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Elections planned for fall

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Lincoln Parish voters will have a multitude of choices to make at the polls this fall. Several elections are scheduled for both local and state-level offices.
Oct. 22 marks the primary elections, and local positions on the ballot will include the 12 spots on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, the parish sheriff, clerk of court, tax assessor, coroner and village of Vienna mayor and councilmen. There will also be a special election for the Dubach Town Council District B.

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Dangerous connections

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As society changes and technology advances, cyber predators will continue in their attempts to lure the innocent out of hiding.
However, Lt. Steve Beard, of the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department, had worked with other service organizations about the issue of cyber crime and safety in today’s society. He spoke at the 11th annual “Collaboration is Key” event sponsored by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team last week.

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Brown announces candidacy for Senate

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A Republican with strong Lincoln Parish and Ruston family ties has launches his state Senate campaign for the new District 35 in Ouachita, Lincoln, Rapides, Jackson, Grant and Winn Parishes.
Harris Brown is a small businessman who resides in Monroe, former Levee board president and conservative Republican who has close family ties to Lincoln Parish and the Ruston area.

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Henderson seeks juror re-election

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Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 9 representative Joe Henderson has announced he will seek another 4-year term in the fall elections.
During his 19-year tenure on the jury, Henderson has served as jury vice president, on the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission and as chair of human resources, finance and the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant committees.
“We have endured budget reductions, state and federal mandates, increased costs associated with funding of our pension plans, medical coverage for our employees and several turnovers of jurors,” he said.

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Solutions to schools’ legal issue

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Education officials seek to better integrate RES, CSE, Hillcrest
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Legal representation for the Lincoln Parish School Board says that parish education officials are working to resolve issues that have been raised recently due to pending desegregation litigation.
Pamela Wescovich Dill, one of the board’s attorneys with the firm Hammonds & Sills, said Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell along with other education leaders are currently considering the best way to address the issue that three of the four Ruston district elementary schools have been labeled as racially identifiable.

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Devon helps Neighborhood Watch

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Devon Energy donated $1,000 to the Neighborhood Watch Program. People shown in the picture are (left to right) Sheriff Mike Stone, Michelle Gant, field tech with Devon, Deputy Mattie Houston, Deputy Charles Thomas and Terry Robinson Supervisor with Devon Energy

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Sorority helps elderly

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To show support and awareness of Gerontology research, several members of the Beta Epsilon chapter of Sigma Kappa attended the Senior Olympics in Monroe on Aug. 5.
The event was held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe gymnasium where chapter members were able to cheer on the members of the Alpine Guest Care Center.
This event consisted of a large number of guest care centers competing in various events. Chapter members regularly work with the Alpine Guest Care Center throughout the year and were able to discuss activities happening in the fall.

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Back-to-school calendar released

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The Lincoln Parish Public School System has announced the following schedule for the opening of school.
Registration for new Ruston District students must begin at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office.
Students may register anytime from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Once the school assignment is made, students will report to the school to complete their registration.
Parents are encouraged to register new students as soon as possible to avoid placement delays.

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The patient prosper in stock market

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Question: My portfolio didn’t do much last year and this year is a bust. I am getting discouraged. I’m not sure how much longer I can hold on. Am I foolish to just keep hanging on?
 
Answer: The stock market is heartless, isn’t it?
If an investor had put $10,000 in the S&P 500 on the first day of January 2000, she would have a little less than $10,000 as of last week. Eleven long years, heart-stopping volatility and zero percent annual growth on the money!

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Don’t let downgrade deter you from investing

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Just when you thought you could take a break from financial drama, following the resolution of the debt ceiling issue, here comes Act 2: the downgrade of the U.S. long-term credit rating. As a citizen, you may be feeling frustrated. And as an investor, you might be getting worried. But is this concern really justified? Certainly, it was news when Standard and Poors (S&P) lowered the U.S. long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+. This was, after all, the first time that the U.S. has lost its AAA status since its initial publication 70 years ago.

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