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December 19th

Schools plan defense strategies

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Following last week's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, local schools are reviewing their current crisis plans, as well as looking at implementing additional security measures.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said all schools currently have crisis management plans, which are reviewed annually.
“Contained in any crisis management plan is also a lockdown in the case of an intruder,” Bell said. “Those plans are shared with local law enforcement agencies.”

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Area producer branches into meat market

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Area hunters have a new place to visit if they need help processing a deer or wild pig.
Anthony Yakaboski, the owner of Yak’s Peaches and Produce, opened up a second business, Yak and Kate’s Red Barn Processing, in October.
The business is located 16 miles north of Ruston, right out in the peach orchard locals have come to love.

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RPAR has a direct phone line to the North Pole

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As the Christmas season descends on the residents of Lincoln Parish, children get an opportunity to hear about all of the happenings at the North Pole. The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department has again negotiated with Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrange for Santa, his elves and even Mrs. Claus, to record messages for all of the area children to call and listen.

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Christmas Eve service set

On Christmas Eve, First Baptist Church of Ruston will celebrate its annual Candlelight Service, at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at 200 S. Trenton St., in Ruston, for area residents.

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Devon donates to Triad

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Devon Energy Corporation gave a $775 donation to the Lincoln Parish Triad for the Elderly Neighborhood Watch Program.  The organization would like to express how much it appreciates the donation. Pictured above, left to right, are  Deputies Charles Thomas and Mattie Houston and Devon representatives Michele Gant and Amie Skipper. 

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Know what to do in shooting

With recent incidents of shootings across the nation — including an elementary school, a mall and movie theater — many have speculated what could have been done to avoid these tragedies and what is to blame for these acts of violence. However, little attention has been given to increasing one’s chances of survival if caught in the crosshairs of an active shooter.

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Woman grateful

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On a recent Friday, I somehow dropped my card holder in the post office parking lot containing my driver’s license, credit card and medical information. I went straight home and it was not until Saturday afternoon at a gas pump in Monroe that I missed it.
I searched carefully to no avail, and called the post office early Monday morning. It had been turned in, but no one knew who had been the Good Samaritan. I can only hope that person will read the paper and accept my deep gratitude and appreciation.

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Excitement surrounds Santa

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Now let’s get one thing straight: I am not a Santa Claus groupie. I can tell you the exact spot upon which I was standing in downtown Ruston when I overheard my mother make a rather disparaging remark about Old St. Nick that’s stuck with me ever since.
I was probably 10 years old. Mama and I were on the sidewalk at the corner of North Trenton Street and West Park Avenue watching the Christmas parade when she turned to one of her friends and nonchalantly questioned how Santa could do all the things Santa does.

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Seek cause of behavior changes

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Question: Our son started full-day kindergarten in September.
For the first three months he had no problem with his behavior at school, but for the past few weeks he has gotten in trouble for talking, not listening, and he spit at a child at school today.
Taking away privileges hasn’t made a difference in his behavior. He was always such a well-behaved child so we are at our wits end as far as what to do. Any suggestions for punishment would be greatly appreciated.

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Students celebrate the Christmas season

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We are having a tremendous December here at Emmanuel.
We started our Christmas season off with a trip to the ballet in Monroe to see “Where are you Christmas?” The children loved seeing the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who up close, and we loved that they were reminded that Christmas is really always celebrated in our hearts.

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