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March 5th, 2014

Police pursuit ends in Downtown Ruston crash

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A law enforcement pursuit beginning in Ouachita Parish came to a crashing halt near the Ruston Civic Center on Wednesday morning.
At approximately 10:22 a.m., the Ruston Police Department was made aware that a vehicle pursuit from Ouachita Parish was approaching the city limits of Ruston.

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Cypress Springs celebrates Mardi Gras

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Students at Cypress Springs Elementary School in Ruston enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade given by the third-grade class on Tuesday afternoon on the school grounds.
Third graders are learning about Louisiana history and the origins of Mardi Gras. According to inclusion teacher Ramona Adams, the students had been preparing costumes, floats and beads for several weeks. She said other teachers and parents helped to make the entire parade experience a success.

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Recognizing excellence

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After more than a year of looking, the Lincoln Parish School Board has finally decided on the next leader of Ruston High School.
During their regular session on Tuesday night, the board announced current Simsboro School Principal Ricky Durrett will be replacing the current principal at Ruston High School, Mike Milstead, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

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Failure to stop at red light causes collision

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At approximately 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department responded to North Trenton Street at West Alabama Avenue regarding a traffic accident. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 1997 Ford Mustang, driven by Millie Edward, 35, of Grambling, was travelling southbound on North Trenton Street and disobeyed the red signal at the intersection of North Trenton Street and West Alabama Avenue, striking a 1999 Lincoln Towncar, driven by Rosa Roane, 69, also of Grambling. There were no injuries that required transport to the hospital.

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Simsboro to see bridge replacement

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The board of aldermen for the village of Simsboro met in regular session Monday night and heard Mayor Willie Hendricks’ report on the roadways.
“I had the (Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development) come out, and we drove around. I showed them all our potholes,” Hendricks said. “What is going to occur this year on Martha Street from the other side of the bridge — the bridge is going to be replaced.”
Hendricks said DOTD will do something like they did in West Monroe to their old bridge.
“Then they are going to resurface all the way up to the railroad tracks,” he said.

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Tech announces online MBA

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Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business has developed and is accepting applications for its new online master of business administration (MBA) degree which will begin this coming fall.
“We are pleased to offer this flexible alternative for those seeking an MBA,” said James Lumpkin, dean of the College of Business. “The new program offers the same fully accredited, high quality education as with our on-campus and Executive MBA programs.”

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Furry Fun Walk set for Saturday

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Whether you have had a good day or a bad day, your arrival home is greeted with a wag of the tail and unconditional love. On Saturday, local pet owners will have a chance to repay that pet’s affection by participating in the Eighth Annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Furry Fun Walk.
The free event will get underway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Huckleberry Trails Park and Nature Area, located at 2304 Magnolia Drive.

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Local celebrates 100th birthday

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Margaret Anita Glasscock Shadow was born March 5, 1914, in Santa Monica, Calif. She was the first of two children born to Bernard Charles Glasscock and Helen Anna Wyatt Glasscock, both of whom were telephone company pioneers.
Margaret’s mother, Helen was the oldest of eight children to Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Wyatt. Twice in her lifetime, her family traveled by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Her father was over the dairy operation for the “Lucky” Baldwin Estate in Monrovia, Calif.

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Lincoln home to great educators

Lincoln Parish should be proud to be one of only five districts in the state with not one, but two finalists in the top 15 running for an educator of the year title.
Ruston elementary teacher Tammy Schales is up for the state’s “Teacher of the Year” and Simsboro School Principal Ricky Durrett is up for “Principal of the Year.”
Schales and Durrett will know by July whether they have won their respective titles, but either way, they are to be commended. To be named in the top 15 ranking is no easy feat.

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Utility bill pay an online persuasion

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I’ll be honest. I don’t pay my bills online. I don’t have a debit card. I don’t know how to check my bank balance using the World Wide Web.
Other than years of habit using stamps and envelopes, I have no idea why I evidently continue to presume the U.S. Postal Service is more reliable and secure than the Internet. I’m open to being persuaded otherwise. Ruston’s Department of Light and Power might just be the folks to win me over.

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