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July 14th, 2014

Walker throws hat in mayoral race

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When Ronny Walker decided almost a year ago to run for mayor of Ruston, he turned to would-be constituents to help him develop a platform.
“In the decision-making process, I realized the most important thing was what would my platform be,” Walker said.
Walker, 62, is one of two declared candidates for the job held by retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. Bill Elmore, 66, a former energy corporation executive, is the other contender. Both men are Republicans.
Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary begins Aug. 20.

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Raffle offers 52 chances to win

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The Choudrant Volunteer Firemen’s Assistance is currently renewing tickets for their 52-Gun Raffle for 2014-15. Some owners have chosen not to renew their tickets, which means some tickets will be available for purchase. People who purchase tickets or renew their tickets by today will be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing on Wednesday. This Raffle benefits the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, contact Celeste Butler, village clerk, at 768-4111. Pictured above is Milton May, left, with the brand new Baretta A300 he won during week 37 of the 2013-14 raffle.

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Staying informed

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TEA Party hosts forum with area legislators

The Lincoln Parish TEA Party invites the public to attend a legislative wrap-up at the Ruston Country Club at 6 p.m. today, where local legislators will summarize the highlights of the recent legislative session.
“Our goal is to inform, involve and inspire people,” said TEA Party Event Coordinator Bob Flournoy. “We are not radicals or even racists, as some might believe. We are simply a group of patriots who believes the only way to maintain the sovereignty of this country is to know what’s happening in government.

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Preparations begin for Wiggin’ Out

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Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available for the Fourth Annual Wiggin’ Out Dinner and Gala set for Oct. 2 at Squire Creek Country Club.
The annual gala is the premiere event for the Wiggin’ Out organization, an entity that purchases wigs, lymphatic garments and prosthetic bras for those in North Louisiana unable to afford them.
General admission tickets are available for $50 per ticket or $90 per couple. Reserved tables of eight are also available through the “Bob” table sponsorship for $600.

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Pet of the Week

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This is Buddy, a lab mix. Buddy loves other dogs and is the first to come get his ears rubbed when visitors come. He loves to play. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. See all the animals up for adoption at the 4Paws shelter, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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DART gets set for school

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It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the summer vacation. In one month, Lincoln Parish Schools will resume classes, and a new school year will start.
If you have shopped for school supplies and uniforms lately, you know that this can be a costly time of year. Since women who flee from an abusive marriage often end up living at the poverty level while they search for jobs or complete their education, this is a very challenging time. For this reason, DART makes every attempt to help out with school uniforms and school supplies.

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Tech students explore options, expand marketability with School of Communication

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
The possibilities for a career in a communications field are not necessarily endless, but they certainly have a wide range.

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Tech’s Fischer on Lou Groza Watch List

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Kyle Fischer, who set a Louisiana Tech school record with five successful field goals in a game last October at Florida International University, was named to the thirty-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission last week.
As a redshirt freshman last season Fischer connected on 18-of-23 field goal attempts, including hitting 4-of-6 attempts from 40 yards and beyond.

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LA Tech basketball tickets on sale

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Louisiana Tech fans can soon purchase their hoops season tickets for what is sure to be an exciting year for Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 Tech basketball season officially go on sale starting today and is exclusive to those who were a basketball season ticket holder last season and any current football season ticket holder. Other fans wishing to purchase season tickets can do so starting July 29.

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Government affects all of us

The Ruston TEA Party is inviting local legislators to speak about their roles in Louisiana government as well as about recently passed bills during the spring session that will directly or indirectly affect the citizens of Lincoln Parish.

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