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August 8th, 2018

10U Dixie All Stars visit historic site

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — The players on the Ruston 10U Dixie All Star team are making history this summer as one of three Ruston squads competing in the Dixie World Series at the Ray Pennington Athletic Complex.
They’re also learning a little history while doing so.
The team visited a historical marker Tuesday at the intersection of Gillespie Street and Southern Avenue in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that commemorates the site of the start of the professional baseball career of one of the most famous players of all time — Babe Ruth.

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Tech celebrates 37th annual Happening

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Louisiana Tech held its annual start of the school year celebration known as The Happening Tuesday night at the Monroe Civic Center. Louisiana Tech President Les Guice (top) and head football coach Skip Holtz (above) both talked to Tech supporters during the event.

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Lincoln Parish School Board revises budget

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The Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously approved a revised budget for the fiscal year ending June 30 of this year to reflect a deficit of $5.9 million — approximately a $200,000 bigger deficit than initially budgeted.
The board’s approval now makes the ending fund balance pegged at $31.7 million, which is approximately less than $100,000 than initial numbers.

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August 7th

Aldermen approve property transfer

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Board OKs contract for next phase of Rock Island Greenway

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday took the next step toward allowing a private developer to build a family entertainment center adjacent to the city’s new sports complex going up on U.S. 167 south.
Aldermen unanimously agreed to transfer approximately 3 acres of city-owned property near the entrance to the complex to the Lincoln Economic Development Council, an entity created to enhance economic development in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
In turn, the LEDC, which becomes the property owner, will negotiate a lease for the acreage with The Alley of Ruston.

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It’s Happening tonight

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Louisiana Tech alumni, friends, and fans are invited to join the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association in the Monroe Civic Center Arena tonight for the 37th annual Happening — a celebration of Louisiana Tech University’s alumni, academics —presented by Argent Financial Group. The musical guest will be The Fabulous Equinox Quintet, led by Louisiana Tech alumni and Monroe natives Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson. A menu of fried catfish, fried and boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and more — will be catered by Catfish Charlie’s. The event will start with a 6 p.m.

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Simsboro council to apply for FEMA grant

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SIMSBORO — Simsboro’s Board of Aldermen passed a motion Monday evening to enter an application for Federal Emergency Management Agency Generator Grant monies to upgrade the village’s water system.
Under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and in conjunction with the state, eligible applicants may be reimbursed for the purchase or rental of a generator.

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State collects $250K in fines from private Medicaid managers

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — The private companies that manage care for most of Louisiana’s Medicaid patients recently paid $250,000 in fines for inaccurate record-keeping, the state health department said Monday, on the eve of a legislative hearing digging into agency oversight of the companies.
The companies had incorrect records for health providers enrolled with each managed-care plan, the health department said, including inaccuracies in online data used by Medicaid patients to search for providers, make appointments and determine if the doctor is taking new patients.

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Library to host miniature golf event Aug. 17

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The Lincoln Parish Library 20/30 Connections will host a “Putting around the Stacks” event Aug. 17 at the library.
Kris Patrick, 20/30 Connections coordinator, said the event would be a way to relax after a long summer.
“Come relax and cool off after a long, hot summer,” she said. “Enjoy a little competition among friends with our indoor mini golf course.”
Registration is required to participate in the event, Patrick said.
“Call or come by to reserve your spot,” she said. “Times are :7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.”

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Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for ‘WORLD PEACE’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions that kicked in early today against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said.
The first set of U.S. sanctions that had been eased under a landmark Iran nuclear accord target financial transactions involving U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial airplanes and metals, including gold.

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Dixie Baseball players all win

What a summer it’s been for Dixie youth baseball here in Ruston.
We have one national champion already in our 8U All Stars and our 10U and 12U are still alive in ongoing Dixie World Series play in Lumberton, N.C.
While it’s a great thing for Ruston, the Daily Leader is even more proud of all of our youth baseball players.

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