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October 17th, 2005

Ruston native displays 'Tweel' on CBS news

Riding the Segway Centaur up a ramp, Bart Thompson demonstrated to viewers all across America the multiple advantages of the "Tweel," an invention of Thompson and other engineers employed with Michelin America's Research and Development Center.
The CBS segment was titled "Reinventing the Wheel," and focused on the tweel, a flexible tire and wheel combination that operates without air.
While riding on the Segway equipped with tweels, Bart Thompson demonstrated the invention for the camera.

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Tech trims costs, asks state for help with biomed building

The $1.1 million was the difference in the amount of money that was available and what Mann Construction — the low bidder on the project — determined it would cost to construct the new building.
So Reneau had his folks go to work to see when money might be saved, and Reneau began talking with Tech alumni.
"The architects asked Mann Construction what we could do to cut costs," Jerry Drewett, vice president for Administrative Services at Louisiana Tech, said. "We found about $120,000 in cuts we could live with, without hurting the building."

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Superintendent interviews to begin Monday

The first two candidates are scheduled for interviews on Monday evening, with 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. put aside as 30-minute periods for informal meetings with residents. Two interviews will follow on Wednesday and two on Thursday with the same times allotted for resident/candidate interaction.
The specific times for which each candidate — Cecil Barham, Danny Bell, Danny Garbarino, Brent Vidrine, Todd Lintzen and Arthur Cartlidge — will be interviewing, and therefore available for meeting, will be announced.

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Six in superintendent running

Those candidates who submitted applications by Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline included:
• Cecil Barham, principal at Glen View Elementary School;
• Danny Bell, director of curriculum and instruction at the Lincoln Parish school board;
• Danny Garbarino, a former Lincoln parish school system employee and owner of Sport Court of Louisiana in Ruston;
• Brent Vidrine, principal at Neville High School in Monroe;
• Todd Lintzen, director of instruction for the DeSoto parish school system; and

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Aldermen look at sewage rate increase

The ordinance would raise the base charge from $1 to $5 and increase the volume charge from $1.96 per 100 cubic feet of metered water to $2.30 per 100 cubic feet.
Ruston Water and Sewer Director Richard Aillet said the increases were needed to pay for Department of Environmental Quality-mandated repairs to the city's sewage plant.

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No truck to carry load for area arts

Peter Jones, vice president of NCLAC and fundraising chair, said the annual event might be without a truck prize for the second year in a row.
Initially, the Pick up the Arts fund-raiser derived its name from the choice of winning prizes.
"Early on, the raffle winner was given a choice of a pickup truck or $10,000," Jones said.
However, since this time vehicle costs have increased and the council has been forced to limit their winners to the cash option.

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Gallot asks Blanco to veto HB 388

Gallot sent Blanco a letter Thursday urging her to veto House Bill 388 by Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe.

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Dubach receives specifics to health care project

Dozens of Dubach community members squeezed into Town Hall Thursday morning to hear the details of a three-year health plan presented by Louisiana Tech University nutrition and dietetics professor Mary Murimi. With a Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant exceeding $500,000, Murimi and a research team are planning a project involving health education and screenings for all area residents with a Dubach mailing address.
Research team member Brian Coyne said the project will target various age populations.

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Corinth crowd voices opinion at community meeting

Billy Aycock said the group — which calls itself "United Citizens for Choice" — is out to make sure elected officials do "what the folks who elected them want them to do. If they don't, we can change things at the next election."
Among the elected officials who attended the meeting in northwest Lincoln Parish were Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe; Reps. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, and Hollis Downs, R-Ruston; District Attorney Bob Levy; Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone; Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Pam Jones; and District 4 Police Juror Terry Knowles.

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Sparta bills in Senate

House Bill 388, co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, would change the word "critical" to "an area of ground water concern" in Louisiana's Revised Statute Code, passed the House of Representatives 95-0 and was received in the Senate on May 16.

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