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Vouchers OK’d for local school

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Lincoln Parish Public Schools could see a slight drop in revenues, as New Living Word School, a private school, has been approved to take on 165 students through the state’s school choice scholarship program.
At first, the school had been approved for 315 students, despite the school’s reported lack of space, teachers and technology.

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Resale shops open across town
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Whether it’s to save money or “go green,” the practice of purchasing previously-owned items appears to have grown in popularity in recent years.
This trend in Lincoln Parish is evidenced by the number of resale shops located throughout the City of Ruston.
“I think that everybody kind of hit hard financial times about the same time, and we made due with what we had, and then we started liking it,” said Callie Hockenjos of the phenomenon.

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GSU mourns Johnson

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The Grambling State University family mourns the death of Lula Johnson, the wife of former president Joseph B. Johnson.
She passed away Sunday.
“The Grambling State University family joins all who knew and worked with Mrs. Johnson and Dr. Johnson with our deepest sympathies,” said Frank G. Pogue, GSU president. “Mrs. Johnson was the first lady of Grambling State University for more than 17 years. It may not be commonly known, but the first lady is the president’s biggest encourager and supporter.”

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GSU students learn from film professionals

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GRAMBLING — A group of students from Grambling State University with Hollywood dreams got to hear advice from industry professionals on Tuesday as the university hosted two television workers for its Film Workforce Training Program.
The students in the 10-week class at GSU are being paired with film and television producers to create a full-length television pilot. The class is meant to have students work in all aspects of television and film production including directing, producing, cinematography, location scouting, wardrobe, hair and makeup, grip and electric as well as other key areas.

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Suspicious fire investigated

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 203 Water Tank Road, the Green Acres Mobile Home Park, at approximately 12:06 a.m. today.
The first fire department personnel on the scene found heavy fire and smoke coming from the mobile home.
Firefighters were reportedly unable to enter the residence because of the intensity of the fire and were forced to make a defensive attack on the structure. The intensity of the fire also caused significant damage to an adjacent mobile home.

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Consider safety when choosing a backpack

As you gear up to get your child ready for the new school year, Ruston Parks and Recreation wants to provide you a little advice to help you out with choosing a backpack for your little student.
Much attention has been made about backpack safety, so here are some issues with regard to backpacks.
Knapsacks come in all sizes, colors, designs, fabrics and shapes, and help young students express their own personal sense of fabulousness for the new school year.

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Students join teachers in learning about scientific research

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Rather than fishing, biking or engaging in other more traditional summer activities, 10 students from Simsboro High School, West Ouachita High School and West Ouachita Junior High School spent a week on the Louisiana Tech campus recently to learn about energy generation, storage and conversion.
The students were selected and invited by their teachers who were participating in a six-week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program.

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Grambling West Campus a positive step

Even during these tough economic times, officials at Grambling State University have been working their hardest to bring what they can to the university’s students, and they recently succeeded on that task as GSU received information they will be adding to their campus starting Aug. 1.

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Thoughts on the Colo. shooting

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Columbine, Virginia Tech, University of Texas Clock Tower, Ft. Hood, Tucson and now Aurora, Colo. Where next? How close will it be to home? We are not immune to the kind of violence that gives all of those places instant public recognition, you know.
All of us awoke to the same news last Friday: 12 people dead and 58 injured when James Holmes unloaded four weapons full of ammunition into an unsuspecting crowd at a sold-out midnight premiere of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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‘Jam at Joe’ teams announced

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Four games set for Aug. 25 preseason event at Tech
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Eight teams.
Four games.
The field is set for the annual “Jam at the Joe.”
Ruston High and Cedar Creek, once again, will help give Lincoln Parish a local flavor to the fourth edition of the popular preseason prep gridiron event that will be staged on the home turf of Louisiana Tech University’s defending Western Athletic Conference champions in late August.
The lineup of games includes:
• Haynesville vs. Jonesboro-Hodge, 2 p.m.
• Cedar Creek vs. Rayville, 4 p.m.
• Shreveport Calvary Baptist vs. Farmerville, 6 p.m.
• Ruston vs. Minden, 8 p.m.

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