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April 29th, 2017

Board to consider property

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked on Monday to buy what’s expected to be the last four pieces of property that will make up city’s new sports complex.
Purchase of the land is among the items on the board’s agenda for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting convenes at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall and is open to the public.The four pieces of property, the largest of which is just over 6 acres, would round out the approximately 180 acres the city has amassed for the sports complex.
The project is expected to go out for bids in late May or early June, Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Voters approve millage renewals

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Lincoln Parish voters said “yes” Saturday to three property tax renewals for local public schools.
Complete but unofficial returns show each of the renewals passed with more than 70 percent of the vote.

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TV crew to film parade in Ruston

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Area residents have the opportunity to be part of what’s being billed as the “greatest parade Ruston has even seen” next Sunday when a television film crew comes to town.
The Los Angeles-based crew wants people to line Park Avenue from the Historic Fire Station to Railroad Park at 2 p.m.
The film crew told city officials not to disclose the name of the cable television show, Kourtney Keim, Ruston’s communications director, said Friday.

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Lady Cougars take state

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Cedar Creek captured its second state championship over the past four seasons Saturday as the Lady Cougars held off a Vermilion Catholic rally in a lightning-delayed seventh inning to take a 5-3 win for the Division IV title at Frasch Park in Sulphur. For more on the Lady Cougars’ state championship, see page 11A.

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RHS deserving of national recognition

It may have been a surprise to some, but it wasn’t a surprise to us.

Ruston High School is included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual best public high schools in the nation list.

The pride of Ruston ranked No. 2,451 garnering the school Silver Medal status.

U.S. News reviewed data from more than 28,000 nationwide high schools and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to 6,041 of them.

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Volunteers needed at 4-Paws

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4-Paws Rescue of Ruston is in need of volunteers to help care for the many dogs at the facility. Volunteers are usually involved with feeding and watering the dogs, cleaning the pens, cleaning the play area and walking the dogs. There are two work shifts each day. The morning shift is from 8-10 a.m. and the evening shift is from 4-6 p.m. If only a few people will volunteer for even one shift a week the many animals can be adequately cared for.

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Reader writes about the borders

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Seventy years ago I lived in Bernardston, Massachusetts.
Behind our house there was a mountain range. Many times I saw storm clouds coming over those hills. In less than an hour, we experienced a thunderstorm or blizzard. Now, as an old, I see a huge black cloud gathering at our U.S. borders.

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Holding back the potential flood

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Let me begin by saying I’m not a doomsday theorist believing that global warming will bring the end of life as we know it as we slowly move toward the next century.
But I do believe in climate change. And I do believe it’s something we must consider now in order to help ourselves in the future.
New research and analysis released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Climate Central including mention of the possibility of millions of coastal residents in the United States being displaced by flooding caused by rising sea levels.

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Dine in the pines

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Lincoln Parish citizens joined together for the second annual Dine in the Pines event Saturday. The annual fundraiser benefits Piney Woods Advocacy Center, an organization that works with sexually and physically abused children in a five-parish area.

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People’s climate rally

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Top photo: From left, Patricia Copeland, Diny May Ellis and Kathy Tait hold handmade signs urging care for the Earth, as they listen to speakers during Saturday’s rally.
Bottom left: Johnny Armstrong, right, follows a youngster during the two-block march from the Lincoln Parich Court House to Railroad Park and back.
Bottom right: Lilah Taunton, 2, sports a “Stop Global Warming” sticker.

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