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Top local stories of 2015

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New administrations take the lead, Monster Moto, Sunday alcohol sales among stories
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GOVERNMENT
It was a busy year at Ruston’s City Hall. A new mayoral administration took office in January. In the spring came the announcement of one of the single biggest economic development successes Ruston has seen in years.
By summer, city leaders presented a new budget that included a municipal employee pay raise and more money for economic development.

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Safety first this New Year’s

Tonight we celebrate the finale of 2015 and start fresh for the new year.

Local residents will have plenty to celebrate.

However, locals must remain cautious when celebrating especially with fireworks.

Fireworks and New Year’s Eve go hand-in-hand.

Simsboro and Ruston residents are reminded that firework shooting within the city limits is illegal.

For Choudrant, Dubach and Grambling residents, fireworks can be shot for the holiday.

Residents in firework approved areas must keep safe when shooting.

Toddlers are not allowed to shoot.

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Starting fresh this New Year’s

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So long, 2015, and hello, 2016.
Another year will go with Father Time and Baby New Year is close to birth.
What a year 2015 was.
Lincoln Parish had plenty of major events happen this year.
The Ronny Walker administration began a new era of politics in Ruston, a winter wonderland came and The University of Louisiana System selected Willie Larkin as president of Grambling State University — just to name a few.
The world completely changed as well.
We saw major accomplishments in science, culture and art.

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Big progress for parish sports in 2015

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Opening of Tech’s Davison Athletics Complex highlights year
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It was deemed a “game-changer,” and it was the top highlight in a big year for Lincoln Parish sports in 2015.
The ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony for the $22 million, 70,000-square-foot Davison Athletics Complex at Louisiana Tech University on Sept. 4 was something that will be long remembered for parish sports fans.

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New Year’s safety a necessity

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Local law enforcement offer sensible alcohol advice

Local law enforcement will step up efforts this New Year’s to protect and watch out for drunk drivers on the road.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office Public Information Officer Chad Alexander said the sheriff’s department asks everyone to come up with a plan to have a designated drive or call a cab.
“(Driving drunk) is so preventable,” he said. “Don’t do it. It’s, not worth it. Call for a designated driver, who has not drank anything or call a cab.”
Alexander said the sheriff’s office does plan to step up patrolling.

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Warden runs LPDC under one rule

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a series on the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s growth and change since it was taken over by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2013.
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Since the warden of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center took over in 2013, he has followed a simple rule.
“I try to run this place like a business,” Warden Jim Tuten said.
What Tuten meant by that statement was he wanted the Lincoln Parish Detention Center to be a place that residents and inmates took pride in.

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Kiplinger ranks Tech for best college value

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University honored No. 1 in state

Kiplinger, the nation’s most recognized publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, has ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 1 in the state and No. 66 in the nation for in-state students at public institutions, in its recently released Best College Values 2016 report.

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Boat's Buzz: Inspirational duo sparking Saints’ hopes

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It wouldn’t be misleading to say the New Orleans Saints have had a frustrating season.
But honestly, considering the draft issues the team has faced in recent years and the team obviously in a rebuilding phase, how many Who Dats really expected the team to come and contend this year? Most Saints fans were barely hopeful for a playoff appearance, and that was because of the perceived weakness of the NFC South and before “Super Cam” Newton and the Panthers turned things up two notches following last year’s success.

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GSU Lady Tigers take 69-65 road win over Nicholls State

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THIBODAUX — Shakyla Hill poured in 23 points Tuesday night to lead Grambling State to a 69-65 road win at Nicholls State University.
Nicholls State led 33-31 at the half, but the Lady Tigers battled back after intermission, building a 57-51 by the end of the third quarter.
A Bre’Nae Andrews 3-pointer with 7:58 remaining pushed the Lady Tigers’ lead to nine points, tying their biggest of the game, at 60-51.
Nicholls State wasted no time in rallying back, cutting GSU’s advantage to two at 60-58 on a Airi Hamilton layup with 6:11 left in the final stanza.

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Nominate for Russ Award

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is looking for the Lincoln Parish resident who most embodies community, future and success: someone who cares about their community’s future, someone who is successful at promoting their passion about their community, or someone who donates their time to this community.

That person — or those people — deserve to be nominated for the Robert E. Russ Award.

The award, given annually by the Chamber, is one of the most prestigious civic honors that can be bestowed on a local resident.

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