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Breaking ground for a new home

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Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday for the newest home to be built by the North Central Louisiana Habitat for Humanity chapter and Louisiana Tech University’s habiTECH program. The house will be located at 153 Pecan St. just off Water Tank Road. The groundbreaking is open to the public.
This is the 20th house the local Habitat chapter has built, and the seventh in partnership with Tech’s School of Architecture design-build studio class.

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Bell discusses school district

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Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said the Lincoln Parish School district has come a long way in the past year, but still has quite a bit to achieve before it reaches the goals set forth for the coming years.
School officials, political figures and community members from throughout the parish gathered for a light lunch Tuesday in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center before digging into the state of the Lincoln Parish educational status. The event is the second annual State of the District, sprung from an idea suggested by the Ruston 21 Education Committee to keep residents abreast of the issues facing the school system. Bell gave a picture of the accomplishments of 2011, as well as the challenges for 2012.

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Lightning strike causes house fire

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A fire reportedly broke out at 3:16 p.m. Wednesday after lightning struck a home on Lake Shore Drive in Ruston.
Ruston Fire Department responded to the call to find flames coming from the roof of a multi-story home. RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said firefighters attacked the blaze to find it difficult to put out due to the ruptured natural gas line, which supplied the heating unit.

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State superintendent visits Lincoln Parish

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Newly appointed State Superintendent of Schools John White stopped at Squire Creek Country Club to have breakfast and discuss educational topics with Lincoln Parish educational administrators, school board members and business leaders. After breakfast, he headed to Ruston High School to conduct a site visit. See the entire story in the Friday edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.

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Volunteers sought for basketball tourney

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The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for community support in the way of volunteers to help make the 2012 Boys’ and Girls’ State Basketball Finals a success when the games are hosted in Ruston for the first time March 8-10.
Games will be played on Karl Malone Court in the Thomas Assembly Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.  In anticipation of the more than 35,000 fans making their way to Ruston, the CVB is seeking volunteers to work at the Thomas Assembly Center during the three days of the finals.

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Man arrested for strangulation

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Late Wednesday night a man was arrested for simple battery domestic violence, after allegedly strangling a woman.
Sirarminius Demetrius Williams, 24, of 500 S. Barnett Springs Ave., was arrested by Ruston Police Department officers at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday after officers responded to the residence for a battery complaint.

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RHS cheer team shines

Hard work recently paid off in leaps and bounds for several local girls.
Ruston High School’s competitive cheer team, made up of 32 freshman, junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders, has captured the National Cheerleaders Association Game Time Division Championship for the second year in a row.

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Preventing premature births

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Each year Lincoln Parish plays a large role in combating premature births through the annual March for Babies.
On April 28, the walk benefiting the March of Dimes will move forward at the Louisiana Tech Intramural Center.
According to the March of Dimes website, premature babies — or those born before 37 weeks — are at increased risk for newborn health complications, such as breathing problems and even death. Additionally, premature babies also face an increased risk of lasting disabilities, such as mental retardation, learning and behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, lung problems and vision and hearing loss.

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Reflecting on cafeteria nostalgia

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Sometimes nostalgia strikes when you never thought it would. Maybe when you are eating your favorite ice cream, reading and old book or perhaps when you are sitting at your daughter’s school attending a program in the cafeteria. It did for me, not only did I pass the gym and the office with a grimace, but the mere presence of the principal’s office and the coach standing outside of the lounge, was enough to bring those memories flooding through my mind.

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It's time to take a stand and act

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One of the main reasons that Louisiana has never realized its full potential, both in economic growth and quality of life for our citizens, has been due to the state’s traditionally poor public education system.
Though great strides and improvements have been made over the last decade, the state still ranks 47th in the nation for student academic achievement.
Recently, letter grades were assigned to public schools, and 44 percent received either a “D” or “F” grade, in a system using a relatively low standard. The data clearly show that the system serves some, but not all, students. Many citizens have given up on public schools and bailed out of the system, often leaving only those who cannot afford other options in failing schools. Too many of those students face limited opportunities for the future.

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