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May 18th, 2016

DeMoss joins LSU staff

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Former Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters associate head women’s basketball coach Mikie DeMoss has joined the LSU Lady Tigers as an assistant coach.
A 39-year veteran of the women’s basketball coaching ranks with six NCAA championships and one WNBA title, DeMoss spent two years at Louisiana Tech. The former Lady Techster spent 20 seasons as an assistant and associate head coach under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, four seasons as the head coach at the University of Kentucky and a two-year stint as an assistant with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

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Sales tax collections up — barely

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Total only 1 percent more than 2015

Sales tax collections in Lincoln Parish so far this year are up over 2015 numbers, but just barely.

That’s the word the Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission got Tuesday. The $11 million collected to date in 2016 reflects only a 1 percent increase over last year’s figure.

Take out the individual blips that are causing some parish municipalities to continue to see revenue increases, and overall collections are flat, Sales and Use Tax Administrator Denise Griggs said.

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Citizens voice opinions on bike, walking trails

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25 residents participate in trail-planning forum
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About 25 Ruston residents took colored pencils and maps in hand Tuesday and marked where they would like to see the city build bike and pedestrian pathways.

The trail-planning forum, held as part of this week’s Bike to Work Week observance, is also one of the first steps in the city’s new active transportation planning initiative.

Active transportation is human-powered transportation such as cycling, jogging, walking as well as using wheelchairs. Adding bike paths and sidewalks throughout the city is part of the taxpayer-funded Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure improvement program.

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Reading program wraps up

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United Way of Northeast Louisiana recently wrapped up the 2015-16 READ.LEARN.SUCCEED initiative in Lincoln Parish. Students from Hillcrest Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary and Ruston Elementary schools who participated in the program, along with the volunteer readers from the community, met at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center to celebrate the student’s success, and to equip and empower them for further reading over the summer. 

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Ruston closing municipal pool

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Ruston’s municipal swimming pool is closed for good.

City officials decided not to reopen the 85-year-old pool this season because of safety issues and dwindling usage.

“It was not an easy decision. It was not something we took lightly, but I can’t knowingly put kids at risk,” Mayor Ronny Walker said Tuesday.

The pool, built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, has structural cracks and doesn’t meet current swimming pool regulations, Ruston Parks and Recreation Director Wes Barton said.

“The biggest problem is, it’s unsafe,” he said.

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Lincoln Parish seniors begin new chapter

Congratulations, Lincoln Parish high school graduates of 2016. You finally made it.

Bethel Christian School, Cedar Creek School, Choudrant High School, Grambling Lab High School, Ruston High School and Simboro High School students are either one step closer into receiving a high school diploma or have already received one.

It’s quite an achievement indeed.

Thousands of hours spent in classrooms, working on homework and participating in extra curricular activities have finally paid off.

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The moment when life begins

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Have you seen the photos and videos of the flash of light when the human male sperm meets the human female egg?  Check out the video at www.sciencealert.com. It is an exciting sight to actually see the moment when life begins. 
It’s another advance in technology to prove that life begins at conception.
Many people today still have confusion of when life begins. One of my college courses was vertebrate embryology; it was that course where we studied human development. 

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Ruston moves toward recycling

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Could it be? Could it really, really be that after years of talking — and even pleading by some residents — Ruston is actually going to have curbside recycling?
Appears so. If all goes according to plan, the city will begin picking up paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans in January.
For a $10 monthly fee — the charge will be added to a customer’s utility bill — you’ll receive twice-a-month recycling pick up. Participation is voluntary. As the start date nears, residents will be able to sign up online or via a paper registration form.

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Mental illness can strike anyone

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Mental illnesses are medical/brain disorders that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others or daily functioning.
Mental illness can strike anyone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 60 million Americans, one in four adults, suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year. These disorders are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
No one is exempt.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, gender, income or religion.

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Retired educators deliver gift bags to seniors

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Retired Educators visited the Ruston Rehabilitation Facility and passed out goody bags to the residents of the facility. The gift bags contained socks, lip balm, cookies, facial tissues, snack crackers and a note which read “LPRE cares about you.”
Each recipient accepted the bag with gratitude. Their faces lit up with cheery smiles. Those sharing in the delivering of the gifts were President of LPRE Annie Brown (seated); Brenda Matthews; Shirley Stringfellow; and Naomi Ross.
The next visit will be at Princeton Place.

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