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November 18th, 2015

Junior Auxiliary races for community

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The Junior Auxiliary of Ruston held their second annual 5k on Saturday, which was run through downtown Ruston. Junior Auxiliary’s goal was to raise $8,000, all of which would stay in Lincoln Parish. The civic organization surpassed that goal.

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LPSO investigates death of livestock in Choudrant

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating two different incidents where livestock was shot in the Choudrant area.
LPSO Maj. Chad Alexander said the first incident occurred during the first week of November and the second reported incident occurred on Nov. 11.
The first animal is a horse and the second is a cow. Both animals died as a result of being shot.
The LPSO is asking for the community’s help in identifying the culprit in these shootings.
Alexander said the incident is not believed to be hunting related.

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Programs help those in need

Many consider the holidays the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, right here in our own backyard, other people are focused on where their next meal is coming from or how they’re going to be able to pay the heating bill, much less what they’re going to put under the tree for Christmas.

Luckily, Lincoln Parish has a long history of lending a hand to help their neighbors, and many well-established programs have been lending that extra hand during the holiday season.

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High hopes industrial park

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“If you build it, they will come.” The line that worked for Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams” is what the city of Ruston hopes will happen in the industrial park that’s being developed on McDonald Avenue near Beacon Light Road.
Earlier this month, aldermen unanimously approved buying 59 acres to add to the 100 acres the city already owns in the area. Over time, that new $312,200 purchase could pump millions of dollars into the local economy if companies locate there.

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Families learn to eat well, be active

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Learning to Eat Well, Be Active, Feel Great. That was the primary focus of the Family Nutrition Night event held recently at Southside Elementary School in Jonesboro. The event was a collaborative effort between the LSU AgCenter, Hodge Bank, Jackson Parish Hospital and Brookshire’s.
The event started with a presentation on how parents can make a big different in their child’s life.
Parents and their children learned two keys to a healthy lifestyle are good nutrition and getting enough exercise.
They learned the short term and long term effects of a healthy lifestyle.

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Enrollees could receive financial aid

Northern Louisiana Medical Center is offering community residents free help with evaluating insurance options and enrolling on the Marketplace. Appointments can be made with certified assisters by 254-7580.
“Open enrollment”— the annual three-month period during which Americans can comparison shop and purchase healthcare coverage on the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace — is in full swing.

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November 17th

Two local projects get closer

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has opened the way for the possible development of a practice golf course on the city’s north side and additional townhouses in western Ruston. The commissioners approved the initial steps for the two separate projects Monday night.
Regarding the golf course development, commissioners unanimously agreed to allow property owner Lavelle Aycock to section off approximately 3 acres of a larger site on Commerce Street to be sold for the project.

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Local church to serve community meal

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First Baptist Church of Ruston will serve its traditional Thanksgiving meal, “To Ruston with Love,” to area citizens at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
For the past 23 years, FBC, Ruston, has hosted this community wide, free feast.
Initially, this annual event began with the idea of feeding a few Louisiana Tech University students who remained on campus during the Thanksgiving holidays, and through the years it has increased to not only include students, but also to include Ruston area residents.

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City to host Main Street Christmas

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As the holidays quickly approach, the City of Ruston is hoping to remind residents that shopping locally benefits the community through the 15th Annual Ruston Main Street Christmas Open House which is set to begin Thursday in downtown Ruston.
The event is part of a larger state program, called Louisiana Main to Main, said Kristi Lumpkin, economic development administrator for the City of Ruston.

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Tax millages drop slightly

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Most Lincoln Parish property owners are seeing a slight reduction in their 2015 tax bills.
That’s because for two consecutive years both the law enforcement millage rate and assessor’s millage rate have gone down.
“We were able to lower our rate because the tax base has grown so,” Assessor Sheila Bordelon said.

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