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School Board preps for reform

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Healthcare Reform Act could strain budget
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January will mean a new year and a new health system across the United States as the first wave of changes from the Healthcare Reform Act is enacted.
However, to begin with, certain plans will be “grandfathered” in, meaning they do not have to make all changes to their plans immediately.
According to information presented at the Oct. 20 meeting, the Lincoln Parish School Board has one of those grandfathered plans, which is also one of the few self-funded plans in the state.

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Simsboro on a roll with race

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Town plans annual Soapbox Derby
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In the case of Simsboro’s Soapbox Derby, spinning your wheels is a good thing. Simsboro Habitants Restoring, Uniting and Beautifying Simsboro will host the second annual Soapbox Derby from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13 on Rose Street. The quarter mile, two-lane downhill course is located on the west side of Reagan Madden Park.
Thelma Williams, SHRUBS chair, said children ages 5-18 can compete. A completed and parent signed entry form should be turned in to Town Hall by Nov. 4.
On race day, drivers will speed down a course lined with hay, Williams said. Safety regulations require drivers to wear a helmet, she said.

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Several spooky events planned for weekend

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With Halloween falling on Sunday this year, Lincoln Parish plans on getting an early start on the holiday.
Most festivities are scheduled for Friday or Saturday, starting off with the Howling Halloween Downtown celebration that will begin at 4 p.m. with trick-or-treating at stores along North Trenton Street, Mississippi Avenue, Alabama Avenue, Park Avenue and in Railroad Park.
One new event this Halloween will be a Pumpkin Glow at Dark. Contestants ranging in age from 6-adult can bring a carved pumpkin to Railroad Park by 4 p.m. Friday to enter the contest, which will be broken up into categories determined by age.

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FFA, Tech forestry program educate through competition

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The Future Farmers of America and Louisiana Tech’s forestry program brought the agriculture industry to the classroom recently in order to give high school students on-hand experience of what it takes to be a forester.
Students from high schools all over northeast Louisiana along with Tech forestry students traveled to Tech to compete in the annual Area 1 forestry competition.
Students split up into teams and competed in basic forestry skills such as map reading, tree identification, pulpwood and sawlog estimation, compass and pacing and the thinning of trees to see who would advance to the FFA state competition.

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Tech nursing professors present at conference

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Two Louisiana Tech nursing educators attended the National Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Convention held in Las Vegas.
Nancy Darland, professor, and Tanya Sims, assistant professor, attended the convention, “Sharing Science: Finding Solutions.” It offered more than 70 concurrent sessions, paper presentations and panel discussions, 150 poster presentations and four general sessions that addressed all aspects of women’s health and newborn nursing.
“Attending the AWHONN 2010 Convention enhanced our nursing knowledge and skills, which will enable us to provide updated information for Tech nursing students and better care for our patients in the clinical setting,” Darland said. “We will be able to pass on much of what we learn to our colleagues in the Division of Nursing and to RNs on the units where we go for clinical experiences

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Warren: Backyard path to stardom

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GRAMBLING — Maybe it’s all of those backyard games as a youngster that is helping Frank Warren power his way to stardom for Grambling State University.
When the Tigers’ senior running back was growing up in Pleasant Grove, Ala., there was hardly a day that went by when a game wouldn’t be played in his family’s backyard.
“When I was little, we would be playing in the backyard all of the time, my five older brothers and myself,” Warren said. “They had a tough time tackling me, though. They would usually try and trip me because that was the only way they could stop me.”

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Dooley: Vols facing ‘D-Day?’

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Maybe his Tennessee team is having a rougher season than Derek Dooley thinks.
In speaking about the young and inexperienced Vols during a media conference earlier this week, the former Louisiana Tech University head coach used a World War II analogy.
He went so far as to compare his team’s struggles to that of the German forces during the Allies’ invasion of Normandy.

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White commits to Bulldogs

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Jon’al White is coming back home.
The former Ruston High School defensive line standout has verbally committed to continue his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech University.
White, a 6-1 and 300-pounder, has played the last two years at Jones (Miss.) County Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Lending an ear to help a friend

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Domestic violence does not only affect those who are being abused. Each day their friends, family and co-workers find themselves having to bite their tongues as they see obvious signs of abuse. These people are known by domestic abuse advocates as secondary victims, those who have to spend each day knowing that their loved ones are suffering.
Domestic Abuse Resistance Team advocate Debra Faircloth said for those of us living in Louisiana, it is a statistical impossibility that we don’t know at least one person who is being abused.
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month and a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of those lost to domestic violence will begin at 6 p.m. tonight in the Ruston Civic Center. We’ve all heard quite a bit about how to recognize the signs of abuse, but I realized I didn’t know what to do with that information.

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Railroad safety could prevent tragic deaths

A 29-year-old Arcadia man was struck and killed by a train Monday. Sadly, this tragic accident could have been prevented. Police reported that witnesses saw the man listening to an iPod as he walked along the Arcadia railroad tracks. Though the engineer sounded the train horn, witnesses said the man appeared not to hear it. Unfortunately, listening to his music too loud and walking in dangerous territory cost the man his life.
Reports say the engineer also tried to break, but could not avoid hitting the man. To stop a fast moving train instantly is impossible. The website Operation Lifesaver says a 100-car freight train traveling at 55 mph will need more than a mile, or 18 football fields, to stop. This is why it is so important to be cautious when approaching railroad tracks.
Unfortunately, this is not the first incidence of a pedestrian being hit by a train in the area. To avoid another preventable tragedy, people should be aware of a few key safety facts concerning railroad crossings that apply to both motorists and pedestrians.

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