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Tickets still available

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Tickets are still available for the Buddy Ball of Ruston Jeep raffle. Buddy Ball board President Dr. Edwin Davis (right) and board Vice President Mike Craft use a giant thermometer to show the group’s goal of 1,000 ticket sales by Dec. 13. Buddy Ball is raffling a 2014 Jeep Wrangler in effort to raise money to put rubberized material around the base paths of the T-ball fields the league uses. Buddy Ball is a softball program for special-needs youngsters. The Jeep will be on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep located on the Interstate 20 service road in Ruston.

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Good evaluations cost board double

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Lincoln Parish teachers did so well on the 2012-13 Compass evaluations that school board members are going to have to re-evaluate the reward payment system that was approved in December 2012 because the cost was more than double what was initially expected.
Last year, the state passed a statute saying that teacher salary increases would be tied to their performance on these Compass evaluations.
Paula Pardue, secondary academic coordinator for the parish, explained that original projections from the state said teacher evaluations should produce a Bell curve.

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Community celebrates Halloween prior to holiday

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Among the participants in the Princeton Place Halloweenie Pet Costume Contest were from left, Rita Crawford and Dana Wright, with Charlie and Edgarr, all dressed as dingbats; resident Georgia Knox; Betsy Moore with Cocoa, sporting a witch hat; Betsy Stadium and Maximumus, decked in a hat and cape; Tammy Robinson and Chloe, the ballerina, and Amekia Douse and Tiger.

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Firefighters complete training

Lincoln Parish Fire Department has eight new volunteer firefighters this fall. These people took time out of their busy schedules to attend the firefighter school. They fought staged fires, wore oxygen masks and did other extensive training so that they would be ready for anything.
Danny Cross, district chief for LPFD, said this year’s firefighter school was one of the best they ever had, and he looked forward to working with these firefighters.
“Our new volunteers are very impressive,” Cross said. “They have been very energetic — we should be able to keep all of them.”

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Cycle of domestic abuse continues

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October has been filled to the brim with events in the city of Ruston. We have had multiple breast cancer awareness walks, fundraisers and the pumpkin patch at the Townsend House to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. At 6 p.m. tonight DART will be having their annual candlelight vigil at the Lincoln Parish Library to end the month.

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High schoolers invited to have AHEC of a Summer

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High school students interested in learning about health careers can gain hands-on experience through national award winning AHEC of a Summer program. The program is offered in 21 parishes in North Louisiana and sponsored by the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Students who participate will volunteer at a local health-care facility and rotate through different areas during the 15-day program. Students also participate in workshops provided by area medical organizations and take field trips to other health care facilities and universities in North Louisiana.

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Hillcrest: Rewarding Dough Raiser

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Hillcrest students participated in a cookie dough fundraiser and sold $24,764. Pictured are the second-grade students who sold 16 items or more to earn a limo ride and a pizza party. Pictured are Kyle Caston, Jayden Revels, Lainey Mercer, Koy Tolar, Abagael Barmore, Kadence Nugent, Jonah Dumas, Conner Gilbert, Journee Jones, Austin Guillory, Addison Barham, Bethany Colvin, Preslea St. Andre, Connor Thompson and Azjaha Johnson.

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A.E. Phillips achieves one of the highest SPS in state

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A.E. Phillips Laboratory School at Louisiana Tech University achieved a School Performance Score (SPS) of 126.3 out of 150 to earn an “A” grade from the Louisiana Department of Education as part of its 2013 accountability assessment of the state’s publicly-funded schools.
A.E. Phillips’ SPS of 126.3 was the highest of any school in North Central Louisiana and one of the highest in the state of Louisiana. Scores are based on student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success, such as credit accumulation, completion of rigorous courses and graduation.

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CES: Third grade explores local foods, 4-H celebrates club

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Kindergarten
October has been a busy month for us in Choudrant. We have been reading books about Christopher Columbus and made a paper ship that represented the one he sailed on.

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New Beginnings offers new vision for health care

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Lucy Douglas has very specific vision for health care. It’s personalized, original and joins traditional family practice with nutrition and spa services.
Douglas, a nurse practitioner, is founder and owner of New Beginnings Wellness Center and Spa, located at 1809 Northpointe Lane, Suite 202, in Ruston.
“The reason I opened New Beginnings is that I want to offer comprehensive, patient-centered, individualized health care,” Douglas said.

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