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August 14th, 2018

City of Ruston earns development ready status

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The city of Ruston has a new tool in its economic development toolbox and a new award recognizing the town’s move to increase reliability and accuracy of residential and commercial water meters.
Both the Louisiana Development Ready Communities designation, given by Louisiana Economic Development, and the Louisiana Municipal Association’s recognition of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure project, show Ruston wants to be at its best and ready for growth, said Kristi Lumpkin, the city’s economic development administrator.

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Millage rates on tap for parish jury

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Millage renewals for general parish purposes, public roads and bridges, the Lincoln Parish Library, equipment and furniture will be on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s agenda today.
The jury will meet during their regularly schedule monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Lincoln Parish Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
Prior to the meeting, the jury’s solid waste and recycling committee will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the public works committee at 6 p.m.

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Ruston Artisans opens ‘The Elements’ exhibit downtown

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“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”
— Pablo Picasso
When residents view “The Elements” Exhibition at Ruston Artisans this month, located at 203 W. Alabama Avenue, this quote will resonate, said Ruston Artisans principal and director Judi Null.
The Exhibition will run through Aug. 31 and features five artists: Rhea Gary, Julie Crews, Liz Zanca, Sandy Bennett and Danny Helms.

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Aunt Grace encourages expectant mothers to be happy

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DEAR AUNT GRACE
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The husband of one of my friends at work brought their 4-year-old son into the office the other day.
He had just had his “4-year-old shots.” I was waiting for him to be a little fussy or weepy because of the shots. Instead, he proudly showed me his leg where he had gotten them.
One second of shyness, and then he was well engaged with the people around him.
I was impressed.
Being a huge people observer, of course I have all kinds of theories about children.
You also must know that I have never had any of my own.

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Garden of the Month announced

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The Ruston Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August honors the late Paul Hogan and his wife Johnnie for his garden on Maryland Street. The garden features hydrangeas, azaleas and hawthorns with seasonal annual plantings.

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Friendship with woman makes waves in men’s relationship

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DEAR ABBY: I’m a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years. During the last year, my significant other, “Grady,” has grown very close with a female co-worker of mine he met at my office party. (I’ll call her Tina.) They have become inseparable, and when they aren’t hanging out, he’s constantly texting and calling her.

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Retired officers gather at Tech

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Area retired law enforcement officers gathered recently on the Louisiana Tech University campus for the ninth annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Reception hosted by Louisiana Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes and Assistant Chief Bill Davis.

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Dixie teams hit home run

Doubles are a good thing in baseball. A two-base hit. A double play.
But even better is a double World Series championship.
And that’s why the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates our Ruston Dixie 8U and 12U All Star teams for winning national World Series titles, and the 10U squad for placing third during play the past couple of weeks in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Timing is crucial to the sport of baseball. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn once said, “Hitting is timing, pitching is upsetting timing.”

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Remembering my principal — Elwood 'Dick' Lewis

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As Archie Bunker used to say, my principal fought in “WWII, the big one.”
In fact, Elwood “Dick” Lewis drove a tank during the Battle of the Bulge. It was Germany’s huge counteroffensive in Belgium that came dangerously close to turning the war back around in the enemy’s favor.
He served under General George S. Patton, Jr. Maybe that’s where he got his toughness.
After the war, he returned to Dubach to become a deacon in our church, a science teacher, football coach, and later our school principal.

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Toilet training about obedience, not readiness

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“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post.
More accurately, potty training has, of late, become a nightmare thanks to advice of the sort Ms. Leahy dishes. Her approach? Do nothing. The child will eventually use the potty on his own. That may be true, but what Leahy fails to add is “after the child’s mother has had a nervous breakdown.”

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