A.E. Phillips students Sarah Doxey, Amelia Grace Brister, Mitch Craig, Lauren Ventress, Weston Smith, Hannah Rollins, Carsyn Tolar, Caroline Parker and Sydney Hull are pictured shown wearing neon colors for Red Ribbon Week, an annual week dedicated to teaching drug education. This year’s event also focused on bullying. Each day of the week has a different theme. Red Ribbon week will close with a pep rally and performance.
The hard work goes on year-round, but during the first week of April each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston pauses to say thanks to the community for another great year.
A year packed with service to families and children through 14 service projects that include everything from Christmas Clearing House, Color Happy, Junior Chef, Methodist Children’s Home Girl’s Camp, MCH Birthday Club, MCH Christmas Party, Lincoln Parish Schools Writing Contest, Hurricane Relief, Preschool Puppets, School Enrichment, Provisional Project, Helping Hearts to Visit with St. Nick.
The last time someone other than Kenneth Rea occupied the vice president for academic affairs’ office at Louisiana Tech, a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar, the Fox Network was a television “start-up,” and Microsoft Windows 2.0 was the latest and greatest in PC operating systems.
But after 44 years of service to his alma mater, both as a history professor and an academic leader, Rea has decided it’s time to call it a career and will officially retire on Aug. 31.
The 10th annual Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express tribute show and fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
The show pays tribute to the late Joe Woods, who helped liven up the Dixie Center for the Arts every Saturday night for 10 years.
“He saw a need for music in downtown Ruston in the middle 70s,” Mary Woods, the producer of the show, said. “The theatre had not been used much, so he started having a show here every Saturday night. He did that for 10 years.”