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November 10th, 2017

Head Start gets a new start

Ruston has a big heart.
Over the years, folks have donated thousands of dollars to charitable causes, filled truckloads of boxes with toys and coats for kids at Christmas, gathered literally tons of food for Christian Community Action and repeatedly opened the city’s collective doors to hurricane evacuees.

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Veterans Day a time for remembrance, hope

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On Saturday, the nation will come together to honor those who have served in our armed forces. We will pray for the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we will treasure those who are still among us.
Growing up, Veterans Day was a family-wide celebration. With three uncles and both grandfathers having served, it was something that my family wanted to remember. We would thank them for their service, but we would also remind them what they fought for — our family.

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We can never make sense of a senseless act

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My sister called early one morning to tell me Mom was in the hospital.
Mary got a call around 10 p.m. the night before when Mom wasn’t able to catch her breath.
She lived very near by and went to check on her. She was concerned to the point she called an ambulance to take Mom to St. Francis.

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November 9th

LPSB to discuss STEM building proposal

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A proposed $2.3 million, 10,000-square foot multiuse middle school science, technology, engineering and mathematics building on Ruston Junior High School’s campus is expected to be discussed during the Lincoln Parish School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting in January.
The proposed building is part of the school system’s continuing STEM initiative that would expand the program to all elementary and middle school students and faculty across the school district year around, said schools Superintendent Mike Milstead.

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‘Honoring All Who Served:’ Choudrant hosts ceremony

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The Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society will host its 12th annual “Honoring All Who Served” as the village’s tribute to all veterans.
“We would love to honor any veteran, war time or peace time,” Celeste Butler, village clerk, said. “If they have served, we want to honor them.”
The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Choudrant Park.
The Choudrant High School Student of the Year, Shyan Slaton, will read an essay for the veterans and other attendees.
“She will be reading an essay about a veteran’s role in her life,” Butler said.

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State’s general contractors donate nearly $200,000 to Tech

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The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors has made a donation of $92,327.14 from the volunteer contractor contributions to Louisiana Tech University in support of the construction engineering program in Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science.
Also, the Contractors Educational Trust Fund made a donation of $50,000 to support the same program, and CETF made another donation of $50,000 to support Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technology Center.

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Honoring our veterans

“Lord, today as we reflect on the blessings of our liberty we pause to ask your help — that we may be faithful stewards of the freedom we have been granted. Let us never forget that we cannot rightfully celebrate the joy of our freedom without remembering the great price paid for that freedom.”
—“An American Prayer”
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War,” according to History.com.

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Nation, state taking action against opioid crisis

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The tough conversations about opioid usage in the country officially reached the White House.
President Donald Trump recently pledged, “We will overcome addiction in America,” before declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to battle what the president described as the worst drug crisis in this country’s history.
The president declared his statements around the same time state attorney general Jeff Landry announced a new prescription drug take-back box initiative as part of Landry’s “fight back” against the opioid epidemic in Louisiana.

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RPD officer awarded for ‘Everyday Excellence’

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Sgt. Edward “Bubba” Faile, a Ruston Police officer, was the recipient of the October #EverydayExcellence Award.
“It began with a Facebook post from Reshon Ford that went viral. Ford, a three-time cancer survivor, has her car elaborately decorated in pink, with balloons, feather boas and posters,” said Ivana Flowers, communication and special events coordinator for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Club News: Pierien Club

Pierien hostess Carolyn Russell invited the group to First National Bank’s meeting room for the October meeting. Janice Terry and Sharon Thomas helped her serve delicious pineapple cake amid brightly fall colored foliage and pumpkins.
Carol Johnson introduced Linda Richmond, who gave the program on Susanna Boylston Adams, (President John Adams mother, in keeping with the year’s theme of president’s mothers. Susanna Boylston, named for her grandmother, was born in 1708 in Braintree, Massachusetts.

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