Hometown Hero: Q&A with Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson has been a resident in Ruston and Lincoln Parish for his entire life and spent thrity-years serving the City of Ruston before retiring as the Water Superintendent. A graduate of Ruston High School in 1978, Carl now spends his Friday nights in the Fall serving as the statistician for Bearcat football. We caught up with Carl to share with us his love for the city and the parish he is proud to call home. 

1. What do you love most about Ruston?
This place is a great college town atmosphere with  small town comforts.  Ruston folks love their God, family, country and take pride in the community.  It’s really a great place to live, work, and raise a family. 

2. What keeps you coming back to do stats for Ruston High Football?
Primarily because I have a world class spotter named Caleb Granger who keeps me on the straight and narrow with his knowledge and enthusiasm! High school sports is the breeding ground for tomorrow’s heroes.  Not necessarily on the gridiron but in the community as well. The Bearcat Nation is a fun group to follow whether you have a dog in the hunt or not.  It gives me the opportunity to be around people, old and young, who genuinely love sports.  All facets of the Friday night experience are so vital to the development of our young men and women as they grow and become productive in life.

3. What is your favorite memory about Lincoln Parish?
Hands down, getting married to Elaine, a beautiful smart lady who was an air force brat, lived all over the world. She proved that love was blind, and fell in love with a Ruston Redneck!  She’s the famous one in the family cause she inspired greatness at Ruston High for 33 years being the math guru!  Carl Johnson, yes, your wife teaches at RHS!  Dat’s right!

4. What would you want people to know about life in Lincoln Parish and Ruston?
If you want the whole pie and not just a piece of it then Ruston and Lincoln Parish is your ticket. It’s such a vibrant community with small town appeal and a progressive movement that enhances yet doesn’t distract from our charm.  Ruston is where I’ve always wanted to be, as I would tell my mother who went to the beauty shop religiously, every Friday, “It’s hard to improve upon perfection but, you try!”


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