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Jindal announces proposal

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$325 million to be invested in rural roads
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CHATHAM — Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a legislative proposal Monday to bond out half of the State Highway Improvement Fund, which will generate $325 million to repair nearly 1,000 miles of roads across Louisiana, in nearly every parish.
The State Highway Improvement Fund was created exclusively to fund state roads classified as non-federal aid routes that are not eligible for federal funding. Non-federal aid routes are made up of mostly rural roads. Unlike major roadways, non-federal aid routes are not eligible for matching funds from the federal government, which means there is less money available to fund projects for rural roads throughout the state.

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All dolled up for Timeless Traditions

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Funds raised for hearing impairment prevention, treatment
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Despite the rainy weather, approximately 200 ladies of all ages showed up at the fourth annual Timeless Traditions event on Saturday to have fun and support a good cause.
The fundraiser for Quota Club International of Ruston consisted of a screening of the film “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” at the Dixie Center for the Arts, before the mothers, grandmothers and little girls toting American Girl dolls walked down to the T.L. James House, where the girls had their pictures taken, sampled refreshments and learned about manners from area pageant queens.

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Dentistry from Heart to start

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While many people across the parish struggle to afford health insurance, even more lack the funds to pay for another crucial medical service that fewer and fewer seem to have access too — dental care.
One area dentist’s office is looking to change that by brightening a few smiles, literally, of area residents without dental insurance.
Peach Tree Dental in Ruston will host the fifth annual Dentistry from the Heart event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Lawsuit filed against Police Jury

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Resident claims he was denied equal employment opportunities

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is the target of a lawsuit brought forth by local resident and previous job candidate Terry Lewis.
In March 2010, Lewis reportedly applied for the job of Lincoln Parish director of homeland security and emergency preparedness after director Jerry Lewis resigned.
During a meeting of the Police Jury in May 2010, it was announced that Ruston Fire Department District Chief Kip Franklin would be hired to fill the position.

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Time to get ready for planting roses

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I have heard the saying that roses should be given for Valentine’s Day. Well I was planning to give my wife a rose garden for this year’s Valentines Day but it was cold and rainy and I did not want to work outside. What do you recommend?

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Cub Scouts visit paper

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Tiger Cub Scouts recently visited the Ruston Daily Leader for their “Go See It” on communication. Pictured are Andrew McKaskle, Shawn Becks, Jack Simmons, Hunter Ellenberger, Geordan Guidry and Riley Moegle. Not pictured is Jed Denny.

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Lend an ear to help students

If you’re looking for a good argument, March is probably the time for it.
Both Ruston High School and local homeschoolers are looking for local community members to help them out with big speech and debate tournaments.
Dawgtown Showdown, a five-state regional tournament hosted by the local homeschool organization, is set for March 15-17. The group expects approximately 100-150 students to visit for the competition, and needs 250-300 community volunteers to help judge the event.

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Teach children important skills

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One of the most important skills that a parent can teach a child is the ability to read. Teaching a child to read is not something that has to wait until he or she begins school; it is actually beneficial for a parent to begin reading to a child as soon as infancy to help develop language and reading skills. Parents do not need extensive training or to attend special programs.
According to The National Institute for Literacy, there are many things parents can do with their children at a young age to better prepare them for reading and writing at an older age. Some strategies they suggest parents use at home include:

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Locals help teens find focus

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Young adulthood, so far, seems like an exercise in “figuring it out.” Students are released from high school with the promise that they can do anything they put their minds to.
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t given much more direction than that. Oh, sure, we get advice from people here and there, but for the most part in our 20s, we have to make a great deal of decisions that will affect the quality of the rest of our lives.

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Exama: Super senior season

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Grambling linebacker earns national award
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GRAMBLING — Cliff Exama has left an indelible mark in the chapter dealing with the best linebackers ever to wear a Grambling State University uniform.
Yes, two straight seasons of All-American accolades and three consecutive years of being named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference squad should do it.
And as an added footnote, how about a national Defensive Player of the Year award?

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