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February 9th, 2013

‘Kupcakes for Kids’

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Fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s
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The fifth annual ‘’Kupcakes for the Kids’’ fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The event will be held in the lobby of Community Trust Bank, located at 1511 N. Trenton St.

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Five named as National Merit finalists

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Five Lincoln Parish Students have been named as National Merit Finalists for the 2012-13 school year.
Seniors Jeffrey C. Carroll and Chloe A. Kaczvinsky, both of Cedar Creek School, as well as John Herren, John Moore and Samuel Phillips, all from Ruston High School, achieved the honor this year.
These students are among approximately 15,000 Semifinalists who advanced to the Finalist level.
It is from this group that all Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen.

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Early dividends

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If our youth truly are our future, then the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana are paving the way for success for generations to come.
Eleven-year-old Da’mon Moreland, a fifth-grader at A.E. Phillips, was honored Thursday evening as the Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of NCL during a reception held at the Lincoln Parish Events Center.

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White making a difference at Center for Autism

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“On Dec. 1,1955, our freedom movement came alive, and because of Rosa Parks we don’t ride in the back of the bus anymore.”
When asked, “What does Black History Month mean to you?” Tiffany White reminisced on her childhood as she recited this line from the Neville Brothers song “Sister Rosa.”
“It is exciting to think how one person can make such a difference,” she said.

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Dan Reneau Drive is a fitting honor

The town and gown relationship in Ruston is as strong as any in the country, and this past week one of the cornerstones in that partnership received an honor fitting for the indelible mark he’s left.
During last week’s Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet, it was announced that portions of West Arizona Avenue will now be known as Dan Reneau Drive to honor the outgoing president of Louisiana Tech University, who will retire at the end of June.

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Laws, hearts both should change

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It was with great interest that I read Mrs. Mary Carol Vidrine’s letter to the Editor, which more than implied that we should not worry about changing laws, especially in regard to current gun laws.
I totally agree with her concept that society must “change our hearts” to embrace a culture of life, and not of death, but I am confused a bit by her logic.
The first question I would ask is, “Is Christianity tilted toward one particular political party or another?” No, it is not. God is not a Democrat. Nor is He a Republican. Nor is He a Libertarian, or any other political label we can come up with.

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It was like yesterday and today

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John Lane Sheehan posted something on Facebook a short while back that brought back some very painful memories for me:
“Forty-five years ago, Dubach lost Vance Lewis in a car accident. I remember that Sunday night just like it was last night. We had sat together at First Baptist Church that night. He left after church and I never saw him alive again. Vance was a dear friend who loved life and was always laughing and smiling. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about him. Most of you on this page are probably too young to remember Vance, but for those of you that do, I just didn’t want us to forget him.”

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Grandparent 'Bill of Rights'

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We often refer to “rights” in our country and justifiably so. One of our seminal documents is the Declaration of Independence, which refers to rights. Then 15 years later our Constitution was almost immediately amended to include the “Bill of Rights.” In hospitals and nursing homes we see signs referring to the rights of patients. Many businesses ostensibly mention a focus on the rights of customers.

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Kicking off to a life of reading

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Jane Watson, with Lincoln Parish Schools Pupil Appraisal, helped with the district’s early grades reading initiative “Kick-Off Event” recently held at Hillcrest Elementary School. Watson facilitated a session for a packed room of parents and community volunteers that focused on how to help students more effectively engage in reading both in and out of the classroom. The event was part of an ongoing partnership between Lincoln ACHIEVE and United Way of Northeast Louisiana that currently has more than 80 community volunteers involved with reading to second grade students at both Hillcrest and Glen View Elementary schools. Following a similar kickoff event at Glen View, the reading project officially rolled out on Jan. 28, and will continue through the second week of May as reading volunteers, parents and teachers join forces to help all students become proficient, on-level readers by the third grade.

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MCH’s Howard School recognized for ‘Top Gains’

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The Lorraine Nobles Howard Education Center, affectionately known as Howard School, is a state-licensed alternative school on the campus of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston.

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