Blind Residents Represented In New Ruston Mural

Ruston’s newest mural will be unveiled on Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in downtown Ruston. The mural is painted by Louisiana Tech University art professors Nick Bustamante and Whitney Causey. It features the name “Ruston” painted in large, bright letters contrasting against a black background, and also says “Ruston” in braille under the painted design. “We are so excited to add this unique and meaningful mural to downtown Ruston,” said Mayor Ronny Walker. ...

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Louisiana House In 'Extreme Deadlock' Over Tax Bills

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol.

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Mayhaws

Jun 18, 2018
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K. Ouchley

For those of us who might be considered unrefined epicureans, May is the month of ritual pleasures involving a wild gourment treat. It is the season to gather Mayhaw fruits and make one of the finest jellies to grace a buutermilk biscuit.

Born of the southern swamps, mayhaws are small trees technically considered hawthorns in the rose family. They grow in wetloands across the Southeast and are usually found only in soils that have a sandy component.

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MONROE, La.  United States Attorney David C. Joseph and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s office would be designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in an effort to help reduce violent crime in the Monroe area.

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Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records.

When she was just a baby, her family moved from Log Cabin, Louisiana to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill.

The Monroe Farmers Market grand opening  is  Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The market has fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.  The Monroe Farmer's Market is located at 1200 Washington Street, across from J.S. Clark Elementary, Monroe. 

The market is open 7am-noon Monday through Saturday. 

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.

 

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There are a lot of ways to judge the success (or lack thereof) of a small business: how much stuff they sell, their profits, number of employees, years in business or any combination of these things. Each of these factors is important (perhaps irreplaceably so).

 

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CenturyLink is matching donations through their website to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana until 10 p.m. Friday, June 15 as part of the CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger.

During the summer months, growing food costs hit low-income families with children hard. During the school year, kids receive breakfast and lunch at their schools. When summer hits, these meals have to be made up for at home, which can often be difficult for some families.

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Higher Education in Louisiana is about to get pushed off the fiscal cliff. The state will enact severe budget cuts to the T.O.P.S. program and university budgets unless there is a deal to raise more revenue or realocate funds to higher education. 

T.O.P.S. eligible students would only receive 70% funding for tuition. Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe could see a $1,736 out of pocket cost increase  per year to make up for the 30% cut in T.O.P.S.

Darters

Jun 11, 2018
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K. Ouchley

Probably the most popular kinds of fish in this area are bass, white perch or crappie, bream, and catfish. They are well known because they are fun to catch and good to eat. However, in terms of biological diversity, this group falls at the bottom rung of the aquatic ladder. In Louisiana, there are only two species of black bass, two species of bream-like sunfish. Another group, almost completely unknown even to amid fishermen, swims our rivers and creeks with dramatic diversity of form, color, and species. Collectively, they are called Darters.

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In order for priorities to be profitable, they must first be planned and then be practiced.

John Maxwell writes, “There are two things that are most difficult to get people to do: to think and to do things in order of importance.” Maxwell says this is the difference between a pro and an amateur.

So, step one is the thinking part – you’ve got to put together an actionable plan that gets you where you want to go as efficiently as possible. Here are the priority areas (as I see them) for any well-rounded financial plan.

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Bill Would Create New Interstate Highway Through Central Louisiana

Legislation to expand Interstate 14 from Texas through Central Louisiana and into Mississippi has been introduced in Washington, D.C. The highway would link numerous military bases. The bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham.
“ Expanding I-14 will create numerous opportunities for Central Louisiana to grow. Interstate access means commerce, development and jobs. It...

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