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January 9th, 2016

Coach Ellis to receive Russ Award

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Business of the Year to also be named during Chamber Banquet
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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has announced that Wilbert Ellis, better known as Coach Ellis has been chosen to receive the 2015 Robert E. Russ Award, to be presented at the Chamber’s Awards Banquet on Jan.22. This award is the highest honor given by the Chamber for community advancement.
“Coach Ellis was among eight community members to be nominated this year,” Judy Copeland, chamber president said. “You don’t have to look very hard to see why Ruston-Lincoln is such a special place, it’s the incredible people.”

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Ruston residents sentenced for Operation Pit Stop

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Ruston residents involved in the 2014 cocaine distribution ring known as Operation Pit Stop were recently sentenced in federal court.
Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Assistant Special Agent Eric Watson and United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that four Ruston residents were sentenced Jan. 4.

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Sutton art show begins Monday at GSU

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Cheryl Sutton and her husband have been collecting art since shortly after they met nearly 30 years ago.
Now, after four years of living in the Grambling community, they wanted to share some of their collection with the public in an upcoming show “Acts of Faith” beginning Monday in the Dunbar Gallery, located in Dunbar Hall on the Grambling State University campus.
“Part of (the collection) has been a gift to us because I have been involved in the arts” Sutton said. “We both love art work and we love to share this gift that the artists have with others.”

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Police jury members swear in on Monday

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury will be sworn into office on Monday.
With their normal meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m., 3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton will preside over the meeting where jury president, vice president, administrator and treasurer will be elected.
Once officers have been voted on the jury will take action bids for transfer trailers for solid waste.
William R. Hulsey Professional Accounting Corporation will be voted on to be used as the jury’s accounting services.

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U.S. 167 closed due to sewer repairs

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North Vienna Street between Georgia and Goode avenues will be closed to through traffic beginning at 6 p.m. Monday for sewer line repairs.
City Water Utilities Manager Keith Jeselink isn’t predicting when work will be done, other than to say the repairs the will made as quickly as possible with much of the work done at night.
Roots from nearby cypress trees have crushed the 75- to 80-year-old clay pipe beneath the street, he said. Utility crews discovered the breaks during a routine maintenance check.

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Classes collect goods for CCA

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Ruston Junior High School had an eventful and busy December. There was a Can Drive, a Poster Contest, a homeroom Door Contest and the Christmas parade, which the Dance Line, Cheerleaders and RJHS Band participated. The RJHS soccer team ended their season with eight wins and one loss. They made 50 goals and conceded seven. The girls’ seventh and eight grade basketball teams also had a winning season. Eighth grade girls had a 15 and one season and the seventh grade girls had a seven and one season.

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Students hold Cupcake war

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The second and third Hour Food and Nutrition classes at Choudrant High School held Cupcake Wars as part of a holiday unit before the Christmas break. Students chose the type of cupcake and the holiday style in which they decorated their cupcakes. The overall winners were: Olivia Hennen, Lena Johnson, Crisanna Weaver and Mackenzie Tatum. Pictured is Family and Consumer Science teacher Aimee Rambin with the cupcakes.

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Celebrating educational greats

Parents, teachers, students and educators recently gathered for the eighth annual Lincoln Parish Schools Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala at the Ruston Civil Center.

After a short introduction letter from April Winstead, 2015 Finalist for Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year, the crowd was reminded that even with all the struggles of being a teacher, “it’s all about the kids.”

Mass introductions for the Student and Teacher of the Year honorees were vocalized and awards were handed out to each of them.

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Do something for yourself in 2016

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Limu. Plexus. AdvoCare. ItWorks. Isagenix.
Most readers have heard of at least one of these I’m sure, and while there may be more companies out there you get where I am going with this.
Each of these companies are what is considered to be a direct sales company. You work from home and hopefully you make a profit.
But the bigger picture, at least in my opinion, is that these individuals are helping people to reach their goals. And with the New Year freshly under our belts most people are looking for a change.

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Reader writes on open burning

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For the safety of your family and friends, I am writing about the open burn being conducted in Grant Parish, near Colfax. Please join me in voicing your opposition to the open burning/open detonation of explosives, propellants, warheads, air bags, expired fireworks, and other materials that are releasing toxic chemicals into our air, water, and soil. Following is some background information and data to support my opposition.

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