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Better integrating the schools

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As we observe Black History Month, it’s a time to not only look back at decades past, but to more closely scrutinize where we are going.
Around 60 years ago, segregation flourished. Blacks and whites in America had separate restrooms, water fountains and schools.
Then came the desegregation order, and after a few decades, everyone who is not drinking bottled water is using the same fountains, and the bathrooms are open to everyone.

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The 23rd member of the club

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It has been 10 years since Oklahoma joined the ranks of Right-to-Work states, becoming No. 22. Now Indiana has become No. 23. The legislation recently enacted in the Hoosier State is potentially a game-changer in the workplace. The upper Midwest was a bastion of manufacturing and union dominance for decades. In post-World War II America, that region ruled when it came to manufacturing steel, automobiles and durable goods of all types. The industrial might of the region was tempered only by the clout of the industrial unions that used their muscle to secure contracts that drastically and systematically increased wages and benefits and imposed burdensome work rules on employers. The result was diminished productivity and higher manufacturing costs.

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Cause unknown for fire near Simsboro

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Smoke is visible after a mobile home fire erupted on Wednesday south of Simsboro.

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Students, teacher honored for excellence

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Hats Off
Grambling Middle School’s Student and Teacher of the Year were recognized at the Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center. GMS was represented by Raegan Nation, student of the year, and Cathy Holmes, teacher of the year. They each received a plaque and certificate. Congratulations!

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Community service project planning begins

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‘The BIG Serve’
Bethel Christian School is making plans for “The BIG Serve” set for the week of April 23 when students, faculty, staff and school board members will join together in serving Lincoln and Jackson Parish communities in a variety of dynamic service projects. In doing so, the school has a goal of raising $50,000 during this pledge-driven event to increase their teachers’ salaries and replace the roof of the gym/multipurpose building. Individuals and businesses will be invited to financially support this effort.

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Fourth graders enjoy White House dinner

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Student, Teacher
of the Year
We are so proud of Lauren Washington. She was not only selected as Hillcrest Student of the Year, but Lincoln Parish Student of the Year as well. Congratulations, Lauren.
Debbie Conn was selected as Hillcrest Teacher of the Year. Conn is a kindergarten teacher who loves her children and teaches them many new things every day. Congratulations, Mrs. Conn!

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Speech team seeks volunteer judges

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Ruston High School is looking for a few community members interested in listening to speeches, debates and theatrical performances.
The Speech and Debate Club, led by teacher Monica Olsen, is preparing for a big competition in late March, and needs approximately 45 volunteers to help students practice.
Olsen said at competitions students are judged both by coaches trained in the art and community members who are not. She said while she can train students for the coaches, it is better for untrained community members to help students prepare for the untrained judges.

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SIMSBORO SCHOOL HONOR ROLL

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Simsboro School has announced those students who have achieved honor roll for the third six weeks in elementary and the second nine weeks in high school.
“A” honor roll
First grade: Calvin Baker, Kailee Barnette, Kristin Martin, Erin Matlock, Chloe Raburn, Jazmyn Self, Sean Paul Tartar, Lauryn Vernon and Kristian Warfield
Second grade: Julian Escobedo, Helen Fischer, Mary Ingle, Hailey Johnson, Shailyn Planks and Amari Williams
Third grade: Tayla Osborne, Jaden Poindexter and Arley Wheeler
Fifth grade: Sophie Green and Madison Jones
Sixth grade: Landon Wilhite

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A.J. BROWN HONOR ROLL

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Alma J Brown Elementary Laboratory School has released the names of the students who achieved honor roll status for the third six-weeks reporting period.
Students are listed by academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade point average) and grade level.
Principal’s List — 4.0 GPA
First grade — Lauryn Garrison, Jaidyn Page and Trinity Page
Second grade — Kalesia Barfield, Keshawn Brewster, Leetanya Clauzel, Xavier Mosley and Jeremiah Thomas
Fifth grade — Amyia Moore
Honor Roll —
3.0 – 3.99 GPA

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

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Lacayo on Headmaster’s list
Rafael Lacayo, of Ruston, has been named to the first semester Headmaster’s List at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn.
To qualify for the Headmaster’s List, a student must earn all As in regular courses and no grade lower than a B+ in honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Rafael, the son of Dr. Leonel and Lisa Lacayo, of Ruston, was also selected for the Faculty Recognition List as a special acknowledgement of his academic efforts during the semester.

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