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March 21st, 2016

Local girls participate in event

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Mothers and daughters participated in the Quota International of Ruston’s Timeless Traditions event Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Local girls watched the film “Grace Stirs Up Success,” participated in a tea time at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston and entered a chance to win an American Girl Doll. Pictured is Paige Broadway with her American Girl doll.

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RHS projects recognized in science contest

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ExploraVision recognized two groups of Ruston High School sophomores for their projects in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision contest.
Project Tabula Rasa, featuring Rachel Walters, Emma McGee and Stormy Castle, and Project Takeover, featuring Paige Grant and Marterian Spivey, both received honorable mentions from the judges for their projects.
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision contests challenges kindergarten through 12th grade students from across the world to come up with an idea for a technology not possible today, but might be possible in 20 years, according to the contest’s website.

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Local student reaches national Spelling Bee

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Rosie Shultz likes a challenge.
The 11-year-old stood in front of the gathered crowd recently in Shreveport and calmly said the seven letters — A-D-O-R-N-E-D — that would declare her the winner of the 2016 Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee.
The Cypress Springs fifth grader said she was nervous about spelling in front of a large crowd, but was equally undeterred in her desire to claim the title of winner, which would allow her to secure a place in the Scribbs National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

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Local students reach the top level

Two local students will represent Lincoln Parish as finalists in their respective competitions.
Ruston High School senior Collin King is a finalist for the Louisiana Student of the Year.
Collin was the first Lincoln Parish student selected as a regional finalist for the high school state Student of the Year since 2010-11.
A Student of the Year selection committee will review Collin’s and five other finalists’ portfolios, conduct interviews and administers writing samples April 12-13 in Baton Rouge.

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Tale of nursing programs in parish

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The worst of times and the best of times.
It’s been the tale of two nursing programs for Lincoln Parish colleges in recent months.
The worst has come at Grambling State University, which last summer lost its undergraduate nursing program after the Louisiana State Board of Nursing voted to remove the conditional approval status for the bachelor’s degree program.

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Third annual ‘Walk a Mile’ to benefit DART

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Service projects are such a great way for groups to learn how to team up and give their time and energy to benefit others.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team could not serve our community the way we currently do if it were not for the thousands of hours which have been given to us throughout the years, whether for hands-on service or fundraising.
We thank and commend everyone who has labored to help us, and we are aware that sometimes the work done was not easy or fun.

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Air Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants coming to Tech

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Louisiana Tech University’s School of the Performing Arts and The Ruston Daily Leader will present the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants in concert at 3 p.m. April 10 in Howard Auditorium on the Tech campus.

Howard Auditorium is located in the School of the Performing Arts on the northwest corner of Dan Reneau Drive and Arizona Avenue in Ruston.

This is a general admission event with no reserved seating and no reserved tickets.
Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to performance.

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Life Choices raises $75K during fundraiser

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Last week’s record rainfall, flooding and school closures almost caused Life Choices Director Kathleen Richard to cancel the organization’s annual fundraising banquet.
Richard decided to go forward with the banquet March 10 at the Ruston Civic Center, and she said she was amazed by the community response in spite of the obstacles from flooding.
“We had prayed for the rain to stop and for a window of good weather so people could come out, but we didn’t know how many would be able to come,” Richard said. She estimated that between 450 and 475 people came.

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March 19th

Furry Fun Walk unites dogs

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The biggest dog on hand was Axle the Great Dane owned by recent Louisiana Tech University graduate Kaley Hughes, of Mangham.

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Citizens speak on city project

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series looking at the proposed Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure improvement plan that goes before city voters on April 9.
For Ruston resident Claire Givens, the three-quarter-cent sales tax proposal that goes before city voters April 9 is all about quality of life.
For realtor Alice Clark, who works across 13 North Louisiana parishes, it’s also about economic development.
“We need to show the outside world we’re willing to progress,” Clark said.

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