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Remember to vote Saturday

Saturday marks the big day for Lincoln Parish and the state of Louisiana.
From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., various poll sites throughout the parish will be open for residents to exercise their right to vote. When arriving at the courthouse, residents will need either a driver’s license or a picture ID that shows both a name and signature.

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OWS movement gains ground

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For the past month, I have sat back and monitored the progress of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has taken up camp in New York, and for the past month, I can honestly say I have been impressed with the fierce dedication this group has put forth into their campaign.
Starting on Sept. 17, 2,000 people marched up Broadway and 150 people stayed the night in Zuccotti Park in New York and began an encampment.

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What is the new singleness?

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In the cover story of the November Atlantic, Kate Bolick declares her liberation from marriage: “It’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family — and to acknowledge the end of ‘traditional’ marriage as society’s highest ideal.”
The odd thing about “progressive” tropes is their peculiar, static, timeless quality.
For progressives, time stands still. Each new generation is posed as poised to break through taboos that, in truth, vanished long ago.

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Change is easier said than done

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People can change their clothes, hair color, body image and even make an attempt to reform the government. That’s all we need to make a perfect society, right?
I’m not the type to bash change. In fact, I constantly encourage it. I enjoy seeing changes in technology, communication and within administrations.
Change is a necessity, and without it the world would be more chaotic than it already is. We need change to keep us functional and up to date.

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The Land of Oz

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Emily Arnold and Ron Smith put final touches on Munchkinland for “Once Upon a Time in the Land of Oz.” The free event will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Library Events Center. Children of all ages will follow the yellow brick road to games, prizes, crafts and fun.

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Kelley’s paintings reveal stories

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Recent paintings by Frank Kelley, Jr. are on display through Oct. 28 at Grambling State University in the A.C. Lewis Memorial Library, in an exhibition titled “Life and Landscapes,” hosted by Grambling’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
A reception and a print signing was set to be held from noon until 2 p.m. today.

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Hamilton turns 95

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Iwilla Hamilton celebrated her 95th birthday Oct. 12 with family and friends at the Russ House. 

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Church to host hymn festival

The words “Fifth Sunday” used to mean one thing in the South: a “singing” with “dinner on the grounds.”
A Ruston church is seeking to revive that heritage with a Fifth Sunday Hymn Festival at 2 p.m. Oct. 30. There will be a covered-dish lunch at noon, and all are invited to the meal as well as to the hymn festival.
“From the beginning of Christianity, believers sang hymns,” says John Allen Bankson, pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church. “A hymn is first a poem. It must have content so it can stand on its own as literature.”

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Pumpkin Run to roll forward

Integrative Oncology will debut at the Oct. 29 Great Pumpkin Run for Research, with a professional Yoga instructor leading gentle warm-up stretches before the race starts.
Integrative Oncology combines conventional cancer care with complementary therapies.
The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Centenary College Gold Dome. The event features a traditional 5K run and health walk, 1/2 mile kid’s run, a free cancer screening for registered participants, healthy lifestyle programs, Halloween costume contests and a pumpkin decorating contest for kids.

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Grambling tackles Valley

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GRAMBLING — Homecoming and a winless opponent.
Sounds like a recipe for success for Grambling State University on Saturday, doesn’t it?
Whoa, not so fast.
“While it’s great to be at home and having all of the alumni events and grads coming back, it can also be a little distracting,” admitted Williams, the Tigers’ head coach. “There is always so much going on, it’s a challenge to keep the team focused.

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