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May 23rd, 2016

Pet of the Week

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Meet Roscoe. He is a medium-sized guy that loves people, other dogs and is also leash trained.
Roscoe is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He would make a wonderful addition to any family. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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May 21st

School’s out for the summer

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From left, Ruston Elementary School third graders Malachi Batiste, 9, Teion Jackson, 9, Branasia Harris, 9, and Kenija Pastor, 9, begin to clean up their classroom for the end of the school year today. All Lincoln Parish schools finished Friday with the 2016-17 school year returning for a half day on Aug. 12.

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Panel seeks support from lawmakers

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The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission wants area lawmakers to oppose any move to consolidate all local sales tax collection on the state level.
The commission sent a resolution to legislators on Friday urging them to reject centralized collection, a process through which the state would collect both state and local sales taxes, then return the portion due to local government.
Centralized, or unified, collection is among the fiscal reform ideas being pitched by several business groups.

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I.A. Lewis to add nine new classrooms

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
Construction on the 11,000 square foot building at I.A. Lewis includes nine full-sized classrooms, two half-sized classrooms and two new walkways, which will be completed this summer.
Transportation coordinator James Payton said the expected completion date will be the end of June.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.
Payton said all of the block laying and brick work is finished.

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National Bike to Work Week ends with celebration

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Zoie Holstead cinched the strap of her bicycle helmet a little tighter under her chin, glanced at the wide, pink directional arrows chalked on the concrete and took off.
Between the orange cones, in a circle around two old car tires laying flat on the ground, under a limbolike pole and back to the starting line, she rode.
“It helps me try out for triathlons,” Zoie, 10, of Chourdrant, said about maneuvering the obstacle course at Friday evening’s Bike to Work Week family fun celebration in Railroad Park.

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Continue learning this summer

School’s out for summer.
Lincoln Parish students completed the 2015-16 school year Friday and what a year it was.
A number of school construction projects are coming to a close, teachers and students won several national accolades and new programs were implemented across some area schools benefiting our students.
Now it’s summer time — a time for kids to be kids and take a break from learning, right?
Wrong.
There are still plenty of fun, educational programs in the community for students to continue their education out of the classroom this summer.

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The use of clichés in our lives

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Are you happy like a fat hound dog lying down in the summer sun? I know what that means, but I won’t say a hound dog ever told me so. Maybe the dog is miserably unable to move?
Clichés — we often use and hear them, perhaps some wondering why.

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Further growing after graduation

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My husband Tom likes to say I’m a walking encyclopedia about music. And while there’s no way I could boast to know everything there is to know about music, I have to admit that my brain is cluttered with plenty of information and trivia about music and the people who make it. So whenever I hear people debating music, my radar naturally goes up and chances are I will wade right into the fray.
This happened not too long ago when a couple of friends were in a verbal tug-of-war about a song from the 1980s.

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A visit with the chiropractor

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Pregnancy does a lot of different things to a woman’s body. As the uterus grows, organs shift and, of course, weight gain affects the ability to accomplish many of tasks.
With this being my third pregnancy one thing is for sure — no two pregnancies are alike.
I have gained 60-plus pounds and retained an unhealthy amount of fluid. Before, I have barely gained 35 pounds and my belly didn’t show until the third trimester. Now I am pushing the limits of what is considered the optimal amount of weight to gain, and I feel as if I have been showing since my first trimester.

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How to survive a home improvement project

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Question: We’re selling our house and downsizing.
We’ve found a smaller place we both like, but it’s going to require some updating and other renovations.
My wife is all wigged out about having a to-the-penny budget.
My point is that we can’t know what all we’re going to want to do until we get into the project, so what’s the point of the budget?
Can you help settle an argument?
Answer: She wins this one, pal.
Unless you’ve got limitless money, you’d better do some serious planning before one thread of that ugly lime green shag carpet gets ripped up.

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