One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of just how community-minded folks are in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
In fact, sometimes all it takes is a set of car keys. Back in August, Buddy Ball of Ruston began selling raffle tickets for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport provided by Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep. People in Lincoln Parish and beyond bought more than 750 tickets for $100 chances on the vehicle.
Grambling State University President Frank Pogue has made good on his promise.
One of the first items on his “things to get done” list shortly after being chosen to lead the famous Lincoln Parish school was to make sure that GSU’s legendary 1961 men’s basketball team was recognized for having earned the ultimate honor in the sport.
That would be a national championship, one that the Tigers captured during a memorable 1961 season in which they were the best of all programs in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Of the 69 people who died in house fires in Louisiana last year, only four perished in structures that had working smoke detectors.
While the loss of those four lives is tragic, what may be equally devastating are the fire deaths that occur in homes with no smoke detectors — deaths that in many cases, perhaps even in most cases, are preventable. The Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office estimates that 95 percent of fire deaths statewide occur in residences without operable smoke alarms.