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May 18th, 2013

Beware of leaving kids, pets in car

Sunscreen and shorts have begun to make their appearance around town, and the temperatures are unlikely to force them into hiding again until the fall.
While the temperatures may be pleasantly warm now, it won’t be long before they are scorching. And, a recent crime report has shed light on one of the biggest summertime concerns.

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Online principal congratulates grads

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I’ve been in public education for a quarter century, but I can tell you, as principal of Louisiana Connections Academy, our state’s premier virtual public charter school serving students from Shreveport to Plaquemines, graduation ceremonies never lose their luster!
This will be the second graduating class of seniors from our school, which opened as a K-12 online public school with certified Louisiana teachers in 2011.

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Bush Library a part of history

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The recent dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas marked another chapter in chronicling the American Presidency and, as one of the many people involved in making the event a success, I had a ringside seat to a moment in American history.
The event itself was grand — five living Presidents, five First ladies, former Cabinet officials, heads of states and dignitaries from around the world — as well as news media from across the globe.

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Teach young to drive safely

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They are precious in His sight, gifts to us from Him. He gives us the charge of guidance, love, attention and direction for our children and grandchildren. With this in mind, my deepest fervency is the basis for today’s thoughts.
Every year about this time I tend to experience a gnawing concern, sometimes even fear, for the safety of our precious children. The reason for this is the occurrence of end-of-the-year celebrations. Some of these relate to proms; graduation ceremonies; or maybe the events are just being happy that “school is out” for the summer. Many of us have experienced this as participants and parents. This is the time of year in May that much of this occurs — the celebration of happy times, but with the looming potential of danger.

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RES fifth graders visit Baton Rouge

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Special Olympics Results
Rineisha Gissendiner — First in the 50-meter run; fifth in the tennis ball throw.
Kynan Sternitzky — Second in the 25-m walk; third in the tennis ball throw.
Haidyn Herring — First in the 25-m walk; first in the tennis ball throw.

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12 Lincoln Parish students graduate from ULM

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Area graduates receiving degrees during the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Spring Commencement are as follows:
LINCOLN PARISH
Choudrant: Tina Louise Allen, doctor of education in curriculum and instruction; Keeley Claire Odom, bachelor of science in nursing.

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Lincoln Rotary awards scholarships

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Lincoln Rotary recently handed out its 2013 scholarships to Ruston High School seniors Jacob Duke and David Reid. On hand for the award presentation were (left to right) Adam McGuirt, Gary Strebeck, Duke, Reid, Sabrina Love and Brady Dubois. McGuirt, Strebeck, Love and Dubois comprised the Scholarship Committee for Lincoln Rotary.

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Centenary College awards diplomas to three from area

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The following Lincoln Parish residents were among the 218 students from Centenary College of Louisiana who were awarded degrees during the College’s 2013 Commencement Exercise held Saturday, May 4:
• Adam Robert Littleton, a resident of Downsville, received a BA in Psychology Cum Laude.
• Dessie Lee Clark, a resident of Ruston, received a BA in Psychology Cum Laude.
• Jalena Rachelle Sanders, a resident of Ruston, received a BS in Accounting and Business Administration.

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Sunrise Kiwanis give away books at LPECC

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Fresh on the heels of being named a KEYS Champion for 2012-13, Ruston’s Sunrise Kiwanis Club wrapped up its yearlong “Young Children Priority One” reading program at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center by presenting each student with a book to take home for the summer. Teachers were provided a list of book titles to select from in order to better meet the needs of the young students. Sunrise Kiwanis members Janie Humphries (Program Chair) and the Rev. Lynn Hawkins are seen with LPECC teacher Melinda Killen’s students, who were happy to show their copies of Big Wide Mouth Frog by Ana Martin Larranga.

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DHS announces top graduates

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Dubach High School’s 2012-13 valedictorian and salutatorian were announced this week. Summer Robinson (left) was named valedictorian while Nohemi Hernandez (right) was named salutatorian. Both graduates plan to continue their educations at Louisiana Tech University.

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