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November 17th

Chamber endorses CVB, LPPJ efforts

Chamber President Scott Terry said a conference center is sorely needed in Lincoln Parish.
“As the representative of more than 400 business members in the community, we feel its important there is a center that can fulfill the needs of those members,” Terry said.
“We feel this meets those requirements.”
CVB Executive Director Kyle Edmiston agreed.

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Library Board ignores Jury’s request

“We can hire an architect, get plans and specifications, and let bids to proceed with this,” Williams said.
A question was asked if the plan was to first conduct a study. Williams said no.
“This is to hire an architect and get firm numbers so we can proceed,” Williams. “We want to make it adequate to provide space for exhibits from places like the Smithsonian.”

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November 16th

Parents play crucial role

This number of honorees was good, but it could have been higher. Last year, 235 students received this honor. During the Monday event, both Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell and the guest speaker Brenda Lofton, 2006 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, pointed to parents as playing a large role in student academic achievement.
“When expectations regarding academic achievement are part of a family’s way of life, the student is more likely to rise to the occasion (and do well in school),” Bell said.

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Marriage is a tough career

Throughout the course of attending pre-marital counseling, interviewing a long-married couple, watching a video on marriage and writing articles for
The Ruston Daily Leader spring bride insert, I’ve collected numerous tips for keeping a marriage from resulting in divorce or shootings. From those, who, like myself, are just starting out in marriage, to those who have been together since the Beatles formation, I believe these strategies will make the wheels of wedlock run more smoothly.

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’Cats, Bulldogs scrap in round No. 2

Head coach Billy Laird and his team can only hope they get the same results this time as they did in their first game with a 4-5A foe.
Thanks to an amazing 21-point rally in the final half, RHS was a 24-21 winner over the Skippers and one step deeper in the playoffs.
Assignment No. 2: deal with the Bulldogs at Fountainbleau at their stadium on Friday starting at 7.
“That’s a strong district,” Laird said of the 4-5A circles, “and to come out of it like they did and still be in the playoffs, that says a lot about their team. They’re deserving of their rankings.”

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LPPJ, CVB reach agreement

• The CVB agrees to pay the Police Jury $80,000 per year to support the park until the conference center is ready for occupancy; and
• The CVB agrees to pay the Police Jury 1 cent of the 4-cent hotel/motel tax for 10 years after the conference center is ready for occupancy. The agreement would then be reevaluated after 10 years.

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November 15th

The writing’s now on the Web

The truth is that it is becoming ever more difficult to send a message and have it not only be received, but understood and absorbed.
Our electronic attention span has been boiled down to nanoseconds and megabytes. I barely skim the beginning of a lengthy (and likely fabricated) e-mail about a starving child in a foreign country who will be saved if only I forward the message on to 15 of my friends before I click the delete button and move on to the next bit of Internet junk.

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Heat devices pose hazard

Unfortunately, such devices are the cause of a number of fires each season; heating fires lead to about 36 percent of residential fires in rural areas each year, according to the USAF.
To reduce the risk of a heating-related blaze, there are several precautions that residents can take, including regular maintenance of all heaters and fireplaces.
Other tips offered by the USAF are:

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RHS girls claim 5-A state crown

Williams set the pace for the Lady Bearcats with a time of 20:18 over the three mile course. 
Sarah Jones added a ninth place finish with a time of 21:05, followed by Nali Acosta in 10th with a time of 21:17. 
“Redd has run fast all year, but she was willing to sacrifice individual honors today for the good of the team,” said head coach Dave Anderson. “The team’s performance today just demonstrates the team first concept we coach here.” 

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November 14th

A problem with interpretation

I’d like to give full credit to the police jury for the monumental initial step of reforming the insurance coverage in June of this year, but it was obvious the overwhelming public response forced a positive vote on the issue. There were only a handful of jurors blazing a path of reform. If you will recall reform recommendations didn’t make it out of the insurance committee but overwhelmingly passed in the full jury because of public pressure.The $100,000 annual savings in taxpayers money would not have happened without the demands of an outraged public. Your voice was heard on the issue.

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