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July 18th, 2018

March of Dimes Blue Jeans for Babies Events (2)

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(Top left) The total amount raised this year from the Blue Jeans for Babies events and other activities is $4,993. The Choudrant High School Future Business Leaders of America (above) raised $825.
(Top right) Cypress Springs raised $232. Pictured from left to right are Bookkeeper Monica Ferrell, March of Dimes volunteer Nancy Darland and Principal Mary Kilgore.
(Bottom left) Dubach School raised $170. Pictured from left to right are Pam Pruden, Nancy Darland, Keilan Coleman, Annabell Dotson, Maci Dotson and Amarrie Heard.

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How to treat teens living with depression

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on adolescents and depression.
Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult.
Major depression in your teenagers can be serious. If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems in school, at home and with friends; the loss of critical developmental years; increased risk for substance abuse; involvement with the juvenile justice system; and suicide can be the results.

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Official: Escaped jaguar bit through steel cable barrier

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo’s managing director said Tuesday.
Kyle Burks told reporters at a zoo news conference Tuesday that the jaguar apparently slipped through the resulting small gap in the cables. He estimated the hole to be about 8 inches by 10 inches (20 centimeters by 25 centimeters).

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March of Dimes Blue Jeans for Babies Events

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(Top left) Pictured are John Stack IV, Feugo Dulce/Ruston Farmers’ Market, and Nancy Darland. He presented her with $200.
(Top right) Ruston Junior High School’s Future Business Leaders of America raised $500. Pictured holding check is FBLA President Moriah Jackson.
(Bottom left) Ruston Elementary raised $359. Pictured from left to right are Principal Mandy Brown, MOD volunteeer Nancy Darland, Coordinating Teacher Shannon Perot, RES students Laini Holloway, Sydney Carrico, Jayden Hartwell and Cameron Jones.

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July 17th

Ribbon Cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new children’s building called 1st Kids Ruston at First Baptist Church. The chuch staff includes Pastor Robert Chris Craig; Children’s Pastor, Ed Colvin; Pre-School Minister and Weekday Program Director, Pam Flowers; and Executive Pastor Clayton Owen. Services are at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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Ribbon Cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to bring attention to the vacation rental here in Lincoln Parish, 81 Pines. Nestled in Grambling, the home is three stories with two living areas, fully-stocked kitchen, four bedrooms and three full baths. Photos can be seen on Facebook.com/rustonchamber. The owners are Brandon and Jacqueline Gatson.

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Ribbon Cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location of No. 9 Books and Records, owned by John and Hollin Shaw. They offer math, science, art, literature, and genre books along with a wide variety of vinyl records.

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Ribbon Cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated offices of The Health Hut. The Health Hut is located at 310 West Mississippi Avenue in Ruston.

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Promote healthy weight starting with school lunch

Although there are a variety of theories behind the growing obesity problem plaguing North American adults and children, the most consistent findings point to caloric intake as the culprit. Here’s a simple equation to get to the root of the problem:
Calories eaten > calories spent = weight gain.
According to National Health Examination Surveys, adult obesity trends in the United States between 1976 and 2014 indicate the percentage of the adult population classified as obese has roughly doubled to more than 38 percent in the last three decades.

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CHEERS

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Joey Riggin, of Choudrant, has received the Louisiana Engineering Society’s F. Hugh Coughlin Young Engineer Award Key and Certificate.
Riggin is a project engineer and surveying department manager with Lazenby & Associates in West Monroe. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society where he has served on the board at both the local and state levels. He is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in civil engineering.

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