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August 29th

Reaching the one-year mark

I didn’t even understand the significance of what was going on at the time, but as soon as I got home and switched on the television, my eyes were suddenly opened to the evil and terror that lurks in this world.
That was the beginning of my focus on world and national events.
In my freshman year of college, we were celebrating my roommate’s 19th birthday when we heard that America had officially declared war in Iraq.
I remember watching the bombs explode while eating birthday cake. Our cheerful celebration had turned into a somber silence.

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Conservation is essential for everyone

Rinsing dishes with a pan of water instead of pouring tap water on them also helps in the conservation effort.
Also, as Lincoln Parish has seen little rain during this summer, watering one’s lawn in the middle of the afternoon not only wastes water, it also is not as beneficial as it would be later on in the day.
If area residents water their grass in the morning or late evening, the water will not evaporate as much, which will save water and money.

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September fly-in to take off in Ruston

However, as most EAA members build their own aircraft, Spivey explained many of the planes do not have transponders to communicate with the tower. So the organization decided to move the event to the Ruston Regional Airport.
“Ruston has more traffic than Monroe, but it’s mostly single-engine airplanes,” Spivey said. “We’re looking forward to it. There are going to be a lot of interesting airplanes to admire.”
Spivey said a showcase event would be held, which would allow pilots who choose to fly around the airport and give a low approach. Another event would be a spot-landing contest.

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August 28th

Police capture suspected burglar

Hermes said approximately a week into the joint operation and five weeks into the rash of crimes, Johnny Ray Maryland, 35, of Ruston, was developed as a primary suspect.
“Between members of our department and the Sheriff’s Department, we began a hunt for this suspect,” he said. “We didn’t have any charges on him at that point but we felt like he needed to be located.”
Hermes said the suspect in the vehicle thefts followed a pattern of
stealing a vehicle, abandoning it and stealing another vehicle.
A vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Ruston on Tuesday

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RHS, Creek due for state poll attention

Based on their won-loss records and success from last year, plus performances in recent scrimmages and jamborees, the Bearcats and Cougars are due to be included either in the top 10 or honorable mention sections of their classifications.
The Bearcats scored two touchdowns in a recent scrimmage against Monroe Richwood, then battled tough before falling to District 1-5A power West Monroe 12-3 in the “Bayou Jamb” held at Malone Stadium this past weekend.

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N.O. still in need of aid

Many homes are little more than piles tinder; businesses are nothing but empty shells; the basic needs of survival are often nowhere to be found.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to repair the levees in New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward and Lakeview neighborhoods. In the meantime, Louisiana’s once largest city is vulnerable to an assault from another storm.

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Volunteering is worth the effort

I’ve pointed that out because though I’ve only listed three organizations in need of help from the community, there are many more.
The first time I really volunteered to help an organization was in the eighth grade. I had been chosen to be a part of a Groundhog’s Day program where I would “shadow” an administrator with the Bossier Parish Council on Aging. Mostly I just followed one secretary or another around as they showed me around the building, introducing me to program leaders and patrons of the council.

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Agency prepares to open new school

The nonprofit agency is contracted with the Office of Youth Development so that the new school’s 46 students — drawn from Ruston, Grambling, Monroe and West Monroe — will be referred by probation officers or Families in Need of Services (FINS).
“A lot of our students have been expelled from both public and alternative schools,” Suire said. “We work to catch them up academically and socially.”
On Friday, a job fair was held at the new Ruston site to hire 17 staff members who will be needed to run the school known as Youth Options.

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Rebels top Ruston in jamboree, 12-3

“I saw some good things,” said head coach Billy Laird. “We got a chance to play in a game-type situation, in front of a good crowd and I thought we got a lot of good out of it.”
Ruston trailed only 6-3 at halftime, the Bearcats’ points coming on a 34-yard field goal by John Hinton with 1:13 remaining. Setting it up: a super, defender-dodging run of 29 yards by running back Kevin Caesar.
Junior defensive back Kenny Freeman gave the ‘Cats another chance as the first half seconds ticked down with an interception, but the clock ran out.

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School zone traffic laws keep young kids safe

Conversely, many drivers mistakenly believe that bus drivers only let kids off on the side of the road where they live. These drivers might think they can pass a bus on the left when it is stopped because the children won’t be in the road. But often that is not true. In a battle between a small child and a 3,000-pound automobile, the child will always come out the loser.

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