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March 7th, 2014

Organization helps young women

We’ve all seen them out and about the Ruston-Lincoln area working hard. The time of year has come for young girls to get out there in the hopes of raising the most money through selling cookies — but not just any cookies, Girl Scout cookies.
The mission of the Girl Scouts organization is to develop girls who have courage, confidence and character — who will one day make the world a better place.
Today, there are more than 3 million people involved — with roughly 2 million being actual Girl Scouts and the rest primarily volunteers.

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A man called ‘Cotton’

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Writer’s Note: Cotton Fuller passed away this week. I wrote this about him not too long ago. So long Cotton. May you rest in the arms of our Loving Savior.
Somebody once said that there were so many Colvins living in my hometown of Dubach that if you met a stranger on the sidewalk and greeted him by saying, “Hello, Mr. Colvin,” you had an 87 percent chance of being right. And if he frowned at you, you could correct your mistake by saying, “Excuse me, Mr. Fuller.”

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Time of year to support the babies

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This year 4 million babies will benefit from March of Dimes research, vaccines, education and breakthroughs.
In 2013:
• $23 million was invested in research to defeat premature birth and other infant health problems.
• 2.3 million moms, dads and health professionals received community services and education to improve babies health.
• 90,000 families in 131 hospitals were offered information and comfort through NICU Family Support.
• Nonmedically indicated early delivers in march of Dimes partner hospitals declined by 83 percent.

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March 6th

Chase comes to a crashing halt

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Thanks to a PIT maneuver by local officials, a law enforcement pursuit, which began in Ouachita Parish, came to a stop near the Ruston Civic Center on Wednesday morning.
At approximately 10:22 a.m., the Ruston Police Department was made aware that a vehicle pursuit from Ouachita Parish was approaching the city limits of Ruston.
According to the arrest report from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department, deputies had responded to the Excel Mart in reference to a shoplifting complaint.

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Bathroom vent overheats, causes blaze

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Ruston Fire Department was called to Skokie Street around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for smoke showing from a duplex apartment. Firefighters arrived to find Ruston Police Department officers on scene. Officers had already searched the apartment, and no occupants were found. The fire was found in the attic area by firefighters and quickly extinguished. The smoke was cleared and all hot spots were tended. Thirteen Ruston Firefighters were on scene along with four fire trucks, one command unit and several staff vehicles.

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Furry fun to take place Saturday

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Residents of Lincoln Parish, it’s time to have some fun and bonding time with man’s best friend.
Ruston Parks and Recreation will host their eighth annual Furry Fun Walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Huckleberry Trails Park and Nature Area.
The community is strongly encouraged to come out with their dogs. It is a noncompetitive event and includes a mile walk. Also, this is a time for the community to socialize with other pet owners. Each year there are roughly 200 participants.

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Future leaders help can child hunger

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lincoln is now in its 27th year and has graduated more than 400 Ruston-Lincoln individuals.
Each class comes up with a group project that benefits the community. During one of their classes, the current participants learned that Christian Community Action (CCA) tends to run out of food during the summer when children are not being fed at local schools and decided that together with their friends and neighbors they can make a difference.

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Choudrant preps new fire truck

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By their next monthly meeting, the Village of Choudrant hopes to have a new fire truck to show off.
Mayor Bill Sanderson, who also serves as the Choudrant Fire Chief, told council members during their regular meeting on Monday night that volunteer firefighters have been working tirelessly to restore a truck sold to them by the Ruston Fire Department approximately four years ago.

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RHS track duo inks with NSU

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Ruston High School seniors Quanese Jones and Sunny McCallister will continue their athletic careers together as both signed national letters of intent Wednesday to compete for the Northwestern State University track team.
“The track team here at Ruston is like a family, and I got the same feeling about the Northwestern State track team when I visited there,” McCallister said. “I like the coach and everybody there, and they made me the best offer. It just felt like the right place for me to be.”

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Kittens knocked from 1-A playoffs

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GRAMBLING — Grambling Laboratory suffered a tough loss Wednesday night as the Kitten fell 62-60 in overtime to White Castle in second round Class B playoff action at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assmebly Center.
The Kittens ended their season at 18-10 and 8-2.
With the score tied at 54-54 at the end of regulation, the teams battled back and forth in the overtime period with White Castle grabbing a late advantage.

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