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November 10th, 2015

City park upgrades to be made

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Walker: We’re going to protect our kids

Speed bumps, fencing and a marked crosswalk will be installed at Ruston’s Mayfield Park as soon as possible, Mayor Ronny Walker said Monday.
The safety measures come in the wake of the death Sunday of a 10-month-old child who was struck by a car that was entering the park, located on Martin Luther King Avenue.
“We’re going to put some fencing up, some speed bumps with a crosswalk there — marked — so there’s one way in and one way out so that people have to slow down,” Walker said.

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Woman, 102, paints a picture of the olden days

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Hellas Potter is proud of her birthday. And well she should be. Potter turned 102 years old on Oct. 28.
“My life has been sort of like everybody else’s — sort of tangled up,” she said, reflecting on years that have seen four wars, spaceflight, a new century and two of her favorite inventions — the telephone and the Victrola.
Potter, a resident of Ruston’s Alpine Gamble Guest Care Center, is dressed in tan slacks, the new purple sweater and stylish printed circle scarf friends gave her for her birthday and white tennis shoes.

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KCS works on track improvements

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Six miles of Kansas City Southern Railway track through Grambling is being replaced as part of a $6.5 million improvement project through North Louisiana.
“The rail relay is part of our continuing renewal of our infrastructure to maintain safety and operational efficiency in Lincoln Parish,” said Doniele Carlson, KCS assistant vice president for corporate communications and community affairs.
The work is expected to be complete by Nov. 24. KCS has done similar a rail relay through Choudrant and Ruston.

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‘Eat White Dirt’ seeks to answer questions

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At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council will present the award-winning work of a local filmmaker, Adam Forrester, at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Forrester, associate professor of photography at Louisiana Tech University and filmmaker, will screen his works “Eat White Dirt” and “The Stranger” for the residents of Lincoln Parish.
The first of his featurette documentary short film’s, “Eat White Dirt,” seeks to answer two questions: What is geophagy and why do people eat dirt?
“It focuses on the mineral Kaolin, a white clay found in Georgia,” he said.

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Big performance earns honors for Dixon

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Senior running named C-USA, state Player of Week accolades after scoring six TDs
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Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon’s record-breaking performance is still making waves days after the Bulldogs win over North Texas on Saturday.
Dixon on Monday was named both the Conference USA and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week after scoring for a league record six touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 56-13 win over the Mean Green.
The senior running back set a C-USA record with six rushing touchdowns in Louisiana Tech’s 56-13 win over North Texas, the most rushing touchdowns in a single game by any FBS player in the country this year.

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Tech’s Sloan named to C-USA All-Academic soccer team

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A week after being named to the Academic All-District XI First Team, Louisiana Tech’s Kathryn Sloan has been selected to the 2015 Conference USA All-Academic First Team for women’s soccer.
With 23 players making up the first and second team, Sloan was one of just four student-athletes who continue to carry a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
While majoring in Communication Arts and Design, she has also received the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic year.

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RHS playoff tickets on sale

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Senior receiver Jeremy Brown (84) and the Ruston High School Bearcats, seeded 13th, will open the 2015 Class 5A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday by playing host to No 18 Dutchtown at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Tickets for Ruston’s first-round contest against Dutchtown will cost $8 each and went on sale today and can be purchased at the RHS main office during its regular operation hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Dixon, Bulldogs making history

There’s still plenty of football season left, but the Ruston Daily Leader is already excited at the history being made by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

We’re thrilled that the Bulldogs have earned a second straight bowl berth for only the second time in program history.

But right now the national spotlight is on senior running back Kenneth Dixon and his assault on the NCAA record books.

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Local pastors honor Jackson Parish first responders

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A Jonesboro church honored police, firemen and ambulance services throughout Jackson Parish for their work recently and prayed for them to have guidance, strength and safety as they continue serving the parish.
The Pentecostals of Jonesboro invited all law enforcement, firemen and ambulance services of Jackson Parish to be honored and prayed for during a ceremony at the church.
Officers of Eros, Dodson, the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, EMS services, the state and firemen from different fire districts attended the service.

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Pierian Club holds meeting

Jean Hollis opened her home for the Pierian’s October meeting.
Co-hosting with her were Ruth Wall and Carolyn Russell, who served a lemon icebox pie and cucumber sandwiches.
Carol Johnson called the meeting to order by asking Kathey Roane to lead the Club Collect and Linda Richmond to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
She then asked the members to honor Carol Young in a silent moment of remembrance for her, and a prayer for her family.
Vickie Benefield was introduced to give the program on Kate Chopin in keeping with the theme of Louisiana artists.

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