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February 21st, 2014

City to offer online utility payments

Every business manager knows the value of good customer service. Satisfied customers are loyal. They say positive things. They feel appreciated.
Ruston’s water and light department isn’t exactly like a retail business, but it has thousands of paying customers. In an effort to make life easier for those customers, and to ensure the best use of its own human resources, the water and light department has added three new billing options.
All of the choices — online payment, prepayment and electronic monthly statements — are good opportunities to have available.

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Child's pure joy witnessed

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It’s not every day that adults get to see the pure joy on a child’s face. This is especially true of children who may be deemed underprivileged.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home for more than 130 local youth. And Tuesday night, after much deliberation over the various entrants, six of them were honored as finalists for the Youth of the Year program before the two overall winners — one for elementary and one for secondary — were named.

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Losing the blame game

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The media gets a bad reputation. News organizations, glossy magazines and the 10 o’clock news have all been blamed for things like reporting bias or showing images that influence young people to act in irresponsible ways.
But I never thought I would see the day that our president blamed the media for a broken government.
“Yes, sometimes we (American people) get very divided,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC in December, “partly because our politics and our media, specifically try to divide them and splinter them.”

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February 20th

Tech, CSC partner together to produce career opportunities

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Louisiana Tech University has entered into a partnership with global IT leader Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart, and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City to offer current and prospective students a comprehensive suite of cyber-related programs and career opportunities designed to meet the current and future needs of CSC.

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Club recognizes greatness of youth

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For some youth the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home.
Tuesday night marked the second time the club would host their Youth of the Year banquet, sponsored by Aaron’s.
Eldonta Osborne, the club’s chief professional officer, said the idea for the event first began when he spoke with Craig Bass at Aaron’s.
“We were talking about him wanting to do something big with the club,” Osborne said. “So I shared with him the idea of the Youth of the Year Program. He told me that this was the sort of thing he wanted to get involved in and help with.”

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Truck snags electrical wire

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At approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Ruston Police Department responded to a downed electrical line at Maple Street and Alabama Avenue. Police reported that a beverage truck, turning into a parking lot, caught a low-hanging electrical wire and continued turning. The caught wire then caused the electrical pole to break in half. It took utility officials until approximately 5:20 p.m. to fix the pole.

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Rodrecas Davis’ art on display through Feb. 27

Grambling State University will host an exhibition by artist Rodrecas “Drék” Davis titled “on the surface.”
Davis, a faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is presenting an exhibition of mixed media and assemblage works that address the intersection of pop culture, history, politics and religion.
“These works are my contemplation of the topics of idol worship, politics, religion, violence, race and representation,” Davis said. “They represent the chasm between information and knowledge and the places where these things intersect.”

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Miller, Schmidt to wed in May

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Mark and Kitty Miller, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Hillary Miller, of Ruston, to Michael Schmidt, of Atlanta, Ga.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Alden Perk, the late Floyd J. and C. Lorraine Voight and the late Joseph and Veronica Miller.
Michael is the son of Jim and DJ Schmidt, of Marietta, Ga. He is the grandson of the late Thomas Schmidt, Florence Schmidt, of Miami, Fla., the late William Marcum and Norma Marcum, of Satellite Beach, Fla.

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Local youth recognized

There are many ways in which we impact the youth of our community, and then there are the ways in which the youth themselves impact the community.
During Tuesday night’s Youth of the Year Program hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana and sponsored by Aaron’s, Jerry Hilbun was on hand to give out what he called the “Improvement Award” or the “Confidence Development Award.”

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Collins captures state FBLA office

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On Feb. 5, Ruston High School FBLA Secretary Nina Collins was officially elected as the FBLA District II Vice President.
Nina captured the attention of all conference delegates with her excellent campaign speech, where she focused primarily on increasing membership and participation in FBLA.
With her election, she will officially be inducted as an FBLA Louisiana state officer at the 2014 Louisiana State Conference which will be held on the ULL campus in Lafayette on March 25.

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