Representatives of Devon Energy, Adopt-A-School partner with I. A. Lewis School, surprised principal Sonja Fuller recently with a $1,000 check for the school to use on projects of its choosing. Fuller said the money will be used for technology upgrades. Fuller, who knew only that Devon’s Michelle Gantt and Aime Skipper where coming to the school, opens the check.
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With the exception of the new recycling bins found on Alabama Avenue next to the old Temple Baptist Church — now the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex — recycling initiatives are at a standstill in Ruston, according to local officials.
In conjunction with the Ruston 21 movement and the City of Ruston, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been placing greater emphasis on recycling in this area, but recently with limited success.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked to approve buying another 59 acres to add to the area off McDonald Avenue that the city is developing into an industrial park.
Purchasing the land is one of several economic-development-related items on the board’s regular meeting agenda. The board will convene at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the courtroom at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
As to the industrial park, aldermen are being asked to spend approximately $312,000 for the 59 acres. The land is in two parcels, a 25-acre tract and a 34-acre tract, each separately owned.
The Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter in conjunction with the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Life Development Center will hot the City of Grambling Juneteenth Festival’s Black Poetry and Speech Contest. It is scheduled at 3 p.m. June 14.
The contest will be held at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church on 2155 MLK Jr. Ave.
The contest is open to students in first through ninth grade who attend schools in Lincoln, Winn, Bienville, Union, Jackson and Claiborne parishes.
Employees and individuals alike were awarded Wednesday at a Celebrating Excellence awards luncheon hosted by United Way of Northeast Louisiana.
The 2011 campaign was very successful with the community coming together to exceed their goal.
“The Lincoln Parish Campaign is a very important part of the regional campaign and the growth that we experienced this year,” Bill Hogan, 2011 Lincoln Parish Campaign Chair said. “I was very pleased to announce that we exceeded our goal this year, raising $430,060 — a 26.5 percent increase over last year.”