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Working to transform Ruston

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Community invited to public meeting Tuesday at Civic Center
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Area residents can have a voice in what they want their downtown area to look like.
Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and City Administrator Lewis Love envision Downtown Ruston as a pedestrian friendly go-to destination with a retail atmosphere.
“People need to be able to walk down the street and see in the windows,” Love said.
Hollingsworth said the downtown area can be compared to a house, with each business similar to a room.

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Fire destroys fraternity house

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Three firefighters were reportedly injured in a blaze that destroyed the Louisiana Tech University Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Saturday.

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Budgeting concerns

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Lawmakers voice views on 1-time money usage
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Making decisions regarding funding for an entire state for a fiscal year is not an easy process. And as our area legislators have seen, it’s going to take more than one budget proposal to make sure the state is on the best financial grounds it can be.
The most recent change came Thursday afternoon, when the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 63-38 in favor of House Bill 822, which would give lawmakers the option of utilizing $268 million in one-time funding from various state funds to help the state deal with its current $25 billion budget proposal.

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HabiTech home unveiled

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Mother, children to move into new structure
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Whenever LaQuanta Hargrove goes to make her first monthly house payment on her new home at 153 Pecan St., it will be the first time in more than 16 years that money will go toward owning, not renting a house.

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Merger failed due to politics

Despite the recommendations of higher education consultants, multiple chambers of commerce from the Ruston, Bossier and Shreveport areas and groups dedicated to the betterment of Louisiana, the push for the merger of Louisiana State University at Shreveport into Louisiana Tech University ultimately fell victim to the world of politics.
House Bill 964, which would have merged LSU-S into Tech, creating one singular Tech university with two campuses, needed a two-thirds vote from both the Louisiana House and Senate to merge the two schools. But on Tuesday, Rep. Jim Fannin, the author of the bill, decided to scrap it based on a lack of support.

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LMCH CEO thanks Ruston for support

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More than 100 years ago Ruston’s citizens invited a small foster home in Bunkie to move to Ruston. Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home has been the recipient of Ruston’s grace and goodness for more than a century.
With society’s changes, we have changed, too. We currently have more than 400 of the most remarkable staff working in Ruston and across Louisiana who care for children and families. They do it with heart and skill and with eyes on our mission.

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Schools work to move forward

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As another school year comes to a close, we reflect on the many successes that we have achieved during the year as a public school district.
We have celebrated with our Adopt-A-School partners, our community volunteers and partnerships and our New Tech @ Ruston program. We’ve had another teacher named as Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year, and a more recent teacher named as a Regional High School Teacher of the Year. Our athletic teams have had a successful year, and progress continues as construction and renovation projects have been completed or are winding down, and others are just beginning. All of this points to progress, and affirms our leadership and success as a state trailblazer district.

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Students at LSU-S missed opportunity

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Beautiful halls, pleasant walks, noble trees. They charmed me during college, and they are forever cherished.
The alma mater is paraphrased  only to emphasize that even in this “modern” day, newer language still reflects the deep feeling of gratitude for having gone to and being an alumnus of Louisiana Tech. The beauty of the campus is a pleasant memory, along with the knowledge of having obtained a solid education, being part of a tradition of excellence, having made lifelong friends and possessing a perennial sense of pride. All of these were obtained from and are exemplified by Louisiana Tech.

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Resident calls legislators to action on budget

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The state’s budget problems continue to loom over the final three weeks of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 4. The proposed budget has a few more hurdles to clear — or cliffs to scale — before that date. If no agreement on the budget is reached, the Legislature must come back into special session to resolve the issue before the June 30 end to the fiscal year.
The leading issue in the debate is the use of one-time money, which one side says is unconstitutional and the other says has always been done. One-time money includes monies such as those counted on from the sale of prisons and land, as well as the use of special funds that are regenerated each year. Last week, the House, on a 51-48 vote, stripped out the “one-time money,” made a list of potential areas to be cut and authorized the Jindal administration to cut $268 million off that menu to balance the budget.

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Students receive various accolades

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NCTE Achievement Award
The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to encourage some of the best student writers in the nation. This year, Will Rudnicki has been selected for superior performance in writing for his pieces titled “13.1 memories” and “The World That Built Me.” Will is one of only five students in Louisiana to be chosen for this honor.
First grade
First grade at Cedar Creek School is coming to an end. We have been reviewing two-digit addition and subtraction, having fun with graphs, fractions, detailed story writing, reading chapter books, learning how seeds grow and much more!
We have also been practicing for the first grade circus and picnic at Squire Creek Park. We’ve made many cherished memories, and are looking forward to what second grade has in store.

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