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October 18th, 2013

Library millage rolled back 1 mill

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control voted to approve the 2013 amended budget, 2014 budget and the proposed paid holidays for 2015 during their monthly meeting held Wednesday.
Vivian McCain, library director, said the 2013 budget was amended because of the millage being rolled down from 5.99 mills to 4.99 mills by the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury.
“We were asked if rolling the mill back would affect our operations,” McCain said. “I informed jury members that we would still be able to uphold our daily functions if the millage was rolled back.”

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Free job search workshop on tap

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At 3 p.m. Saturday the Living Gospel Church of Ruston will be having a job search workshop at Comfort Inn that will include resume writing, tips for job searches and the do’s and don’ts of the interview process.
Otis Holland, pastor at the Living Gospel Church, said the event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.
“We would love for everyone to come,” Holland said. “We have professional people from CenturyLink who are volunteering to help make this event a success.”

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District 5 Congressional seat preliminary set for Saturday

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Lincoln Parish voters go to the polls on Saturday to help choose a replacement for former 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander.
Precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters should take photo identification when they go to the polls.
Election officials predict a scant turnout, partly because the congressional race is the only race on the ballot and partly because none of the 14 candidates appear to be very well known here.
“What disturbs me is the candidates don’t really gear it up until after early voting,” Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.

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Tech program receives gift, support from RoyOMartin

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Louisiana Tech University’s Forestry Department held a reception recently to thank members of the Martin Foundation, the charitable arm of the RoyOMartin Companies, for a donation of four vans to be used by forestry faculty and students.
Four 15-passenger vans were donated directly to the university rather than through the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, and will go directly into the State Vehicle Pool.
The donation was by no means the first time the Martin Foundation has helped Tech programs as it has also provided scholarship funds to Louisiana Tech since 1998.

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NCLAC hosts ‘Lakota,’ thanks sponsors for Artoberfest

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to bring Bobby Bridger and John Inmon to the Dixie Center for the Arts on Thursday for an educational presentation of Lakota, the third part of a trilogy of poetic ballads chronicling the American West in the 19thcentury.
Lincoln Parish sixth graders have been invited to this private performance which includes a question and answer session with the musicians, as well as an art exhibit by Bridger in the Dixie Center lobby. The duo will perform again at 7 p.m. Thursday evening for the public.

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Beta club enjoys meeting

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The Louisiana Laureate Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is celebrating the theme “Light Up Your Life” for the 2013-14 calendar year. The chapter launched the beginning of meetings and activities with a dinner at Cheniere Inn on Sept. 6. Hostesses for the event were Linda Dick and Peggy Fallin. The first official meeting of the 2013-14 year was a salad supper on Sept. 10 held in the home of Jo Ann Gilmore. Her cohostess was Betty Fuqua. A second meeting was held on Sept. 24 in the home of Lee Smith.

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Parish moves forward despite lower ACT scores

Usually, at this time of year, Lincoln Parish is celebrating the growth and improvement of schools based on their School Performance Scores, ACT results and various other measures.
However, during a midmonth meeting on Wednesday, Lincoln Parish School Board Members were treated to some disappointing news. The average ACT scores for local high school students are down by nine-tenths of a point from 20.7 in 2012 to 19.8 in 2013. Typically, anything greater than two-tenths of a point is considered a big change by the district.

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Holiday etiquette rules for all

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Fall is here and with winter right around the corner so is the holiday season. Whether it be a birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any type of holiday party we should all be a little more aware of what we are getting ourselves into.
Everyone knows there are certain holiday etiquette rules that should be followed. Goodhousekeeping.com recently released a list of 10 rules one should abide by.
1. Don’t invite both members of a divorced or separated couple to a holiday gathering — unless you know they’re on good terms.

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Slave numbers higher today than ever

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I find myself eagerly waiting to watch the critically acclaimed movie “Twelve Years a Slave,” a story about a free man from the North sold into slavery in the South.
However, I found myself shocked after learning in my world geography class this still goes on today.
According to current estimates, there are about 27 million slaves in the world today.
I repeat that number: 27 million. There are more slaves today than there ever has been in the past.
This number is shocking. It includes sex slaves, forced laborers and many other types of slaves.

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Bulldogs ready to get back to work

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Tech plays host to N. Texas for Homecoming contest
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Louisiana Tech celebrates its 88th Homecoming Saturday as the Bulldogs take on North Texas at 2:30 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
“This week, you have the opportunity to get into Homecoming,” Tech coach Skip Holtz said. We are excited. I know Trace Adkins is going to have the opportunity to be here to sing the National Anthem, which is a real treat for us. I know he is a guy that played football here. We are excited to have the opportunity to see him and bring him back.”

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