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May 1st

Ruston community gives back

So which test subject ran to answer the call?
According to my professor, the person calling for assistance is more likely to receive it if a smaller number of people are around.
Why?
The way she explained it is that with a smaller group of people, there is a greater sense of urgency when an emergency situation occurs.
This is how I like to think of Ruston. When someone is in need Ruston’s small-townedness pulls through every time.

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Williams is fifth round pick of Bills

“I was just telling somebody that I guess I’ll have to revamp my wardrobe now,” laughed the former Ruston High School and Louisiana State University star early Sunday afternoon, shortly after being selected by the Bills in the fifth round of the 2006 National Football League draft.
The 6-1 and 298-pounder who harassed backfields during an All-American and All-SEC career for the Tigers was the very first player chosen in round No. 5 and the 134th overall.

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Relay raises awareness about cancer

Maegan Loupe, KD’s Relay for Life chairman, said this was not the sorority’s first time to help the ACS.
“Last year, we did the Relay, and it was the first time we did it,” Loupe said. “We felt it was a really good cause to give to.”
KD President Amanda James said a lot of their decision to participate in Relay was also personal.
“Some of our parents have had cancer or have died from cancer,” James said. “It’s a worthy cause to get involved in. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. It’s in remission now.”

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Ex-Techster goes into Hall

“She could pass, she could shoot, she could dribble, she could defend,” evaluated Leon Barmore, former Lady Techsters’ head coach and a Hall of Famer, about the complete game that she brought to the program from 1980-84. “She had no weakness in her game. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do.”
He presented those critiques of Lawrence-Braxton shortly before she was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2005.

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Consider being an organ donor

During her funeral, the minister spoke of how Robin’s heart was still beating, albeit with the body of another person. Her dad said the knowledge that others are living because Robin was a donor helped to ease the loss.
“I just hope that one of them is someone pretty important to justify needing something from Robin,” her dad said.

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One last chance to see her smile

Rodney Alexander, were both at The Ruston Daily Leader during those days, while I plied my trade at The News-Star.
As fate would have it, Robin always seemed to be the waitress who waited on our table. From the time she first asked for our drink orders, through the end of our meal when she would present Hilburn with our tab, a smile radiated from the Ruston native’s countenance that demanded you return the favor.

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New Lowe’s opens doors

“I was the operations manager for the store in Marshall and when I was offered the Ruston position, both my wife and I were thrilled,” he said. “My wife is from south Louisiana, and we are glad to be back in her home state.”
Walters’ reaction to the community and the 155 employees is equally positive.
“Ruston is the friendliest town I have ever been in, and the work ethic is phenomenal,” he said. “We had over 1,300 applications from which we took 155 employees, so we feel we really got the cream of the crop. At this point, we are basically fully staffed.”

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