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It Has Finally Happened!!

03/30/2015

The unthinkable has finally happened.

Friday, The Ruston Daily Leader printed an opinion piece actually critical of something that a government agency has done. Normally, the RDL is but a cheerleader for government, defending every action and every tax from the sheriff, the school board, the City of Ruston, and so on.

You know way more about the garden at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center than how many taxpayer dollars it takes to operate the facility, if you read the RDL.

Specifically, April Kelly has called into question the wisdom of District Attorney John Belton’s plan to set up speed traps in Lincoln Parish to help collect revenue to operate his office.

In her opinion piece titled “Speed trap or money trap?” Kelly concluded:

It is definitely a cause for concern when issuing tickets becomes more about financial gain than public safety.

See the article here.

Ruston PD NOT Involved in Grambling Case, Chief Says

03/25/2015

The Ruston Police Department (RPD) is NOT investigating an alleged rape at Grambling State University (GSU), Chief Steve Rogers has informed Lincoln Parish News Online.

Rogers has no idea where KNOE-TV8 got their information, he said.

We are happy to correct the misinformation, and apologize to the RPD for the error.

Update & Clarification: Alleged rape on GSU campus investigated

GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News & KTBS) – UPDATE: Tuesday, KNOE was told by a GSU spokesperson that Ruston Police were investigating an alleged rape on the Grambling Campus. Wednesday, Ruston Police tell KNOE they are NOT the investigating agency. GSU Police confirm they ARE investigating the allegation. KNOE regrets this error.

Why is Ruston PD Involved?

03/25/2015

Alleged rape on GSU campus investigated

GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News & KTBS) – A Grambling State University Spokesperson and Ruston Police confirm an alleged rape involving two students on the GSU campus is under investigation.

The father of the alleged victim says his daughter was raped in a Fredrick Douglass dorm room Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Her father says she had been drinking with friends, but he suspects she was given drugs. The victim told her father she has limited memory of what happened, but knows she passed out and woke up nude in a bath tub.

Ruston Police say they have interviewed witnesses and are collecting evidence, and GSU acknowledges an alleged sexual assault on campus.

Ruston Police say at this time they are not ready to make an arrest.

grambling spokesperson Eric Eaton says the university is having Ruston Police handle the investigation, and any impending arrest in this case.

Eaton says the university has offered the victim counseling.

Ruston City Council Last Night

03/03/2015

It was a very routine Ruston Board of Alderman meeting last night, with but 1/2 dozen or so action items on the agenda.

The council unanimously approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the North Louisiana Military Museum. That agreement authorizes the city to pay for utilities, up to $5,500/yr. Other operations of the museum are funded by the state, via the Secretary of State’s Museums Division.

Museum Director Ernie Stevens thanked the city for its support.

Said Stevens, “I just wanted to come here this afternoon to express to the council how grateful we are for your past support for the military museum, and how deeply appreciated that you considered this today. Thank you.”

Water Utility’s Keith Jeselink was authorized to apply for Louisiana Office of Community Development grant funds for work on the water system in the Snowden Street area, off Barnett Springs.

Jeselink said that the project would go forward regardless, but that the additional funding would help the project along.

Lincoln Parish Police Juror Theresa Wyatt (District One), spoke in support of the project.

Jeselink said that the project would hopefully be well underway later this year.

Ruston City Council Monday

03/01/2015

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

See here the agenda.

Among the agenda items is review and action concerning substandard structures.

Here is the memo.

Deadheads Get Snow Day; Tax Slaves Get to Work

02/23/2015

Winter Weather Closings for Monday, February 23 – KTVE-TV10

-Lincoln Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Cedar Creek School: Closed Monday
-All Louisiana Tech University campuses, including Tech-Barksdale and the Shreveport Center: Closed Monday
-Grambling State University: Closed Monday
-Louisiana Delta Community College (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Grambling Laboratory School K-12: Closed Monday
-Union Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Union Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-D’Arbonne Woods Charter School: Closed Monday
-Downsville Charter School: Closed Monday
-Mom’s Helper Daycare in Farmerville: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Christian School: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Public Libraries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Courthouse: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Police Jury: Closed Monday
-University of Louisiana Monroe (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Montessori School of Ruston: Closed Monday
-Our Lady of Fatima School: Closed Monday
-Jesus The Good Shepherd: Closed Monday
-St. Frederick’s High School: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Richland Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Monroe City Schools: Closed Monday
-Delhi Charter School: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Christian School and K-4: Closed Monday
-Franklin Academy: Closed Monday
-West Carroll Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Grace Episcopal School: Closed Monday
-Learning Tech Quest School (Full School & After School Programs): Closed Monday
-Franklin Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-All OMCAP Head Start: Closed Monday
-Bayou Gymnastic Pre-School: Closed Monday
-Unitech Training Academy: Closed Monday
-Riverfield Academy (Rayville): Closed Monday
-Vision Academy High School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Delta Head Start & Early Head Start in Madison/East Carroll & Richland Parishes: Closed Monday
-YMCA After School Programs: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council of Aging: Closed Monday
-Prevailing Faith Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-Beekman Charter School Teacher In-Services: Closed Monday
-Happy Days Development and Learning Center (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Briarfield Academy: Closed Monday
-St Francis Pediatric Neurology (Dr. Pina’s Office): Closed Monday
-New Vision Learning Academy (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Missy Crain Dance Studios: Closed Monday
-College Prep Daycare and Preschool (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Mini Scholars Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Anna’s Lollipop Lane Daycare (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Playhowse Learning Center (Sterlington and Playhowse -Farmerville): Closed Monday
-Debbie’s School of Dance: Closed Monday
-New Vision Child Development Center: Closed Monday
-First Assembly Learning Center Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Happy Tails Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Monroe City Court: Closed Monday
-Delta Charter School (Ferriday): Closed Monday
-Arthritis & Diabetes Clinic (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Liberty Stylist Beauty School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Toonie Bugs Daycare (Calhoun): Closed Monday
-Fourth District Court: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council On Aging/Meals On Wheels Deliveries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Library: Closed Monday
-Covenant Day School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Physical Therapy, Inc: Closed Monday
-Prairie View Academy (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Wonderland Child Care & Development Center: Closed Monday
-NE Delta Human Services Authority Offices & Clinics: Closed Monday
-Excellent Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Arco of Community Resource: Closed Monday
-Wee Learner’s Daycare: Closed Monday
-Child’s Play II Daycare: Closed Monday
-Fairpark Baptist Church Daycare: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Library (All Branches): Closed Monday
-Excellence Academy Charter School: Closed Monday
-First United Methodist Daycare, Monroe: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Public Libraries (all branches): Closed Monday
-Oak Grove Town Hall Meet On Tues., Feb 24th postponed to March 3rd

Cameron Mays Assigned New Counsel

02/18/2015

Cameron Mays was assigned new counsel this morning in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

James Buckley, a Monroe, LA, based attorney, will be defending Mays against charges of murdering retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor Susan Hashway, aggravated rape of a Louisiana Tech Student, robbery, possession of stolen things, and other related charges.

This is Mays’ third attorney since being arrested for the crimes in June, 2012.

His first attorney, Joseph Clark, passed away. His second attorney, Indigent Defender DeAnna McCallum, was recently appointed as an Assistant District Attorney, and was released because of the conflict of interest.

Buckley will serve as an indigent defender for Mays.

The next hearing in the case is set for April 21, 2015. Trial is set for September 28, 2015.

Handling the case for the state this morning was First Assistant DA Laurie James. Presiding today was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Caraway Appointed Ruston’s Public Works Director

02/03/2015

Darrell Caraway, a 30 year veteran at the City of Ruston, was at last night’s meeting of the city’s Board of Aldermen, appointed Director of Public Works. He had formerly been Operations Manager of Light & Power since 2006, he said.

Public works exercises operational control over several other city departments, including water, solid waste, streets, and zoning.

Several other municipal officers were appointed last night.

Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers was reappointed. He has been Chief since 2007.

Also reappointed was City Attorney Bill Carter, who has served in that capacity since 2004.

Finally, Emmett Hall, who as ably served as City Clerk/Treasurer since 2005, was reappointed.

Approval of City Officials on Ruston Council Agenda

01/30/2015

Approval of the appointment of several City of Ruston officials is on the agenda for Monday (2/2/15) night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council.

Listed are: Chief of Police, City Clerk/Treasurer, City Attorney, and Public Works Director.

See here the agenda.

The meeting is set for 6:00 PM, Ruston City Hall, 400 North Trenton.

Noted Unionville Coffee Group Profiled

01/24/2015
Unionville Saturday Morning Coffee Club

Unionville Saturday Morning Coffee Club

The Unionville Saturday Morning Coffee Club has collected quite an array of political campaign signs to show off at its meeting place in downtown Unionville, LA. Most are from last year’s local and federal elections. Besides providing decoration, the signs also help seal up cracks in the walls of the historic Unionville General Store.

Many area candidates visited with the group last fall while campaigning, and due acknowledgement is warranted, the group insists.

“After all,” said one member of the group, “if (former state representative) Willie Sumlin can get his picture on the front page of the Ruston Daily Leader with a barn full of outdated political signs, we deserve similar recognition.”

The venerable group of BS artisans, political savants, and social commentators meets every Saturday morning at the store.

While the group’s reputation is often said to be unfavorable, that characterization isn’t accurate, some members say.

Said founding member Richard Jones, “We provide a venue where diverse opinion is celebrated.”

Cynics have suggested that the group is merely a collection of misfits that are not welcome in more genteel area coffee clubs, like McDonald’s, Jefferson Corner, or Huddle House.

Supposedly more respectable Lincoln Parish opinion leaders say the loud talk and animated conversation by members of the group is because of highly opinionated personalities, and the participant’s penchant for political repartee.

A more plausible explanation is that most of the attendees suffer from age-related hearing loss.

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