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April 3rd, 2015

Ruston may join Medicaid program

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Ruston could recoup up to $25,000 in charges for ambulance services provided to Medicaid patients if the Board of Aldermen approves a resolution allowing the city to participate in the matching funds Medicaid Supplemental Payment Program.
The resolution is one of a number of items aldermen will discuss when they convene Monday evening for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Also on the board’s agenda:

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Gardens spring up April 25

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Spring is finally here. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is happy to announce that the Ruston Garden Club will be presenting Jolis Jardins, a Garden Tour, from 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. April 25. The tour will feature lovely gardens at three area homes, as well as vendors with hand-crafted home and personal-care items, plus honey, herbs and more. You are invited to roam as you please from garden to garden, and we encourage you to visit the artisans’ displays as well.

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Tools donated to Ruston Teen Challenge

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Jerry White, manger of Tractor Supply Company, right and Michael Johnson, director of Ruston Teen Challenge, left, are shown with the new tools donated to the Ruston Teen Challenge by Tractor Supply Company. White said this was a tool consolidation done about a month ago to help Ruston Teen Challenge. Johnson said the Ruston Teen Challenge has a shop where they do repairs and do woodworking, where the tools will come in handy.

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Rapper brings rhythm to worship

Lecrae, a Grammy award winning Christian rapper, is one of the biggest stars in the gospel-rap movement.
The Houston, Texas, native performed at AfterDark, an organization that tours college campuses across the nation sharing a free night of music and a message of hope, Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
According to Lecrae’s website, his album “Anomaly” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart as well the Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album Billboard charts.

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Shopping for health food in Ruston

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On the way back from an interview Thursday, I had a craving for kombucha tea. Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with sugar, tea, bacteria and yeast, that is said to boost the immune system.
I stopped by The Olde Wheat Barn, located at 301 Monroe St., on my way back to the office, figuring they would carry the fermented tea. Kombucha can typically be found at most health food stores.
Unfortunately, The Olde Wheat Barn does not currently carry kombucha tea. However, they recommended Gibson’s Natural Grocer.

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April 2nd

Ruston PD responds to shots fired

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At approximately 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, the Ruston Police Department received a call of a shooting in the area around Second Avenue and Cedar Street
Deputy Chief Clint Williams said officers from the Uniform Patrol Division responded and located the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg.

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Voter turnouts discussed

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In 60 months there were 70 elections held in the state of Louisiana, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
“That is absolutely absurd,” he said to a group of residents on Wednesday. “That is the highest in the country. The second highest is Georgia with 38.
“You have to ask yourself how can a progressive state like North Carolina get away with nine elections, when it takes us 70. Quite personally — it’s a culture feel. Its just what we Louisianans grow up doing.”
Schedler said the number of elections is costing the state millions of dollars.

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LPSO alerts residents of scam

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports of scam callers targeting area residents.

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One year in, learning curve lessens for flood control

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One year ago, residents living along Lake D’Arbonne watched as the lake’s level rose and began washing into low lying areas. They felt a $6 million state project completed in 2013 designed to prevent flooding wasn’t being properly utilized.
The agencies responsible for operation of the control structure asked the public for patience as they were “learning on the fly how this thing operates.”
Today, those agencies feel lessons learned during the first year of operation, and those they’ll continue to draw from, are proof the project is working as planned.

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Professor talks Japanese culture

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Greg Robinson gave a speech about the history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana, their impact on the state and how the state has been a more diverse society than people believe.
“Japanese Americans have always been a special part of Louisiana’s life,” he said. “Louisiana has been a special place for Japanese.”
Titled “Creole Nippon: Japanese Americans in Louisiana,” Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Quebec at Montreal, was the guest speaker for Louisiana Tech University’s department of history’s annual International Affairs Speaker Series.

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