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August 16th, 2014

Budget on agenda for approval

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Austerity measures put into place this year will continue if Ruston’s Board of Aldermen approves the Hollingsworth administration’s proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
The almost $55 million spending plan eliminates 22 more jobs and holds the line on capital expenditures. It also enables the city to continue to rebuild general fund reserves that had dipped to dangerously low levels several years ago.
Administration officials say skyrocketing retirement costs along with sluggish sales tax collections are the primary reason for the continued belt tightening.

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La Leche supports mother’ s choice

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ocal doctor’s offices and hospitals will be offering breast-feeding information to mothers.
The La Leche League of Ruston was recently awarded $4,900 by the Lincoln Health Foundation to be used to place bags with breast-feeding information in local doctor’s office and hospitals.
Amanda Serio, group leader, said the money allowed them to make 500 bags for hospitals and 500 bags for doctor’s office.
The bags contain information regarding breast-feeding, such as the benefits and common problems.

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Grambling residents express concerns

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During the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting for the city of Grambling, several residents were in attendance to express their concerns of various topics.
Grambling resident Claude Aker had previously spoken with the mayor and council to be placed on the agenda for the meeting.
“I want to ask the council, and the mayor, to consider districting the city of Grambling,” he said. “I see a lot of people on the street that want to know who to talk to about certain things, and all I can do is tell them to go to the mayor or go to the council.”

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WaterFest expansion a possibility

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Louisiana Water Resources Commission Chairman Scott Angelle is promoting continued improvement in water management throughout the state, including possible expansion of the Sparta WaterFest, an educational program that teaches fifth graders in Lincoln, Union, Bienville and Webster Parishes the importance of water conservation for the maintenance of the Sparta Aquifer.

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Qualifying begins Wednesday

The wait is almost over. Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary begins Wednesday.
By the end of qualifying Friday afternoon, who is running for what office will not only be clear, but also official. While it’s unlikely that all of the 63, local, district, regional and statewide positions up for grabs will be contested, several key races in which there will be no incumbent are already shaping up.

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Avoiding the road of worrying

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The road of worry — read a map; try to avoid that route.
We all worry in different degrees and circumstances. This is normal. Worry can cause us to be aware and prepare. It may make some of us fall on our knees in prayer. Sometimes worry can lead to or aggravate depression. Then if depression ravages the mind and heart it can be deadly.

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Time for a change has come

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s you go to your summer homes to bask in your shallow life, may you choke on it. You go home leaving necessary and valuable legislation regarding these child war refugees at our southern border. If these children were anywhere else in the world, we would be sending food, water, money, and housing. Yet, on our own soil we waffle, accusatory, and push for removal of these war refugees ASAP. No wonder some nations label us as hypocrites. Witness this; we don’t even help refugees from our own hemisphere.

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Immigration an issue for all

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We have a huge problem with illegal immigration.  The current crisis on the Texas border is bringing this issue to the nightly news.  Our southern border is not secure.  By simply respecting the rules of law and securing the border, we will send a message to the rest of the world that we welcome immigrants who come here legally and reject those who do not. 
 There is an established, legal path to citizenship for those wanting to come to the United States. 

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Save on grocery bill, utilize expiration dates

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Once upon a time, my husband and I ate out a lot. Like, twice in one day on a regular basis, a lot.
But, now that we’re both finished with school and are trying to get healthy, it’s more like once a week — or less — that we find ourselves eating something we didn’t cook ourselves. OK, I’ll be honest — that he didn’t cook. I’m not the chef in our family by any stretch of the imagination.
So, as most recipes aren’t really designed with a couple in mind, we end up with a lot of leftovers.

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First lady thanks residents for support

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Over the last six and a half years, it has truly been an honor and a pleasure to serve Louisiana as the wife of the Governor. I have greatly enjoyed meeting with the amazing people of our great state and look forward to continue to meet more incredible folks in the coming years. As many of you know, I have taken a keen interest in the children of Louisiana. Five years ago, with the help of many wonderful companies here in Louisiana, I started The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children, a nonprofit organization that seeks to aid Louisiana’s children in all aspects of education.

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