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Fun for funds

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Lincoln Parish Park was bustling with energy Friday afternoon as families poured in to participate in the fifth annual “Dinner and a Movie,” sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary.
With a carnival-like setup, booths sponsored by businesses provided activities for children until dusk when people laid out towels and blankets to watch “Yogi Bear.”
“We have had the event in Railroad Park the past four years,” said Olitsa Robbins, Junior Auxiliary project director. “By having it in Lincoln Parish Park, it is a great opportunity for people to come see this wonderful resource.”

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Bolom named top La. librarian

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The Lincoln Parish Library has a lot to boast about in 2012. Not only was the library named the public library of the year for 2012, it is also the workplace of this year’s Librarian of the Year Award recipient.
Jeremy Bolom, assistant director and head of public service for the library, was presented with the Librarian of the Year Award at the 2012 Louisiana Library Association Conference held at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport last week.

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Working for health

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LHF meeting highlights various parishwide initiatives
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Ruston is springing up with programs and services to help the community become healthier and provide citizens and students with more medical care.
The Lincoln Health Foundation’s annual meeting was held March 22 to discuss just what initiatives are being taken to ensure a physically and mentally healthier community.
“The mission [of the LHF] is to improve health care and outcomes for the residents of Lincoln Parish,” said Norman Haynes, CEO of Lincoln Health Foundation.

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A history of violence

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When beating your wife, live by the rule of thumb.
“As recently as the early 19th century, domestic violence was protected by law,” said Debra Faircloth, community advocate for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. “That’s where the phrase ‘rule of thumb’ comes from. In America and England, if you didn’t beat your wife with a stick or rod any bigger than your thumb, then that was acceptable. The idea is you were supposed to control your wife — keep her behavior in check.”

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Stay cautious of area scams

Recently local residents have fallen victim to scams that have been circulating through the community.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone recommends that everyone use caution when dealing with people whom they are not familiar.

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Writer speaks on corruption

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Judicial Watch is the nation’s largest and most effective government watchdog organization. No other group works as hard as Judicial Watch to fight for the rule of law in Washington. 
Judicial Watch has filed more than 150 lawsuits against federal, state and local agencies and officials across the country seeking to promote transparency, integrity and accountability in government and fidelity to the rule of law.
Judicial Watch publishes an annual list of Washington’s Top 10 Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.

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Change is always inevitable

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Here a change; there a change; everywhere a change-change! That’s how educators are feeling right now when we think of our profession. With our state legislature presently in session, it is difficult to know exactly what changes may impact our educational system for the next school year. As decisions are being made in Baton Rouge, many of the people making those decisions are not aware of changes that will occur with school leaders, teachers, students and communities. Hopefully, as these officials are voting, they will remember Winston Churchill’s famous quote about change during World War II, “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”

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Jesus Christ and Easter

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Last week I began with the first of a three-part series about the events leading up to the trial of Jesus and the upcoming celebration of Easter. Last week I referred to that time of the life and death of Jesus as the most monumental in the history of mankind.
Jesus had been living a life of preaching and moving around. Yes, he was causing a stir among the people. He was not preaching revolt against Rome; He was calling for a new way of life leading to eternal salvation. His was the role of the Messiah. Some recognized or believed that, many did not. This lack of faith was even evident at times among His own disciples. But the word was spreading over the months that Jesus performed miracles, lived and preached a new way of life, but He was perceived as a threat.

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Lincoln Builders win safety award

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During a recent Raffles Insurance Ltd. Board Meeting, Lincoln Builders, Inc. was presented the prestigious John A. Arnold — Award of Honor.
Raffles recognizes, through an award system, outstanding achievement in safety and loss control.
Lincoln Builders’ risk control efforts were successful in achieving the highest point score of the Raffles membership.

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Money returned to SIF members

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The HomeBuilders Self Insurers Fund announced it has returned $3 million in dividend distributions to qualifying members of its statewide workers’ compensation program for contractors. With this dividend distribution, nearly $63 million has now been returned to fund participants, based on their individual claims experience and premiums paid into the fund.

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