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September 18th, 2018

Packers’ Brice isn’t so nice to NFL ball carriers

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Kentrell Brice has now become a two-edged pest for opponents in the NFL.
The former Ruston High and Louisiana Tech University star has gone from strictly being “Big Hit Man” to one of the most intelligent, cerebral defensive backs in the league.
Now, unfortunate ball carriers are discovering that they have to deal with more than just a smash-mouth safety that signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2016.
Witness his team-best nine tackles and sack in the Packers’ thrilling 24-23 season opening victory over the Chicago Bears.

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NSU, LSU share LSWA accolades

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BATON ROUGE — A record breaking performance by a Northwestern State quarterback and two important stars in LSU’s upset win over Auburn earned the majority of the votes from the panel for the week three selection of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association college football players of the week honors.
Shelton Eppler put the Demons on his shoulders in a 49-48 road win over Lamar setting NSU single-game records for passing yards (474), touchdowns (six) and total offense (469) in earning the offensive honors for the week.

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RHS volleyball team wins Bearcat Brawl tourney

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Ruston High School went undefeated in their own tournament at the Bearcat Brawl this past weekend, taking wins over Vandebilt Catholic, Haughton, West Monroe, Denham Springs and Westgate for the clean sweep.
Leading Bearcats to the five wins were Meg Roeder with 32 kills, Anna Pody with 21 kills, Alyssa Terry with 16 kills, and Anna Kate Inman with 12 kills.
Abby Ambrose totaled 12 aces and 39 assists for the Bearcats while Anna Richardson registered 47 assists.

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State regulators remove patient cap on marijuana doctors

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid concerns about bottlenecks to access, Louisiana regulators agreed Monday to loosen limits on how many medical marijuana patients doctors authorized to dispense cannabis can treat.
Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to 100 medical marijuana patients. People seeking the treatment pushed elimination of the cap, worried they will have difficulty getting the medication when it becomes available later this year, estimated around November.

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Teachers get performance, recruitment awards

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Some 309 Lincoln Parish public school teachers are getting a share of more than $350,000 awarded to them in recruitment, recognition and retention incentives.
Money for the incentives comes from a federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund grant. The current awards are the first disbursement in the five-year grant and were earned mostly for work done during the 2017-18 school year, Julie Stephenson, Lincoln Parish’s teacher pipeline lead and university liaison, said.

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Panel asks aldermen to take in area for housing development

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Ruston could be on its way to getting another planned unit development, but first the Board of Aldermen has to annex into the city the land upon which the proposed PUD would be built.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended to the board that it begin the annexation process for approximately 45 acres at the southwest corner of South Barnett Springs Street and Fletcher Lane that Bossier City developer David Willis wants to turn into the Pelican Pointe development.

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Walpole Tire recognized

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Walpole Tire & Service Service, LCC, has been presented with the Better Business Bureau’s 2018 Torch Award for Customer Commitment.
The award honors BBB Accredited Businesses and Charity Members that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace.

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Cause of pipeline leak still under investigation

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State Hwy. 822 between Bartlet Road and Hwy. 33 is closed indefinitely as a precautionarly measure while NuStar Energy crews repair an anhydrous ammonia pipeline that ruptured late Sunday afternoon.
The road, which had been re-opened Monday afternoon, was closed again this morning when the ammonia odor began to drift around the immediate area, Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said. Residents are being allowed to come and go from their homes.

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September 15th

Questions?

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Town Hall meetings on economic district plan set

Ruston residents who want to learn more about the Walker administration’s plan to create an economic development district that would generate money for additional facilities at the city’s new sports complex can do so at a pair of town hall meetings set for Sept. 24 and 25 at the Historic Fire Station.
The Sept. 24 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; the Sept. 25 meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will cover the same topic.
“I want people to come and see what we’re trying to do, get the correct information and ask questions,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Bags gone within minutes

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Pictured top left, are cars lining up waiting for volunteers to wheel out carts of sacked lunches. Pictured top right are Trinity United Methodist Church members from left, Linda Wallace, Barbara Jakiela and Lillian McCullin preparing bread for sandwiches. Pictured at bottom left, Trinity’s Cassie Huneycutt starts making the sandwiches. At bottom right, Presbyterian Church of Ruston member Michael Murray talks about the lunch program while Trinity’s Kathy Davis adds cheese to the sandwiches.

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