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November 1st, 2014

DART still needs our support

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This past month, which was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve spent a lot of time learning, thinking and writing about domestic violence.
While Ruston and Lincoln Parish are amazing — you only have to consider the recent designation from USA Today that named us as one of the most charming small towns in the South for verification — we’re unfortunately not free of this societal blight.

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Pride spills over into student success

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I am a proud daughter today.
Of course, I’m proud of my parents every day for more reasons than I could list in this column. But today I’m especially proud and with good reason — this weekend daddy was celebrated at Louisiana Tech University’s Homecoming as Alumnus of the Year. And while I’m sure I could be accused of lacking in objectivity, I have to say they couldn’t have made a more outstanding selection. Let’s face it — Big Bill is “the man.”

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City council addresses safety issues

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to take the first step toward making it safer for pedestrians to cross the KCS railroad tracks downtown.
Aldermen will consider entering into a $77,500 professional service agreement with the Ruston-based HGA engineering firm for work on crossings at Trenton, Vienna and Monroe streets.
The request is one of several items upon which aldermen are expected to vote during their regular monthly meeting that convenes at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Shoppers will have 3-hour limit to downtown parking

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Enforcement of Ruston’s new downtown parking regulations begins Monday.
The rules, adopted in October by the city’s Board of Aldermen, give shoppers three hours to leave their vehicles parked in the same place before being ticketed.
But the changes also eliminate existing all-day free parking on the south side of West Park Avenue and on the block of North Monroe Street between West Park Avenue and West Mississippi Street.

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Bowden to speak at FCA event

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Bobby Bowden has spent much of his life teaching his players how to win football games.
Now he’s offering his knowledge for anyone who wants to win in the game of life.
Bowden, the winningest coach in Division I football history, will appear at noon Nov. 10 in the Thomas Assembly Center as part of a North Central Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser.

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Ruston Elementary names new 4-H president, officers

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Third grade
The third grade teachers and students at RES have hit the ground running this year.
With many transitions taking place we have pulled together to create the best learning environment possible for ourselves and our students. We have started our second reading unit which focuses on the study of “Trees” by implementing many different fiction and nonfiction texts. We are working daily to make our students better writers, too.

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Stennis provides workshop at SciTEC

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On Oct. 15 and 16, Stennis Education presented three workshops for 48pre-service, in-service and informal educators, and 39 middle school students from across North Louisiana.
“We are so grateful to continue to have amazing opportunities to collaborate with our friends and colleagues at Louisiana Tech,” said Julie Ricca and Emma Seiler, Stennis Education Specialist. “We always look forward to coming to Ruston and working with exceptional classroom teachers and students from preschool to graduate school.”

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Local RHS grad honored

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Jahleel-JaMar Lovell Hamlin was awarded a $10,500 Horatio Alger Scholarship to attend any college in Louisiana through the generosity of William J. Dore. This scholarship is very competitive and he was one of the 50 applicants chosen.
He is a recent graduate from New Tech @ Ruston High School class of 2014. While in school, he was a member of the Ruston High School football team (#98-DT).
He was invited to the 2014 Membership and Board of Directors meeting held in New Orleans Oct. 1.

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Scenes from Halloween 2014

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Prepare far ahead for long-term care

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November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month — a month dedicated to educating the public about the need to prepare for the potentially devastating costs of long-term care. And the more you know about these expenses, the better prepared you will be to deal with them.
To begin with, just how expensive is long-term care? Consider this: The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is more than $87,000 per year, according to the 2014 Cost of Care Survey produced by Genworth, a financial-services company.

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