George Ballas, who was born in Ruston and invented the Weed Eater, died recently in Houston at the age of 85.
Raised in Rayville, Ballas spent much of his adult life in Houston, where he founded his Weed Eater company in 1971. Ballas reportedly came up with the idea for the Weed Eater, a device also commonly known as a weed whacker, while sitting in a car wash and wondering whether the idea of spinning bristles, like the ones cleaning his car, could be applied to trimming grass and weeds in areas a lawnmower couldn’t reach.
Students at First Baptist Church recently celebrated Dr. Seuss Day and read several nursery rhymes. Pictured above are students and teachers wearing costumes from their favorite nursery rhymes. Pictured below left is Alexander Wright dressed as Cat in the Hat from the famous book by Dr. Seuss. Pictured below right is Audrey Stone and Sam Stone dressed as The Sneetches.