The band played “Hail to the Chief” as the dignitaries filed in and took their places at the two-tier head table. As 400 people stood silent and still, the honor guard walked noiselessly down the red-carpet runway, their commander issuing sharp orders as they posted the U.S. and Louisiana flags.
The invitations carried the official seal of the President of the United States. This was an occasion of state, the first Lincoln Parish School District White House Dinner, honoring fourth-grade students from Cypress Springs and Ruston Elementary schools.
What felt like forever for me — I have only been at the Ruston Daily Leader for little less than a year — must have felt like decades for Grambling residents.
In fact, the newest addition to the Grambling arsenal of development did almost take decades to move forward.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones announced construction will begin within 60 days on the Grambling Legends Square Project, a nine-acre piece of land for development off Interstate 20, and it’s packed full of goodies. Kind of like when your mom would come home from the store type of goodies.
They’re just small things, sometimes barely noticeable when you’re driving down the road at 35 or 45 mph. After all, the plastic rectangles measure only 6 inches high by 12 inches long.
That’s not much reading space at highway distance. But then, there isn’t much to read, just the words “La. Tech” and a bright red “T.” Yet the signature logo of Louisiana Tech University is the newest things going for Ruston’s fleet of over 200 city-owned vehicles.