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Early voting set to begin

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Lincoln Parish residents will be asked to vote in the second election in as many months as early voting on three millage tax renewals and one sales tax proposal.
Two of the millage tax renewals are for the Lincoln Parish School Board. One is a parishwide tax of 10.5 mills. One mill is equal to $1 of tax per every $1,000 of real estate value above the $75,000 homestead exemption amount.
The parishwide tax is restricted for use on purchasing textbooks, instructional materials and school buses; constructing, operating and maintaining school buildings and facilities; offsetting reductions in federal and state school funding; funding mandated federal and state programs and funding employee and retiree health insurance.

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Angola in Lincoln

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The Lincoln Parish Library got a special treat Tuesday evening, and will have a piece of history in its halls for the next month, all thanks to the start of a new idea from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Starting Tuesday, and running through May 11 at the library, the Angola Prison Museum has started a traveling exhibit, “Farming on the Farm: Agricultural Operations at Angola.”
“There is just so much history at Angola that we want to try and pass it along as much as we can,” Angola Museum Director Marsha Lindsey said. “We really wanted to start a traveling exhibit, and this is our very first one we have done. And Ruston was our very first stop.”

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City works to improve

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In coming months, Ruston residents may notice a few welcomed changes around the city as aldermen approved several ordinances during their Monday night meeting aimed at improving transportation within the city.
For those who have long been complaining about the continued deterioration of the Tarbutton Road Interchange bridge that goes over Interstate 20, they may see construction begin on that project soon.

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Follow the law when digging

Whether digging a garden, putting up a fence or wanting to place a pool in your yard, most likely some digging will be required in order to get the work done.
And while digging around, there may be buried infrastructure in the dirt that could be crucial that does not need to be touched.
Because of instances like this, Gov. Bobby Jindal has proclaimed April “Safe Digging Month” in Louisiana as part of a nationwide campaign to promote safety awareness by drawing attention to the thousands of miles of buried infrastructure in the state.

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Denying rights is risky business

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I recently received an email from a mother of a 12-year-old blind daughter; I will refer to her as Sophie. The mother proceeded to tell me Sophie had been in dance classes for many years; the now 12-year-old was taking a big step and starting pre-point class.
What does pre-point mean for you non-dancers? Point is the type of dancing you often see at the ballet where the dancer is standing on the very tip of their toes. Pre-point is the first step for a dancer before she upgrades to wearing point shoes and dances all the way on toe.

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Closing life's many doors

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“Grief is healing: To take away our grief is to take away our healing. And learning about life after death helps us heal with greater hope, comfort and peace.”  
— Bob Olson
Death is as much a part of life as anything. Although, it is the hardest part of life, a person ever has to live through. I have experienced loss as much as others; although no one ever experiences loss in the same way. It is impossible to tell someone “I know how you feel.” To know that feeling is a unique and private part of one’s life. For me, I have found it best to say, “I am sorry for your loss.” It is a way to express your feelings without intruding on those of others.

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A most unwanted present

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National, state and local business groups from around the country opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) when it was being debated in Congress last year. Many trade association representatives (including this writer) went to Washington to express business community concerns about the legislation and to request votes against it. History records that the legislation (all 2,700 pages of nearly incomprehensible jargon) was finally enacted on party line votes in both chambers and signed into law by President Obama.

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Stalking — Precursor to Homicide

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From time to time, headlines hail stories of celebrity stalkers. Celebrity stalking is often a source of lurid interest. Many personalities have been stalked for years. David Letterman’s stalker stuck around for so long and accessed her victim so often that she accrued a certain amount of fame in her own right.

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Tech, GSU face grid questions

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Now, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University look for an encore in the 2012 football season.
How do you get much better than what the Bulldogs and Tigers achieved in 2011, when both captured their conference championships. Tech was tops in the Western Athletic Conference and Grambling was the best in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
But what about next year?

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Ex-LSU star Wilkerson joins G-Men

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GRAMBLING — Just in time for spring training, Grambling State University’s football program has added a former national award-winning offensive lineman to coach that position.
Ben Wilkerson, who won the Rimington Award as the nation’s top collegiate center while at LSU, has been hired by Head Coach Doug Williams as the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions’ new offensive line coach.
The 6-4 and 305-pound Wilkerson is one of the all-time most productive offensive interior performers in LSU history, having been chosen as a consensus All-American as well as earning that Rimington Award during his senior season of 2004.

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