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October 15th, 2014

RHS seniors reach next tier in National Merit

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Ruston High School seniors Austin Meng and Nicholas Ruff have qualified as National Merit semifinalists.
About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and Austin and Nicholas were two of 16,000 to make the cut.
Austin has maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT. A member of the two-time state championship RHS Swim Team, he has been inducted into the National Honor Society and serves as a Bearcat Mentor.

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LPPJ finalizes rules for property sales

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Process includes employing third party to complete sale

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury approved a final ordinance for the sale of adjudicated property to the public during the regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Adjudicated property is a parcel of land on which the property taxes were not paid and therefore, after about five years, becomes the property of the police jury. A police jury can do as it pleases with the property without assuming liability, but there are several avenues with potential complications that can come with the sale of the property.

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Amendment would affect medical trust funds, provider fees

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 1 on the ballot for Nov. 4 will concern medical trust fund and health care provider base rates.
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Caldwell blocks Ebola waste in La.

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A temporary restraining order has been granted blocking the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said.
It was reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola-contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill were brought to Port Arthur, Texas, late last week to be processed at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator.

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Piney Hills selects Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire

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Chris Brady has been named local Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire for 2014 by Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, in addition to being on the organization’s regional Wall of Fame.
Brady, of Homer, was honored in Ruston at the chorus’ annual awards banquet and in Houston at regional competition and the Fall Regional Meeting.
Brady’s 31 fellow Piney Hills Harmony members voted her as the member who “embodies the true spirit of Sweet Adelines International, has a special spark of joy and pride in her chorus and goes above and beyond what is expected,” among other worthy attributes.

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Bulldogs rested after bye week

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Tech returns to action with 11 a.m. Saturday home game
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Louisiana Tech’s mid-season bye week gave the Bulldogs a chance to heal and rest up before heading down the stretch.
Standing at 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA play, the Bulldogs know they control their own destiny and must get back down to business starting with an 11 a.m. home contest on Saturday against Texas-San Antonio.

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C-USA Basketball Tipoff set for today

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IRVING, Texas — Conference USA’s 2014 Basketball Tipoff is set for today in Birmingham, Alabama.
The league’s head coaches from the men’s and women’s programs at the 14-member schools will be on hand to preview the upcoming season — the 20th in the league’s history — with the media.
Beginning at 5 p.m., C-USA fans can watch a free, live video stream of interviews with head coaches. Host Ron Thulin will sit down with each coach for a show on the C-USA Digital Network.
Lady Techsters basketball head coach Tyler Summitt will go on live at 5:30 p.m.

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Tech’s Ashton honored by C-USA

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Senior named conference’s Cross Country Athlete of Week
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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech senior Taylor Ashton was named the Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week after winning the Northwestern State University Pre-Conference Meet and leading the Bulldogs to a team title.
Ashton led Louisiana Tech to a first-place finish at the NSU Pre-Conference Meet as he notched his first win and third consecutive top-10 finish of the season.
The Benton native finished the 8k race in 27:07.6 as he claimed the individual championship and led the Bulldogs to a team title.

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Damages approximately $25k

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At 5:41 p.m. Monday the Ruston Fire Department was notified through 911 of a house fire located at 1701 Goodwin Road at Evan James Apartments across from Lowes. Responding to the scene where the kitchen was involved in fire were one command unit, two pumpers, two aerials, one rescue, one ambulance and one support vehicle. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it spread to the adjoining apartment. Investigations revealed a pan of oil on top of a burner which reportedly ignited and spread onto the cabinets and attic area.

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Fire Prevention month is here

When the first leaves hit the ground and cooler weather makes its way to the area, many make a run for the kitchen to begin cooking up tasty treats of all kinds.
But as with any fun activity, cooking precautions should be taken. And since October is Fire Prevention Month what better time to stress the importance of safety than now.
During recent weeks, Ruston Fire Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel has spoken with youngsters about the necessity for fire and kitchen safety, as well as what to do when there is a fire.

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