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Funding slashed

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Annual youth conference canceled
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Unless something drastic changes between now and May, the 2011-12 fifth-and-sixth-grade students from Lincoln and neighboring parishes will not be able to attend the annual Peer Leadership Youth Conference.
This one-day event, which has officially been sponsored by the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention for the past six years, is focused on catching students early to teach them the negative side effects of drinking alcohol and doing drugs.

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Keeping baby safe

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Area residents were presented with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of child safety at an event held Saturday by the Louisiana State Police Troop F.
Lt. Julie Lewis said the event was designed to educate parents and caregivers about the proper installation of child restraints.
“We are an educational service, not an installation service,” she said. “We are here today to teach parents how to properly install their car seat and to give them up-to-date information.”

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Derailment cleanup nearly finished

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It appears the worst is over following a recent train derailment in Lincoln Parish.
Residents of the 13 remaining residences who were evacuated will be allowed to go back home, and the hazardous material has been expunged from the scene.
“All hazardous material was removed by contractors with Kansas City Southern,” Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Stephen Williams said. “They started Tuesday morning, and all the hazardous material was removed as of Tuesday night. The tank that contained the hazardous material has been loaded onto four 18-wheelers and hauled off.”

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Yoga for Life offered

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Yoga for Life is a class for everybody. Much of the class takes place seated.
Students are encouraged and reminded to work with their body and breath. The range of the motion or pose is up to the individual.
The practice, done regularly, will show up in the body. The muscles which support the spine are stretched and strengthened. Flexibility in the spine is increased through using breath to guide the movement repeatedly.

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Ladies announce $30k in grants

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Founded in the fall of 2009, Louisiana Tech’s Lagniappe Ladies is the first major women’s initiative created for women who passionately support the mission and vision of the university. The group pools its membership fees and awards grants to campus projects, programs, and initiatives that it deems would make the most significant impact on the university and the community. The number of grant requests has grown significantly, and in the two years of the existence of the organization, grants totaling more than $70,000 have been awarded.

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District 35 Senate race loses Brown

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There are only two contenders left in the race for state Senate District 35 in the Oct. 22 elections. Republicans Bob Kostelka and Jeff Guerriero, both of Monroe, remain in the running after fellow Republican Harris Brown, also of Monroe, withdrew from the race last week.
Brown’s announcement follows an earlier report from the Associated Press that Kostelka challenged Harris’ residency qualifications.

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Fight against Alzheimer’s

If you’ve ever looked at someone you know and love in the face and been unable to come up with their name, you understand on a tiny scale what it’s like to be betrayed by your own mind.
Many people fear the forgetfulness that comes with aging. Unfortunately, a misplaced set of keys or a forgotten appointment is the beginning of something more ominous for the 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050. According to the national Alzheimer’s Association, for those age 65 and older nearly one in eight live with Alzheimer’s. For those age 85 and older, more than half live with the disease.

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Feel free to read any book

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Imagine a world where the man or woman who was supposed to find the cure for cancer never did, because he was never allowed to read a decent biology book because they had been banned from the school because they taught evolution. Now imagine a world where this generation’s Shakespeare never wrote a word because he wasn’t allowed to read any of the greats because of the off color humor they often employ.

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'Grandma' did what she could

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Some members smilingly conceded that “Grandma” Belk started an ongoing “love revival” when she began to attend our small congregation.
A recent widow with limited funds, “Grandma” never forgot a birthday, an anniversary, an illness or the loss of any loved one that she was aware of. Digging deeply into her “butter and eggs”, as well as her tiny pension, she kept a flood of cards and letters going almost daily.

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RHS, Creek face Top 10 foes

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Bearcats play host to Byrd, Cougars go to Haynesville Friday
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There’s a mixture of good news and not-so-good news for the football programs at Ruston High and Cedar Creek High this week.
First, the uplifting news: the Bearcats (2-1) and Cougars (3-0) are coming off of convincing victories last weekend, with RHS wrecking Arcadia 46-2 and the Cougars bouncing Shreveport Booker T. Washington 36-6.

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