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Annual audit report

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School board to discuss finances, accountability

Money will be on the agenda at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 410 S. Farmerville St.
School board members will hear a report from an independent auditor, which will give greater insight into the district’s financial situation.
Donna Doss, accountability and school improvement coordinator, will also present the action plans for Ruston and Cypress Springs Elementary schools, which received the two lowest School Performance Scores in the district.

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Practical science

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With four minutes to set up, the students could use up to five mirrors as they attempted to bounce a laser around obstacles to try to hit a target on the other side of a box.
The more mirrors used, the more points were accumulated, if the laser hit the mirrors.
The Laser Shoot was just one of numerous challenges faced by junior high and high-school students who competed in the Science Olympiad on Saturday at Ruston High School.

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Black History lectures on tap

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The Lincoln Parish Library will host two lectures this month in celebration of Black History Month.
At 6 p.m. Thursday in the Library Events Center, Cheryl Mango-Ambrose will present “‘Yes Lord!’: African-Americans’ Religious Resistance During Slavery.”

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Grant to help GHS students encourage safe driving

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GRAMBLING — For a group of nine students at Grambling Laboratory High School, the next few months are going to be tiresome as they work to design and implement a community-based safe driving program.
The students will be doing this as a part of the State Farm funded program, Project Ignition, which was put in place to help teens combat driving problems.

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Report gives state C- for teacher policies

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A new report released by the not-for-profit, non-partisan National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds major advances in teacher policy across the country, largely driven by state adoption of policies for including student achievement as a measure of effectiveness in teacher evaluations, and using teacher effectiveness evidence in decisions about teacher tenure and dismissal.

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Tillis draws crowd

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An overwhelming crowd welcomed Pam Tillis to the Dixie Center for the Arts on Jan. 26.
The award-winning artist entertained the audience with hits from the past and introduced her recently released album “Rhinestoned.” She brought back many memories as she played songs recorded by her father, country legend Mel Tillis.

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Cupcake sale at CTB to benefit St. Jude

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The fourth annual “Kupcake for the Kids” fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
The event will be held in the lobby of Community Trust Bank, located at 1511 North Trenton Street.
Susie Polk, coordinator of the event, said she began the “Kupcakes for the Kids” with a group of friends who volunteered to help bake.

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Is your teen a victim of dating violence?

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Violence in dating relationships should concern anyone living in Louisiana. As I’ve written many times before, our state always leads the nation in family violence. Right now, we’re third in single victim/single perpetrator homicides, the class of murder which includes boyfriends killing girlfriends and husbands killing wives.
At DART — the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team — we are concerned not only with keeping victims safe; we want to prevent relationship violence all together. The earlier a person ends a violent relationship, the easier it is to escape it completely.

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People with mental illnesses often help to enrich our lives

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If you are living with a mental illness (a consumer), do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers have or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods and ability to relate to others.

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Pet of the Week

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Dolly is a young femalelabrador retriever mix. She and her littermates were left abandoned and are in search of homes. These youngsters are still being bottle-fed so it will be a few weeks before they will be ready to leave. They will grow up to be large dogs, so a home with room for a large dog will be needed for these pups. For more information about Dolly and her littermates, visit www.4pawsresuceinc.com or call 251-DOGS. Their adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay/neuter certificate and rabies shot.

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