The bad news is that if you’re headed east down Interstate 20 in the near future, prepare for slowdowns and short stoppages.
The good news is that it will make for smoother rides in the future.
Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development has started a $11.4 million project, which DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas said has been planned for about two years, to resurface the eastbound lanes of I-20 from Louisiana Highway 146 to the Ouachita Parish line, a distance of approximately six miles.
The United Way and Lincoln ACHIEVE are looking for volunteers to help host the Dollars and $ense fair April 16-17 in the Ruston Civic Center. There are many events locals can volunteer for, but not many have as much potential for fun as does this one.
The fair is designed to simulate real-world scenarios concerning budget dilemmas to sophomore high school students in Lincoln Parish. The “fun” part is volunteers can do a little acting along the way.
When students show up, they’ll be assigned an occupation at random. Some may get “burger flipper” while others may get “brain surgeon.”
In addition to grass and woods fires that have flared up in recent weeks due to dry conditions, there have also been a few structure fires as well.
Ruston firefighters’ investigation revealed that in two of these cases, the fires began in the kitchen and could be attributed to cooking accidents. In one case the stove burners were thought to be left on accidentally, and the other appeared to be due to unattended cooking.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel has said unattended cooking is the No. 1 fire starter. He recommends that while cooking, residents keep a spoon in their hand when they leave the room to remind themselves there is something on the stove or in the oven.