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November 6th, 2014

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE
I, Richard Bridges, DOC #439523, have applied for clemency for my conviction of possession of cocaine. If you have any comments, contact the Board of Pardons (225)342-5421
3td: Nov. 4, 5, 6, 2014

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November 5th

Ruston chooses Walker

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Ruston voters have elected Ronny Walker as their next mayor.
Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election show Walker won 59.8 percent of the 5,341 votes cast to beat challenger Bill Elmore, 3,197 to 2,144. The total tally represents about a 46 percent voter turnout within the city limits.
The election results will be made official Friday when parish voting officers open the machines and certify the tabulations.
As the votes began to come in Tuesday evening, Walker took an early lead and never lost it. His margin hovered around 60 percent most of the night.

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Belton elected District Attorney

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Voters in the Lincoln-Union Parish 3rd Judicial District have elected John Belton as their new district attorney, but just barely.
Complete but unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show Belton, now one of the district’s assistant DAs, polled 10,708 votes, or 50.5 percent, to challenger and fellow assistant DA Cary Brown’s 10,497 votes, or 49.5 percent.

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Grambling re-elects Jones

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GRAMBLING — Current mayor of Grambling Edward Jones will continue his legacy for the next four years.
Running against Jones was Grambling’s former mayor Martha Andrus, who left office in 2008. Jones was elected again by a mere 24 votes.
A total of 35.1 percent of Grambling’s population voted in this year’s election.
Jones closed out the night with 62 percent (577) of the vote, leaving Andrus with 38 percent and 351 votes.
Jones said he was proud of the citizens of Grambling, and honored to be re-elected to serve them.

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Smalling-Foster wins Simsboro

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SIMSBORO — The Village of Simsboro will welcome a new mayor in January.
Sybil Smalling-Foster was elected by a margin of 15 percent, or 43 votes, over incumbent Mayor Willie Hendricks.
Hendricks was available election night for comments.
“We have so much to be thankful for in the past eight years,” Hendricks said. “I am very happy for Sybil, and I thank the citizens for the last eight years.”
Hendricks said he was “happy as a peach” and was going to get started on his personal bucket list in January.
Smalling-Foster seemed happy to win the election.

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Ruston board shook up

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Two incumbent Ruston aldermen are out, another re-elected and a fourth in a runoff as a result of Tuesday’s primary election balloting.
District 1 incumbent Glenda Howard and District 2 incumbent Rosalind Jones lost their re-election bids. District 4’s Jim Pearce won in a close race, while District 5’s Marie Riggs advanced to the Dec. 6 runoff.

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School board gets two new members

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Out of three opposed incumbents of the school board only one remained in office after last night’s elections.
In District 3 Curtis Dowling beat out opponent Mary Boden Harris with a 68.02 percent lead, leaving Harris with 31.98 percent of the vote.
In District 2 incumbent Eddie Jones lost to David Ferguson, who won by a little less than two-thirds of the vote. Ferguson led with 62.82 percent and Jones carried 37.18 percent of the vote.
In District 1, two newcomers — Veda Emerson and Susan Billups Wiley, challenged incumbent Mattie Harrison.

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LifeCare Hospital holds ‘Pimp Your Pumpkin’ contest

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LifeCare Specialty Hospital held a “Pimp Your Pumpkin” contest for businesses and employees during the month of October. LifeCare also sponsored a Halloween Costume Contest for employees, a chili cook off and an awards ceremony. Games and activities were set up in the physical therapy gyms to encourage patient participation. Pictured are several of the pumpkins that were decorated. LifeCare Specialty Hospital specializes in the treatment of medically complex patients who require extended hospitalization.

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’Tis the season for flu shots

In the past few weeks, the weather has finally started to cool off. While many residents are likely pleased to get a break from the scorching temperatures of a Louisiana summer, it’s also likely that many are not excited about the impending cold and flu season.
Residents may have noticed pharmacies, stores and clinics announcing that flu shots are in, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services everyone age 6 months or older should consider getting vaccinated. According to the HHS, flu vaccines have an excellent safety record.

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‘Greatness’ counts for new elects

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About three weeks before Tuesday’s election, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech’s Student Government Association held a mayoral forum the organizations hoped would clearly differentiate the two candidates.
It didn’t. Both Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker continued to talk about the same things: economic development, stronger ties with education, upgraded recreational facilities and eliminating red tape that each has said is impeding business development.

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