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May 4th, 2013

Month focusing on mental health

Events such as the mass shootings and bombings that have bombarded our television screens and newspaper pages in the past year have reinforced the fear that many people feel toward those with mental illnesses.
However, many people may not realize that the majority of individuals with mental illnesses are able to lead relatively normal lives because of the treatments they receive.

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Robbins: Jolis Jardins big success

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On April 27, the Ruston Garden Club presented Jolis Jardins, A Garden Tour. This event was the result of years of discussions, months of preparations, and hours upon hours of work by an extraordinary group of women here in Ruston.

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Corn now state's top cash crop

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Cotton was once king in Louisiana, but it appears corn now wears the crown.
In a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cotton will be replaced with corn across the South, with planted cotton acres expected to fall by an average of 15 percent. Farmers in the Bayou State are expected to follow suit by planting more corn than cotton.
“Cotton farmers are switching to soybeans and corn, where they can make more money,” said John Westra, an ag economist with the LSU AgCenter. “Land harvested for cotton was about 225,000 acres, down 22 percent from 2011 and the lowest recorded since 1866, when the state began tracking production. We expect it to be down another 50,000 acres in 2013.”
It seems farmers across the country are looking to corn to increase their profits this year. While drought in the Midwest may curb some corn plantings there, an economist with the American Farm Bureau said the 2013 corn crop could set a record.

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The making of Mother's Day

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These lines are meant as reflection — and a reminder — that next Sunday is Mothers Day. In that it is one of the most celebrated days other than Christmas and Easter, the history of the day is interesting. Most of today’s words deal with the origin of Mothers Day. Next week we will look at some other aspects of this occasion.
None other than Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is given credit for creating the momentum of having Mothers Day recognized as a national holiday. In 1870, she issued a proclamation or declaration which should not be paraphrased. It read:

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PARISH SCHOOLS DONATE TO THE MARCH OF DIMES

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CTB marketing campaign company picks up awards

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The Greystone Project, a brand communications firm, was awarded six International Communicator Awards and five Hermes Creative Awards this week for their work for Community Trust Bank.

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Tech piano recital to be held today

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Russian-American pianist Julia Mortyakova will perform a solo piano recital at 1 p.m. today in the Recital Hall of the Howard Center for The Performing Arts, on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Admission to the recital is free.
Mortyakova will perform musical selections by Cecile Chaminade, Alexander Scriabin, Paul Osterfield and Olga Harris.

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Hunt Forest Products passes out service awards

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Hunt Forest Products, Inc. recently present 2012 Service Awards to their Ruston Corporate Office employees. They are from left to right on the front row: Kathy A. Godfrey, accounting clerk/secretarial assistant (10 years); JoAnne P. Cobb, administrative assistant (15 years) and Connie A. Watts, executive secretary (20 years). From left to right on the back row are: Timothy L. Norman, safety administrator (20 years), George T. Keys IV, human resources manager (20 years) and James H. Hough Jr, chief financial officer (20 years).

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SCHOOL NEWS: ALMA J. BROWN ELEMENTARY

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Second grade
Mrs. Victoria Kent’s second-grade students have been extremely busy learning new and interesting concepts in class. In social studies, our second graders closely explored the importance of skills and education in choosing a career and the need for interdependence within the local community. The class hosted a “Career Day” in which second graders were permitted to dress up in the career attire of their choice. Students then did a poster presentation of their chosen career while highlighting education, skills and tools needed in their profession. We had future FBI agents, doctors, nurses, SWAT agents, neurosurgeons, teachers, private investigators, pro football players and CEOs to name a few.

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SCHOOL NEWS: I.A. LEWIS

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Testing
The iLEAP test provided students with many challenges, but also filled the lives of the I.A. Lewis Ram family with plenty of fun. Standardized test results are scheduled to be shared with our students before the last day of school on May 21.

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