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April 4th, 2013

Amber alert on Fla. children

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State police seek information, suspect parents could travel through Louisiana
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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued an AMBER Alert for two young children after their noncustodial, biological parents reportedly abducted them from their custodial grandmother in Tampa, Fla., at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Louisiana State Police have issued a Level II — Endangered/Missing Advisory as the biological parents and children may be traveling to or through Louisiana.

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Stephenson receives national NMSI honor

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Julie Stephenson may have been surprised when she heard about her latest award, but Lincoln Parish has likely noticed that excellence has become something of a habit with the local educator.
Stephenson, a former Lincoln Parish and Louisiana State High School Teacher of the Year, has been named as the National Math and Science Initiative Trainer of the Year.

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GSU student to appear on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

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When “Lets Make A Deal” airs on Friday on CBS, psychology graduate students Tyesha White, of Ruston, and Shalonda Jackson, of Jonesboro, plan to have a few friends and family over.
Others in Lincoln Parish might want to tune in as well, because back in November, when the announcer said, “Come on down,” Tyesha White did.
“I was clapping and in astonishment all the way down,” White said.
White isn’t yet able to talk about the things she won, but the prizes exceeded material items.

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Tech alum, author to promote debut book April 11

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Award winning author John Corey Whaley will return to Louisiana Tech University, his alma mater on April 11 to talk about his book tour and read from his book “Where Things Come Back,” which has now been released in paperback.
He will be available from 4-4:45 p.m. informally speaking with members of Sigma Tau Delta and English majors in George T. Madison Hall room No. 223.
Whaley will also present a talk and reading at 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by a book signing at George T. Madision Hall room No. 105 that evening.

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Dumas to compete in National American Miss

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Schyler Gabrielle Dumas, 16, of Dubach will compete in the National American Miss Louisiana Pageant on June 1-3 in Baton Rouge.
The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000, along with other prizes and will travel to California to compete in the National Competition.
Schyler is the daughter of Melissa Renee George (spouse James Christopher George) and Jonathon William Dumas (spouse Cynthia Dumas), all of Dubach. She is currently a junior at Ruston High School.

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Keep kids busy this summer

You know it’s coming. It’s early April and cooler than usual out there right now. But soon, as summer begins its approach, children are going to start getting a little restless.
By then the weather will be warm and inviting outside their classroom windows, and they’ll be ready for a change from the daily routine of the school day.
While the kids are counting down the days to summer, many parents are starting to plan activities to keep them occupied and out of trouble during vacation.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council can help.

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Needless deaths preventable

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It’s always tough to see someone die needlessly.
It’s even tougher when it’s a young person.
But that’s what happened in Ouachita Parish on Wednesday as two West Monroe High School students died in a house fire.
Kyle Phillips, 18, and Mitchell Whitehead, 16, both of West Monroe, died when the house in which they were sleeping caught fire around 3:30 a.m. Officials said the cousins’ bodies were found in a bedroom with furniture blocking an escape route.

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Changes bad for Louisiana schools

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Good news! We are fortunate in Lincoln Parish that our Superintendent, Mr. Danny Bell, our Lincoln Parish School Board, and our principals have a strong commitment to school librarians in grades kindergarten through 12, and value the school library as an important center of information in our schools.
Our school libraries will not be changed; however, there may be some parishes where these positions may change depending upon the priorities within a school or parish.

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Controversial topics in class

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In 2008, Sexuality Education Standards were put in place for skills to be addressed under the topic of Health Education for grades two, five, eight and 12. However, the Chicago Public School system has passed a new program approving a sex education program for kindergarteners. This program will include discussions on sexual orientation, anatomy, reproduction and inappropriate touching.

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’Dogs: A season to remember

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Louisiana Tech University’s frequent flyer miles in men’s basketball during the 2012-13 season was impressive enough.
Nearly 20,000 miles that blanketed 14 different states from coast-to-coast.
But if one thinks that was extraordinary, consider the things that the Bulldogs achieved during one of the most memorable seasons in the program’s history.
Just to refresh your recollections of what Tech did during the past several months, here’s a list to file away and savor until the 2013-14 campaign tips off:

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