Every two minutes, somewhere in the United States, a woman learns she has breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society predicts 3,400 Louisiana women will be diagnosed this year alone, and 630 Bayou State women will die from the disease.
Statistics compiled by the Louisiana Tumor Registry show 130 new breast cancer cases were reported in Lincoln Parish between 2009 and 2013, the latest years for which figures are available.
On average, nine local women succumbed to the disease each of those years, giving Lincoln Parish the fourth highest breast cancer death rate in Louisiana.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is set to discuss changes in downtown parking regulations that could mean shoppers have a an extra hour to park free in the same parking place.
District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs introduced a proposed ordinance during Monday night’s board meeting that sets new parking limits, increases fines and establishes a downtown residential parking permit.
A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance is set for Oct. 6.
Riggs said she thinks the suggested changes are moves in the right direction and would benefit shoppers.
The new Jimmy “Chick” Childress Field House on the campus of Ruston High School recently added the name of the former Bearcats’ head coach along with a mascot logo to continue its readiness for the 2012 season. The field house is due to have weight equipment and furniture added by the end of the month.
Site Selection magazine has listed Ruston among the top cities of its size for economic development during 2014. The designation was based on business expansion projects at Mortgage Contracting Services and Roseburg Forest Products.
“Any time we can get Ruston in a top tier, that’s a pretty big deal,” said Kristi Lumpkin, the city’s economic development director. “We can utilize this to continue the momentum of things that are happening.”