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Finley speaks to Grambling grads

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When Stephanie Finley graduated from Grambling State University in 1988, she took the knowledge she gained there and made a life many would be proud to call their own.
Finley, who was selected by President Barack Obama in January of 2010, and confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2010, to serve as the United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana — also making her the first woman in the state of Louisiana appointed as a U.S. attorney — shared her knowledge and life experiences Friday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center to the more than 400 GSU graduates who received their diploma at the 2011 Fall Commencement.

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Valuing the Act 54 plan

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Locals speak up on new teacher evaluation tool
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Every issue has at least two sides and the plan to base teacher evaluations at least partially on student performance is no different.
Community leaders, as well as those throughout the state in the field of education, have varied opinions about the proposed new plan, which Lincoln Parish and 11 other school districts will begin piloting in January. The entire plan is set to be implemented in the fall of 2012.

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Headed for a boom or bust?

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Possibility of oil, gas prompts Union land leasing surge

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a three-part series looking into gas and oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense rock formation under much of Union Parish. The series will explain current exploration, what that exploration has already meant for the parish and what it could potentially mean in the future.

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Students present ‘Messiah’

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The Dixie Center for the Arts will be filled with the sweet sound of children singing on Monday as A.E. Phillips third-sixth graders present the “Messiah.”
Students, along with a small orchestra from Louisiana Tech University, will take the stage twice at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday to allow more community members to attend. The event will cost $2 for students and $5 for adults.
Randall Boyd, A.E. Phillips choir director, said the group has been working on the piece since August and this is the second time the school will present the piece.

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Aggies offer support to troops, veterans

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November and December have been busy for the Choudrant High Aggies. We
have shown our Aggie spirit in a number of ways, including Veterans Day and
State Fair activities, a food drive and support for our troops in Afghanistan.
Support for troops
and veterans
Choudrant High Future Business Leader’s of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapters conducted a community service project to “Stuff the Stockings” for troops serving in Afghanistan. The groups collected hundreds of items including DVD’s, handwarmers and treats for the holidays. The postage to mail the items was sponsored by FBLA, FCCLA and Beta Club.

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Weather cold, but fishing is hot

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There’s this guy in my hunting club who feels sorry for me, because he knows that if I want to eat fish this time of year, I’ll have to open a can of tuna. His benevolence and keeping the true spirit of the season in giving was manifested when I drove home from church Sunday to find an ice chest by our front door. Inside the chest, covered in ice, were ten big crappie; all I had to do was filet and fry ‘em. Mike Brister had delivered me an early Christmas gift.

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Race winner makes a move

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Dubach’s Zachary Skipper prepares to make a move on the Twin City track in Monroe during his recent first place finish for the junior dragster division of the annual Thanksgving Race. The event marked the end of the competitive drag racing season for Skipper and other participants.

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Skipper tops at Monroe race

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Zachary Skipper, 12, of Dubach displays the drag racing trophy he captured recently after finishing in first place for the junior dragster division at the Thanksgiving Race held in Monroe. The son of Steven and Amie Skipper of Dubach has also finished as a runner-up three times.

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Plan to prevent tragedy this holiday season

With Christmas and New Year’s Day fast approaching, families will soon be out on area roads traveling across the country to be with the ones they love. With many people scheduled to be on the roads, extra caution needs to be taken to help keep any problems from arising.
With a higher number of vehicle traffic on the streets, it is going to be tougher to drive simply for the lack of road space available. There will also be a higher number of drivers out on the road who are impaired, especially since Christmas time always means a little celebratory partying for many.

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Man addresses individualism

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The United States of America was founded on the idea that the sovereign individual is the basic unit of this new country as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This new idea of individual rights and freedom is based on the Judeo-Christian tradition and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, i.e. capitalism. The Jewish tradition states that God created man in his own image and, as such, has intrinsic value and that each individual is responsible for his own unique relationship to God.  The Christian tradition goes further, stating that each individual is responsible for his own salvation — whether to accept Christ as his personal savior or not.

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