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April 25th, 2016

Building named for W.A.J. Lewis II at Methodist Children’s Home

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Following the Spring meeting of its board of directors, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home held a ceremony on April 12 to name the W. A. J. Lewis II Building.
W. A. J. “Billy” Lewis II of Ruston, served for decades on the Home’s Board of Directors, holding various offices, including that of board president.
Lewis’ foresight in the 1980’s guided the home into serving children whose needs could not be met in less intensive treatment centers.
He led the home to the construction of a 24-bed emergency shelter care and diagnostic center for adolescents which was completed in 1989.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Felix. He is a medium-sized lab mix that is looking for a home. He is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He loves other dogs, people and is also leash trained. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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April 23rd

Delta classes to ‘rest’ for summer

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The Delta Community College in Ruston will be taking a “rest” this summer for most of their credit courses, but the campus will remain open for use by the community, said Barbara Hanson, chancellor of Delta Community Colleges.

“We are closing for some credit courses; however, the campus is not closing and that is where some confusion has arisen,” she said.

“The campus will be open all summer with regular summer hours, there will be one staff person there.”

Certified Nursing Assistant classes will be held at the campus this summer, Hanson said.

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Relay for Life held in Ruston

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Cancer survivor Anita Harper, of Choudrant, gets high-fives as she completes the survivors lap during the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Friday. The event raises funds and awareness in the fight against cancer, as well as honors area survivors and remembers those who have lost their lives to the disease.

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Police Jury to implement plan for dumpsters

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The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury are moving forward with several plans to help the trash problem in the parish.
Area residents and Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker were in attendance to voice concerns and to share more details of a recycling program that is set to take off in January 2017.
Two residents of Lincoln Parish voiced their concerns over the dumpsters, saying they wished dumpsters to be removed completely from the parish and to move one specific set of dumpsters.

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Disaster forbearances offered to storm victims

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Lincoln Parish residents impacted by the March storms have the opportunity to postpone their federal student loan payments with disaster forbearance.
According to mygreatlakes.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping student loan repayment possible in partnership with the United States Department of Education and private lenders, federal student loans allow a request to temporarily postpone student loan payments.
Those interested in applying for disaster forbearance can contact Great Lakes at (800) 236-4300 or via email.

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Hazardous waste collection set

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The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center, located at 165 Fairgrounds Road off state Hwy. 33 north.
Items that can be dropped off are oil based and latex paints, adhesives and glues, solvents and varnishes, antifreeze, used oil and filters, automobile tires without rims (10 per resident), poisons, insecticides, weed killers, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, computers, printers, ammunition, furniture, appliances, old medication and sharps.

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Elementary report cards to change

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All Lincoln Parish kindergarten through fifth grade students will receive standards based report cards by the 2018-19 school year.
Reading Recovery Coach Lisa Mangum said standard based report cards are designed to give parents and teachers more information about progress students make according to the state’s standards.
Rather than showing a letter grade, standards based report cards will go more in-depth about how students have progressed in testing, homework assignments and various classroom projects.

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Event showcases students’ skills

Local middle and high school students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2015-16, a program of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, revealed seven new start-up businesses to the public, at the YEA! Trade Show.
The presentation was a culmination of nine months of hard work, resulting in the graduates owning and operating their own businesses, said Judy Null, YEA! program manager.

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Target under fire for gender stance

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Target recently made headlines for its decision to take a stance on an issue concerning just who is allowed in gender specific bathrooms.
The store indicated its stance on the issue of gender identify, which allows a person to use whatever bathroom they identify with — meaning a man who identifies as a woman is allowed to enter a women’s bathroom and a woman who identifies as a man is allowed to enter the men’s restroom.
The decision sparked a lot of outrage among customers for several reasons.

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