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May 14th, 2014

Traffic redirected due to accident

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According to the Ruston Fire Department an 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate 20 at approximately 1:35 a.m. today.
Eric Brazzel, RFD public education officer, said RFD/EMS responded with one ambulance and one rescue unit. He reported that persons involved in the accident were not injured and did not need transportation to a medical facility.
Officials helping to redirect traffic were Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office and Ruston Police Department.
Louisiana State Police Troop F Public Information Officer Albert Paxton said the driver was cited for careless operation.

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House will debate bill to save Sparta

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Strides made in supply initiative

The Louisiana House is expected to debate a bill on Thursday that, if approved, could be the next step in a long-talked about project of piping water from Lake D’Arbonne to Ruston and Farmerville as an alternative source to the Sparta Aquifer.
Senate Bill 430, by West Monroe Sen. Mike Walsworth, allows the state to sell acreage in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville to the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative as the site of a water treatment plant. The property would be sold at its $65,000 appraised value.

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Helping keep troops, families connected

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Ruston Parks and Recreation and Cell Phones For Soldiers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are asking the local community to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.
Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. Teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2004 at the ages of 12 and 13.

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Tech professor chairs national biology symposium

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David K. Mills, professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, recently chaired a professional development symposium on social media and career development at the American Association of Anatomists’ Experimental Biology meetings in San Diego, Calif.

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Pierian Club submits minutes to library

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Members of the Pierian Club of Ruston have presented 78 years of club minutes to the Lincoln Parish Library. The eight volumes of original minutes, some of them handwritten, span 1928 through 2006. The minutes chronicle much of Ruston’s history, as well as the influence of women on the city’s development. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Carol Young, club president; Vivian McCain, Lincoln Parish Library head librarian; Teri Fulton, archival committee co-chairman and Virginia Selle, archival committee chairman and long-time Pierian club historian.

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Club News: Happy Gardeners Society

The April meeting of the Happy Gardeners Society was held in the home of Dorothy Jewell with co-hostesses Joyce Crowe and Linda Richmond.
President Linda James called the meeting to order. Magdi Ferguson gave the opening prayer. Ellen Lacroix led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag. Treasurer Liza Humphries gave the financial report. Donations for Dimes for the Dixie and DART were made.
Several members were able to visit reserve member Inez Rainwater on her 96th birthday, March 12.

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NCLAC needs help to keep kids creating

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is holding an Art Supply Drive and it needs help.
Every year NCLAC works hard to provide year-round opportunities for kids of all ages to participate in art-inspired events, from making their own seasonal crafts and tie-dyed clothing, to basic drawing and painting classes.
NCLAC relies on donations to furnish most of its art supplies, and this summer it anticipates exhausting its supply as it holds a series of children’s arts and crafts projects at the Ruston’s Farmers Market, held each Saturday morning in downtown Ruston.

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Tech kinesiology professor runs for second term on national board

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David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University and strength and conditioning coach for the Tech baseball team, is running for a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Celebrate local small business this week

Most people will tell you that small businesses are the backbone of any community, especially smaller ones such as Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
Without entrepreneurs working to share their passion for fashion, sporting goods, hardware, the culinary arts and more, Lincoln Parish wouldn’t be the thriving, beautiful place that it is.

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Overlay a lesson in change

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The march of the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee’s proposal for rezoning a sizeable chunk of southwest Ruston may be one of the most educational journeys upon which the city has embarked in a long time.
The plan, Ruston’s first venture into the neighborhood overlay world, seeks to rezone the 17 neighborhoods that make up the University Hills area into a district specifically designed to enable residents to preserve, maintain and promote reinvestment in those older neighborhoods.

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