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January 6th, 2014

Training to help local innovators

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Free classes designed to kick start new businesses

Locals who have business ideas but can’t quite figure out where to start are in luck, as the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator training sessions kick off Tuesday.
“Entrepreneurs preparing to start and grow new ventures in 2014, will benefit from participating in the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator initiative,” Kathy Wyatt, director of the Technology Business Development Center at Louisiana Tech University, said. “This program helps entrepreneurs move from a business idea to an investor deck within three months.”

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Community law enforcers go above, beyond

Each day residents of Ruston and Lincoln Parish can be thankful for the law enforcement officers they pass on the roadway.
The deputies and officers employed with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ruston Police Department, along with the other various municipalities within the parish, put in the time and effort to make our home a safer place.
In 2014, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said he plans to improve the services for residents. Sgt. Clint Williams, Ruston Police Department spokesman, reiterated those same thoughts last week.

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Too cold for Louisiana boy

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There’s a reason I live in Louisiana and have for nearly all of my life.
And there’s a reason the farthest north I’ve ever lived is Arkansas.
Today is a prime example of that reason.
I grew up in New Orleans. I remember Christmas mornings warm enough that I rode my first bicycle wearing shorts and a T-shirt with no jacket.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind cold weather — you know, 28 degrees or so. Maybe even a little snow thrown in every now and then for aesthetic qualities as well as for good measure.

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Support mental health awareness this year

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Washington, Jerrilene.

Out with the old and in with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information.
New Year’s Resolutions to achieve in 2014:
• Educate yourselves about mental health.
• Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and announcements designed to inform the community about mental health issues.
• Attend the free, educational seminars or support group meetings, sponsored by the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Psychiatrists and other physicians, social workers, nurses, counselors, consumers and family members serve as guest speakers.

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Ribbon cutting for DCC

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Diabetes Care Center (DCC) provides clinical care, vital education and support that will enable an individual diagnosed with diabetes mellitus to better manage the disease, thereby reducing the risks of short and long-term health complications.

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OWL Center dedicates riding arena

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The OWL Center was originally designed to benefit the youth of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home with therapeutic and recreational programs.
It also serves churches, schools, businesses, community groups and families with its 800 acres of rolling hills, facilities and programs.
All programs are designed to encourage teamwork, family bonds, character development, education and fun.
A ribbon cutting was held for the dedication of the new riding arena.

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Serenity Springs cuts ribbon

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Serenity Springs Specialty Hospital specializes in adult and geriatric behavioral health care with total privacy, clinical excellence and exceptional quality of care with lasting success.

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Grambling Set For Doubleheader

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GSU to host Alabama A&M squads
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January 4th

Allstate awards university $50k

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A good day for Grambling State University
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After months of nationwide voting, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation announced Friday that Grambling State University would be the recipient of $50,000 to be used for general scholarships.
With cheers of excitement in the background, GSU President Frank Pogue said he could start every day this way.

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Security for city employees

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Council to vote on switching compensation companies
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Money invested by city of Ruston employees who participate in a voluntary deferred compensation plan may be a little more secure if the board of aldermen approves moving the plan from a private company to the state public employees deferred compensation system.
Aldermen are expected to vote on the proposed change during their monthly meeting Monday evening. The meeting convenes at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at city hall.

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