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January 24th, 2015

Late bills sent out

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Walker: Cause of crash still undetermined

City of Ruston utility customers who did not receive their December bills on time should have them by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
The last batches of the delayed bills were mailed Friday, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said. Customers will have the standard 10 days in which to pay their bill.
A computer system crash in mid-December that resulted in the loss of about six weeks worth of data caused statements on two of the city’s five billing cycles to go out late.
The billing delay will not result in higher than usual bills for impacted customers, Walker said Friday.

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Superintendent search could begin Feb. 4

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The search for the new superintendent of schools for Lincoln Parish could begin on Feb. 4 if the full board approves the plan set forth by the executive committee during a special meeting held on Friday.
The Lincoln Parish School Board will be asked to make a decision on this plan during its Feb. 3 regular meeting.

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Hanson: Delta unphased by pending cuts

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During the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama addressed several different topics, such as middle class economics, the end of the most recent recession and a proposed plan for free community college.
Barbara M. Hanson, chancellor for the Louisiana Delta Community Colleges, said the president’s plan is impressive.
“The president’s plan is ambitious,” Hanson said. “(It) signifies the value proposition that community and technical colleges present to students, industry and the economy.”

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Experts discuss stalking awareness

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While the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team is an asset to the community for victims of domestic violence, there is little they can do for a victim of stalking.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and local experts shared information about what individuals should do if they feel they are being stalked, as well as information about stalking.
Terrie Queen Autrey, DART community advocate, said when a person comes in with the fear they are being stalked DART must refer them to the police.

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January students of the month announced

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the January Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Jan. 21 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Students focus on preparing for spring tests

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Third grade news
Our third graders came back from Christmas break ready to learn. We have focused on learning about the different genres in reading. Our love for reading is growing, and our Accelerated Reading scores continue to rise. We are looking forward to our next chapter book, “Winn Dixie.”
Our study of the Louisiana Purchase provoked interest in our students; most students’ curiosity was on all the states that were involved. Students were intrigued by the people they were introduced to, including Napoleon.

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New boutique opens at Goodwill

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Pictured is the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for BlueDawgs, the new “Tech fan” boutique at Goodwill. Fans are encouraged to stop by. Goodwill says about .87 of every dollar spent goes back into helping others.

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Thanks for helping us spread cheer

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On behalf of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling Community Joy Fund Volunteers, we offer thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Grambling and surrounding areas for making our 2014 Annual project a success.

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Protecting vital rural hospitals

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Rural hospitals and providers are critical to the communities they serve in Louisiana. They offer much-needed health care access, provide for a strong economy and are a social anchor for the region. Critical access hospitals, for example, each create 107 jobs and provide on average $5 million in annual wages, salaries and benefits within their local community.
The president and some members of Congress are calling for more cuts to these hospitals that care for our families, friends and neighbors.

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Tank cars the best way to fix our bridges

For 22 years the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has used the idea of refurbished railroad tank cars to replace bridges throughout the parish.
While replacing a bridge with concrete may cost upwards of $1 million, utilizing a railroad tank car has been more than just cost effective.
Costing approximately $18,000 each, a tank car saves both money and time.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said constructing a concrete bridge may take anywhere from three to six months for completion.

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