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Got some bail money?

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Lock-up raises funds for MDA
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Several community members were handcuffed, transported in a police car and forced to bail out of “jail” on Thursday, all to support a good cause.
Thirty-six “jailbirds” participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraiser, Ruston Executive Lock-Up, hosted by Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln.
The concept is that business and community leaders are selected by the MDA — either by word of mouth or through nomination — to be “locked up” for at least an hour inside the car dealership as they persuade others to help them raise the required bail money.

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Grambling sewer, water rates increased

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GRAMBLING — Aldermen of the town of Grambling have increased water and sewer rates and approved changes that give the municipality more flexibility for what to do with property where a structure has been demolished.
During their monthly meeting on Thursday evening, these were among the ordinances unanimously approved by aldermen.

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Students get double education

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Dual enrollment program soars in Lincoln Parish
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If all goes as planned, when Marley Ratcliff graduates from Ruston High School in the spring she will have enough hours of college credit to be considered a sophomore. And, her parents will have spent less than $1,500 on those college courses.
“The best part is definitely being able to start college being hit with a smaller load,” Ratcliff said. “I also feel more prepared in general because of the classes being harder.”
Marley, who believes she wants to study nursing, said a friend of hers came back from college and told her that taking the dual enrollment biology class at RHS had prepared him well for the college-level biology curriculum.

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Tech ranking good for all

Despite the slight dip in national unemployment rates announced last week, the weak economy still needs a lot of help.
And, the dismal economy doesn’t discriminate when choosing victims.
According to an April 23 article in The Atlantic, 53 percent of recent college graduates are without a job or working a job for which they are overqualified. Numbers like those make it difficult for high-school students, who might be considering not going to college, to take that leap of faith.

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Writer: Charter schools full of problems

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School choice is a good thing and people often choose to pay more for a home and taxes to live in a better school district. Parents should be able to move their children to higher functioning schools of their choice, and these schools should have to meet standards that demonstrate the schools are practicing educational strategies that have documentation of success over the past five years.

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Measuring growth the right step

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I recently spent several weeks in Houston as my mom underwent surgery. And while I wouldn’t have been anywhere else in the world during that time, I have to admit that going back and forth to a hospital every day can take a toll.  So, I knew right off the bat that there would have to be a routine in place to help alleviate stress and exhaustion.

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Explaining amendments

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As mentioned last week, it is upon us: time to vote. For anyone wishing to be heard at the polls who is not yet registered, you have until day after tomorrow, Tuesday, to register for voting for the Nov. 6 elections. We will be voting for President of the United States, Congress, a local term-limit proposition and some Constitutional Amendments.
Here is a summary you might want to keep and study before then, whether you vote early or on Nov. 6. Although this is neither an endorsement nor criticism, note that all Constitutional Amendments have already been approved by two-thirds of the entire membership of the legislature.

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Advancing STEM

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Local educators Chris Campbell and Cathi Cox-Boniol recently represented Louisiana and Lincoln Parish at the Triangle Coalition STEM Education Conference held in Arlington, Va.
Campbell, a current Einstein Fellow in Washington, D.C., on leave from his regular duties as science teacher at Simsboro High School, and Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE coordinator, were part of a group that featured STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) leadership from across America assembled to delve into “World-Class STEM Education: Building on the Global Perspective.”

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SCHOOL NEWS: SIMSBORO SCHOOL

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Coloring campaign raises $750 to fight cancer
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Simsboro Elementary students have been working hard to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Students worked with Chili’s Restaurant to raise money by coloring Chili peppers and collecting donations for the foundation. The students raised $750 during the week-long fundraiser and posted their chili peppers all over the school in support of St. Jude’s Hospital. One student from each class was chosen for creating the best pepper design and had their picture taken for Channel 21. Mrs. Collinsworth’s class raised the most money and will receive a catered lunch from Chili’s.

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SCHOOL NEWS: CEDAR CREEK

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Duke Talent Search recognizes several Creek students

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Duke Talent Identification Program’s Fourth–Sixth Grade Talent Search allows qualified students to gain access to educational programs within Duke TIP. Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability.

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