Most Respectful students for the first six weeks at Hillcrest got to sit at a special table and eat special treats. Kindergarten — Andi Kilpatrick, Dakota Hooker, Kyle Caston, Lainey Mercer, Harley Cooper, Austin Guillory, Kamryn Bradley and Bryant Ford Crook; first grade — Vada Richardson, Abby Martin, Amanda Croxton, Andrew McKaskle, Amaree Sterling, Brandon Palma, Julie Roberson and Dillon Park; second grade — Emma Fernandes, Nelson Blackburn, George Budds, Emma Allen, Isabella Calhoun, Kitwanna McTyer, Caleb Babineaux and Marlaija Brantley; third grade — Rollin Belton, Lauren Smith, Justin Blake, Caroline Cooper, Carter King and Jeeho Kim; fourth grade — Wyatt Gates, Kinsley Thomas, Gabe Pyles, Kelsye Johnson, Morgan Keen, Grant Dubois, Denise Palma and Deontre Griffin and fifth grade — Eli Conner, Jack Henry Decuir, Mackenzie Parnell, Spencer Lynch, Madison Scheer and Anna Kate Inman.
Local artist Laila Al-Agha was born in Manhattan, Kansas, but has lived in Ruston since the age of 3. She attended Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University. She currently works as the head graphic designer at Sue Paperie. In her free time, she creates personal art, some of which is currently displayed at the Goff Building in downtown Ruston.
“I’ve dabbled in a lot of things over the past few years,” Al-Agha said. “I started out doing acrylic paintings. After that, I tried my hand at watercolors and that’s what I’ve been doing primarily for the past couple of years.”
Franke was honored Monday as Ruston’s Employer of the Month. City Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin (left) and Mayor Ronny Walker (right) presented a collage of city scenes to company Human Resources Manager Zachary Daniel. Franke has been in Ruston since 1989. The company manufactures sinks. The company employs approximately 100 people and has an annual payroll of more than $3 million annual. Franke is headquartered in Aarburg, Switzerland.