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July 19th, 2017

AT&T makes contribution to United Way of Northeast La.

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AT&T External affairs Manager Robert Vinet; CWA President Nathan Pilgreen, local 3414-Monroe; along with mobility retail sales area manager Rahshawn Simmonds presented an AT&T check to the United Way of Northeast Louisiana.  Also in attendance were state Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monore) and a representative for Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-Alto).

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How to treat teens living with depression

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Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult.
Major depression in your teenagers can be serious.
If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems in school, at home and with friends; the loss of critical developmental years; increased risk for substance abuse; involvement with the juvenile justice system; and suicide can be the results.
It is important to seek a health care provider who will provide coping alternatives and self-soothing strategies as ways to help your teenager.

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Louisiana Legislature: An epic failure in learning

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Now that we’ve had a little more time to think about it, maybe we should ask state Rep. Rob Shadoin’s question anew: “Did we not learn anything in the last 60 days?”
The Ruston lawmaker’s query came two days after the Legislature ended a 60-day fiscal session in June without adopting an operating budget, a construction budget or the financing bill to pay for the projects.
Last-minute attempts at compromise failed after Republican House leadership balked, setting up a potential second go-round of the exact same arguments that led to the original stalemate.

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Demand TOPS reform

Louisiana Tech University taught 4,319 Taylor Opportunity Program for Students recipients while Grambling State University taught 157 during the 2016-17 school year, according to data from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.
That is 4,476 Louisiana students who received state scholarships to attend one of the Louisiana’s public colleges or universities. Those students chose a Lincoln Parish institution to further their education even after the Legislature decided not to fully fund TOPS this past school year.

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July 18th

Trailblazer hosts pond workshop

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Trailblazer RC&D in cooperation with Claiborne Parish Library, Claiborne Parish Police Jury, and Natural Resources Conservation Service is holding a pond management workshop. The workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Claiborne Parish Library, located at 909 Edgewood Drive, in Homer on Aug. 3. The workshop is free to attend.
Please call the Claiborne Parish Library at 927-3845 to reserve a seat.

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Poverty Point hosts demo

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Poverty Point World Heritage Site will host a live prehistoric cooking demonstration, featuring the earth oven method of cooking at 11 a.m. Saturday. Visitors will be able to sample the food prepared by the site ranger, using the materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants more than 3,000 years ago.

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More new housing units coming

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More new housing units are coming to Ruston.
The city’s planning and zoning commission on Monday approved Jaclin Corporation’s conditional use application to build six two-story townhouses on East Mississippi Avenue, only a few blocks from downtown.
The area is part of the city’s core center zoning district; townhouses are an allowed conditional use in that area, Zoning Administrator Jim Hays said.
In other action during Monday’s brief meeting, the commission:

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RHS, RJHS complete two major projects

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Ruston Junior High and Ruston High School students students will see two major projects completed when they return the classroom in August: upgrades to the auditorium at RHS and new restrooms at RJHS.
New construction supervisor James Payton said RJHS has renovated the boys and girls bathrooms on the campus. 
“After several years these bathrooms needed to be redone,” he said “Bathrooms can wear down after awhile.”
In addition to renovating the bathroom, construction crews renovated the boy’s physical education locker bathroom and the faculty bathroom as well. 

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Mayfield Park Pond

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If you’re thinking about fishing in the Mayfield Park pond, you might want to reconsider.
The city began draining the pond Monday as part of a project aimed at deepening the six-acre pond and stocking it with fingerlings and 3- to 5-pound channel catfish.
“We’re going to do what we can to create a better fishing habitat,” Ed Crawford, parks supervisor with Ruston Parks and Recreation, said.
Mayfield Park, located at 1701 Martin Luther King Drive, is the only city park with a pond. The spring-fed pond has been a popular fishing stop, especially for south Ruston residents.

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Tech to establish research center in National Cyber Research Park

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Louisiana Tech University has partnered with the Cyber Innovation Center to establish a new Academic Success Center in the Bossier Parish Community College STEM Building at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City. 
This facility will enable Tech to enhance educational services, provide cyber education and research, support economic development and engage in workforce development activities.

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