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October 25th, 2014

RHS to honor alumni, educators Friday

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Three Ruston High School teachers and four graduates have been named the RHS Alumni Association’s 2014 Achievement Award recipients.
This year’s distinguished educator winners are current teacher, Emily Howell, retired Home Economics teacher, Frances Harrison and the late teacher of science, Sybil Edmunds.
Alumni award recipients are Edwin Davis, D.V.M, Class of 1960; Loyce Garrett Miller, Class of 1962; Carl A. Albritton, Class of 1979. The Young Alumnus of Distinction is Joy Tellis Cooper, Class of 1992.

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Teens at risk for domestic violence

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Autrey: Highest rate of DV for young women is between ages 16-24

Nearly one in three teens that have been in a dating relationship have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse or threats of physical harm to a partner or self.
Likewise, according to statistics provided by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, the highest rate of romantic partner violence is against women aged 16-24.
Terrie Queen Autrey, community advocate for DART, said while DART doesn’t directly serve teens, they can offer resources to parents who suspect their teen might be experiencing dating violence — including helping them obtain restraining orders against the aggressor.

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ARToberfest supports NCLAC

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The fifth annual ARToberfest featured a host of local and statewide brewers showing off their most prized infusions in support of the North Central Louisiana Art Council.
Pictured, local brewer Ryan Nestrud cheers taste testers Erin Mitchell (back) and Macky Brewer as the Louisiana Tech University students tried Nestrud’s two home brews -— “Biscuit,” a citrusy “first beer of the mornin’” Indian Pale and “Breakfast Blend,” a lager infused with a bohemian coffee blend.
The nights event also featured live music from four local bands, raffle prizes, food, contests and games.

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RPD, RFD respond to crash

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At approximately 12:25 p.m. Thursday the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Fire Department-EMS responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Monroe Street and Georgia Avenue.
RPD reported that the driver of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler turned into a 1998 Buick Regal as the crossed the intersection of Monroe and Georgia.Only minor injuries were sustained, according to reports.

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Bonus homestead exemption for veterans a possibility

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
The proposed Amendment No. 7 will ask voters to give a bonus homestead exemption to certain veterans.
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LPSD has a lot to be proud of

The Lincoln Parish School District may have fallen five points short of scoring an “A” on its comprehensive report card score from the state Monday, but the LPSD still has a lot to be proud of.
I.A. Lewis School went up a letter grade from a “C” school in 2012-13 to a “B” school in 2013-14. This was the first time I.A. Lewis has been ranked at a “B” with an overall gain of nearly three points. Also, Choudrant High School has a lot to be bragging about with a gain of nearly six points — causing CHS to remain the only “A” school in the district with an overall average of 110.

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Adequate care not provided for vets

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Devastation. The place: Jackson Parish. The date: Sept. 12, 1961; one day short of 40 years before the horrific 9-11 in 2001.
This was my first encounter with what I later learned to be first responders. I was reminded of this event just the other day when tornadoes struck Ouachita Parish.
I was only 10 years old. I vaguely remember some moments that really scared me as a child. I recall loud winds and black skies, not uncommon for a storm I must have thought.

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Ebola has made its way to the U.S.

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Ebola started in the western tip of Africa. It was in countries like Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria and many more. If you come in contact with an infected person’s body fluids, you chance getting the virus. It’s also spread by touching the corpse of a person who had Ebola.
Tens of thousands of people have died in those countries from Ebola. And the death toll is rising. There have been survivors like Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. They were given advanced treatments here in America.

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Halloween favorite holiday for work purposes

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While Christmas is my overall favorite holiday, when it comes to holidays at the Ruston Daily Leader, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorite.
Thanksgiving is the No. 1. That’s because, for just a little while, we as a newspaper family take a little break to enjoy food, express our thankfulness for each other and spend some time together. As you can imagine, being a newsperson is a hectic affair. So, I at least, thoroughly enjoy the time we set aside to reconnect as a newspaper family.

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Choudrant on the right track

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Choudrant High student makes contribution

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