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October 10th, 2014

Club News: Kiwanis Club

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Top left: Pam Jones is installed as the president of the Ruston Kiwanis Club for 2014-15 by Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Jeff Woods.
Top right: Ruston Kiwanis Club Board members are, pictured left to right, Randy Alexander, Dianne Singletary, Sheila Bordelon, Sammie White, Richard Raue and Kip Franklin. Not shown is Richard Albritton.
Middle left: Ruston Kiwanis Club Secretary/Treasurer Tracy Calloway and his daughter, Sophie, attended the Ruston Kiwanis Club’s annual picnic at Lincoln Parish Park.

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Youth group learns some culinary skills

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Cathy Judd, with the LSU AgCenter, was the speaker at the Sept. 20 Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers workshop. Judd taught students about eating fresh graden vegetables in tasty recipes.
Judd discussed the food pyramid food groups, how to properly use tools in the kitchen and how to be sanitary. She used many ingredients including 8-inch tortillas, spaghetti sauce, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, purple onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese and spinach. Each student used these ingredients to prepare their own pizza and cooked it in an electric skillet.

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Blessing of the Pets

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In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer held its annual Blessing of the Beasts, for pets and their owners, at 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Shown with the Rev. Bill Easterling, rector, are the many pets and their owners who received the special blessing.

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Meet author Rickey Pittman

The Lincoln Parish Library invites families and children to a special event featuring the book, “Ariel: Therapy Dog of the Rio Grande” and local author and musician Rickey Pittman at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Lincoln Community Room.
Through storytelling and music, Pittman will introduce children to the heart-warming story of Ariel, a standard French poodle, who is the therapy dog at Dr. Hesiquio Rodriguez Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas.

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Tech, CSC workshop aims to develop curriculum for workforce needs

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Faculty from Louisiana Tech University’s cyber engineering, computer science, and computer information systems programs, and research and development group hosted over 30 executives from CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT, last week for strategic curriculum workshops.

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Emergency responders participate in WIPPTREX

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Twenty-five students were “rescued” from an overturned school bus as part of a Waste Isolation Pilot Program and Training Exercise held Thursday morning.
Bobby St. John, senior media coordinator for the Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, said two events such as the WIPPTREX are held each year.

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Grambling forum held

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The Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce welcomed a room crowded with residents during Thursday night’s political forum.
Barbara McIntyre, president of GGCC, opened the evening before introducing Sen. Rick Gallot and Rep. Patrick Jefferson who discussed the 14 different amendments that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
During the Nov. 4 election, the residents of Grambling will also be asked to vote for one of two people for mayor of Grambling — incumbent Mayor Edward Jones or former Mayor Martha Andrus.

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Mother leaves child unattended

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A Grambling woman faces child desertion charges today after her 4-year-old son was discovered standing the in the driveway of a neighbor’s home, barefoot and clad only in a T-shirt and underwear.
Grambling police arrested Tyesha Jefferson 27, of 182 Mansfield States, around 6 a.m. Thursday after she apparently left her sleeping child alone while she went to retrieve a lost purse from a Ruston business.
Police reports say a neighbor spotted the boy in her driveway shortly after 4 a.m. and called authorities. The neighbor told police she didn’t know the child.

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Choudrant to spend Saturday in the Park

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Storms will have to be bad Saturday to rain on the parade of Choudrant’s annual Saturday in the Park, said to event organizers.
This year’s event will, for the first time, feature a schoolwide alumni gathering for Choudrant High School.
Jeremy DuBose, one of the founding members of the CHS Alumni Association, said after the previously formed alumni group disbanded, he and fellow alumni Burt Pipes decided to form a group to help connect alumni and the school.
“There’s going to be a school tour, along with a silent auction,” DuBose said. “And, we’re going to have a business meeting.”

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Students participate in WaterFest

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A total of 250 fifth graders from Ruston Elementary School participated in the “A-maze-ing Water” station during WaterFest 2014 at the Lincoln Parish Park on Thursday. WaterFest continued for Lincoln Parish students today.
Environmental Specialist for the Department of Agriculture and Forestry Joey Breaux used an interactive lesson to explain to students the features and movements of urban storm drainage.

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