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Another Delay in Hashaway Murder Case

08/26/2014

A status conference in the case of Cameron Mays, who is accused of killing retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor Dr. Sue Hashway in a home invasion in June of 2012, was upset and re-fixed until Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 P. M.

John Belton, the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) Assistant District Attorney who is handling the prosecution, was in discussions with the crime lab over some issues not yet clear, it was said in court this afternoon.

Presiding at today’s proceedings in 3rd Judicial District Court was Ad Hoc Judge Jim Wiley from Winnfield.

Lewis Gets Free Ride Back to Ruston City Council

08/25/2014

District Three Alderman Jedd Lewis was the only City of Ruston incumbent who was unopposed for the Tuesday, November 4 election. The other four seats are contested, as is the race for mayor. Lewis was first elected in 2002.

In District One, incumbent Glenda Howard is challenged by Fred Blake and Carolyn Elmore-Cage. Howard served in that seat once before (from 1990 to 1994), and won the seat again in 2010.

District Two also has three candidates: incumbent Rosalind Jones, Sharon Hatter, and Angela Mayfield. Jones was recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Elmore Mayfield.

District Four incumbent Jim Pearce is challenged by Judi Null. Pearce was first elected in 1998.

In District Five, Marie Riggs, incumbent since 2002, has two opponents: Bruce Siegmund, and Maurie White.

For Mayor, Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker have filed. Incumbent Dan Hollingsworth is retiring after serving four four-year terms.

Ruston City Marshal Mike Hilton Retiring?

08/21/2014
Ruston City Marshal Mike Hilton

Ruston City Marshall Mike Hilton

Long-time Ruston City Marshal Mike Hilton is apparently not running for re-election for the position that he has held since 1981, sources are telling Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).

Adding credibility to those sources is the fact that two Deputy Marshals from the office have filed for the position – Sandy Freeman and Jim Liner.

The City Marshal provides enforcement for the Ruston City Court, which adjudicates traffic tickets issued by the Ruston Police Department and Louisiana Tech Police. City Court also presides over criminal misdemeanors which occur within the city limits of Ruston.

The Ruston City Court has jurisdiction parishwide on civil cases with a monetary limit of $25,000. Typical suits which may be filed in that court include debt collection on open accounts, promissory notes and rent, evictions, contractual disputes and actions in tort for money damages.

Qualifying Begins for Area Political Offices

08/20/2014

Qualifying begins today for several area political offices. Among the offices to be decided on November 4:

City of Ruston Mayor
City of Ruston Board of Aldermen
Town of Jonesboro Mayor
Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen
Town of Jonesboro Chief of Police
Lincoln Parish School Board
Jackson Parish School Board
Ouachita Parish School Board
Monroe City School Board
District Attorneys – Statewide
District Judges – Statewide

Here is a link to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website that updates as new candidates qualify.

City of Ruston Trims Workforce

08/19/2014

Ruston has trimmed its workforce by about fifty positions over the past two years, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth told the Board of Aldermen yesterday in a special meeting. However, there were no “layoffs” of employees during that time.

Said Hollingsworth, “We have a lot fewer employees today than we had two years ago. The fact that this year’s budget we’ll have almost fifty less, and that’s a significant figure. Nobody got discharged because of that – it’s simply retirement and attrition.”

Hollingsworth said the rapidly increasing cost of the city’s portion of employee retirement (from about $475 thousand in 1999, to about $2.5 million this year), coupled with no growth in sales taxes, made the cutbacks necessary.

The remarks were made at the meeting that was called to discuss the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1.

See here the proposed budget for 2014-2015.

Compare to the budget for 2013-2014.

In other business, the council approved a resolution to rent a building on West California Avenue, that had been the location of a bank and credit union. The location is needed, Assistant City Administrator Ed Pittman said, to house the city’s Customer Service Department (now located on the City Hall’s first floor) while that area is renovated. The department serves Ruston’s water and sewer utility customers.

Pittman said they will explore the possibility of purchasing the building and foregoing some of the City Hall renovations, if that is economically feasible.

Special Meeting of the Ruston City Council Monday

08/17/2014

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, August 18, 5:30, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton, second floor Mayor’s Conference Room. The Personnel/Finance Committee will also meet.

On the agenda is discussion and adoption of the 2014-2015 budget for the city for the upcoming fiscal year that begins 10/1/2014.

Board of Aldermen Agenda
Personnel/Finance Committee Agenda

Services for John Hays Tuesday Evening

08/11/2014

A visitation service for John Martin Hays, 72, of Ruston will be held Tuesday, August 12, 4 PM to 6 PM, Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) Fellowship Hall, 504 Tech Drive, Ruston.

Mr. Hays died Sunday after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his wife Susan Turpin Hays, daughter Leslie Weston, and son-in-law Bryan Weston.

Mr. Hays was the publisher of Ruston’s Morning Paper, a weekly tabloid that focused on local news and politics.

John Martin Hays: 1942-2014

08/10/2014

Lousiana Voice is reporting tonight that John Hays, 72, of Ruston, died this morning. His death was the result of complications from a long battle with cancer, Publisher Tom Aswell wrote.

For thirty-seven years, Hays published the Morning Paper, a weekly Ruston based independent tabloid style newspaper that was often the source of news stories no one else had the courage to print, let alone investigate.

In July 2013, Hays ceased publication, due he said to his health issues.

Some Commentary

“What the hell is this?! I ain’t printin’ that crap!! It ain’t news when the state republican chairman endorses a republican candidate for governor!!”

So spoke John Hays to me back in the fall of 1979, when as a volunteer with Dave Treen for Governor, I had been tasked with delivering to the Morning Paper office a press release from then GOP State Chair George Despot.

And that’s how a thirty-five year love/hate relationship began between the self-described “Yellow Dog Democrat” Hays and the conservative Republican Walter Abbott. Without question, Hays was one of the most important men I ever knew.

Much of what I have learned about local politics and how it works was taught to me by Hays over those thirty plus years.

I can state with gold-plated certainty that the relatively honest way that most Lincoln Parish governmental bodies conduct themselves is a direct result of those local politicians knowing that Hays was looking over their shoulder.

RIP John, I will miss you.

And thanks for all you taught me.

Ordinances at Ruston City Council

08/05/2014

There was discussion about ordinances at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council. One concerning “nuisance” vehicles was adopted, and another setting millage rates for 2014 property taxes was introduced.

City Attorney Bill Carter said the vehicle ordinance would provide an avenue for appeals for owners of designated nuisance vehicles.

Said Carter, “We’re amending our ordinance to provide the appeals for towing of nuisance vehicles would go directly to the Chief of Police.”

Carter noted that such vehicles are usually inoperable, add clutter to a neighborhood, can lure kids to play in them, and can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

See here the ordinance as adopted.

Also, an ordinance was introduced setting the property tax rates for 2014. The general alimony rate is 5.88 mils, and the tax rate for maintenance and operation of recreation facilities is 2.92 mils. Those rates are the same as for 2013.

See here the ordinance.

Ruston City Council Monday

08/03/2014

The Ruston Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, August 4, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, first floor courtroom.

Here is the agenda.

Several resolutions are to be considered, and several substandard structures are on the Code Enforcement agenda.


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