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February 11th, 2015

GSU candidates worry about future

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The Hollins Group, the organization responsible for the Grambling State University presidential search, will meet in Baton Rouge on Feb. 24 to discuss the search timeline and other concerns.
According to a letter to the University of Louisiana System, the GSU presidential candidates are worried about the economic future of the institution.

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La. Tech confident in sexual assault policies

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One out of four women will be a victim of a sexual attack during their four years at college. Less than five percent of the attacks are reported.
Locally, Louisiana Tech University has instated a “Yes Means Yes” policy for romantic encounters at college campuses.
At the end of last year, 85 higher education institutions were reported to be under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education due to concerns with how the school handled sexual violence on campus. No school in Louisiana was in the investigation.

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GSU to expand recycling program

Grambling State University is doing its part to make the planet a little greener, replacing one trash bin at a time in a new campuswide recycling initiative.
GSU will be the home of 12 recycling bins by the beginning of March. An additional eight green recycling bins will join the four that replaced Waste Management trash bins behind the athletics building and dormitories as part of a university recycling program that began Nov. 15.

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Moller wins poster contest

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The James Huey Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution awarded their poster contest winner, Zachary Moller, son of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Moller, of Ruston, $50 and a certificate on Jan. 27.  Moller’s entry will be judged at the Louisiana State Society Sons of the American Revolution during its annual meeting on April 25 in Lafayette, where the winner will be awarded a $100 check and will advance to represent Louisiana at the national level.

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Health screening on tap

Residents living in and around the Ruston area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening.
Grace United Methodist Church will host this community event on March 12. The site is located at 3401 N. Trenton St. in Ruston.
Jo Anne Ehrhard, of Bush attended a Life Line Screening, and said, “Life Line Screening saved my life.”
Screenings can check for:

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Preserve the environment

Because of the depleting water source, much attention is given to preserving that particular resource for future generations in our community.
However, many people forget to consider that future generations will also need other important resources, and that we should all consider activities such as recycling and preserving the environment for our children.
This week is National Go Green Week, a time set aside to remind Americans the importance of preserving the environment for future generations.

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Credibility spreads the truth

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How do you forget that the helicopter in which you were riding was not shot down by Iraqi ground fire?
If that sentence sounds a bit convoluted, so is the thought. But that’s exactly what NBC News anchor Brian Williams would have us believe. That somehow, he just made a mistake when he claimed he was a passenger on a chopper that went down during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. That the truth just sort of slipped his mind.

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February 10th

James spreads joy to others

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Ben James is bed-ridden with Parkinson’s disease at Alpine Nursing Home in Ruston. He sleeps most of the time, talks softly and suffers from the debilitating effects.
But at every meal, three times a day, his wife, Margaret Ann James, sits by his side, as she has done for more than 50 years.
“I have taken care of people for a long, long time,” Margaret Ann James said. “My grandmother, (Vicki) Riser — she lived to be almost 104 years old — I took care of her.”

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Traffic backup from rollover leads to second crash on Hwy 80

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Two vehicle accidents occurred in the early morning hours today.
The Ruston Fire Department responded to two motor vehicle crashes before daylight, Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said.
The first occurred on Interstate 20 at the Louisiana Highway 33 overpass at 5 a.m.
“An 18-wheeler carrying clothing apparel was heading west on I-20 when it veered off the right side of the road and swerved back and overcorrected, causing the semi to roll onto its side and slide to a stop in the middle of the road blocking both lanes on the west bound side,” Brazzel said.

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Men face LSD, heroin charges

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Two Ruston men were arrested by narcotics agents during the execution of a search warrant on Monday.
Micheal Philips Habig, 25, and Robert O’Neal Mobley, 30, both of 1200 Robinette Drive, were arrested on multiple drug related charges after the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team issued a search warrant for their residence.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone commended the deputies and officers involved in the arrest.

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