Ruston’s Les Singletary voted early today at Glen View Elementary School. Lincoln Parish’s residents hit the polls to cast ballots in elections for Grambling mayor and aldermen, Dubach mayor, a school board spot, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seats and state lieutenant governor. Also on the ballot is Lincoln Parish Library tax support renewal and 10 state Constitutional Amendments.
Polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Comprehensive election results will be in Wednesday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.
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The Dixie Center for the Arts will play host to modern-day Renaissance man Bobby Bridger at 7 p.m. tonight.
Bridger’s artwork has been on display in the lobby of the Dixie.
John Emory, president of the Dixie board of directors, said Bridger blends American history and theater to bring historical characters to life through song, and to demonstrate unique perspectives of the great Euro-American westward migration, American mythology, the plains Indians and the development of American culture during this time.
More than a week after New Living Word School in Ruston received word that it was approved by the state to accept 315 students as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s scholarship program, Lincoln Parish’s school board is preparing for what a lack of students may bring to its system.
Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said the voucher program will affect the parish’s public school system in a negative way.
“It is certainly going to create a funding issue for us,” he said. “We are already currently dealing with a budget shortfall, and losing more money would just make things more difficult.”
New Living Word, which had 122 students enrolled last year, reportedly doesn’t have enough space, teachers or computers available for such a large increase, but school principal and church pastor, the Rev. Jerry Baldwin said he and the school plan to move forward “on faith” with plans to upgrade the school’s facilities for the increase of students.