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December 4th

Aldermen all on board for Amtrak

There’s no doubt about it, Ruston is a railroad town. The community was founded in 1883 after construction of the first rail line from Shreveport to Monroe.
Over the years, the coming of both freight service and passenger service helped Ruston grow until eventually it became the parish seat. At its peak, in the early 1900s, the young community sported six rail depots, several downtown hotels and a list of businesses that either began or flourished because of the railroad.

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McAllister to earn 5th district's respect

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Vance McAllister used to say with some pride that he had never been to Washington, D. C. He can’t say that anymore.
Two days after voters in the Lincoln Parish-inclusive 5th Congressional District elected him to fill former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander’s unexpired term, McAllister was in the Capitol city, preparing to be sworn in.

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December 3rd

Fatality on Hwy. 80

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Pedestrian dead in 1-car crash in Grambling

A Houston woman was killed in what was originally believed to be a car crash with a deer.
At approximately 1 a.m. Monday, Grambling Police responded to the 7500 block of U.S.
Highway 80 in Grambling for an alleged vehicle crash with a deer. According to information from the GPD, Ebony Glover, 22, of the 100 block of Neal Street in Ruston, was eastbound on U.S. Highway 80 when she struck what she thought was a deer standing in the roadway.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered the vehicle had actually struck a pedestrian.

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Serving others from the battlefield to the classroom

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Serving in the Korean War and teaching at Lincoln High School through segregation — Henry Island is a man who has seen the changing of the times.
“My experiences are unexplainable,” he said.
Island graduated from high school in 1951, and said the late Grambling State University head football coach Eddie Robinson recruited him to play football for GSU.

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Ruston supports Amtrak extension

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has endorsed a resolution supporting Amtrak passenger rail service through North Louisiana.
The board’s action Monday night adds the city to a growing list of municipalities, governmental entities and business groups supporting the return of train travel to the area.
“I think it’s one of the best things going,” Alderman Elmore Mayfield said.
Passenger service could be a tremendous economic boost to Ruston and Lincoln Parish, especially if the train made a local stop, Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development administrator, said.

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Retail tax collections up by less than 1 percent

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Sustained oil and gas activity plus building projects at two local industries continue to boost Lincoln Parish sales tax collections, Sales and Use Tax Administrator Jerry Moore said Monday.
But despite third-quarter and year-to-date gains, retail sector collections — that posted less than a 1 percent increase for the latest quarter — may be the best overall indicator of how the parish is doing, Moore said.
“People are not spending a lot of money,” Moore told the sales and use tax commission. “If they’re going to spend it, they’re going to spend it the last quarter.”

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Most plants benefit from cold weather precaution

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Recently I discussed protecting tender plants in the landscape, but now that temperatures are reaching below the freezing point on a regular basis, most plants will benefit from severe cold weather protection.
Winter protection of woody plants and herbaceous plants is important during the upcoming winter months. The amount of protection depends upon the cold hardiness of the plants as indicated by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map designation. This indicator reflects the severity and length of the cold period and upon exposure.

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Cougars shine prep spotlight on Ruston

Cougars shine prep spotlight on Ruston
Congratulations to the Cedar Creek football team for going where no Cougar has gone before — the semifinals of the state football playoffs.
Cedar Creek’s 28-7 home win over St. Edmunds on Friday propelled the Cougars to the semifinal round, where they’ll take on top-ranked Vermilion Catholic in Abbeville at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Ruston has seen the RHS Bearcats make it to the Superdome to play in a state championship more than once over the years. In fact, it was an every-other year occurrence in the 1980s under then-head coach Chick Childress.

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4-H to hold cooking contest

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4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project areas that youth can be a part of by joining the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program.
We are also an organization that is rich in tradition; therefore, we still offer a variety of projects and events that have been a part of the 4-H program for more than 100 years.

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Lend a hand this holiday season

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I’m not going to lie. Sometime around early to mid-November, I start to wake up with a spring in my step.
For a few months at the end of each year, the air becomes cooler, the world lights up with holiday decorations and my favorite holiday tunes start sneaking their way onto radio stations. Once December hits, Christmas movies — the ones I’ve always loved the best — take over the television set, and something pleasant always seems to be cooking in the kitchen.

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