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September 11th, 2017

Board to discuss health care plan in October meeting

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The Lincoln Parish School Board last week unanimously chose to table the majority of a health care proposal that would place more burden of the cost on those covered by the plan.
The board will revisit the proposal during its October meeting.
The board voted only on the portion of the plan that would only allow specific drugs in each drug class to be covered.
The board decided to wait until October to vote on the proposal so that there would be more time to discuss the plan. The deadline to submit the plan is January. 

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16 Years Later: Remembering 9/11

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NEW YORK (AP) — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.
About a thousand 9/11 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

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LPPJ to discuss 2017 millage rates

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Board of Review for tax assessments slated for meeting

A Board of Review will be called when members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The board will be called for the purpose of hosting a public hearing for 2017 tax assessments.
There are three cases listed to be heard by the board.
After the cases are heard, the board will certify the assessment list to the Louisiana Tax Commission, and adjourn the board.
This will be a time for those who registered with the jury to speak out about their concerns regarding their property tax assessments.

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Culture Guild celebrates 70 years

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On Sept. 7, the Lincoln Parish Museum was the setting for the The Culture Guild of Ruston’s 70th anniversary celebration. Members enjoyed President Sandra Hart’s reading of an article published in in the Ruston Daily Leader on Sept. 1948, describing a tea celebrating the first year of The Culture Guild. Following the business meeting, members enjoyed a delicious anniversary cake and other refreshments in the beautifully decorated dining room of the museum. The club’s flower, the chrysanthemum, was featured on the cake and in the floral arrangements.

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DART training educates and chills

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Editors Note: This is the first part in a two part series.
At the end of DART’s 17th Annual Collaboration is the Key training conference, I had learned a lot of new information. I was also overrun with emotions. In order to fully discuss this outstanding event, I will be dividing this column into two parts.
The first emotion I felt that day was pride. I was proud of DART’s presentation of this highly professional and very pertinent information to our community, at no charge.

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Seeing hurricane destruction brings back memories

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Growing up in southwest Louisiana, I have seen my fare share of hurricanes. I remember when Hurricane Lili, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Louisiana on Oct. 3, 2001. Three days before my birthday.

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Remembering past days on the football field

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I don’t know that kids nowadays play no-pads sandlot tackle football like we did when I was a kid. Something tells me some electronic gadget has something to do with that.
Dubach High School didn’t have a football team, so all football was played near Tatum’s Pond most every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the fall and winter. Back then we had only one phone and when it rang I knew it was game on.

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Lesson of 9/11: Don’t give up

There is something a bit eerie about today’s 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that felled the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and left a scarred field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Maybe the extra discomfort is a result of the back-to-back ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma or the wildfires burning in the nation’s northwest, or the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years, or perhaps the revved up tensions with North Korea.

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Wow! moments will highlight Grambling season

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Our predictions on some highlights moments in the rest of the schedule for Grambling State University’s football season:
•Quarterback DeVante Kincade passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 32-28 win over rival UAPB.
• Safety Joseph McWilliams has two interceptions and six pass breakups in 52-7 triumph against Clark University.
* Kincade has a 404-yard passing total with four touchdowns in 56-7 rout past Mississippi Valley.
* Wide receiver Devohn Lindsey has 10 catches for 124 yards and three touchdowns in 55-7 rout past Mississippi Valley.

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Well-known names can be good guys, too

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(We get requests to rerun or give an “instant replay” if you will, of various columns we’ve written; one such Corral was about some of the really “good guys” we’ve dealt with through the years)
In more than 50 years of being a sportswriter, I’ve dealt with a plethora of characters.
Some bad, some good.
Sadly, it’s the “bad” ones who get too much of the attention and give the impression to the reader that the majority of subjects we’ve written about fall into the “bad” department.
Not true altogether.

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