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April 30th, 2016

Roadwork top priority

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Connecting Martin Luther King Drive to U.S. Highway 167 South is the top priority project in Phase 1 of Moving Ruston Forward.

Authorities have tagged 10 of the approximately two dozen projects for the first phase of the citywide infrastructure maintenance and improvements program.

Though the MLK project has been shovel ready for years, there’s been no money to do the work. Engineers are currently tweaking the plan to add a bike path and sidewalk. The MLK extension is expected to cost about $2 million.

Here’s a look at the other Phase 1 projects:

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Early childhood education vital to youth

Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make.

The long-term benefits of early childhood education grow in staggering numbers.

Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn 5 years old yields significant long-term benefits.

The HighScope Perry Preschool Study found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program earned up to $2,000 more per month as an adult than those who were not.

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Learning to make your own way

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Many of you may not realize it but I once had an offer to perform athletically at the collegiate level.
Sounds crazy, right? Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it myself, but it’s true.
You see, leading up to high school I did everything under the sun — except for play softball, that just never was my thing. I cheered, danced, played basketball, ran track and on occasion I was known to partake in a little football action with the guys.
But it would be track that garnered me the opportunity to visit The Citadel and be forced with the decision to compete collegiately or not.

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Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon-cutting for limo service

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for J&T Limousines at the Chamber office. J&T relocated to Ruston from Lake Providence. They have limos, party buses, antique cars and more to come. First-time customers can mention this announcement to receive 20 percent off a first booking.

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Brister’s celebrates grand reopening

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of Brister’s BBQ Smokehouse. The new building is across the street from their previous location on Cooktown Road.

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Local business recognized

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The Adopt-A-School Program challenged students to become “Agents for Change” with this year’s spring service project, it was decided the program would implement a new award that recognizes a Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Partner that has served as an agent for change through its partnership with a school during the year. This year’s inaugural award recognized Log Cabin/Ponchatoulas/Cheeburger Cheeburger for focusing on an area of critical need within Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home’s Howard School’s academic efforts.

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Teachers, students recognized

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College of Engineering and Science announces honors

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has announced its 2016 Outstanding Students and Faculty.
Each year, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering and Science select outstanding juniors and seniors who have excelled in academics and leadership for the College.
Graduating seniors vote on the two faculty members who most influenced their educations at Tech. These selections are announced at the annual Spring Release event.

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Louisiana Tech hosts I-20 Top 20

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Louisiana Tech University showcased new technologies, innovative products and services and entrepreneurial ideas from across the Interstate 20 corridor. Pictured is the UTeachTech booth. UTeachTech pairs Tech’s engineering and science programs with it teaching preparation programs, resulting in a single, interdisciplinary degree program.

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LSMSA Board of Directors names new executive director

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The Board of Directors of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts met on April 27, and unanimously approved the recommendation from the search committee, selecting Steve Horton as the school’s new executive director.
Horton currently serves at Northwestern State University as the vice provost, dean of the graduate school, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a tenured professor of education.

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Planning ahead for healthcare, retirement

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As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out and gifts for family members and favorite charities. But there’s another big expense to plan for: health care.

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