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July 30th, 2013

Offering more than baseball

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Clinic teaches fundamentals, importance of education
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Originally planned to take place at Fraser Park, the Wilbert Ellis Baseball Clinic was held at the Greenwood Recreation Center Saturday. Grambling State University Hall of Famer Coach Wilbert Ellis Jr. and many other instructors from around the area were in attendance at the event to teach the kids the fundamentals of baseball, as well as the importance of education and chasing after their goals.
Ellis explained that he returned to Ruston to bring this event and revitalize interest in baseball among the youth in the black community and to teach the kids to care for one another.

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Nonprofit offers IEP bootcamp

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It can be tough for any parent to understand all of the things going on with their child’s education. But, for the parents of children with special needs it can be especially difficult to understand everything happening with their child’s education.
That’s why nonprofit organization Families Helping Families is offering an IEP Bootcamp from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the Lincoln Parish Library. Refreshments will be provided at this event, which is free to the public.

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Getting ready now for fall planting season

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I know we are in the middle of summer, but it is not too early to begin planning for the fall landscape planting season. The fall months of October and November are excellent months to establish trees and shrubs. Planting during this time of year allows for newly planted plants to become acclimated to the site, time for root growth before the winter season, and the milder weather reduces stress on the new plants.

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Back to school schedule set

The Lincoln Parish Public School system has announced the following schedule for the opening of school.
Registration for new students must begin at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents are encouraged to register new students before August to avoid possible placement delays.
Cypress Springs, Glen View, Ruston and Hillcrest Elementary Schools:
• Aug. 16 — All first through fifth grade students, half day (7:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.). Buses will make their regular routes.

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Welcome Miller to the parish

All good things must come to an end, and it was announced earlier this year that Ruston High School Principal Mike Milstead would be leaving his job and moving on to one at the Lincoln Parish School Board office.
Unfortunately, when searching for his replacement, the board was unable to find a suitable candidate. They decided to keep Milstead on for another year and hire someone to serve as an assistant principal, soaking up the knowledge available through a mentorship from the highly successful RHS leader.

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Cook up plentiful zucchini

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If you planted zucchini this summer, you probably are still harvesting the vegetable. This summer we planted only four plants and have had an abundance of zucchini. Zucchini can be eaten raw, grilled or baked in a variety of dishes.

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End to weight discrimination in sight?

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Recently, I visited a hair salon, and while getting my hair cut, the stylist had a tale to tell. She informed me that she might not be working there much longer. At this point, I began to worry about my hair. I mean an angry hairstylist could absolutely ruin my day — or week for that matter. But, because I’m a nosy person — or better stated a journalist — I definitely wanted to hear her story.

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July 29th

City Works To Improve Street Safety

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Improved line of sight at intersection
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One of the more dangerous intersections in Ruston has become safer thanks to work being done by the City of Ruston’s Public Works Department. The right of way area on a raised yard at the corner of Georgia Street and Monroe Avenue has been lowered in recent days to improve vision for drivers using the intersection. City Engineer Richard Aillet said that after a number of accidents at the intersection, the need to improve line of sight for drivers was realized and the work was ordered.

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Storms knock out power

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About 2,300 residents affected

Approximately 2,300 Lincoln Parish residents lost power late Friday night into early Saturday morning as another storm hit the area.
Darrell Caraway, utility manager for the City of Ruston, said a tree knocked the power out for many customers in the southeast section of Ruston.
“About 1,500 customers lost power for about two hours,” Caraway said.
Jim Pesnell, customer service manager for Entergy, said despite stronger winds on Friday night, fewer customers lost power that night than they did earlier last week.

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Pet of the Week

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Picture is Heinz, named as such because he looks to be a Heinz 57 dog. It is hard to tell what breed he am, but he is not very big. He is black with some brindle coloring on his legs. His face looks as though he has some Chihuahua in him, and perhaps some Rat Terrier or Pug. Heinz is about 7 months old. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information. Residents can see all the adoptable dogs at the 4 Paws office, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call by appointment.

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