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May 3rd

Rob’s wife: a happy 88th birthday

“I’m not going to cry,” she beamed after being surprised with an 88th “Happy Birthday” gathering that attracted an estimated 100 well-wishers to the main dining room of the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club. “This is a happy day and a happy occasion and I want all of us to enjoy it. I’m so glad to be here and to have a birthday where so many friends and loved ones are here to help celebrate it.”

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Merit-based pay could have benefits

With the exception of pay increases due to greater education, certifications or growing experience, teachers generally receive across-the-board pay.
“I think (merit-based pay raises) are something we will need to look at down the road as far as accountability and schools reaching their growth targets,” Bell said.
The No Child Left Behind Accountability Act mandates that schools show improvement each year on tests such as LEAP, iLEAP and GEE.

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Election could impact youth, adults

In one corner, there are families similar to an elderly couple I know in the Choudrant School District. They are retired, live in a modest home, drive old cars, wear old clothing and receive a substantial portion of their income from their rent houses in the Choudrant district. The husband is fighting to keep his blood pressure down from worrying the bond issue will pass. Since homestead exemption only applies to the place where one lives, he would not get this break on the rent houses he owns. Property taxes could stack up.

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Tech receives Regents grant

• $901,821 for 16 proposals in enhancement;
• $286,000 for two proposals in graduate fellowships; and
• $414,665 for four proposals in research and development.
“The research and development component is very competitive,” Les Guice, vice president of R and D at Tech, said. “The money is to help young faculty members get prepared to apply for federal grants.”
Guice said the four awardees at Tech included a physicist, a mathematician and two bio-medical engineers.

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May 2nd

UPPJ rescinds split request

However, the resolution caused an immediate negative reaction from local legislators, who were not informed of the Police Jury’s intentions until the bill had already been filed with the state legislature.
State Sen. Robert Barham, R-Oak Ridge, who represents Union and Morehouse parishes, and Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, who represents Union and Lincoln parishes, said they were not informed of the intention of the jury to split the districts.

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Bearcats get past East St. John

With the victory, Ruston (20-14) reached the 20-win plateau under first-year head coach Toby White and sent the District 5-5A third place finisher back to the New Orleans area with a final mark of 13-14.
“We were able to get some runs early and then hold on in the last inning to get the win,” said White. “Fortunately, we had enough runs. East St. John had a home run in the last inning, but we were able to get the win.”

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CASA ignites future of children

CASA volunteers also explain the often complicated legal events to the children and encourage them to express their own opinions and views.
There are more than 52,000 volunteers nationally and 48 in the Third Judicial District that is comprised of Lincoln and Union parishes. This chapter recently celebrated five years in this area — an important milestone for a volunteer-driven organization.

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Feeling hunger pains again

Many of us grew up knowing that secondary education was a fairly feasible goal to have; with recent incentive programs such as TOPS and MTAG, it has become easier than ever to attend college. All that is required are semi-decent grades and a little bit of planning, yet so many young Americans are missing the boat every year.

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Standoff ends in suicide

Brown said the victim was able to talk to Mack and calm him down.
She reportedly told him that she would give him a ride back to his truck, which he had parked in nearby woods.
“She got in the car making him believe her intention was to take him back to his truck, locked the door and sped away,” he said.
“On her way to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, she ran into a neighbor and told them what had happened, who in turn called us.”

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May 1st

Grambling battles against ULM

And while the game won’t count in any standings, it’s important from the standpoint of tuning up for postseason aspirations, what with the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament approaching for Grambling.
The Tigers (16-28, 7-14) are seeking a berth in that tourney after making big chunks of progress under first-year head coach Barrett Rey, who has guided the squad to 13 more wins than a year ago.
Grambling’s 16 wins are the third of any Western Division member in the league, in back of only front running Prairie View A&M (26) and current runner-up Southern University (21).

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