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May 16th, 2016

DART updates community on children’s building

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With the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s radiothon behind us, we are able to take a breath, look around, and notice some very good things which are happening at our shelter.
I wrote in March that our Children’s Activity Building had been delivered to the shelter.
The funding for this building was our goal for last year’s radiothon.
We have used those funds to pay for a modular building with a handicap-accessible bathroom included.
The latter was very important, since our former Children’s Room did not have a bathroom.

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Local church welcomes new pastor

Don Taylor to be pastor at New Hope Baptist Church
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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Ruston will welcome Don and Marilyn Taylor to the New Hope B.C. family and Ruston community.
Taylor is a native of Mer Rouge and graduated from Delta High School. Taylor received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Theology Degrees from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. Taylor has been in the ministry for 28 years. He has been employed with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff Department for nine and a half years.

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School of Design at Louisiana Tech partners with Ruston Farmers Market

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Opening day for this season’s Ruston Farmers Market was May 7, and with a new location came a new design, courtesy of Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design.
The Farmers Market partnered with the School of Design for a service-learning project that included students from a studio art class creating a mural on the outside wall of the Farmers Market’s new location, 220 E. Mississippi Ave. in Ruston.

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Man inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

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John Lee, of Ruston, has recently been inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 individuals chosen for the honor. He has been a teacher in Claiborne, Webster and Lincoln.
“4-H has always and will always have a special place in my heart,” Lee said. “I am greatly honored to receive this award.”
Only four people in north Louisiana were selected.

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Club News: Ruston Culture Guild

The Ruston Culture Guild held its end-of-the-year meeting at the Ropp Center on Louisiana Tech University campus May 5.
In a short business meeting, officers for the coming club year were installed.
• President — Jean Moore
• Vice President — Donna White
• Treasurer — Jane Shell
•Corresponding Secretary — Johnnie Hogan.
While members enjoyed lunch, President Moore welcomed a visitor, Phamie Martin and announced plans for next year. The club will meet next in September.

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May 14th

Relocating parish dumpsters

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Committee seeks waste disposal sites

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Solid Waste and Recycling Committee met to discuss the issue of parish dumpsters.
Walter Pullen, chairman, said the current removal policy — created in 1989 — is “if you want us to move a dumpster, you have to supply us a place to put it.”
Courtney Hall, parish administrator, said that policy was created by the public works committee and states that relocation requests should go through the police jury office and should include an alternate site for the dumpsters and then an evaluation will be made of the situation.

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Dubach creates Agents of Change

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Dubach School sixth grader Allie Richardson, 12, plants flowers in front of the school entrance sign Saturday at the Dubach School Agent For Change Community/Education Day.
Dubach residents, students and parents cleaned up along U.S. Highway 167 and around the school, painted commemorative personalized stepping stones in honor of students and alumni and also received health screenings. The day was dedicated to making a brighter future for the school and community.

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Volunteers needed

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Lincoln Parish residents ages 14 and up have the opportunity to volunteer with an organization helping Monroe flood victims from the March storms.
Cary Tolar, Cavalry Baptist Church associate pastor of worship, said Monroe’s United Way partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides disaster aid all over the world, to help address the flooded homes in Monroe.

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Ruston Elementary construction completed

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
Ruston Elementary School construction is finished.
Lincoln Parish Schools Transportation Coordinator James Payton said the school added two full-sized classrooms, two canopies and extensions on fences around the playground area and parking lot.
“It looks real nice,” he said.
The site was approved by the fire marshal and passed city and roof inspections, Payton said.
“The building now has a certificate of occupancy,” he said.

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Sign up to volunteer at Peach Fest 2016

Who doesn’t like a free T-shirt, weekend pass to a fun-filled weekend and admittance to a volunteer party?
Not too many people.
Well Ruston and Lincoln Parish residents are in luck. It’s time to sign up to volunteer for the Louisiana Peach Festival.
Signing up is easy, those interested just have to visit www.PeachVolunteer.tk. Those with questions can call 255-2031 or email volunteer@rustonlincoln.org.
Volunteers are essential to making the 66th Louisiana Peach Festival a success.

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