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Improving Lincoln

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Survey reveals youth alcohol use is down

With their last meeting of 2011, the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention Advisory Board spent much of their December quarterly meeting reflecting on the impact the coalition has had on the area.
Tommy Grafton, grant coordinator Project Northland, shared information about the area revealed in the Cecil J. Picard Center Caring Communities Youth Survey. The survey, which is designed to measure how many students are involved in behaviors such as drinking and smoking, is given every two years to Louisiana students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12.
“It’s encouraging to look over this information,” Grafton said.

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Dubach celebrates

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Community kicks off Christmas season
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The community of Dubach and people from surrounding areas came together Saturday for the annual Christmas parade and Trade Days Market.
Vendors from all over set up booths for the market to display their merchandise, which included anything from homemade rocking chairs to Christmas ornaments.
“I’ve been doing this for a few years now,” said Christina Gates, a vendor from Farmerville. “It’s been pretty slow today though.”

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NCLAC, 102 present art

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‘Enlisted, Home & Away’ begins Wednesday
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From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and 102 a Bistro will present “Enlisted, Home & Away,” an exhibition of recent work by regional artist Mandi Zimmer.
Area residents are invited to join NCLAC, the Louisiana Military Museum and Zimmer in a celebration of those individuals who have served their country. 
When asked about her approach Zimmer said, “The stories of these men and woman were told through the use of environmental photography. It allows the viewer a look inside the life of each man and woman as they live their life today, to see the subject to reveal themselves as they are now, to allow them to share the environment they live in, their families and their interests.”

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AHEC of a Summer now accepting applications

High school students interested in learning about health careers can gain hands-on experience through national award winning AHEC of a Summer program. The program is offered in 21 parishes in North Louisiana and sponsored by the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Students who participate volunteer at a local health care facility and rotate through different areas during the 15-day program. Students also participate in workshops provided by area medical organizations and take field trips to other health care facilities and universities in North Louisiana.

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Pet of the Week

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Rusty is a young terrier hound mix that is looking for his forever family. Rusty is a large dog so he enjoys having room to run around outdoors and play with other dogs. He is current on shots, neutered and trained to stay in a yard using an underground fencing system. Call 251-DOGS to find out how to adopt Rusty.

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Students of the year

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Karl and Kay Malone congratulate the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana on having three members nominated for Student of the Year: Oneke Gwan (pictured above with Malones) of I.A. Lewis, Lauren Washington of Hillcrest and Damon Moreland of Glenview. Two of the three members, Oneke Gwan and Lauren Washington, were announced the winners of the respective schools. Damon Moreland was the runner up.

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’Dogs, TCU in bowl battle

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Tech to face Top 25 ranked foe in San Diego
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Louisiana Tech and TCU are separated by less than 300 miles, yet have never played each other in football.
But later this month, the Bulldogs and Horned Frogs will travel over 2,000 miles to collide on the gridiron.
On Sunday night, Top 25 nationally ranked TCU was announced as Tech’s opponent in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 21.

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Techsters play at Western Kentucky tonight

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Louisiana Tech renews its series with former Sun Belt Conference rival Western Kentucky when the Lady Techsters travel to E.A. Diddle Arena tonight for a 7 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Toppers.
The contest will be the 40th meeting ever between two of the winningest program’s in women’s basketball history as the Lady Techsters lead the series 26-13, including a 71-55 victory over Western Kentucky last season. The 39 meetings between the two programs is the fourth most by a LA Tech team against any opponent, trailing only UL-Monroe, Tennessee and New Orleans.

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Save gas money this Christmas

The holiday season may usher in decorations, family time and goodwill, but it can also leave many people short on dollars.
This comes as a result of the increased spending for gift giving, as well as costs associated with holiday travel.
With gas prices holding steady, fueling up can get expensive, especially if one is making a long journey to visit friends and family or simply driving around a lot to get some shopping done.

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Parenting is harder than it sounds

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After several weeks of maternity leave it is time to get back to work, although it’s not like I have just been sitting at home doing nothing.
From 2 a.m. wake-ups, to staying up until midnight with the baby, I have a newfound appreciation for all those stay-at-home moms.
I always knew my mom did a lot of different things for me and my siblings, but what I didn’t know was to what extremes she went for us.

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