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March 15th, 2014

Tips for the week of testing

End-of-the-year testing is approaching fast and with all the stress testing brings, an added stress this year for teachers and students alike, has been the implementation of Common Core — a set of standards that are purposefully more rigorous in order to ensure students are more “career and college-ready.”
But as of Monday, Louisiana legislators have decided Louisiana high school will opt out of Common Core testing for 2015-16, which should make the weight of preparing for end-of-year testing a little lighter on educators.

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4Paws for the love of animals

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Former governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, is well known. There is a nonpolitical position for which he may not be known. His comments stemmed from the death of his 17-year-old lab, “Jet.”

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RHS a school on the move

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As principal of Ruston High School for the last 7 and 1/2 years, its been my privilege to watch this school “take off.” After visiting many other schools in Louisiana and other states, my conclusion is that Ruston High is the best.

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Thankful to share and compare

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Sometimes, comparing yourself to other people that are similar in some way is a terrible idea. You leave thinking, “I’m 27, why don’t I have a giant mansion, three kids and a summer home in Venice?”
Other times, it’s really good. Such was the case last week when I met Jackie Whitley, a local lady who, like me, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
When Whitley received her diagnosis nearly five years ago, the prognosis terrified her. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she had seen countless individuals allow diabetes to ruin — and in many cases take — their lives.

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Thoughts on how to fix drug trafficking

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Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws legalizing the use and production of medical marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. Some states have legalized marijuana for public use with across the counter purchases.
Approximately 50 years ago, Switzerland legalized drugs. The result was the drug users took over all public facilities like parks and swimming pools. Used needles were strewn everywhere on lawns, sidewalks and over flowing trashcans. My wife and I witnessed that mess in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the early 1960s.

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‘Thank you’ to NCLAC for helping Kiwanis

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During the week of Feb. 24, the Kiwanis Club of Ruston held its eighth Annual Youth Art Festival.
The festival was open to all high school and junior high students in Lincoln Parish, as well as the Lincoln Parish home schooled students in the same age groups.
Art pieces were categorized into divisions of drawing, painting or sculpture/handcraft, and were displayed in the lobby of the Community Trust Financial Center.

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Participants apply STEM concepts to Legos

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Bricks 4 Kidz, The IDEA Place, Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education and Lincoln ACHIEVE recently teamed up to sponsor its first LEGO® Building Contest. Building on the growing emphasis in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) as well as essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, the event provided an opportunity for area students to showcase their ability to create and build unique structures from LEGO® bricks.

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Prepping for the ‘real world’

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My stay in my palace will be over on Friday, so I need to get ready for the real world, I guess. I can’t say it hasn’t been fun and I’ve loved so many of the new and interesting people I have met here.
I’ve had so much company I could fool myself into thinking I was a celebrity if I didn’t know that they come for many reasons — some that have little to do with my status.
But I’ll bet I can tell you a tale you have probably never heard before. At 93, it’s a new wrinkle for me.

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Pea Ridge Pittmasters cook up a good time

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Lincoln Parish residents have been enjoying a variety of social activities recently.
Last weekend was the annual Pea Ridge Pittmasters competition. This year’s competition focused on ribs, following last year’s focus on chicken.
This year, Pittmasters Johnny Sherrill and Jesse Earl Otwell were the winners taking the crowns from last year’s winners Brandon Watts and Nikki McCullin. Other individuals vying for the title were J.D Driskell and Malia Driskell, Kenneth Lee and Trey Murray, Brandon Watts and Nikki McCullin, Marty Edwards and Jimbo Murphy and Bo Barmore and Heath Billberry.

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Church News

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer services at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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