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April 25th, 2016

Expo Center contributes to community

Each year hundreds of people flock to Ruston and Lincoln Parish for the many events the city and parish hosts.

Some of these include Louisiana Tech University athletic events, or for prospective students to check out the university.

Others may visit Lincoln Parish Park for a camping adventure or to compete in a triathlon.

Some people may come into town for Louisiana Peach Festival activities, such as the Peach Rodeo — which is held at the North Louisiana Expo Center.

The Expo Center, which has been operational since the early 2000s, is an essential part of our community.

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TOPS questions remain for Legislature

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To stay on TOPS or not, that’s the question Louisiana is facing.
And it looks like deserving college students will get their chance.
The Louisiana Legislature is dealing with how to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.

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Getting ahead of the curve

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I write today on the continued reluctance of the far-right legislators in our state to accept the reality that if taxes aren't raised, or an additional revenue stream created, this state which is already in a fiscal crisis will be destroyed from within. And all because not one of these hardliners are willing to come to terms with the fact that this is the 21st century, not the turn of the 20th century.

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Radiothon involves entire community

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By the time this column goes to print, we will be 10 days away from Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 15th Annual Radiothon.
As usual, this event involves not only Lincoln Parish but all of our parishes, and not just DART, but the entire community.
This wide spectrum of contributors and partners is needed.
The Radiothon is DART’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds of it are used to pay for needs not covered by our existing grants.
This year, DART’s Radiothon goal is $50,000.
The money will be used to meet three important needs.

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Building named for W.A.J. Lewis II at Methodist Children’s Home

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Following the Spring meeting of its board of directors, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home held a ceremony on April 12 to name the W. A. J. Lewis II Building.
W. A. J. “Billy” Lewis II of Ruston, served for decades on the Home’s Board of Directors, holding various offices, including that of board president.
Lewis’ foresight in the 1980’s guided the home into serving children whose needs could not be met in less intensive treatment centers.
He led the home to the construction of a 24-bed emergency shelter care and diagnostic center for adolescents which was completed in 1989.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Felix. He is a medium-sized lab mix that is looking for a home. He is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He loves other dogs, people and is also leash trained. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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April 23rd

Delta classes to ‘rest’ for summer

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The Delta Community College in Ruston will be taking a “rest” this summer for most of their credit courses, but the campus will remain open for use by the community, said Barbara Hanson, chancellor of Delta Community Colleges.

“We are closing for some credit courses; however, the campus is not closing and that is where some confusion has arisen,” she said.

“The campus will be open all summer with regular summer hours, there will be one staff person there.”

Certified Nursing Assistant classes will be held at the campus this summer, Hanson said.

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Relay for Life held in Ruston

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Cancer survivor Anita Harper, of Choudrant, gets high-fives as she completes the survivors lap during the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Friday. The event raises funds and awareness in the fight against cancer, as well as honors area survivors and remembers those who have lost their lives to the disease.

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Police Jury to implement plan for dumpsters

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The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury are moving forward with several plans to help the trash problem in the parish.
Area residents and Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker were in attendance to voice concerns and to share more details of a recycling program that is set to take off in January 2017.
Two residents of Lincoln Parish voiced their concerns over the dumpsters, saying they wished dumpsters to be removed completely from the parish and to move one specific set of dumpsters.

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Disaster forbearances offered to storm victims

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Lincoln Parish residents impacted by the March storms have the opportunity to postpone their federal student loan payments with disaster forbearance.
According to mygreatlakes.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping student loan repayment possible in partnership with the United States Department of Education and private lenders, federal student loans allow a request to temporarily postpone student loan payments.
Those interested in applying for disaster forbearance can contact Great Lakes at (800) 236-4300 or via email.

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