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July 28th, 2014

Celebrate local parks, recreation

While it might be hot out, the summer’s extended hours of sunshine allow for the perfect opportunity to enjoy a walk, jog or visit to the park.
Since 1985, the United Stats has celebrated July as the official Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is “Out is In,” designed to focus on getting people to go outside, change their outlook and get involved in their community through parks and recreation.

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Pool party cool for dogs and owners

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There’s no denying it — I’m a dog lover.
Which means the upcoming weekend is a big one for me and my dog Gumbeaux.
At 9 a.m. Saturday many area dogs of different breeds, sizes and personalities and their humans will get together for the annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s K9 Pool Part at the Municipal Pool.
It’s a great way to get your dogs out to do a little socializing with both fellow canines and humans.
That’s one thing the K9 Pool Party is great for.

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Surrounding DART’s children with love

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When writing this, I had just returned to the office after having spent the morning with a group of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s children. It was one of Child Advocate Shelby Lowery’s weekly Main Events, activities provided for the children of the families who receive services from us.
Shelby has worked hard this summer to offer a variety of fun, creative days, including a tie-dye day, a few water activity days, a paint-with-a-twist day and a few outings to the movie theater.

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Tech associate dean appointed to SPTC leadership position

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Jenna Carpenter, associate dean for undergraduate studies in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science, has been named an associate director for the Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC).

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Johnson speaks to Kiwanis

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Michael Johnson recently spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the founding, evolution and success of Teen Challenge.  He indicated that Teen Challenge has an 80 percent success rate in re-directing the lives of individuals of all ages faced with drug and alcohol addiction and other life problems.

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Kilpatrick to reveal tree issues

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will host the third speaker in their 2014 Master Gardener Horticulture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19, at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport. 
The talk is free to the public and will feature Ricky Kilpatrick with the Louisiana State University AgCenter.
Kilpatrick is the Area Forestry Agent for the northwest/northcentral region with the Louisiana Extension Service of the LSU Agricultural Center.

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July 26th

Jones sworn in

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Newly appointed District 2 Alderwoman Rosalind Jones has signed the paperwork making her an official member of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. Jones was named to the seat July 14 to serve the unexpired term of the late Alderman Elmore Mayfield. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth (left) presented Jones her official commission from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Friday.

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Elections emerge

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Sixty-three local, district and statewide positions are up for re-election this fall, but how many of those will actually appear on the Nov. 4 primary ballot depends on outcome of next month’s candidate qualifying.
“You never know until the last day of qualifying,” Dianna Stone, Lincoln Parish registrar of voters, said.

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Davis heads Ark-La-Tex HOF induction class

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North Louisiana has long been known for producing world-class athletes.
Lincoln Parish has always produced its fair share and is leading the way this year as five of six new inductees to Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions have strong local ties.
Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis will be joined by A.L. Williams, Ralph “Road Runner” Garr, Kim Mulkey, Billy Jack Talton and Alton “Red” Franklin as they will be inducted to the Ark-La-Tex Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

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Interim fire chief selected

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Ruston Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler League is the city’s new interim fire chief.
League was appointed to the post by Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, and succeeds Chief James Austin who retired July 22.
“I was honored that they trusted me to run the fire department,” League said Friday. “It’s kind of humbling. It’s a big responsibility. I’ve got a good staff. I’ve got a good bunch of guys to work with. We work well together.”
Hollingsworth called League’s appointment “a natural move up.”

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