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May 23rd, 2016

Run for the Wall helps vets

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Sounds of heavy metal thunder rolled through Ruston Sunday afternoon, lifted by patriotism you see, hear and even feel.
Flag-waving residents lined Interstate 20 overpasses to show their support for hundreds of motorcyclists riding by as the annual Run for the Wall passed through for the 28th year.
The Run For The Wall was started in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans.

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Why can’t we save the world?

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Eric Clapton sang:
If I could reach the stars/ I’d pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart/so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside/ is everything it seems
But for now I find, it’s only in my dreams
That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby, if I could, change the world
In a song, it sounds easy to do, doesn’t it? Change the world. Reach the stars and all of that jazz. If it were just that easy.

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RHS Class of 1960 holds reunion

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Recently, the Ruston High School Class of 1960 held their 56th reunion at the Ruston Country Club.
During the festivities, four classmates were honored including Robert Puddy, Carol Holstead VanHook, Edwin Davis and Woodrow Chew.
Puddy began participating in Senior Olympics in South Carolina when he was 58. He has won state championships in the javelin, discus and shot put in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.
He also recently qualified in all three events for the 2017 National Senior Games, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Louisiana Tech University inducts new Order of the Engineer members

Louisiana Tech University and its College of Engineering and Science has inducted 62 new members into its chapter, “Link” of the “Order of the Engineer” — a national organization established and dedicated to upholding devotion to the standards and dignity of the engineering profession.
During the ceremony, initiates received a stainless steel ring to wear on the fifth finger of the working hand and accepted the Obligation of the Engineer, a code of ethics that promotes honesty and integrity in engineering professions.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Roscoe. He is a medium-sized guy that loves people, other dogs and is also leash trained.
Roscoe is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He would make a wonderful addition to any family. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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May 21st

School’s out for the summer

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From left, Ruston Elementary School third graders Malachi Batiste, 9, Teion Jackson, 9, Branasia Harris, 9, and Kenija Pastor, 9, begin to clean up their classroom for the end of the school year today. All Lincoln Parish schools finished Friday with the 2016-17 school year returning for a half day on Aug. 12.

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Panel seeks support from lawmakers

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Resolution opposing tax consolidation sent

The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission wants area lawmakers to oppose any move to consolidate all local sales tax collection on the state level.
The commission sent a resolution to legislators on Friday urging them to reject centralized collection, a process through which the state would collect both state and local sales taxes, then return the portion due to local government.
Centralized, or unified, collection is among the fiscal reform ideas being pitched by several business groups.

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I.A. Lewis to add nine new classrooms

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
Construction on the 11,000 square foot building at I.A. Lewis includes nine full-sized classrooms, two half-sized classrooms and two new walkways, which will be completed this summer.
Transportation coordinator James Payton said the expected completion date will be the end of June.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.
Payton said all of the block laying and brick work is finished.

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National Bike to Work Week ends with celebration

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Zoie Holstead cinched the strap of her bicycle helmet a little tighter under her chin, glanced at the wide, pink directional arrows chalked on the concrete and took off.
Between the orange cones, in a circle around two old car tires laying flat on the ground, under a limbolike pole and back to the starting line, she rode.
“It helps me try out for triathlons,” Zoie, 10, of Chourdrant, said about maneuvering the obstacle course at Friday evening’s Bike to Work Week family fun celebration in Railroad Park.

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Continue learning this summer

School’s out for summer.
Lincoln Parish students completed the 2015-16 school year Friday and what a year it was.
A number of school construction projects are coming to a close, teachers and students won several national accolades and new programs were implemented across some area schools benefiting our students.
Now it’s summer time — a time for kids to be kids and take a break from learning, right?
Wrong.
There are still plenty of fun, educational programs in the community for students to continue their education out of the classroom this summer.

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