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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At approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Ruston Police Department responded to a downed electrical line at Maple Street and Alabama Avenue. Police reported that a beverage truck, turning into a parking lot, caught a low-hanging electrical wire and continued turning. The caught wire then caused the electrical pole to break in half. It took utility officials until approximately 5:20 p.m. to fix the pole.
A Louisiana Black Bear was spotted on Sunday in Lincoln Parish off Riser Road. Local resident Anna Hinton was able to capture a photograph of the animal in a pasture.
Robert Barham, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, was a recent guest speaker with Glynn Harris, a local outdoor writer. The topic of their discussion was the return of the Louisiana Black Bear and things residents should know about how to share this part of the world with this new resident.
Harris said it has been several years since a Black Bear was seen in Ruston.
The city of Ruston has a new $55.1 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Aldermen approved the spending plan Monday night on a 4-1 vote, with only Alderman Elmore Mayfield objecting.
Mayfield wants an additional $10,000 added to the budget for the Lincoln Total Community Action Head Start program. Mayfield sits on the program’s board of directors. Head Start is a preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. It serves 324 local youngsters.
The city’s new budget already includes $10,000 for Head Start.
Peggy Dring was among the performers during the 10th annual Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express Showcase Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The fundraiser is a tribute to Joe Woods, the founder of the original Wildwood Express Band. Money raised from the program is used for maintenance at the Dixie.