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April 30th, 2016

Spring Art Crawl

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Steven Drewry, a designer at Cotton Top Print Shop, helps Deacon Smith, 9, make his own shirt on Friday during the Spring Art Crawl in downtown Ruston.

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Arrest made in Union DC rape case

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Union Parish law enforcement officials have made an arrest in the rape of 17-year-old girl, that occurred inside the Union Parish Detention Center.
Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, had previously been convicted of rape and was in custody awaiting sentencing set for Tuesday.
Union Parish sheriff’s deputies said Peyton has been charged with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 on methamphetamine-related charges.
The Union Parish Police Jury operates the detention center.

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Aldermen to vote on progressing Ruston

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to take the next three steps toward implementation of the recently approved Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure maintenance and improvements plan.

The board’s agenda for its 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall includes formal acceptance of the results of the April 9 sales tax referendum, introduction of an ordinance that sets July 1 as the date the new three-quarter-cent sales tax become effective and consideration of a resolution allowing the city to issue $41 million in bonds to fund projects in the plan.

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Roadwork top priority

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Connecting Martin Luther King Drive to U.S. Highway 167 South is the top priority project in Phase 1 of Moving Ruston Forward.

Authorities have tagged 10 of the approximately two dozen projects for the first phase of the citywide infrastructure maintenance and improvements program.

Though the MLK project has been shovel ready for years, there’s been no money to do the work. Engineers are currently tweaking the plan to add a bike path and sidewalk. The MLK extension is expected to cost about $2 million.

Here’s a look at the other Phase 1 projects:

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Early childhood education vital to youth

Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make.

The long-term benefits of early childhood education grow in staggering numbers.

Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn 5 years old yields significant long-term benefits.

The HighScope Perry Preschool Study found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program earned up to $2,000 more per month as an adult than those who were not.

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Learning to make your own way

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Many of you may not realize it but I once had an offer to perform athletically at the collegiate level.
Sounds crazy, right? Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it myself, but it’s true.
You see, leading up to high school I did everything under the sun — except for play softball, that just never was my thing. I cheered, danced, played basketball, ran track and on occasion I was known to partake in a little football action with the guys.
But it would be track that garnered me the opportunity to visit The Citadel and be forced with the decision to compete collegiately or not.

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Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon-cutting for limo service

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for J&T Limousines at the Chamber office. J&T relocated to Ruston from Lake Providence. They have limos, party buses, antique cars and more to come. First-time customers can mention this announcement to receive 20 percent off a first booking.

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Brister’s celebrates grand reopening

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of Brister’s BBQ Smokehouse. The new building is across the street from their previous location on Cooktown Road.

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Local business recognized

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The Adopt-A-School Program challenged students to become “Agents for Change” with this year’s spring service project, it was decided the program would implement a new award that recognizes a Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Partner that has served as an agent for change through its partnership with a school during the year. This year’s inaugural award recognized Log Cabin/Ponchatoulas/Cheeburger Cheeburger for focusing on an area of critical need within Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home’s Howard School’s academic efforts.

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Teachers, students recognized

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College of Engineering and Science announces honors

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has announced its 2016 Outstanding Students and Faculty.
Each year, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering and Science select outstanding juniors and seniors who have excelled in academics and leadership for the College.
Graduating seniors vote on the two faculty members who most influenced their educations at Tech. These selections are announced at the annual Spring Release event.

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