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November 20th

Be thankful for what you have — and don’t have

A couple of other things I have to be thankful for include the many friends Susan and I have made through our 25 years together, and the fact that our youngest son, Justin, made it through deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq and still has a majority of his faculties in tact.
What follows is a list of things I’m thankful for that I don’t often take the opportunity to verbalize.
• I’m thankful I cover the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and not the Ouachita Parish Police Jury. If you’ve not been to a meeting in Monroe, you don’t realize just how good we have it here.

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’Cats move on to quarterfinals

Now, it’s on to the quarterfinal round with a Friday night trip to Baton Rouge Catholic High, who defeated Holy Cross 38-14 in the second round.
“We gave a great effort,” Ruston head coach Billy Laird said following the game. “We never gave up. The attitude of our team coming into the game was that we were going to win.”
With the momentum swinging in favor of Fontainebleau following a Bulldog touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Ruston High put together what would be the most important series of the night.

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CVB approves agreement with LPPJ

“In light of what has happened between the CVB and the Police Jury, a comment was made to me that the real winner of this agreement were the citizens of Lincoln Parish,” Board member Mickey McHale said. “There’s been some conflict about this convention center. I want to make sure the CVB appreciates what the Jury did. Now we can get on with what we’re supposed to do — bring tourism to Lincoln Parish.”
The agreement is based on three points:
• The Police Jury agreed to help facilitate the construction of a conference center in the Lincoln Parish Library;

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November 17th

Dogs glad to be back home

It probably seems like decades.
For the past three games, there’s been road treks to San Jose, Calif., Denton, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii.
“It’s just going to be great to be around our own fans and atmosphere,” sized up senior wide receiver Eric Newman. “That can make a difference a lot of times, being around people who are really supporting you and encouragment. For the last several games, we haven’t had that, with being on the road and all. That can get tiring.
“Now, for the next games, we’re at home and it’s a great feeling.”

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JA projects on schedule

The following examples provide only a glimpse of the many projects which JA funds through fund-raisers such as the upcoming jambalaya and bake sale to be held tomorrow and the Jingle Bell Run to be held Dec. 9.
Any child who visits the emergency room at Lincoln General Hospital receives a huggy bear or coloring pages to comfort them. Preschoolers and elementary students across the parish enjoy puppet shows emphasizing healthy eating habits and character education every spring.

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It takes a lot of real dedication

Only a university professor’s daughter — as I am very proud to be — knows full well the dedication it takes to have one’s work published or to present papers.
I remember very clearly the hours, the weeks, the months, even the years my father spent in preparation of articles for newspapers, in preparation of papers to be presented at conferences and in preparation of a manuscript which was highly acclaimed by reviewers but which never made publication. Even the utmost dedication will not see all of those efforts succeed every time.

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Chamber endorses CVB, LPPJ efforts

Chamber President Scott Terry said a conference center is sorely needed in Lincoln Parish.
“As the representative of more than 400 business members in the community, we feel its important there is a center that can fulfill the needs of those members,” Terry said.
“We feel this meets those requirements.”
CVB Executive Director Kyle Edmiston agreed.

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Library Board ignores Jury’s request

“We can hire an architect, get plans and specifications, and let bids to proceed with this,” Williams said.
A question was asked if the plan was to first conduct a study. Williams said no.
“This is to hire an architect and get firm numbers so we can proceed,” Williams. “We want to make it adequate to provide space for exhibits from places like the Smithsonian.”

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November 16th

Parents play crucial role

This number of honorees was good, but it could have been higher. Last year, 235 students received this honor. During the Monday event, both Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell and the guest speaker Brenda Lofton, 2006 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, pointed to parents as playing a large role in student academic achievement.
“When expectations regarding academic achievement are part of a family’s way of life, the student is more likely to rise to the occasion (and do well in school),” Bell said.

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Marriage is a tough career

Throughout the course of attending pre-marital counseling, interviewing a long-married couple, watching a video on marriage and writing articles for
The Ruston Daily Leader spring bride insert, I’ve collected numerous tips for keeping a marriage from resulting in divorce or shootings. From those, who, like myself, are just starting out in marriage, to those who have been together since the Beatles formation, I believe these strategies will make the wheels of wedlock run more smoothly.

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