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October 6th

Changes proposed for N.O. census update

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Editor’s note: The Ruston Daily Leader this week is publishing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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RHS Alumni Association supports newspaper

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Special to the Leader
Once again, the Ruston High School Alumni Association has stepped up and become a major supporter of Chatterbox. In late August, Bobby Williams, representing the RHS Alumni Association, visited the Chatterbox staff at school and presented a sponsorship check in the amount of $300.

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Bearcat Blitz helps freshmen adjust to school life

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On Sept. 23, freshman students were invited to stay after school for the first annual Freshman Academy Bearcat Blitz. This event was planned as part of the Kick-Off Mentoring Program at Ruston High School, a program that allows upper-class students to mentor ninth graders, assisting students with the transition from junior high to high school.

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Start of second six weeks continues student education

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With the ending of the first six weeks and the beginning of a new, Ruston Elementary is now in full swing and experiencing positive changes.  We are pleased to have organizations such as Lincoln ACHIEVE, Big Brothers and Sisters and our Community Readers to assist students with achievement. Having readers visit our school, our students are able to strengthen reading skills and build reading confidence. Children are also shown how to become productive citizens.

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Cedar Creek announces five AP scholar award winners

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Five Cedar Creek students have earned AP Scholar Awards for their achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

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Artoberfest on tap with brews, aid to Arts Tour

A centuries-old European tradition will flow into Ruston Oct. 13 as the North Central Louisiana Arts Council offers a special fundraising event.
The second annual Artoberfest will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Ruston’s Historic Fire Station, located at 200 E. Mississippi Ave. Tickets are now on sale.
“Much like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, our event will feature good music, good food, good beer and good fun,” said Leigh Anne Chambers, NCLAC executive director.

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Library to celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

The Lincoln Parish library is hosting “Popcorn Cooking Ideas” at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Lincoln Community Room of the library. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and learn various recipes for flavored popcorn, colored popcorn and other simple ways to include popcorn in snack and dessert recipes.
October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s oldest and most beloved snack foods.

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Head Start helps foster success

Children are the future of our community, and right here in Lincoln Parish there is an organization dedicated to making sure those children succeed.
October is National Head Start Awareness Month, and Lincoln Head Start kicked off the month with an open house sponsored by Lincoln Total Community Action.
Parents and public officials attended the event, where students of the school sang songs about Head Start and were able to show parents what they had been working on since the school year began.

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Parks provide places to walk

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Walking has been a big part of my life for a long time.
As a child, I used to walk barefoot up and down the sidewalks in my neighborhood. When I went to college, it became a means to stay in shape. Simply by picking up the pace and pumping my arms while walking around the activity center, I dropped about eight pounds.

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Doctor waiting room economics

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Do you ever wonder why we get in such a hurry to get to the doctor’s office? Is it because we want to be first in line? Is it because we have an appointment time? I’ve discussed this with others I’ve sat next to in waiting rooms listening as the people discuss their appointment times. Sometimes they wait for 30 minutes to be called to the second waiting room. It could be an hour before they see the doctor.

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