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January 9th, 2014

Annual Buds and Blooms set for Feb. 15

The Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will host their ninth annual Buds and Blooms on Feb. 15.
Each year, seminars are provided for the public to help enhance their education in all things horticulture related.
This educational seminar began as a fundraiser to sponsor the 4-H Garden Contest and continues to be the sole source of monetary incentives and prizes for each contestant. The group is preparing young “buds” to grow and learn to be beautiful garden “blooms.”

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Exploration Day for prospective students set Jan. 20

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Exploration Day
Prospective students and their parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts on Jan. 20, when the school hosts its annual Exploration Day.
The event is for sixth to 12th grade students. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the High School Building.
Exploration Day is held twice yearly and is designed to give an overview of the academic, social and residential life programs that LSMSA offers.

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Officials work well together

On a national scale, the government doesn’t seem to play nice with others.
So, it’s incredibly refreshing when we see signs that government entities can work together. Recently, we’ve seen several instances of this locally.
At the end of the 2012-13 school year, the Lincoln Parish School Board shuttered the doors of Hico Elementary School. Then, on Tuesday night, they worked with the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to help better the lives of other members of the community.

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Learning a little about gratitude

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“Rest and be thankful.”
— William Wordsworth
On Sunday night, I taught the teenagers in my youth group about gratitude. Yes, we just came out of the holidays that emphasize the importance of being thankful for what we have, not always wondering why we don’t have the things we want. But it is important to remember that thankfulness and gratitude go a long way throughout the rest of the year.
The Webster’s dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.”
So, with that definition, for what or whom are you thankful?

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January 8th

LPSB joins others in lawsuit against state

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In a 9-1 vote, the Lincoln Parish School Board members approved a resolution to join with other school boards across the state in a lawsuit against the State of Louisiana.
Representative Trott Hunt was the lone “no” vote, excluding Lynda Henderson and Curtis Dowling who were both absent from Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the board.

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Library to give parents healthy advice

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Residents interested in giving their families a healthy start to the new year might consider stopping in for the Lincoln Parish Library’s monthly Family Matters program on Thursday.
This month’s event, titled “Kids and Nutrition: Healthy habits for parents to teach their children,” is focused on giving parents the tools they need to get their children healthy.
Emily Arnold, programming coordinator for the library, said the event is formatted as a lecture, but will also feature a question and answer session.

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Grambling council to meet Thursday

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The board of aldermen for the city of Grambling will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday in city hall.
On the agenda for the monthly meeting are public comments, an update on work being completed by Shuler Consulting Company, an update from American Water and Wastewater, Grambling Chief of Police Tommy Clark and Grambling Fire Chief David Wells.
Old business to come before the council is the approval of a resolution of the mayor and board of aldermen regarding charitable gaming.

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Simsboro passes four resolutions

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It was the start of a new year but business as usual for the Village of Simsboro Monday night as it held its first council meeting of 2014.
Aldermen passed four resolutions that carried over from past years, beginning with retaining Kathy Davis as village clerk.
Also passed were resolutions to retain Douglas A. Brewer as official CPA for the village, Kyle Green as official village attorney and The Ruston Daily Leader as Simsboro’s official journal.
During his report, Simsboro Mayor Willie Hendricks told the council that the motor on the town garbage truck was broken.

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NT@R, Tech partner together in 2014

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With plans now developed through 2014, the partnership between New Tech @ Ruston and the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University continues to blaze new trails for both partners.
Initially forged as a mechanism to introduce technology integrations into the physical education settings, the vibrant partnership has grown to not only educate the department instructors about project-based learning but also to begin implementing the highly engaging 21st Century learning model into the more traditional university learning environment.

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Ruston school projects benefit entire parish

By the end of 2016, the Ruston District No. 1 schools will look a lot different than they do today.
During a special Building and Grounds Committee meeting on Monday, Architect Mike Walpole laid out his plans for exactly when the various projects approved in the October bond issuance vote will be completed.
The first project, which is the returfing and relighting of the Ruston High School football field, is likely to make Bearcat fans very excited. School officials made the decision that because of increased safety and decreased upkeep, artificial turf was the way to go.

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