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Property values

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Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Pam Jones gave police jurors the rundown on property reassessments during their monthly meeting on Tuesday.
She pointed out that 2012 is a reassessment year, which comes every four years, and that there have been approximately 25,000 parcels assessed in the parish.
“It’s everything from timberland to commercial property — every piece of building and land in Lincoln Parish,” she said.

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Bringing smiles

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To Dr. Paige Volentine, Ruston is home and it was the same kind of home she wanted to provide for her children.
“My husband and I are both from Ruston. Ruston is a great town to raise a family and we want our children to have the same great experience growing up that we did,” the local dentist said.
Not only is her child’s up-bringing important to her decision to return and stay in Lincoln Parish, but also having her family and friends near carries a lot of weight.

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Allen retires from children’s home

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Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services announces the retirement of John H. Allen, vice president of operations, after 41 years of service.
Allen completed his last day of employment with the agency affectionately known as “the Methodist Children’s Home,” on June 28. Allen began his work at the Home in 1968.
A retirement celebration was held on his last day of employment, honoring Allen’s service and dedication to the Home.

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FBLA students place in national competition

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The Ruston High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 27 until July 3 to compete against the best business students in the nation and surrounding countries.
Members enjoyed the Riverwalk, the Alamo, the San Antonio Zoo and many other local attractions. On to the business at hand, seven students represented Ruston High School in national competition, with all students performing well and representing Louisiana as winners from district and state competition. After months of study and practice, the results were announced and Ruston High School led the state in recognized winners. Louisiana had a total of four individuals/teams earn national placements of fifth, fifth, sixth and eighth, and Ruston High School won the top two of these national placements and had a member win the America Award. In addition, the Ruston High School chapter was awarded the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter of Merit, given to the top 15 percent of chapters from each state nationwide.

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Practice cell phone courtesy this month

According to information from pewresearch.org, 88 percent of Americans own a cell phone of some type. With that many phones in the hands of American citizens, people are bound to use them at times and places some would prefer them not to.
Whether in a movie theater trying to watch a film, at church trying to listen to the preacher or at a meeting or event trying to pay attention, you are almost sure to see someone with their phone out playing around or taking calls.

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Benefits of reading to children

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As a teenager and young child, I spent a significant amount of time reading.
It was a habit to the extreme that during some vacations, I preferred to stay holed up in a backroom absorbed in a good mystery novel rather than socializing with relatives.
But if a child is going to be addicted to something, reading is a good choice.

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Health care of the future

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With the implementation of the long awaited 2010 health care plan, come changes for consumers, employers, insurers and hospitals. Although many health insurers are worried about rates rising for consumers, the actual implementation of the law will not be in effect until 2013-14. This will give insurers time to make adjustments to their policies. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014.

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Things that have caught my eye

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Health care
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, confused me (and many others) greatly in rendering his obtuse majority decision upholding the individual mandate in the court’s Affordable Care Act decision. Roberts began his majority decision by adamantly proclaiming that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution could not be used to “compel” commerce by forcing citizens to purchase health insurance against their wills.

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Allen leads Ray Guy candidates

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Will it be a repeat national award-winning season for Ryan Allen in 2012?
That’s what the talented Louisiana Tech University senior will be trying to achieve with a chance to earn another coveted Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top collegiate punter.
On Wednesday, — no surprise — the Salem, Ore., native was named to the “ Watch List” for the award by the Augusta Sports Council.

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BAC men take No. 1 slot at Biloxi meet

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BILOXI, Miss. — The Bulldog Aquatic Club men recently captured first place from among 25 teams competing in the Splashin’ the Coast Swim Meet in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The women finished No. 16, giving the entire team an overall fifth-place showing at the event that drew teams from Louisiana and Mississippi. Competing with the 25-member BAC squad at Biloxi were Bartlett Xtreme, Biloxi Elite, Blast, City of Alexandria, City of Mobile, Delta Aquatic Club, Dolphin-Laser Swim Team, Francos Fins, Germantown, Hurricanes, LA Gold, Laurel Louisiana College, Mississippi Makos, Ocean Springs Marlins, Pelican Athletic Club, South Water, Sunkist, Swim Columbus, TNT, Vicksburg, and the YMCA Hub Fins.

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