Ruston City Councilmen on Monday approved the demolishment of property belonging to one of their own.
Aldermen voted 4-0 to permit city officials to tear down the childhood home of Ward 1 alderman Levell Thurman, who owns the home with his siblings.
“It was Mother and Daddy’s house,” said Thurman, who abstained from the vote. “It’s been vacant for about eight years — since my brother moved out. Everybody else had their own houses, and it just fell apart. We probably didn’t keep it up like we should have.”
The Division of Nursing at Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Tech Student Nurses’ Association and Tech Athletics partnered with the Lincoln Parish March of Dimes to hold a promotional event at the men and women’s home basketball games on Jan. 14.
A Diaper Derby was held between the Lady Techsters’ and Bulldogs’ games. Ivy Merritt, 13 months, daughter of Lisa and Kevin Merritt, of Ruston, won the crawler division, and Andrew Tooke, age 2, son of Jan and Landon Tooke, of Ruston, won the toddler division.
Ruston’s proposed $55.1 million budget for the coming fiscal year is on its way to the Board of Aldermen for approval.
The 2014 spending plan won the endorsement of the board’s personnel-finance committee Monday night. Aldermen vote on the budget ordinance Sept. 9. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
The proposed budget is $1.7 million less than the current budget, and is an effort by Mayor Dan Hollingsworth to tighten the city’s financial belt in light of rising retirement system costs and generally flat sales tax revenue.
The Grambling City Council approved to appoint a historic preservation study committee to establish Grambling as a certified local government within the state in order to create historic and culture districts in the town.
Grambling’s special projects coordinator Phyllis Miller said, for now, the members are committed to selecting landmarks for the city’s historic district.
“The committee will review the state and federal regulations for historic districts and come up with a plan,” she said.
Having a historic district will make Grambling eligible for new grants, Miller said.