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January 11th, 2017

Murals planned for downtown Ruston

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Artwork to ‘celebrate the community’

Ruston is about to get a bit more picturesque.
The city and the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau are partnering to have three murals painted in highly traveled locations. Officials want the strategically placed murals to not only catch motorists’ eyes but also show that Ruston appreciates the arts.
“The goal of the murals is to celebrate the community,” Nicholas Bustamante, one of the mural artists, said. “Hopefully someone passing through Ruston will see this is a community where the arts are enhanced.”

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School board approves memorandum

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The Lincoln Parish School Board has approved a memorandum that will share certain student personally identifiable information with Lincoln Preparatory Academy in Grambling.
The proposal that will fulfill a state mandate that requires the school board and Lincoln Prep to share the identifiable information was unanimously approved on during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

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Roberson elected LPPJ president

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In a close vote, members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury on Tuesday elected District 4 juror Randy Roberson as the jury’s new president.
Roberson defeated the incumbent President Jody Backus on a 6-5 vote. Juror Sharyon Mayfield was absent.
Once the floor was closed for nominations, District Attorney John Belton called for the vote.
Voting for Roberson were himself, Theresa Wyatt, Bobby Bennett, Walter Pullen, Nancy Wilson and Skip Russell.
Voting for Backus were himself, David Hammons, Joe Henderson, Annette Straughter and Hazel Hunter.

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Reader writes about education

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 It is all too often said that Louisiana is at the bottom of all the “good lists” and top of all the “bad lists.”  This statement applies primarily to our social economic status.  Unfortunately, the claim is supported by facts and statistics.  We suffer from high rates of poverty, school dropouts, adult illiteracy, unskilled labor, crime, poor health, even obesity.  All of these have huge social and economic costs.

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Life with Great-grandpa

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Every time I walk down the hallway in my house, I see my great-grandfather. His portrait hangs there, painted by his son, my grandfather.
I don’t know much about John Allen Hearn; he was born on March 12, 1839, in Arkansas. Somewhere along the way he married Sarah Josephine Yates. They had 12 children, of whom my grandfather, Hubert Watson Hearn, was the youngest.
But over a century-and-a-half later, great-grandfather’s pedigree really doesn’t matter.

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Student, teacher honorees deserve recognition

Lincoln Parish students and teachers always raise the bar for what they try to achieve in our school district.
Some, however, like to set that bar a little higher than most and on Monday the school district and community took notice.
Students Chad Hamlin, 10; Hana Le, 13; high school senior Addison Patton and teachers Karla Smith, Jordan Blachier, Jane Wallace and Corinne Nutt were named students and teachers of the year.

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Grambling introduces new athletics director

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Grambling State University officially introduced Paul Bryant, who took over on Jan. 1, as new athletics director during a Tuesday press conference at the Eddie Robinson Museum. Bryant, left, is pictured with GSU President Rick Gallot.
Photo by GLENN LEWIS/GSU Media Bureau

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Diamond ’Dogs set First-Pitch dinner

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With opening day just over a month away, Louisiana Tech Baseball’s annual “First Pitch Dinner” will be held on at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the club level of the Davison Athletics Complex.
Tables are available for purchase with a cost of $250 for a table of six and $350 for a table of eight. Single tickets are also available for purchase at $50 per ticket.

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Dunkin’ Dogs signee gets all-star invite

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball signee Exavian Christon was nominated to participate in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game.
The future Bulldog was one of 272 high school seniors and only one of two from the state of Arkansas announced by McDonald’s for the prestigious event which will tip off March 29 at Chicago’s United Center.
Christon, a 6-foot-4-inch guard out of Hot Springs, has had multiple games of 30+ points as well as his first career triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 steals.

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January 10th

MARY ROBERSON

Mary Roberson, age 83 of Simsboro died January 9, 2017 services are incomplete at this time under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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