Leader photos by ELIZABETH DEGRIE AND T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Above: A wheelchair passenger van rolled over an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its side on Chatham Highway at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said all occupants were out of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived. One passenger was transported to the emergency room with unknown injuries.
Below: One person was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 145 and U.S. Highway 80 in Choudrant. Keisha Leonard of Baton Rouge was driving south on La. 145 and reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a 2001 Toyota pick-up traveling on U.S. 80. The driver of the pick-up was taken to the hospital, while Leonard was ticketed for failure to yield.
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It’s no secret fruits and vegetables are chocked full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients and locally grown fruits and vegetables undergo minimal transportation, which helps them to remain fresh and nutrient rich. In the area, residents have the Ruston Farmers Market to not only buy fresh produce, but also help support local growers and farmers within the area as well.
Members of the National FFA Organization began celebrating National FFA Week on Saturday.
In recognition of the rich agricultural history and achievements embodied by the organization, National FFA Week will be celebrated through Feb. 28.
Barrett Moore, Louisiana FFA state vice president, said National FFA Week was first established in 1947 and was meant to encompass the week of February that contained the date of George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, in honor of his legacy as an agriculturalist.
Residents in one area of the parish will soon be able to sleep a little sounder at night.
That’s because thanks to Louisiana’s Operation Save a Life Program, residents on Water Tank Road will soon have smoke alarms installed in their homes by the Ruston Fire Department for free.
Nancy Wilson, police juror for the area, recognized the need for smoke alarms approximately four months ago and felt compelled to use her position to do something about it.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that Jackson State University will receive an undisclosed amount from the SWAC to help with the financial losses it incurred from its canceled homecoming game against Grambling State.
In addition, Grambling will be fined $50,000 and will be required to play at JSU each of the next three football seasons.
GSU forfeited the Oct. 19 game because its players refused to play.