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August 25th, 2016

Sale of city bonds brings $45.7 M

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Extra funds to enable city to begin projects sooner

The city of Ruston got some financial good news Wednesday at the close of bond sales for the Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure program.
The sale that was anticipated to bring in $41 million yielded close to $45.7 instead.
“I’m just tickled to death,” Mayor Ronny Walker said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
The additional roughly $4.7 million came as a result of low interest rates, Toby Cortez, public finance director with Stifel, the investment-banking firm handling the sale, said.

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Lending a helping hand: Local organizations aid flood victims

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Even as the floodwaters begin to recede in south Louisiana, thousands of families are still without basic necessities and still need assistance — a task some residents of Lincoln Parish are attempting to aid in completing.
David Abernathy, director of Rolling Mills Ministries, said their operation of offering aid is in its second week, and more supplies are being transported to south Louisiana every day.
“The operation is going into its second week,” he said. “Talking with the people on the ground there, they are very pleased with where they are at this stage.

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Children’s Home donates supplies

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Rebecca Deich and students at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home are looking for area residents to join their flood bucket brigade.
LMCH youngsters are decorating 5-gallon buckets and placing them in area businesses in hopes that shoppers will purchase items to fill the buckets. The flood buckets are being carried South Louisiana flood victims by teams from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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YEA! to begin accepting applications

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YEA! is a program that takes students between the ages of 11-18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job.

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Walmart donates to CCA

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The Walmart Community Grants Team received an application for funding and Christian Community Action was selected to receive $1,000. Walmart strongly believes in giving back and are proud to support organizations that improve communities where their customers and associates live and work.
Pictured are Leah Frazier, left, Walmart’s Community Involvement Coordinator and Stephanie Matthews, CCA Executive Director.

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Port au Prince: A tradition for a half century

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Fifty years and still going. 2016 marks the 50th year of Port au Prince Catfish and Steak Restaurant that operates overlooking beautiful Lake Claiborne on 146 South in Homer.
Port au Prince has been a family-owned treasure and favorite eating experience since 1966. It began as a roadside grocery business owned by Buck and Ruth Gantt Prince on Highway 146 south of Homer. Buck and Ruth’s five children (four sons and one daughter) were always included in the actual work and business of their family-owned enterprise while growing up.

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Help donate to Grambling State Television Center

Imagine a painter without a paintbrush.
It wouldn’t work.
That’s a similar dilemma in which the Grambling State University Television Center finds itself.
GSU began school Monday and the TV Center currently has one laptop, one DSLR and one film camera to work with.
After two floods, one in March 2015 and another in March of this year, plus an electrical fire inside the Washington-Johnson Complex, the temporary location of the television center after the floods, more than $300,000 worth of equipment was destroyed.

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Grambling schooling must work

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It all started with a budget crisis.
Grambling State University’s laboratory schools Alma J. Brown, Grambling Middle and High schools were threatened with extinction as a result from major budget deficits the university faced. Here’s to you, Bobby Jindal.
The Grambling High Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit corporation, took notice and set in motion their plan of action to eventually take over the schools.

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Tech soccer takes home loss to McNeese

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Louisiana Tech senior Kathryn Sloan gave the Lady Techsters the advantage early in the second half, but McNeese State was able to rally for two goals to pull out the 2-1 decision on a hot and humid Wednesday night at the Lady Techsters Soccer Complex.
There was very little play in the box during the first 45 minutes with a combined six shots between the two teams.
Sloan did what she does best and that is score, giving Tech (1-1) a 1-0 edge in the 51st minute after a strong turn in the box gave her separation and a clear shot which she buried into the upper left corner.

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Lady Techsters add trio to hoops roster

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Louisiana Tech co-head coach Brooke Stoehr announced Monday the addition of three scholarship student-athletes to the Lady Techster basketball roster.
Former Arcadia High School star and Texas A&M transfer Shlonte’ Allen has graduated from College Station and signed a financial aid agreement to play her final year in Ruston. Allen will be joined by a pair of incoming freshmen in guards Ashley Reid and Daria McCutcheon, who both originally signed to play for Stoehr at Northwestern State.

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