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Lincoln Parish schools’ curricula to change

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In a few years, classrooms in 26 states across the nation, including Louisiana, will all look pretty much the same. And, Lincoln Parish will be at the forefront of this move.
At the regularly scheduled Lincoln Parish School Board meeting earlier this month, Superintendent Danny Bell reported on a meeting he had recently attended out of state.
The meeting was part of an initiative that several states across the country have recently adopted, which is set to create a common core standard across participating states.

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Man gets five years for arson

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A Ruston man was sentenced to five years at hard labor last week in connection with a 2010 arson case.
On July 5, Danny Wayne Moss, 27 at the time of his December 2010 arrest, withdrew his former plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to arson with intent to defraud and simple arson in connection with a fire that occurred at 503 S. Farmerville St. on June 8, 2010.

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Local accused of slaying dog

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A local man was arrested last week after his neighbor accused him of killing a dog.
Steve Everett McClain, 43, of Rodgers Road, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Saturday on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
He was released from jail Sunday on a $7,500 bond.

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Council discusses audit, renovations

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GRAMBLING — The town of Grambling is on track to do something it’s failed to do for quite some time now — turn in an audit report on time.
That was the news Mayor Edward Jones presented to the Town Council during its monthly meeting on July 8.
The state Legislative Auditor’s Office released the town of Grambling’s 2009 fiscal year audit last March with 19 negative findings addressed by Hulsey, Harwood and Sheridan, the firm that handled the audit. That audit was the town’s third straight to receive no opinion because of incomplete records.

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Tomlinson to visit library

Shellie Tomlinson, the self-described “Belle of All Things Southern,” will bring the charm and heritage of the South to the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 10 a.m. Friday.
Known for her humor, Shellie will relay what’s been happening on the porch and share anecdotes that might leave all attendees howling with laughter. She will also bring along her brand new book, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy, which she will be happy to autograph.

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Ruston residents to sing at 55th U.S. Army Chorus reunion

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Two residents of Louisiana will travel to Washington D.C. in August for the 55th Anniversary Reunion of The United States Army chorus. The chorus is the vocal arm of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” and stationed at Fort Myer, Va.
Claudine and Jon Barker from Ruston have accepted the invitation to sing with both the Alumni Chorus and the Active Chorus at concerts related to the reunion. The performances will be at First Presbyterian Church, Arlington Va., and Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Va. Jon Barker will also sing in the Alumni Voice Recital.

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‘Take Me out to the Ball Game’ highlights series

What better time than mid-summer to view a free movie about America’s pastime and a couple of melodious Boys of Summer? Mix in the Million Dollar Mermaid as the baseball team’s owner, and you’ve definitely got a winning lineup.
“Take Me out to the Ball Game” — starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams — will be shown at 6 p.m. July 28 in the Lincoln Parish Library Meeting Room. It’s part of the Art of Film series, a collaboration of the library and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

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Treasure hunters to visit Ruston

What treasures are stashed around Ruston? Residents are about to find out. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is on a worldwide treasure hunt and will be digging in Ruston for five days. During this free event, the Treasure Hunters are expecting to see more than 1,200 residents bringing in their rare and unusual collectibles. Locals will have a chance to talk to antiques and collectibles specialists, and it’s free.

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Master gardeners to award $20K

In 2010 the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Association awarded a portion of $20,000 to five worthy Community Gardening Projects. These projects have all been either fully completed, or are in final stages of implementation.  The NWLA Master Gardeners Association is happy to announce that another $20,000 will be awarded to worthy Community Gardening Projects who:

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Tech has All-WAC picks

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Louisiana Tech University can practically field an All-Western Athletic Conference squad for the 2011 season, based on what a national publication predicts for the success of the Bulldogs.
A total of 15 Tech players are members of a preseason all-conference squad chosen by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
Running back Lennon Creer and defensive lineman Matt Broha were first-unit selections and making the second team were offensie guard Kevin Saia, linebacker Adrien Cole and safety Chad Boyd.

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