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January 24th, 2015

Students focus on preparing for spring tests

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Third grade news
Our third graders came back from Christmas break ready to learn. We have focused on learning about the different genres in reading. Our love for reading is growing, and our Accelerated Reading scores continue to rise. We are looking forward to our next chapter book, “Winn Dixie.”
Our study of the Louisiana Purchase provoked interest in our students; most students’ curiosity was on all the states that were involved. Students were intrigued by the people they were introduced to, including Napoleon.

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New boutique opens at Goodwill

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Pictured is the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for BlueDawgs, the new “Tech fan” boutique at Goodwill. Fans are encouraged to stop by. Goodwill says about .87 of every dollar spent goes back into helping others.

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Thanks for helping us spread cheer

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On behalf of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling Community Joy Fund Volunteers, we offer thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Grambling and surrounding areas for making our 2014 Annual project a success.

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Protecting vital rural hospitals

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Rural hospitals and providers are critical to the communities they serve in Louisiana. They offer much-needed health care access, provide for a strong economy and are a social anchor for the region. Critical access hospitals, for example, each create 107 jobs and provide on average $5 million in annual wages, salaries and benefits within their local community.
The president and some members of Congress are calling for more cuts to these hospitals that care for our families, friends and neighbors.

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Tank cars the best way to fix our bridges

For 22 years the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has used the idea of refurbished railroad tank cars to replace bridges throughout the parish.
While replacing a bridge with concrete may cost upwards of $1 million, utilizing a railroad tank car has been more than just cost effective.
Costing approximately $18,000 each, a tank car saves both money and time.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said constructing a concrete bridge may take anywhere from three to six months for completion.

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Teens learn money management

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Even if you’re independently wealthy, we can all admit that money management isn’t the easiest or most enjoyable task of being an adult. And, unfortunately, if you come from a family that didn’t teach you how to manage money, you’re already leaving the gate with a handicap.
Luckily, in Lincoln Parish, the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and the Lincoln Parish School Board, have teamed up for the past several years to offer teens a hands-on activity geared at teaching them a little about money management.

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Mock Law School Class on tap at GSU

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The Earl Lester Cole Honors College at Grambling State University will be sponsoring a “Mock Law School Class” featuring professors from Southern University Law Center.
The Mock Class is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the School of Nursing Auditorium.
The class provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in critical thinking and reasoning through the eyes of the Socratic Method. Students who have an interest in becoming a lawyer will experience firsthand what to expect in a first year law class.

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Moving closer to a goal

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Pictured are 4 Paws President Sue Martin and board member Bill Elmore accepting a $50,000 donation toward the 4 Paws Rescue Building fund from the late Errol Dawson. Dawson earmarked the money for this purpose in his will. Dawson had previously given the organization $27,000 to help with their operations. The organization continues to collect money to achieve their goal of building a self-sustaining pet shelter. For more information about the organization call 251-DOGS or visit their website at www.4pawsrescueinc.myresq.org.

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Tech receives $92K

Funds to support scholarships for first generation, outstanding students
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The Board of Trustees of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation have presented Louisiana Tech University with a gift of $920,000 to fund scholarships for first generation and academically outstanding students.
In addition to the gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Tech will seek $80,000 in matching funds for first-generation scholars from the Louisiana Board of Regents to establish a total scholarship fund of $1 million. 
Tech President Les Guice was joined by President Emeritus Dan Reneau on the 16th floor of Wyly Tower to receive the check.

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Enjoying learning new words, hairstyles

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I learned a new word today. How neat is that? It is palindrome. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who never heard of it? It means a word that can be spelled forward or backward, like racecar or kayak. Maybe I’ve just forgotten it in over 90 years.
I love to learn new vocabulary words. It goes back to my early childhood. We lived in a small upstairs apartment in New Orleans. My mother did all sorts of things to keep us busy.

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