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Man gets 21 months on porn charge

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A Ruston man has been sentenced to prison on a pornography charge.
Third Judicial District Judge Wayne Smith handed down a sentence of 21 months at hard labor this month to Edwin Scott Clark, 44, of Marbury Drive.
Clark was working as a realtor when he was arrested in June 2010 for possession of child pornography.

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Holiday drama

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A Christmas drama about family relationships and holiday magic will unfold on the stage of the Dixie Center for the Arts on Thursday-Sunday.
“Kringle’s Window,” written by Mark Medoff and directed by Nancy Wallace, starts off with a little family conflict as two parents are separated, and the older daughter causes chaos.
“There are two daughters,” Wallace said. “The older daughter, who is around 13 (played by Neesha Siriwardane), and her friends decide they will tell the 8-year-old younger sister (played by Sarah Katherine McCallum) there is no Santa Claus. Then it is how the parents deal with helping the little girl feel OK about this. At the same time, there is a person (played by Wallace) who comes into their life and sort of does things behind the scenes that makes things happen. She is sort of magical.”

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Hico grade gets a bump

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Those who hand down letter grades to local schools are not immune to mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes work out in Lincoln Parish’s favor.
Hico Elementary School, which received a D+ letter grade when School Performance Scores were handed out in October, has been upgraded to a C+ school after a review of that grade.
Donna Doss, Lincoln Parish school accountability and performance coordinator, said when reviewing the results given by the state some things just didn’t quite add up.

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Parish roads slated for repair in 2012

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A number of Lincoln Parish roads are slated to receive repairs in the next couple of years.
During their regular meeting this month, Lincoln Parish Police Jurors approved the planned Capital Improvement Program for 2012 and proposed work for 2013-14.
Louisiana Tech engineering professor Aziz Saber, who acted as a consultant for the jury, said he and parish transportation department employees examined roads throughout the parish. He said a database was developed containing information about roads and a rating for those that need work immediately. Saber said this priority status was based primarily on the condition of the road.

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Varieties in bloom, help with heavy lifting

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Question: This spring we bought an established house in a good neighborhood. It has a well-designed landscape. It has been interesting to watch the different plants bloom. They had a yard care service to take care of it that I have retained but am learning to take care of it from him. I hope to do my own maintenance next year when I retire. I do have some questions I would like you to answer.

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Children of First Baptist to present musical/drama

Children of First Baptist Church present their annual Christmas musical/drama at 6 p.m. Sunday at 200 S. Trenton St. in Ruston to area residents.
Under the musical training and direction of Stacy Bridges and the drama coaching of Linda Bernard, more than 50 children, representing a 10-year span in ages 2-12, will present “WAM 4 Kids — 4 Christmas.” The show is written by Cathie Hill Music.
First Baptist Children choirs — Wee Singers and Preschool—will perform initially. Then, the older children — the WAM group -— will display their talents in Worship, Arts and Music, telling the Christmas story using art, drama, instruments-drums, media protocol, choreography, sign language, slide PowerPoint show, along with music, which ties these talents in WAM areas together to tell the story.

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GSU Tiger Men’s Group

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Top Photo: Newly-elected state representative Patrick Jefferson visited the Grambling State University Tiger Men’s Group during their Oct. 26 meeting at Ryan’s Restaurant. Pictured are (left to right) Jefferson, Stephanie Griffin from Christian Community Action and club President Joseph Capers Sr.
Bottom Photo: GSU Tiger Men’s Group collects canned good donations as a monthly project to be donated to Christian Community Action. Pictured (left to right) are the Rev. Hall Fields, Willie Young, James Davis, Jefferson, Ben Hamilton, Griffin, the Rev. Julius Hill and Charlie Gillis.

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Voter numbers a concern

Signs of local voter apathy have been apparent in the last couple of elections.
In the most recent election Nov. 19 — less than 20 percent of registered voters in Lincoln Parish bothered to cast their ballots.
In addition to a Constitutional amendment and a Police Jury race, this election included the runoff for state House District 12. Only around 30 percent of voters living in the northern half of Lincoln Parish — which along with Union Parish makes up House District 12 — helped to determine who will make decisions for our state about taxes, new laws and funding for large-scale projects.

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Milestones in child development

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It is very easy for parents to become concerned that their child is not reaching milestones at the appropriate time.
Some parents may not even know what to expect of their child when they reach 4 months, 1 year or even 4 years old. Knowing the stages of development and common milestones that the child reaches at that age can help prevent future problems. By having a general idea of what age a child should do certain things can help a parent determine if their child may need certain services early rather than waiting until they start school.

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Share message of the season

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Although it is still November, and we have already had Thanksgiving and the so-called “Black Friday,” here we are: Merry Christmas!
If that sounds slightly premature, it really is not. These thoughts are not new but are ancient, most notably our relationship to our fellow man. Hopefully we will tend to place focus upon that at this time of year.
Before I go any further, let me remind us that there are many for whom the holidays are not joyous or happy. As a matter of fact, there are many for whom the holidays are nothing but sad reminders for many different reasons. Let us be aware of and sensitive toward them.

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