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School district gets a ‘C’

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Lincoln Parish DPS slightly improves from 2010
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According to the Louisiana Department of Education, Lincoln Parish received a solid “C” on its report card for the 2010-11 school year.
This is the first year that the state has switched over from the previous star system to a letter grade system.
“This release marks an era of newness to accountability,” Donna Doss, school improvement and accountability coordinator, said at the Lincoln Parish School Board meeting Tuesday night.

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Five Ruston stores raided by police

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This morning search warrants were served at five Ruston businesses following a four-month long investigation into the illegal sales of synthetic marijuana, bath salt items and credit card fraud, according to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office. The following businesses were searched as part of the ongoing investigation:

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DART vigil sheds light on those lost

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In 2010 nearly 1,000 people visited one of the 20 domestic abuse shelters in the state of Louisiana.
Locally, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has been working to spread awareness of the crimes involving domestic violence.
On Tuesday night DART honored the 28 men, women and children who have been killed by domestic violence within the five parishes that they serve. The 28 include one man, four children and 23 women.

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Pullen running for PJ District 6

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Walter Pullen has announced his candidacy for Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 6.   
  
Pullen said he decided he must run for the Police Jury when the current District 6 representative voted to give the parish’s trash disposal contract to someone for $200,000 per year more than the lowest bid.

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Changes proposed for N.O. census update

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Editor’s note: The Ruston Daily Leader this week is publishing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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RHS Alumni Association supports newspaper

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Special to the Leader
Once again, the Ruston High School Alumni Association has stepped up and become a major supporter of Chatterbox. In late August, Bobby Williams, representing the RHS Alumni Association, visited the Chatterbox staff at school and presented a sponsorship check in the amount of $300.

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Bearcat Blitz helps freshmen adjust to school life

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On Sept. 23, freshman students were invited to stay after school for the first annual Freshman Academy Bearcat Blitz. This event was planned as part of the Kick-Off Mentoring Program at Ruston High School, a program that allows upper-class students to mentor ninth graders, assisting students with the transition from junior high to high school.

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Start of second six weeks continues student education

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With the ending of the first six weeks and the beginning of a new, Ruston Elementary is now in full swing and experiencing positive changes.  We are pleased to have organizations such as Lincoln ACHIEVE, Big Brothers and Sisters and our Community Readers to assist students with achievement. Having readers visit our school, our students are able to strengthen reading skills and build reading confidence. Children are also shown how to become productive citizens.

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Cedar Creek announces five AP scholar award winners

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Five Cedar Creek students have earned AP Scholar Awards for their achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

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Artoberfest on tap with brews, aid to Arts Tour

A centuries-old European tradition will flow into Ruston Oct. 13 as the North Central Louisiana Arts Council offers a special fundraising event.
The second annual Artoberfest will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Ruston’s Historic Fire Station, located at 200 E. Mississippi Ave. Tickets are now on sale.
“Much like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, our event will feature good music, good food, good beer and good fun,” said Leigh Anne Chambers, NCLAC executive director.

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