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Advancing STEM

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Local educators Chris Campbell and Cathi Cox-Boniol recently represented Louisiana and Lincoln Parish at the Triangle Coalition STEM Education Conference held in Arlington, Va.
Campbell, a current Einstein Fellow in Washington, D.C., on leave from his regular duties as science teacher at Simsboro High School, and Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE coordinator, were part of a group that featured STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) leadership from across America assembled to delve into “World-Class STEM Education: Building on the Global Perspective.”

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SCHOOL NEWS: SIMSBORO SCHOOL

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Coloring campaign raises $750 to fight cancer
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Simsboro Elementary students have been working hard to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Students worked with Chili’s Restaurant to raise money by coloring Chili peppers and collecting donations for the foundation. The students raised $750 during the week-long fundraiser and posted their chili peppers all over the school in support of St. Jude’s Hospital. One student from each class was chosen for creating the best pepper design and had their picture taken for Channel 21. Mrs. Collinsworth’s class raised the most money and will receive a catered lunch from Chili’s.

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SCHOOL NEWS: CEDAR CREEK

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Duke Talent Search recognizes several Creek students

Fourth-sixth grade
Duke Talent Identification Program’s Fourth–Sixth Grade Talent Search allows qualified students to gain access to educational programs within Duke TIP. Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability.

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Celebrating 50 years of business

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Mayor Dan Hollingsworth presents Cliff and Velma Woodall, of Woodall’s Furniture, with a proclamation as they celebrate 50 years of business in Ruston.

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Locals earn business awards

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Pictured are the winners of the 2012 Ruston-Lincoln Parish business awards. The annual Business Awards Breakfast was held Friday at the Louisiana Tech University Student Center. From left to right are Don Robertson, Jim Taylor Ford, Business of the Year; Richard Raue, Hi-Tech Computers, Small Business of the Year; Ashley Johnson, Young Businessperson; and James Davison, Small Business Champion. The awards program is a joint effort of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tech’s College of Business.

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Coffee campaign launched in La.

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Votes taken for favorite blend

Twenty-five years ago, Community Coffee Company was named the State Coffee of Louisiana™ by its customers. To commemorate this quarter-century milestone, the company is giving Louisiana residents the opportunity to vote for their favorite Community® coffee blend during its State Coffee Campaign. Community Coffee Company will announce the winning blend on Nov. 3, a day before the presidential election.

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Ribbon cutting held for Smoky Hollow BBQ Joint

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Sept. 27 for Smoky Hollow BBQ Joint, located at 2537 Louisiana Highway in Ruston. Smoky Hollow offers dine-in, take-out and catering. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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CTB gives to blind center

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Pam Allen, executive director for Louisiana Center for the Blind, accepts a donation from Community Trust Bank representatives David Darland and Shelia Grayson. Pictured from left to right are Allen, Darland and Grayson.

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ExxonMobil awards grants to La. Tech

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ion recently awarded Louisiana Tech University and its College of Engineering and Science $23,000 in academic grants, as part of their nationwide Departmental Grants Program.
Tech’s civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs will each benefit from the funding provided by ExxonMobil. 
This year, ExxonMobil has awarded $2 million in academic grants to 83 colleges and universities. During the last 10 years, ExxonMobil has provided more than $20 million to higher education institutions.

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Southwest MCH 1st to achieve new license

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Methodist Children’s Home of Southwest Louisiana has the distinction of being Louisiana’s first licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF).
On Oct. 3, Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) surveyors conducted a site visit to study the facilities and treatment program. On Oct. 4, license “001” was issued by the Health Standards Section of DHH.

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