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August 18th

School times scheduled

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The Lincoln Parish Public School System has announced the schedule for the opening of school this week. Starting dates and times differ depending on school and grade.
Cypress Springs, Glen View, Hillcrest and Ruston Elementary
• Friday — First through fifth-grade students go to school from 7:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Buses will make their regular routes.

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Locking in family love

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Six-year-old donates hair to charity
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Choudrant Elementary student Briley Kent will start the new school year with a haircut that hits her shoulders.
On Tuesday, the 6-year-old received her first real haircut when a stylist at the Boardwalk Salon chopped more than 10 inches off of Briley’s smooth locks.
For this little first-grader, however, the haircut was more than a fashion statement — it was a statement of love.

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Verdicts in on halting drop-out

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A committee tasked with finding ways to reduce the dropout rate among high-school students in the Lincoln Parish School System has come forward with eight recommendations.
Ronnie Volentine, the school system’s child welfare attendance/truancy coordinator, announced the eight recommendations at last week’s school board meeting:
• Designate someone who is accountable for addressing high-school dropout issues.

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Suddenlink is upgrading to all-digital TV

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Suddenlink announced this week that it is continuing to upgrade technology in Ruston and Grambling as part of a larger, three-year, companywide program that calls for approximately $350 million of capital investments above and beyond traditional capital spending levels.
As a result of this program, recent Suddenlink improvements include adding more high-definition channels and increasing the speeds of existing Internet services.
The next phase of the local work will facilitate a new, all-digital TV lineup. Digital TV features sharper pictures and better sound quality. The transition to this new lineup will be completed in different neighborhoods at different times through 2011. Suddenlink will notify local customers multiple times before their neighborhood is converted to the new digital lineup. The company also will provide instructions to help customers determine if they require digital adapters — also known as “DigitaLinks” — which enable digital channel viewing.

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MedCamps hosts annual fun shoot, auction Saturday

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WEST MONROE — On Saturday, MedCamps of Louisiana will host its 16th annual Fun Shoot, a sporting clay and archery fundraiser. This year’s event will be hosted by Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney at the OPSO Training Center and Public Range.
“We are excited to host this year’s Fun Shoot,” Toney said. “We think this event will be a great success for MedCamps and will ultimately benefit the children and families of Ouachita Parish and all of Louisiana who face the challenges of living with special medical and physical needs.”
The Fun Shoot is an individual or five-man team event and is comprised of a 100-shot Sporting Clay tournament and a 25 target archery tournament. Participants may register for both. The Fun Shoot is open to sporting men and women of all skill levels and youth are welcomed.

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Bobbie Campbell

Bobbie Campbell, 76, of Lincoln Parish, died Wednesday in Ruston. Funeral arrangements are incomplete under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel.

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Beware alien invaders, expert says

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Years ago, before the federal government introduced the Do Not Call List, I had fun with telemarketers — none of whom apparently believed in extraterrestrials.
Here was my routine:
• Telemarketer: Hello. How are you today?

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NCLAC courses will benefit children, adults

A person can never know enough, and there is never a time when a person should give up the pursuit of knowledge. That’s why people should take advantage of North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s new Academy classes that will take place at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The courses — which will be in session for seven weeks, beginning Sept. 7 — offer instruction in acting, fine arts and writing for children, teenagers and adults.
Instructors teaching these courses are knowledgeable and actively practice their subject, which means students should get the most out of their time. During this first seven-week session, nine classes are available. NCLAC will, on an ongoing basis, take course proposals from those who are interested in teaching an arts-related skill. This means that the Academy will potentially offer a multitude of unique classes that will appeal to a broad number of people.
Some of the classes offered this fall are writing college application essays, painting with pastels, drawing with colored pencils, creative writing, improvisation and movement for actors and more.

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August 17th

Balancing the budget

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City proposes $400K cut in FY 2010-11
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The city of Ruston’s approximately $75 million budget will likely shrink slightly as it rings in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
During a special-called meeting on Monday night, council members introduced the 2011 budget after they convened as the Personnel Finance Committee to approve it.
“Overall, our revenue is very neutral,” said alderman Jim Pearce, who serves as chairman of the Personnel Finance Committee. “Revenues are $77,000 less than in the 2010-11 budget. We do have a two percent merit raise for all (city employees) who qualify — no four percent — but all limited to two percent.”

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’Dogs settle in to two-a-day flow

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Louisiana Tech went through its second set of two-a-days practice Monday with an early morning practice on the Tech practice fields and an evening practice in Joe Aillet Stadium.
The change of venue in the evening practice led to a change of schedule as the team went through 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and the team (11-on-11) periods first before going into individual offense/defense workouts.
The team’s offensive line continued to stand out in terms of hard work and consistency, despite some movement around the depth chart due to minor injuries.

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