Odds and ends from around the parish

By Wesley Harris  

Nashville will be coming to Ruston on August 19.

No. 9 Books & Records is honored host award-winning Nashville journalist Marissa Moss in the shop at 301 N. Trenton Friday at 4:30 p.m. Moss will be signing her latest work, “Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be.”

Moss is touring the country promoting her book in big cities like Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Raleigh and Jackson, Mississippi. Ruston is the smallest city on the tour. We can still provide a big welcome, support a local business, and take care of the country music lover on your Christmas list this Friday.

Suddenlink, the provider of cable and internet services in Ruston, is now operating under the name Optimum. You may have seen the sign in front of the Cooktown Road office has changed. Both Suddenlink and Optimum are owned by Altice USA, so it’s a merger of both entities under one name. The company will transition Suddenlink properties and assets to Optimum, including vehicles, stores, websites, uniforms, and more. Exactly how local service will change remains to be seen.

You will not want to miss the Bulldog Project Auction event on Thursday, September 29. The Ruston Cultural District will be auctioning 7 of the 11 large Bulldog statues that have been displayed around Ruston for the past two years. Stay tuned for more details about the event and a list of the featured Bulldogs coming soon!

Don’t forget to move your garbage and recycling containers within 24 hours of pick up to avoid a fine. This ordinance helps reduce street clutter: https://bit.ly/3Q2T3fl

Many years ago, when I worked the night shift as a Ruston police officer, seeing the street sweeper making its rounds reminded me how clean and maintained Ruston’s streets were compared to many cities I’d visited. The Ruston City Council recently approved the purchase of a new street sweeper, but a machine can only do so much to beautify the community. If each of us adopted a short stretch of street and performed an occasional litter patrol, our community would be one of the cleanest anywhere. 

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