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January 29th, 2015

Coy McClung

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Coy McClung, 96, died January 22, 2015. He was a resident of the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Monroe, LA. He was born in Strong, AR, to John Dallas and Mary Lee McClung. Mr. McClung was a 1941 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Ruston. He worked his way through college in the Civilian Conservation Corps and by driving a Louisiana Tech Commuter Bus. After graduation, he served in Intelligence in the Army Air Corp in Europe from 1942-45 with the 434th Troop Carrier Group. After the war, Mr.

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Aaliyah Outley

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Aaliyah Outley, age 5, of Bryan, Texas ended her physical journey on January 23, 2015. The brightness of Aaliyah's life will live on. A time for family to receive friends will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street in Bryan, Texas. A celebration of Aaliyah's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 31, also at Hillier Funeral Home, with a Home Going Party to follow at Powersports.

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January 28th

Johnny’s Pizza House to open new location on East Kentucky Avenue

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The north side of Ruston will be the location of a new pizza stop.
Local pizza company Johnny’s Pizza House is opening up a new additional location in Ruston next to Eskamoe’s on 2029 E. Kentucky Ave.
Richie Sturgis, store manager at the new pizza house, said he thinks being on the north side of town is great because it’s on the opposite side of town from their other location in Ruston.

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Delta looks toward its future

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Monty Sullivan, president of LCTCS, spoke with the faculty and staff of Louisiana Delta Community College, spoke at the Monroe campus on Tuesday and told faculty and students not to panic in the face of pending budget cuts.
“Don’t panic,” Sullivan said. “It’s our job to stay focused and remember there is always someone trying to find ways to fix these problems. Focus on what you do, which is producing the workforce.”

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Sutherland wins hospitality award

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Brandon Sutherland, director of sales at Hampton Inn of Ruston, is the 2014 recipient of the Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award. The award will be presented at the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Throughout the year, the staff of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, who give this award, believes Sutherland has gone above and beyond what is expected.

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GSU could lose its nursing program

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Grambling State University officials will meet with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing next month to learn the fate of the university’s undergraduate nursing program.
For the past three years Grambling’s undergraduate nursing program has been on the board’s “conditional approval” list because it has not maintained an 80 percent passing rate by students taking the NCLEX exam, which is required to get a nursing license.

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LifeHouse Ministries to offer book studies

LifeHouse Ministries is offering book studies on “The Artist’s Way” and “The Shack” beginning in February. Both classes are free and open to the public.
A seven-week study of Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” begins Sunday. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. each Sunday through March 15 at LifeHouse, located at 813 N. Trenton St. in Ruston.

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NCLAC receives donation

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Jessica Slaughter, executive director of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, left, said the group was grateful to receive a donation check from Bank of Ruston and local artists. She is pictured receiving the donation from Bank of Ruston’s Angie Biscomb. Each December, Bank of Ruston holds an art exhibition and encourages participating artists to contribute a portion of their sales to NCLAC. The donation is then matched and donated by the bank. NCLAC thanked artists Hooshang Khorasani and Dianne Springer, as well as to Bank of Ruston for this continued partnership and support.

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Tech English instructor to have poems published

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April C. Honaker, an instructor of English in Louisiana Tech University’s School of Literature and Language, will see two of her poems published in the coming months.
“The Way She Carries Us” will be published in Volume 13 of “Mom Egg Review,” and “Louisiana” will soon appear in “Southern Voice,” an online publication of “Deep South Magazine.”

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Cobb set for prep HOF honors

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Gerald Cobb will be among Louisiana’s most valuable contributors to high school athletics in a much-deserved spotlight tonight.
The former Ruston High and Simsboro High principal, as well as superintendent for the Lincoln Parish School Board System, will be among the individuals inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies are set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

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