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February 28th, 2014

Moller wins SAR poster contest

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During their Jan. 28 meeting, the James Huey Chapter of the SAR awarded their Poster Contest winner, Zachary Atwood Moller, of Ruston, $50 and a certificate for his winning entry. Moller’s entry will now be judged by the Louisiana State Society of the SAR during their Annual Meeting on April 12 in West Monroe where the winner will be awarded a $100 check and will advance to represent the State of Louisiana at the national level. This years poster contest theme was “Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox.” Zachary is the son of Mr. and Mrs.

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Barry: Taxpayers get stuck with bill

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Oil and gas pipeline companies are breaking the law by not repairing damage they do to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, the head of a nonprofit organization backing a lawsuit against some of the companies said Wednesday.
John Barry, founder of Restore Louisiana Now, also said taxpayers are getting stuck with the multi-million-dollar bill because the state’s Department of Natural Resource won’t enforce the law requiring the companies to fix the damage.
“What I find most offensive about the whole process is the industry saying, ‘hey, we’re above the law,” Barry told the Ruston Rotary Club.

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Two locals honored at state level

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For the first time in history Lincoln Parish has a principal and a teacher ranked in the top 15 of their professions at the same time for the state of Louisiana.
Tammy Schales, a fourth grade English and Language Arts teacher is in the running for the state’s Teacher of the Year and Simsboro High School principal Ricky Durrett is a candidate for the state’s Principal of the Year nomination.
Both Schales and Durrett have spent the majority of their educational careers in Lincoln Parish and have extensive resumes.

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GPD to tighten belt on drivers

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In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road the Grambling Police Department will be participating in the National Impaired Driving — Click It or Ticket enforcement crackdown.
Officers from the GPD will be conducting overtime patrols and checkpoints in Louisiana’s largest-ever concentrated effort to get impaired drivers off the road and increase usage of seat belts through high visibility enforcement.
The campaign will be held throughout Mardi Gras and DWI enforcement will be conducted through today. Impaired driving enforcement will be conducted Sunday through March 4.

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Ruston colors for cancer

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Northern Louisiana is preparing to be showered with color.
The inaugural Color Me for a Cure 5k walk/run, will be held in downtown Ruston on March 15.
“This is the first Color Me for a Cure in Ruston and this event will be about fun — not really on the competitive side,” said Volunteer Chairman Bruce Siegmund.
Participants will start at the Ruston High School football stadium and walk or run to downtown Ruston. While participants are running or walking, the crowd will throw colored cornstarch at the walkers.

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RPD makes second arrest

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The Ruston Police Department has made the second arrest on fraud-related charges, which stemmed from a Feb. 4 incident.
Elise Annette Darts, 62, 1201 Gilman St., was arrested by RPD at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday at her residence.
She was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for bank fraud and two counts of identity theft. Her bond totaled $10,500.

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NCLAC thankful for community support

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Last weekend was NCLAC’s annual Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball.

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Hayes finalist in state competition

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Claudia Elizabeth Hayes, daughter of Bronwyn Watts and Barry Hayes, and granddaughter of Claudia and James Watts, of Ruston, has been selected as a finalist for Louisiana’s 34th annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held Saturday at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson, Miss. She is the current Choudrant High School Homecoming Queen. Louisiana’s 2014 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship, plus an all expense paid trip to the national finals to compete with the queens from the other states for America’s Homecoming Queen. America’s Homecoming Queen inc.

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Club News: Junior Guild

The Junior Guild held their February meeting at LifeHouse Ministries.  Donna White welcomed our program speaker the Rev. Cathy Brewton, who opened the meeting with prayer.  Brewton is the director of LifeHouse since its realization in 2011. Many needs of the community are met here, such as hospitality, spiritual direction, community meals and nondenominational Bible study on Sunday nights, to mention only a few. 

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Future plans bright for club

A plan that has been half a decade in the making is finally starting to come to fruition.
The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana unveiled the rendition of what they hope their new facilities could possibly look like.
The new facility, which administrators hope will be located on Farmerville Street, will support use by 300 students. At their current facility the club is only able to accommodate 130 students. Chief Professional Officer Eldonta Osborne said the new site of the club would be within walking distance of more than 1,000 students — K through 12th grade.

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