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June 2nd, 2014

City to discuss overlay district

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is expected to be asked tonight to change a proposal that, if adopted, will give the city its first neighborhood conservation overlay district.
“We will amend it to exclude Robert Street,” Alderwoman Marie Riggs said this morning.
Aldermen convene at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
The University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee wants the board to rezone 17 mostly older neighborhoods that cover much of southwest Ruston into on overlay district, a move that supporters say will preserve the viability of the area.

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LPSB to discuss testing, pupil progression

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday night to review end-of–year testing results presented by Testing Coordinator Donna Doss.
With the implementation of Common Core standards and the transition of the state-created LEAP and iLEAP, which match the standards, overall scores in the parish dropped 3 percent from last year.

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NAMI saddened by Californian tragedy

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Ruston chapter issue the following statement about the May 23 tragedy in Santa Barbara, California:
NAMI shares the sadness of other Americans over the Santa Barbara tragedy and extends our sympathy to the families of all who were killed or wounded. NAMI is an organization of individuals and families affected by mental illness and we also recognize the pain experienced by the family of Elliot Rodger, who was responsible for the tragedy.

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Domestic violence in Louisiana: Good news and bad

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If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, there is encouraging news from this year’s legislative session in Baton Rouge.
Compared to last year, when shelters were threatened with drastic budget cuts which would have resulted in closure for several state programs, our funds were safe this year. We thank our legislators and Gov. Bobby Jindal for protecting families who are already living with pain, trauma, and fear, from facing possible homelessness as well.

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Discover drinkable science, coffee chemistry

Kick off the summer with the knowledge and inspiration to add more juice and energy to life.
At 6 p.m. June 10, join the Lincoln Parish Library in the Library Events Center for “Mixology: A Drinkable Science and Coffee Chemistry.” Learn how to beat the summer heat with a refreshing cool drink. This workshop will feature basic juicing techniques and recipes along with how to make smoothies as well as gourmet coffee drinks.

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Techsters add Marquette duo

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Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt has announced that former Marquette University guards Brooklyn Pumroy and Ashley Santos have signed financial aid agreements and will be enrolling at Tech and joining the Lady Techsters basketball program.

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Tech relay team headed to NCAA Championships

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Trey Hadnot, left, and Jarvis Gotch are two of the four-man 4x100-meter relay team that wll compete in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, later this month. Devin Henderson and Dennis Richardson are the other members of that relay team.

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Stay safe, enjoy the water

With the kids out of school and summer upon us, many families will be headed out to beaches, the lake and more to enjoy one of Louisiana’s favorite summer pastimes — hitting the water.
From fishing and water skiing to swimming, there are tons of ways to cool off from the summer heat while enjoying the water. Swimming, especially, even offers the benefit of allowing families to get in some physical activity during the summer months, when running and walking outside might not be ideal.

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Hurricane preparedness a must

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As June 1 rolled around yesterday, the annual hurricane season kicked off.
While we don’t have to have the same concerns as our coastal brethren in south Louisiana, experience has shown we can be affected by hurricanes here in the northern part of the state, especially by helping evacuees find shelter from the storm for a few days.
We’ve had hurricanes strong enough to wreack havoc in our part of the state at times and sometimes the smaller tropical storms that stall out over our part of the state after working their way onshore have cause substantial flooding in north Louisiana.

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May 31st

Parish sports action remains busy in summer

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Maybe there’s a lull coming up for Lincoln Parish sports with the summer months, but there is plenty to look forward to once the 2014-15 school year kicks off.
Some of the topics that are due to be making headlines in upcoming months:

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