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October 8th

Try to be a good role model

She plays my favorite character on one of my favorite TV shows: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” It is clear that she is beautiful and talented, as she was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005 and received a Golden Globe in 2005 and an Emmy in 2006 for her role as Olivia Benson.

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Unite to show support for abuse victims

DART is leading our community in educating the public about the crime of domestic violence and giving hope to victims. Throughout the month, DART is distributing purple ribbons people can wear to show their support for domestic violence prevention. There will be a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wyly Tower honoring victims of domestic violence, and we urge all members of the community to be there and show their support. DART is doing incredible work, but they can’t do it alone.

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Residents comment on rally

The image of the young girl with a noose around her neck is what set the investigation in motion and raised concern about the teacher-organized rally.
GSU criminal justice major Leroy Gaddis, 22, said he didn’t agree with the noose’s use.
“That was over the line,” Gaddis said. “Not teaching about racism, but teaching that way to little black children seems kinda racist. It’s almost like you’re teaching that all white people may want to put a noose around your neck.”

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’Cats back in business

At least, not in the way the ‘Cats delivered a convincing knockout punch against a club that was favored by most pre-game prognosticators and had outlasted their rivals from Lincoln Parish 9-7 in a late August “Bayou Jam” meeting.
“I honestly felt like, if our team came out ready to play and played hard, that we had a good chance to win,” Laird said. “We came out very business-like tonight, were very focused on what we had to do and then went out and did it. I am really proud of these kids and the way they responded to so much adversity over the past several weeks.”

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We must protect kids’ innocence

Those are the things 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds should be doing. They shouldn’t be playing with nooses or dragging heavy chains around the school playground.

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Students need parental involvement

But Lincoln Parish school administrators aren’t giving up. They continue to seek innovative ways to provide students the enrichment they need to succeed in school. Even with limited resources, parish educators are doing all they can to boost student performance, beginning as early as pre-k.
In the past few years, initiatives to improve children’s reading skills — which are crucial to success in the classroom — have been implemented districtwide.

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State ranks low on Nation’s Report Card

On the national level, reading and math scores have increased slightly for both fourth and eighth graders since 2005.
Lincoln Parish Accountability Coordinator Betty Wall said she is not surprised Louisiana’s NAEP scores are below the national average.
“A lot of it has to do with the high number of students living in poverty with low-educated parents and not having the enrichment at home,” Wall said. “Being read to determines more than anything else a child’s reading, and that’s why we encourage teachers to read to them.

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October 5th

Five teachers face sanctions

“We have a strong understanding of what happened and are taking swift steps to ensure nothing of this nature occurs again,” Judson said in the release. “It is regrettable and unfortunate that elementary students were participants in an activity that was inappropriate and showed lack of judgment. After 23 interviews and 32 hours spent on this investigation, I am confident we have gathered all the pertinent facts surrounding these events.”

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Tigers go for fourth SWAC win

“All week long, I kept telling our guys to be aware of Prairie View and not take them lightly,” said first-year head coach Rod Broadway. “I kept reminding them, all week, and it didn’t do much good. I just couldn’t challenge them to take them seriously enough and, as it turned out, we were fortunate to get that win. It’s still a win and that’s the bottom line, but it was tougher than our players thought it would be. We can’t let that happen again.”

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Amendments bloat state constitution

• Revise funding requirements for future benefits to members of state retirement systems; and
• Provide a property tax exemption for jewelry held on consignment.
The state’s most recent constitution, our state’s 11th, adopted in 1974, began as a relatively slim work of about 35,000 words.
However, it has been amended 148 times in just 33 years. More striking is that Louisiana voters have voted against 62 more amendments. Last year alone, we voted on 21, the largest number since the new constitution was adopted. But, we haven’t defeated a proposed amendment in four years.

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