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September 15th, 2018

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Town Hall meetings on economic district plan set

Ruston residents who want to learn more about the Walker administration’s plan to create an economic development district that would generate money for additional facilities at the city’s new sports complex can do so at a pair of town hall meetings set for Sept. 24 and 25 at the Historic Fire Station.
The Sept. 24 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; the Sept. 25 meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will cover the same topic.
“I want people to come and see what we’re trying to do, get the correct information and ask questions,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Bags gone within minutes

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Pictured top left, are cars lining up waiting for volunteers to wheel out carts of sacked lunches. Pictured top right are Trinity United Methodist Church members from left, Linda Wallace, Barbara Jakiela and Lillian McCullin preparing bread for sandwiches. Pictured at bottom left, Trinity’s Cassie Huneycutt starts making the sandwiches. At bottom right, Presbyterian Church of Ruston member Michael Murray talks about the lunch program while Trinity’s Kathy Davis adds cheese to the sandwiches.

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‘Take this and eat; it’s for you’

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Local churches join to provide free sack lunches
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When Jesus (went ashore) and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
— Mark 6:34-37, The Bible
New International Version

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Hundreds show for Fall Makers Fair

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The 2018 Fall Ruston Makers Fair showcased approximately 100 local makers and their works for sale Saturday in downtown Ruston. Ruston residents Theresa Parker, left, and Diane Stewart are pictured viewing wood bowls to purchase.

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State has $300M-plus surplus from last year

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana will have a surplus topping $300 million from the last budget year when the final numbers are settled next month, the state's treasurer said Friday.
Treasurer John Schroder said the state recently closed the books on the 2017-18 budget year that ended June 30 with a cash balance exceeding $400 million, although the figure has to be audited and double-checked.
"We have a lot of cash in the bank," the Republican elected official said. "We're going to have a surplus in excess of $300 million. We still have some work to do to absolutely firm that number up."

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Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State Kerry

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

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Mississippi agency says it won’t buy from Nike due to ads

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's public safety commissioner disclosed Saturday that state police will no longer buy Nike products, saying the athletic apparel maker is unpatriotic and fails to support those in uniform.
"As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military," Commissioner Marshall Fisher said in a statement Saturday to The Associated Press.

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Flexibility needed for budget surplus

For a second straight year, Louisiana will have a surplus from last budget year.
And while due to rules set by Louisiana’s state constitution, surplus dollars can only be spent on certain one-time expenses, like debt payments, construction work and rainy day fund deposits, having extra cash on hand is always a good thing for a financially-strapped state.
State treasurer John Schroder said Louisiana recently closed the books on the 2017-18 budget year that ended June 30 with a cash balance exceeding $400 million, although those figures still need to be audited and double-checked.

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Views from the Boathouse

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Hurricane relief efforts bring sense of pride
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I always have and always will be proud to be a Louisianian.
That feeling became stronger than ever in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when our state pulled together in the face of destruction and pain, much like our entire nation did 17 years ago in the weeks and months following the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States.
I’m feeling that Louisiana pride again this morning, knowing that the Cajun Navy is on hand helping those affected by the floodwaters left behind in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s strike along the East Coast late last week.

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BENCHMARKS

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Recalling tragedy knows no artificial time barriers
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I was at the sacred site of the U.S.S. Arizona earlier this year at Pearl Harbor. My family and I were standing among many who were equally somber. This was the location of the watery grave that resulted from the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. We all thought of the sacrifices that were made. Suddenly, my mind began to wander.

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