When Rodney Alexander resigned as representative from the Lincoln Parish-inclusive 5th Congressional District, he set in motion something that hasn’t happened around here since the seat last century: a specially called federal election to fill a U.S. House seat.
Though election day isn’t until Oct. 19, voters can begin deciding who will fill the just more than one year remaining in Alexander’s term when early voting begins Saturday.
Considering the number of incidents we have had thus far in 2014, residents of Ruston and Lincoln Parish should take a moment today to say a prayer and to thank both local volunteer and fulltime firefighters for their efforts in 2013.
In total, local fire departments responded to upwards of 3,000 calls. Of those calls, more than 350 were actual fires.
This means those men and women responding were putting their lives on the line to serve their community. They did not worry about what time the call came out or if they were in the middle of an important event.
Over the past few months, various Lincoln Parish School principals have shared their tactics and plans for increasing their School Performance Scores with Lincoln Parish School Board members and the public.
The good news is that it looks like that no schools are sitting on their haunches. Elementary and high schools alike have taken actions to improve their scores. Most elementary schools are using programs such as A-Z Reading, Singapore Math, Being a Writer, Accelerated Reader and other research-based programs that have proven effective in increasing student abilities at other schools.