Archive for April, 2018

RHS Football Hi-tech Scoreboard This Summer


Come the middle of this summer, The Ruston High School Football program will have a flashy new scoreboard at James Field, it was told at yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Shreveport Neon Signs was the winning bidder for the project at $395 thousand. More than half the cost will be funded by donations raised among the school’s boosters, with the balance coming from the district’s capital projects budget.

RHS Principal Ricky Durrett said there is a program already in place for students to operate the system.

“It’ll be part of a class. You have about fifteen kids that’ll be in there, and they’ll operate the cameras that run it, and operate the actual digital board, do replays, and put up advertisements during the game,” said Durrett.

During the comments section of the meeting, District Superintendent Mike Milstead said the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Center project will get underway within the next two to three months, and is expected to be ready for the Fall, 2019 school term. A director will be named soon, he added.

District 1 board member Susan Wiley had some remarks about the recent Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state conference in Lafayette that she attended as a chaperone.

Said Wyly, “Our students performed very well – they were awesome. All of schools had so many winners in so many events – first, second, and third place winners will go on to nationals in Boston this summer.”

She added, “As a parent, FBLA is so positive for students, no matter what they plan to pursue or major in.”

Rough Edge Interchange Engineering to Begin


A Rough Edge Road/I-20 interchange moved a step closer to reality at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council, when approval was granted for Stantec Consulting to begin a traffic analysis for the project.

Rough Edge Road is about halfway between the Farmerville Road exit and the Choudrant exit on Interstate 20 east of town. The North Service Road extension that is now under construction past Tractor Supply will eventually link up with Rough Edge, and the interchange when it is built.

City Engineer John Freeman said the contract was for $347 thousand, and should be complete in 8 t0 10 months.

In other business, the city’s audit for the year ending 9/30/17 was presented, and it was unqualified (finances are accurately reported and presented), and with no findings.

City Clerk Laura Hartt said that the city’s unassigned fund balance was over $6 million, up from about $800 thousand the year before. She said the increase was the result of the first full year of collections from the 3/4 cent sales tax passed in 2016.

The audit was done by West Monroe CPA Cameron Hines & Co., in cooperation with Ruston CPA Doug Brewer.

It is notable that the audit covers the last year that retired City Clerk Emmett Gibbs was in charge of the city’s books. Gibbs retired last fall after 12 years at Ruston.

Lincoln Parish School Board Meets Tomorrow


The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, April 3, 10:30 AM, Ruston Junior High, 481 Tarbutton Road.

Here’s the agenda.

Ruston City Council Monday


Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, April 2, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here’s the agenda.