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Students safe

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NO BAD INJURIES IN SCHOOL BUS CRASH
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Around noon Friday, a Lincoln Parish School bus collided with a gold Nissan Sentra on Tech Drive near Ruston High School.
The Ruston Police Department said that a crash report won’t be available until Monday, but Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell, who was on scene after the crash, said that his understanding was that the school bus — which was carrying children — was coming over the hill on Tech Drive headed north and the Nissan made a quick lane change, which resulted in the crash.

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Red Cross training offered

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Anyone interested in receiving training to help out during an emergency situation will have their chance this weekend.
The Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will host a training session for disaster shelter operations from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Temple Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1515 South Service Road West.

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First class

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CHOUDRANT — Students in the Choudrant school district went back to school to find an entirely different picture than they’d left behind the year before.
At Choudrant Elementary School, students and teachers returned on Friday to find an entirely new school, and that the old building had been completely renovated.

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NAMI to discuss ADHD

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Residents will have an opportunity at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to get the facts on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Sandy Allen, a professional counselor in Ruston, will give an educational forum on ADHD at the monthly meeting of the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which will take place in the Community Room at the Community Trust Bank Financial Center on Trenton Street.

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School board, Ruston honored

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Two local entities were recently honored with Ark-La-Tex 2011 Annual Achievement Awards during a ceremony at the Natchitoches Events Center.
The City of Ruston received the Best of Government Services award for its Ruston 21 comprehensive plan.
The Lincoln Parish School Board received the Best in Education award for the New Tech @ Ruston program.

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All have stake in New Tech

Results released earlier this month indicate New Tech @ Ruston is becoming a successful program. Students’ test scores improved, absences were down and discipline problems also decreased.

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Superintendent, board actions questioned

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The recent closure of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Parish Career Academy on July 5 was not only done illegally, but also overnight.
According to state law and Lincoln Parish School Board Policy (LPSB), any business transacted by the school board has to be on the published agenda. The closure of the alternative schools on July 5 was neither on the June 7, July 5 nor Aug. 2 agendas.

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Thoughts that worry me

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My morning changed with a simple question: “Have you done your article for the paper yet?” That was on Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., and I usually get this to our editor no later than mid-afternoon of that day. So, what I was concerned about when I walked in the door of my office that Friday morning was immediately replaced by another deadline that I had let slip up on me. So, as all of you have experienced, I had an abrupt and hasty change in my focus and that caused me to worry.

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Barrons helps current, future engineers

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Father-son team pens engineering textbook for Louisiana Tech
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Dr. Randall Barron, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech, and Dr. Brian Barron, lecturer in mathematics and statistics at Louisiana Tech, have completed “Design for Thermal Stresses” — a college-level engineering textbook that provides design tools that allow engineers to understand and alleviate potential problems involving thermal stresses.

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Support continues for local 4-H clubs

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Today, National 4-H Council announced the fall 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The nationwide, in-store fundraiser will benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC store is located.
The fall 2011 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place Sept. 21 - Oct. 2, ending at the start of National 4-H Week. Shoppers at the Ruston Tractor Supply store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Lincoln Parish by purchasing paper clovers for just $1 at checkout.

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