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May 22nd, 2014

Kicking up awareness in Ruston

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Teen Challenge to host walkathon, crawfish boil fundraiser Saturday

On Saturday morning, Ruston residents are being asked to tie on their walking shoes for a good cause. Then, they can tie on their bibs to enjoy a good meal.
The Louisiana Teen Challenge Statewide Walk is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Railroad Park. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the park, and the cost for participation is $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Ruston Teen Challenge Induction Center.
After the walk, participants can enjoy crawfish, corn and potatoes for $12.

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Glen View Elementary: Sour lemons make for sweet learning

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For the students in Glen View Elementary School’s second grade Advanced Learning Academy, their 2014 Lemonade Day Project was nothing but a sweet treat. Utilizing the “How to Make Lemonade” book from the required Reading A-Z series, the students engaged in a series of events that introduced entrepreneurship to the youngsters as well as the importance of giving back to the community.

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Haddox named first recipient of Boniol New Tech Scholarship

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Ruston High School and New Tech @ Ruston 2014 graduate Chandler Haddox was the first ever recipient of the Tom and Cathi Cox Boniol New Tech Scholarship. Presented during the NT@R Graduation Celebration, the scholarship evolved from the profound experience Tom Boniol had in observing the students and staff at work within New Tech @ Ruston.

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CSE/RES reading raffle a huge success

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For the seventh year, Lincoln ACHIEVE and the Association of Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education have partnered to help foster a love of reading for elementary students in the Ruston district. Together, the two entities have continued to sponsor an annual Reading Raffle that puts the spotlight on strengthening literacy skills in the classroom and at home by putting high interest books in the hands of the students.

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Learn more about mental illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience a mental illness in a given year, according to statistics provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Of those, about 1 in 17 — or 13.6 million — live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

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A solution as cold as ICE

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Illegal Immigration is a problem in this country. So is crime. Let’s release criminal, illegal immigrants back into society, shall we?
This is what the Obama Administration did last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.
You, like me, were probably shocked at this arrangement. When I first saw a piece about the release air on Fox News I kept thinking surely I had missed something. Apparently (and unfortunately) not.

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Projects by Tech engineering, science students have real-world impacts

The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University recently held its annual Senior Projects Conference featuring presentations by 260 seniors, majoring in a variety of engineering and science disciplines, with a focus on economic impacts that could benefit communities across the state.

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Area youth show off skills

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Dayton Edwards, 7, a first-grader at Hillcrest Elementary School (pictured above), and Jackson King, 9, a third grader at Cypress Springs Elementary School (pictured below), showed off their baseball skills earlier this month during the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition held by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department at the J.C. Love Baseball Complex. College athletes from Grambling State University’s baseball and softball teams helped conduct the event, during which young athletes from ages 7-14 showed off their skills on the diamond.

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Scoring in the classroom

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Tech’s Gandy named C-USA All-Academic
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Louisiana Tech’s Stephen Gandy was named to the Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team as the redshirt senior represents the Bulldogs on the 11-member squad, announced by league officials this week.
Gandy, a native of Farmerville, currently owns a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master’s in business administration at Tech. He earned honors six quarters while at Louisiana Tech, is a five-time member of the Dean’s List and a one-time honoree on the President’s List.

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May 21st

Challenge boosts vet funds

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This Memorial Day, while some will be grilling burgers in their backyards or enjoying a weekend away, there will be a special group at Crossfit Ruston, honoring one of those who has fallen in action. The Murph Challenge — also referred to as the MURPH — is a national challenge and fundraising event for the Lt Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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