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July 17th, 2018

Ribbon Cutting

1st Kids Ruston
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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new children’s building called 1st Kids Ruston at First Baptist Church. The chuch staff includes Pastor Robert Chris Craig; Children’s Pastor, Ed Colvin; Pre-School Minister and Weekday Program Director, Pam Flowers; and Executive Pastor Clayton Owen. Services are at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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Ribbon Cutting

81 Pines
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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to bring attention to the vacation rental here in Lincoln Parish, 81 Pines. Nestled in Grambling, the home is three stories with two living areas, fully-stocked kitchen, four bedrooms and three full baths. Photos can be seen on Facebook.com/rustonchamber. The owners are Brandon and Jacqueline Gatson.

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Ribbon Cutting

No. 9 Books and Records
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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location of No. 9 Books and Records, owned by John and Hollin Shaw. They offer math, science, art, literature, and genre books along with a wide variety of vinyl records.

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Ribbon Cutting

The Health Nut
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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated offices of The Health Hut. The Health Hut is located at 310 West Mississippi Avenue in Ruston.

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Promote healthy weight starting with school lunch

Although there are a variety of theories behind the growing obesity problem plaguing North American adults and children, the most consistent findings point to caloric intake as the culprit. Here’s a simple equation to get to the root of the problem:
Calories eaten > calories spent = weight gain.
According to National Health Examination Surveys, adult obesity trends in the United States between 1976 and 2014 indicate the percentage of the adult population classified as obese has roughly doubled to more than 38 percent in the last three decades.

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CHEERS

Joey Riggin
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Joey Riggin, of Choudrant, has received the Louisiana Engineering Society’s F. Hugh Coughlin Young Engineer Award Key and Certificate.
Riggin is a project engineer and surveying department manager with Lazenby & Associates in West Monroe. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society where he has served on the board at both the local and state levels. He is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in civil engineering.

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LaDarius Mamon receives excellence award

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LaDarius Mamon is a barber by trade, but more than that, he is a father, friend and citizen of this community.
When the students, including his daughter, of Paul Slayton Headstart found themselves without a school last year, Mamon wanted to do something to help, said Ivana Flowers, communications and special events coordinator for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
He had a perfect idea — free haircuts, she said.

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Summit takeaways: Trump doubts intel, plays trusting partner

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the U.S.
After a remarkable 45-minute joint press conference, the White House struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with the Russian leader, a chief geopolitical foe. Several prominent Republicans expressed disappointment with the president’s performance. Intelligence officials publicly broke from the president’s comments about Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

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9 animals dead after jaguar escape at New Orleans zoo

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A little girl’s teary-eyed self-portrait, stuffed toys and a stick of taffy from a local street vendor, were among the items left at the entrance to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Monday — a makeshift memorial for nine animals killed by a jaguar that escaped its enclosure two days earlier.
Zoo officials announced the ninth animal death Monday: a wounded fox named Rusty.

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Psychological pandemoniums for children

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Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the baby products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at least 3, some as old as 5. The first question that came to mind: Why would a 5-year-old who is continuing to eliminate on himself be happy? Perhaps a spokesperson for the unnamed manufacturer of said diabolical apparel will answer that question for me.

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