Residents who live in the area South of California Street were probably at least a little surprised to have fire fighters and other community members knocking on their doors on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They quickly discovered that they weren’t there to warn of a fire, but to make sure that area residences were prepared if a fire ever did occur.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said that while the department has offered a smoke detector service for some time many people probably don’t know about it, so what one particular organization has done is great.
The southern part of Ruston has been on the community service radar of local organizations for a while now because of the work by students at the Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture, who have lovingly dubbed the area SOCA and were also on hand to help out Saturday.
Don’t pull the curtain down just yet on the 2011 football season for Lincoln Parish’s two universities.
Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University have one more game on their schedule for what has already become one of the most memorable seasons in both schools’ history.
The Bulldogs have captured an outright championship in the Western Athletic Conference and earned a berth in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, to be played in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 21 against an opponent to be announced this weekend.
They train, often in harsh conditions. They go to the battlefront and witness scenes worse than the goriest of made-for-TV movies. They do their jobs, day in, day out, with perhaps only their families back home to support them.
Then they come home, either on leave or at the end of their hitch, and find few options for mental “decompression.” The situation can result in a soldier’s taking his life.
The suicide rate among all U.S. military veterans has risen 35 percent since 2001, according to research by the Department of Military Affairs.
The 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon took place this week and Lincoln Parish rose to the occasion by raising more than $112,500.
The event was sponsored by Z107.5 Big Z Country and the Zeta Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and businesses and individuals donated pledges, became Partners in Hope and dropped cash in the donation box at Super 1 Foods during the two-day event. Associate regional director for St. Jude Graesa Amdahl called the response “amazing.”