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April 1st, 2015

Tech professor, associate dean visits White House

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Jenna Carpenter, associate dean for undergraduate studies in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science, visited the White House on Monday, and was on-hand as President Barack Obama interacted with young engineers and scientists from across the nation at the 2015 White House Science Fair.

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Arts camps set for Summer with new classes

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Summer Arts Camps are back for 2015.
For more than 20 years, NCLAC has offered art camps for students enrolled in first through sixth grades. These five-day camps, held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - noon, are taught by artists and art educators. This year’s camps will offer classes each day in drama, visual art and new this year — percussion. Weeklong camps are $60 if those interested registered and paid by May 1, the price is $65 after May 1. Camp fee includes supplies and a daily snack.
Camp schedule is as follows:

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Zeta Rho ESA chapter members honored

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha has announced local individual awards and statewide chapter awards received during the past year and also its current slate of officers.
The philanthropic organization is best known for co-sponsoring the region’s annual St. Jude Radiothon with KXKZ 107.5 radio station.
Locally, two members were recognized for their contribution to the chapter:
• Jill Goulart — Pledge of the Year and
• Sallie Rose Hollis — Woman of the Year.
The chapter earned state honors in:

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Pierian Club News: April 1, 2015

The March Pierian meeting was held at Vickie Benefield’s home with hostesses Mary Alice Moore and Gaye Ross. Refreshments were Italian Cream Cake with Houmas House scones with pecan butter, brought by Mary Ayres.
The meeting was called to order by President Carol Young, who led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect. She thanked the hostesses for the delicious refreshments.

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Inspiring citizens to help

Child advocates statewide will once again “Geaux Blue for Kids!” during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As part of Geaux Blue for Kids, louisianachildren.org is asking residents to join in the effort.
This initiative is meant to inspire and encourage Louisiana citizens to stand up and speak out for abused and neglected children and to prevent children from ever experiencing abuse or neglect.

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Management team here for city

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The president of the United States has his Cabinet; the mayor of Ruston has his management team.
The nine-person team tapped by Mayor Ronny Walker includes representatives from each major city department, plus Ruston’s two newest administrative-level positions: the assistant to the mayor, who’s also the city communications director, and the daily operations manager.
If that sounds like a lot of input from a lot of people with a lot of different perspectives, it is. That’s the whole point.

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Peach Fest to attempt world record

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The Louisiana Peach Festival will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest peach cobbler ever made.
Brandon Sutherland, director of sales at the Hampton Inn in Ruston, said the festival will attempt to break the record at this year’s festival.
“It will be 13 feet long, eight inches deep and weigh one metric ton,” he said.
Sponsored by Hampton Inn, several donations were made in order to make this event happen, Sutherland said.

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Drawing set for Polaris Ranger Crew 900

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Area residents wanting to support the March of Dimes can participate in the organization’s latest fundraiser, a raffle for a Polaris Ranger Crew 900. Event chairman Andy Durrett (right) on Tuesday sold Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker tickets for the drawing set to be held after all 999 of the available tickets are sold. Tickets are $75 each or two for $100 and three for $150, and are available by calling Durrett at 255-6189 or Polaris of Ruston at 251-1399.

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Lecrae to perform at AfterDark

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Louisiana Tech’s annual AfterDark event will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“AfterDark is a one night worship event that is free to any student, high school or college with a valid ID,” Sam Hussein, Tech Union Board Production Manager, said.
Hussein said the event will feature Lecrae, a famous Christian rapper. Lecrae is a two-time Grammy winner and four-time GMA Dove Award recipient.
Other than the concert, there will be nationally renowned speaker Joe White, CEO of Kanakuk Ministries.

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March 31st

Shots fired at Raintree Apartments

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Ruston Police Department arrested a man Monday afternoon after a gunshot victim was found lying outside the E-Z Mart located on West California Avenue.
Police officers responded to the location of the victim, Chadwick Taylor, and observed Taylor to have a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.
RPD officers administered first aid to the victim until the arrival of Ruston Fire Department-EMS.
Taylor was then transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center for immediate treatment and stabilization. He was later airlifted to St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

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