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October 10th, 2014

Emmanuel Pre-K learns about fire safety from RFD

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Top: Fireman-in-training Braden carries the hose with some helpers.
Middle: The 3-year-old class visits with local firefighters.
Bottom: Nyah loves playing in fire safety discovery center.

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Local LSMSA student honored

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Natchitoches — Students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts earned quick cash recently as they were asked randomly to recite the student pledge. If successful, they were presented with $5 by Pat Widhalm, executive director.
Widhalm challenged new and returning students in August to learn the student pledge.

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ACHIEVE spreads the wealth

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Lincoln ACHIEVE recently opened the doors of its new office building with a special Open House for Lincoln Parish educators and community partners.

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National Merit commends local students

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Ruston High School seniors (from left to right) Rachel Hegab, Barrett Moore and Liam Norton were recently named National Merit Commended Students. All three students are ranked in the Top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT last year. More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

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Thompson, Plette marry

Mary-Arthur Thompson, of Ruston, and Michael Stephen Plette, of Shreveport, joined in holy matrimony during a 5 p.m. ceremony Feb. 1 at the Bridge Community Church. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Matthew Slate, who oversaw the signing of the covenant marriage certificate by the bride and groom.

The bride is the daughter of Russ and Ann Thompson, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of the late John Edward Boyd, Linda Boyd, of Ruston, and Dickie and Melba Thompson, of Ruston.

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Lamkin, Brunson wed

Anna Elizabeth Lamkin and Jacob Michael Brunson, both of Ruston, joined in holy matrimony during a 1 p.m. ceremony Sept. 7 at New Prospect Church, of Clay, the bride’s ancestral church home. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Chris Craig.

The bride is the daughter of Janie and Harrel Lamkin, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Billie Jean Lamkin, of Ruston, the late Elton Lamkin and the late Nancy and Wayne Hedgepeth.

The groom is the son of Ann and Daren Brunson, of Ruston. He is the grandson of Carolyn and Ray Williams, of Pineville, and Elaine and Johnnie Brunson, of Farmerville.

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Tech’s ‘green concrete’ earns LA StartUp Prize

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Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS), an innovative concrete technology company that emerged from geopolymer research conducted at Louisiana Tech University, has won the inaugural LA StartUp Prize.

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Logger Certification classes set

The last chance for master logger certification for the year will be Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 5-6 at the Country Inn and Suites in Pineville.
Pre-registration is required for this four-class series that costs $160.
These classes are offered for loggers and foresters to get training that is recognized by several certification programs.
The Louisiana Forestry Association is the facilitator for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification program that provides these training classes.

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Fun at the National Night Out Block Party

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I’m hyped up, wanting to tell you about a wonderful fun time I had this week here at Churchill Estates.
We had an amazing National Night Out Block Party. I understand it is usually held in August, but because of the Texas heat, it was postponed until 4-7 p.m. Oct. 7.

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Club News: Kiwanis Club

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Top left: Pam Jones is installed as the president of the Ruston Kiwanis Club for 2014-15 by Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Jeff Woods.
Top right: Ruston Kiwanis Club Board members are, pictured left to right, Randy Alexander, Dianne Singletary, Sheila Bordelon, Sammie White, Richard Raue and Kip Franklin. Not shown is Richard Albritton.
Middle left: Ruston Kiwanis Club Secretary/Treasurer Tracy Calloway and his daughter, Sophie, attended the Ruston Kiwanis Club’s annual picnic at Lincoln Parish Park.

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