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February 11th

A glimpse at Ruston Elementary

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It’s 6 a.m., and I have just arrived to prepare for the day ahead. Organizing my thoughts and reviewing my calendar is usually a futile action each morning, because a principal’s day is never the same.
It’s 6:45 a.m. and the first bus has arrived with our most important responsibility: the children. After feeding almost 500 children breakfast, we assemble in the gym for morning affirmations and announcements. As I gaze into the eyes of all the children, I understand and appreciate the task that I have been given. I realize each day they arrive that it is our responsibility to provide them with the best education we can possibly give them.

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Legislation would have big local impact

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Talk about a dilemma
We have all heard cliches that describe a dilemma. For example: “That puts me between a rock and a hard place;” or, “the horns of a dilemma;” or, “he’s in such a pickle”; or, “they are between the devil and the deep blue sea;” and my favorite, “he’s between a whale’s belly and the bottom of the ocean.”

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Reader disagrees with Sunday alcohol sales letter

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Having read Mr. Holloway’s letter to the editor in the Ruston Daily Leader on Feb. 5, which concerned his displeasure with the recent changes to the law formerly prohibiting all alcohol sales on Sundays, I wish to make a few comments.
As a follower of Jesus, I have found myself consistently bothered by any language or practice, which seems to have at its root a sort of religious legalism. (By “legalism,” I mean portraying in black or white actions that are in reality gray.) Whether or not Mr. Holloway subscribes to a form of legalism, it is precisely this sort of discomfort which a reading of his remarks elicited from me, and it is that which I wish to address.

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Secondhand smoke in vehicles harms children

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Several times in the last few months, I have seen adults smoking in a closed car with children in the back seat.
Wake up, smokers! You are possibly killing your own children by allowing secondhand smoke for them to breathe, causing damage to their lungs.
There are an estimated 20-25,000 deaths a year attributed to secondhand smoke.

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Man opposes proposed sheriff’s office sales tax

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I have been and always will be a staunch supporter of our law enforcement personnel.
However, I cannot support a 1/4 cent sales tax for the sheriff’s department alone. I don’t believe it needs that much money as of now. We are in bad need of improvements and expansion of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. What good does it do to arrest criminals and have nowhere to put them?

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‘Ashes of Waco’ author to speak at Louisiana Tech

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Nationally renowned journalist and author of “Ashes of Waco: An Investigation,” Dick Reavis, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Wyly Tower in a community forum.
Reavis will participate in a question and answer forum to include student representatives from the liberal arts disciplines, addressing the myriad of social and political struggles he has witnessed and written about as well as offering why he approaches subjects from the inside, rather than as an objective bystander.

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School News: Parents tour school; students research Africa

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WILDFLOWER MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Wildflower Montessori School is blooming with activity! On Feb. 7, we were thrilled to have a full house for our annual Winter Open House. Our staff took this opportunity to provide a unique walk through of our whole facility. 
Parents moved as a group from preschool, into lower elementary, upper elementary and into our middle school classrooms, specifically focusing on the Montessori math curriculum. Parents enjoyed seeing, first-hand, how these materials have begun to facilitate in their children a love for learning math. Several parents commented that they wish they could’ve learned math this way! Our Winter Open House is scheduled each year during school registration.

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RFD responds to car fire

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Ruston Fire and Ruston Police Departments responded to a car fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. Friday.
The older model Pontiac car’s engine had caught fire, but according to officials, the owners had put the fire out as they arrived on scene.
RFD assisted owners of the car in completely extinguishing the fire.

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Radiothon seeks to raise $145K for St. Jude

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Louisiana Tech’s Student Nurse Association, Forestry Club, Phi Mu Sorority and student athletes are joining together in hopes of raising money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Monday and Tuesday will mark the two days slated for the St. Jude Radiothon, which will take place at Super 1 Foods from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. This year’s goal is $145,000.

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St. Jude donors up for prizes

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Donors to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will have a chance to receive tangible rewards for their donations.
Besides the primary goal of raising funds to continue the cancer-fighting efforts at the hospital, each person who becomes a Partner in Hope during the 31st annual St. Jude Radiothon in Ruston will be entered in drawings for incentive prizes.

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