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June 4th, 2014

School board honors 2013-14 retirees

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Out of 33 who retired, a total of 879 years were given to the school district
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The Lincoln Parish School Board held a special dedication ceremony during the monthly meeting Tuesday night to honor all of the retirees of the 2013-14 school year.
“There is a sense of regret as we are losing all of these great employees,” Superintendent Danny Bell said. “They have committed themselves and we appreciate their many years of service.”
Out of the 33 retirees a total of 879 years was dedicated to the LPSD.
“On behalf of the entire board, we would like to congratulate all of you on the milestone you have reached,” LPSB President Otha Anders said.

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Crowe follows footsteps

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During the LPSD meeting, a special recognition was given to Charles Owens, left, who will be retiring as director of auxiliary services this year. Superintendent Danny Bell said Owens has always enhanced and embraced the Lincoln Parish School District in his 42 years of service.
Taking Owens’ place will be David Crowe. Crowe has served as coach, teacher and assistant principal for the LPSD for 36 years and said he is honored and humbled to have the opportunity for the position.
This is not the first time Crowe has filled Owens’ shoes.

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Elmore rallies community

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Ruston mayoral candidate Bill Elmore said Tuesday he’s running for office because of “what’s right with Ruston, not what is wrong.”
Elmore, one of two declared contenders for the city’s top job, kicked off his campaign with a late-afternoon rally attended by approximately 125 people.
He applauded the administration of retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and pledged to continue much of the work that’s begun during Hollingsworth’s nearly16 years in office.
“We’re going in the right direction,” Elmore said.

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Ruston man arrested

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A Ruston man faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile today following an argument with his girlfriend earlier this week.
Police say Michael Leon Williams, 56, of 814 East California Avenue, had apparently gotten into a disagreement with his girlfriend on Monday that led to a physical altercation and an alleged injury to a 2-year-old child being cared for at the victim’s residence.

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Tech’s Lange named All-Louisiana

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Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange was honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as South Africa native was named second team All-Louisiana.
Lange received second team honors along with Eamon Bradley (Southeastern Louisiana), Fernando Cruze Valle (UL-Lafayette), Curtis Thompson (LSU) and Haraldur Magnus (UL-Lafayette).
He was also named second team All-Conference USA, C-USA All-Tournament and Bayou City Collegiate Championship All-Tournament during the season.

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12 Bulldogs selected as preseason All-CUSA

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Highlighted by running back Kenneth Dixon and Illinois transfer and defensive end Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech placed 12 players on the Preseason All-Conference USA Teams as announced Tuesday by Phil Steele’s 2014 College Football Preview.
Dixon and Bates were Louisiana Tech’s first-team honorees while cornerback Le’Vander Liggins and kicker Kyle Fischer garnered second-team honors.

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Lending a hand to RPAR

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On Feb. 25, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013.
According to the BLS website, “About 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. The volunteer rate in 2013 was the lowest it has been since the supplement was first administered in 2002.”

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Neighborhood makes history

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen made back-to-back historic decisions this week that open new avenues for neighborhood development and preservation for years to come.
The board’s approval of the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District marks Ruston’s first foray into a relatively new type of zoning that allows neighborhoods to self-impose their own set of regulations.

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McAllister mum on future

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It’s no great shock that 5th District Rep. Vance McAllister has evidently not totally ruled out a re-election bid after all.
The first-term lawmaker, who some media outlets dubbed “the kissing congressman” in the wake of a surveillance camera video showing McAllister and a female aide in a hallway embrace, declared back in April that he wouldn’t be a candidate this fall.
What a difference a couple of months make. Now, the 40-year-old Oak Grove Republican says he may change his mind before the Aug. 20 start of candidate qualifying.

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June 3rd

Local teen wins state crown

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The Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen, Meagan Crews, front, was crowned Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen on Saturday night. She was also preliminary talent winner as well as preliminary fitness winner. She was awarded more than $3,500 in scholarships and will go on to compete at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
Donna Kay Thompson, Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Organization board member, said the organization is proud of Crews’ accomplishment.

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