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February 22nd, 2014

The ties that bind

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local businesses to get involved with its Adopt-A-School program.
The program is in its sixth year after a long-standing sabbatical and AAS coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said community support is more important than ever.

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A victory for civil rights

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
He’s known as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, but the late Eddie G. Robinson was much more that.
Like Martin Luther King Jr., Robinson had a dream of his own during the civil rights era, and that was for one of his protégées to become the first starting quarterback in the National Football League.

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Rigby to speak at Life Choices banquet

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There is less than a month until guest speaker Shari Rigby from the movie “October Baby” will come to Ruston to speak at the Life Choices Banquet.
The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 11 at the Ruston Civic Center, located at 401 N. Trenton St.
This event is held once a year and donations are given to raise money for the program. During the banquet this year, Rigby will share her testimony and life story.
Life Choices is a pregnancy center that works to help counsel women and guide them with decisions throughout their pregnancy.

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Invest in local schools with AAS

As cliché as it may seem, children really are the future and the best way to invest in the future is to invest in them.
One surefire way for Lincoln Parish citizens and businesses to make this investment is by becoming a partner in the Adopt-a-School program, sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Parish schools’ Lincoln ACHIEVE.
The AAS initiative not only promotes the value of community to our children, but local businesses benefit as well by expanding their own network.
According to the Chamber, there are four good reasons to become an AAS partner:

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Community embraces Kupcakes

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The Sixth Annual "Kupcakes For The Kids" fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was held on Valentine's Day at Community Trust Bank.
The wonderful community of Ruston totally embraced this endeavor once again with their generosity. Thank you so much for attending and making life sweeter for the kids of St. Jude.
There aren't adequate words to convey my gratitude to Community Trust Bank for providing their beautiful facility each year and working with me to make this happen.

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Businesses contribute to students

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Cedar Creek School students were welcomed recently by businesses and employers in Ruston, West Monroe, Monroe, Columbia and Jonesboro for Job Shadowing Day.
The event was designed to give students an opportunity to "shadow" adults during their daily work activities and they LOVED it!
The experience inspired students to be enthusiastic about their studies by showing them how education can be translated into rewarding futures.

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Criticizing the government spending

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If ever I have shared any thought that might in any way sound critical toward the efficiency of our government, certainly that must have been a mistake. We all know that our government at all levels is most efficient. Now I wish to again point out some of my “pride” in how well our government spends its money. Wait, this is our money, isn’t it? (If you can imagine my biting my tongue as I share these thoughts you are most correct.)

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LPDC garden big benefit

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Last week I was on my way to the scene of a car crash, one of my least favorite tasks, when I received a call and was alerted to something else interesting going on in the parish.
After snapping some pictures, and sending positive thoughts up for the poor souls involved in the crash, I headed on to my next destination — the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Warden Jim Tuten had called the office to let us know that something historic was going on at the LPDC — they were breaking ground on their first ever garden.

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Ruston Rotary Club announces Feb. S.O.M.’s

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the February Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their accomplishments at the Jan. 19 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement.

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Dubach School

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Dubach fourth graders learn etiquette
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Fourth grade students at Dubach School attended the second annual White House Dinner in the Ruston Civic Center Feb. 19. The dinner was part of a parish wide effort to teach students from all over the parish proper etiquette at a formal dinner. A week before the dinner, students practiced the proper way to cut meat with bread, paper plates and plastic cutlery.

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