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August 9th, 2014

The friendly side of business

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Often at the bottom of the list when it comes to positive rankings, Louisiana has apparently ranked very well in a survey measuring states’ friendliness toward small businesses.
Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has ranked Louisiana fifth in the nation in its recently released third annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey.

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Ruston’s Schales named La. ‘Teacher of the Year’

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Lincoln Parish’s own, Tammy Schales, a Ruston Elementary School teacher, has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
The process of being selected for the prestigious title entailed many factors and LPSB president Otha Anders said it was, “always rewarding for this system to recognize, applaud and salute outstanding achievements.”
“Having my name announced in Baton Rouge as the winner was a true highlight of my career,” Schales said. “I was especially gratified to be recognized for the work with my students at Ruston Elementary for the past three years.”

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Mayo speaks at prayer breakfast

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Local members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invited Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo to speak at the First Annual Community Scholarship Prayer Breakfast in Grambling Saturday morning. Above: W.D.Walker (left), President of the Lincoln Parish Branch of the NAACP and T.G. Harris prepare breakfast for the First Annual Community Scholarship Prayer Breakfast.

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Enforcement of new laws

Whether it is commuting an hour, 30 minutes or right across town, motorists should take heed to the new laws and amendments that were recently enacted.
The main cause for concern is that of cell phone use being banned in school zones.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said driving is a task that deserves a person’s undivided attention.
“When you throw the phone in there, you’re not giving driving your full attention,” he said.

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Forgiveness is needed, not planned

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I had not planned today’s thoughts in advance, but they were powerful to me.
Sometimes I ponder over a thought for days. Then there might be a major event — good or bad, sweet or sad — that happens to be on the minds of many deserving comment. Rarely do I awake with “THE” thought that I just know must be shared.

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Reinstall blinking light on Hwy 33

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I read with a great deal of personal interest, the editorial of July 6, relating to the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33, Highway 33 and Frazier Road. I will always wish that I had kept a list of the number of deaths that have occurred there, beginning with my husband, who was killed on July 16, 1991.

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Childhood obesity a major problem

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“The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5 percent to nearly 21 percent over the same period”.
It’s the condition of being very fat or overweight. Many adults and kids in the U.S. are obese. It’s becoming an epidemic. In 2013, Louisiana ranked 48th nationally in childhood obesity rates.

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Ruston: A great place for business

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One of my favorite parts of being a journalist is going out, meeting new people and learning their story. Even when I was in school, other students took notice of how passionate I was about feature writing.
If you’re not familiar, features are those sort of “timeless” stories. They don’t really tend to change the world, but in my mind, they’re pretty important. Telling people’s stories — letting individuals tell others about their lives and the mark they’re leaving on the world — is one of the ways future generations will understand who we are now.

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RHS ready for football frenzy

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Ruston High School football fans going crazy waiting for the 2014 season to begin will get a head start from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday during the annual Bearcat Madness event.
Fans will also get their first chance to get an up and close and personal view of the Bearcats new field turf as the event will be held at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Introductions of RHS football players, spirit squads and the Bearcat band will begin at 11 a.m.
The event will feature food, including Eskamoe’s shaved ice, Bearcat fan gear and pictures for sale as well as a 25-foot tall climbing wall.

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Quick, early primer for 2014 Tech football

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August 30. Before you can yell “We are the Bulldogs!” Louisiana Tech University’s 2014 football season will be kicking off on that date.
Just in case you need some useful information about this year’s edition, here’s a clip-and-save rundown on the ’Dogs:

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