Firefighters from the Ruston Fire Department underwent Hazardous Material Training Wednesday at Coastal Chemical Company under the auspices of officials from the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute. Pictured are firefighters undergoing a simulated decontamination. The drill had firefighters patch a hole in a ruptured tank leaking chemicals before they practiced decontamination.
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The roads were packed, the businesses were full and the crowds were large over the weekend as thousands traveled to Ruston for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Farm Insurance “Top 28,” leaving tourism officials excited for the possibility of more events like this in the future.
According to Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau President Kyle Edmiston, the Thomas Assembly Center saw approximately 27,500 people walk through its doors over the weekend.
A man convicted for having indecent behavior with a juvenile has been sentenced.
Judge Jay McCallum sentenced James Anthony Bell to serve 42 years at hard labor for 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bell was originally arrested in July 2012 for the charges.
According to a press release from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office, Bell received the maximum sentence allowed by law on each count of the conviction, which is a fine of $5,000 and seven years at hard labor.
A Texas woman was injured and a citation was given after a head-on collision on Madden Road this morning.
Trooper Albert Paxton, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop F, said just after 7:30 a.m. today, a 2002 GMC pickup truck driven by Dustin Nalley, 36, of Quitman, was traveling south on Madden Road when it struck another vehicle head-on that was headed north.
Sara Eckert, 35, of Brenham, Texas, the driver of the second vehicle, was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
In 2011, Bethel Christian School worked to offer the best education possible to its students. Our Bible-based A-Beka curriculum was expanded to include Bob Jones University materials and Glencoe Pre-Algebra. Keyboarding and computer application coursework were added to the curriculum. The TOPS curriculum is now being followed in the high-school grades, and weekly chapel services are led by local pastors, youth leaders, etc. Dual Enrollment English is available for those students wishing to receive both high school and college credit. Two online tools (Louisiana Virtual School and EDUSS) are utilized. The LEAP, Standford and EOC testing are followed.