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February 28th, 2015

Young stops in Ruston

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Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial candidate John Young pledged Friday to work to keep two local museums open more than one day a week despite mid-year state budget cuts.
“We have to make it a priority to fund museums like this,” Young said following a tour of the Louisiana Military Museum in Ruston.
The Jefferson Parish Republican also toured the Eddie Robinson Museum in Grambling. Both facilities will incur staff and hour reductions as a result of a $930,000 mid-year budget cut to the secretary of state’s office by the Jindal administration.

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Ruston to discuss $50K water grant

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to approve the initial step toward seeking grant money that could mean better water quality for residents in the Snowden Street area.
A request for authorization to submit an application for a state Community Water Enrichment Fund grant is one of several items on aldermens’ agenda for the regular meeting. The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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Honor Women’s History Month

More than 100 years ago, women had little freedom. They couldn’t vote, own property or do much on their own. Now, we have women serving as the chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies and seriously considering bids for the White House.
Today begins the celebration of Women’s History Month, where we as a nation and a community, set aside time to consider the many contributions of women throughout history.

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The Renaissance Man, Doug McGuire

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Renaissance Man is a marvelous description said of few. It is defined: “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Such was Doug McGuire.
On Tuesday, the funeral was held for this man of many talents and areas of knowledge. Passing at age 93, he had touched multitudes with his warmth, teaching and example.  My sadness with his death is overcome with gratitude for his impacting my life. At the moment, I know that his family hurts; yet they know that his legacy will live for many generations.

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No foil to cover up the PARCC tests

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I made back-to-back trips through Shreveport last week and both days I found myself doing what I always do when I’m traveling west on Interstate 20. It’s almost like a reflex even though I always have the exact same thought every single time I hit the exact same spot.

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The hidden cost of technology

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Most days I spend my commute listening to audiobooks. But, every once in awhile, I listen to whatever is on the radio, and I’ve become quite fond of a group of morning DJs. The music can be hit or miss, but I enjoy spending a few minutes each morning listening to their conversations.
Like many morning DJs, between songs they do random games, tell people the latest news or celebrity gossip and discuss a variety of life topics. Recently, they started discussing an experience of one of the male DJs.

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Grambling High: Math teachers present a lesson to parents

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Christmas Celebrations
During the Christmas season, Grambling High School students were busy with many events.
On Dec. 17, the student council sponsored a Christmas program in which students from Grambling High School and Grambling Middle School were able to showcase their talents. The GHS band performed many Christmas musical selections.
The Spanish classes at GHS helped decorate the school by creating ornaments with Spanish themes and using those ornaments to decorate a large Christmas tree at the entrance of the school.

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Ouachita Baptist: Locals make dean’s list at OBU

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ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas — A total of 377 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2014-15.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.

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LPECC goes red for heart health

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The Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center was proud to support the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation in wearing red on Feb. 13, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. They raised $400 in one day.
The school was deeply touched recently by the birth of Stella Graham, daughter of Maggie, an LPECC teacher, and Thomas Graham. Stella, like so many other babies, was born with a congenital heart defect.

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Get ready for the ‘What-ifs’ in finances

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The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning is so critical, and a good plan will take into account many of the possible uncertainties. In the process of developing your personal retirement plan, it’s important to map out these “what-ifs” — the scenarios, priorities and choices that you’ll build into your strategy.

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