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October 30th, 2014

United Way in need of volunteers

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The United Way of Northeast Louisiana is seeking volunteers for the 2014-15 school year who will volunteer to help local students READ.LEARN.SUCCEED in literacy.
According to a UWNL press release, the long-term goal of the program is to increase the number of local children graduating from high school. 

To volunteer, one hour of training and a background check is required.

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Scouting for Food

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Residents will be able to join in with the Ruston Boy and Cub Scouts on Saturday to help restock the pantry at Christian Community Action.
As part of Scouting for Food, local scouts will be distributing brown paper bags throughout Ruston neighborhoods.
Cindy Brantley, SFF Chairman of Thunderbird District, said residents only need to fill the bag with canned goods or nonperishable items.

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JA to host ‘Race for the Kids’

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Grab the shoes and hit the road, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston is holding its first 5k in the coming days.
Junior Auxiliary of Ruston will hold their Race for the Kids run Nov. 8. The 5k Color Run and one mile walk/run will be held at Lincoln Parish Park.
Following the run they will serve snacks, hold an awards ceremony and showcase what JA of Ruston is doing in the community.

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Amendment No. 11 could increase number of government departments

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Proposed Amendment No. 11 would increase the limit of government departments to 21, which would allow for the creation of a Department of Elderly Affairs.
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Ruston charm doesn’t go unnoticed

Residents of Ruston know the charm of living in the small city, and now so does everyone else.
Ruston was recently chosen as one of USA Today Travel’s most charming small southern towns. The article, which was published in a special edition put out by the national newspaper, called Ruston an eclectic mix of hip, artsy districts featuring a large historic downtown. It also displayed pictures of Louisiana Tech University Lincoln Parish Park, the Dixie Center for the Arts and downtown Ruston, citing all of them as adding to the appeal of the area.

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Problems in judicial system continue

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It’s no secret that our judicial system here in the 3rd District is being inundated with criminalization and arrests. It’s easy to point a finger of blame, but what isn’t easy is finding a solution to the growing cost and concern this brings to the parish. I should know — I’ve been trying.
It’s not my place or my problem to figure out how we can expedite adjudication. But I care about this district, because I live in Lincoln Parish and am from Union Parish where we share and share alike in the burdensome toil of preventing crime and administering justice.

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Tech to name classroom after Sachs

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The School of Literature and Language at Louisiana Tech University will honor one of its favorite professors, H. J. “Tony” Sachs, by naming its upper division English classroom after him during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in room 223 of George T. Madison Hall on the Tech campus.

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Tech, Cyber Innovation Center host global IT leaders for consortium

Representatives from leading global IT and cyber industry companies, federal and state defense and economic development agencies, and legislative delegates converged on north Louisiana last week for a meeting of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium — a collaborative endeavor of Louisiana Tech University and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.

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Masonic Lodge rewards students

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Community Trust Bank of Ruston was proud helpedsponsor the Ruston Masonic Lodge No. 106 F&AM Honesty and Integrity Award Program that was held Oct. 27 at the Lodge.
This was an open meeting where families and invited guests attended. Most Worshipful Earl J. “Mickey” Durand, Grand Master of Masons of Louisiana, was the guest speaker.

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CES takes Body Walk

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Kindergarten
Our little kindergarteners at Choudrant Elementary are working hard this year.
We are now in our Daily 5 routine and are learning so much. The students have been learning letters, popcorn words and reading strategies. It is so great listening to the students read.
In Math, we have been digging deep into numbers one through 10. The students have gained a great understanding of each number and are able to write, count and decompose each number.

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