

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