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January 8th, 2015

Glen View Elementary: Improving test scores, learning music

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The Junior Auxiliary Christmas program at Glen View brings so much joy to our students.
The smile on our student’s faces when they receive their cookies and gift are priceless. We, as teachers, appreciate the Junior Auxiliary program for providing books for our students to encourage and promote literacy at home.
First grade
Our first graders at Glen View Elementary have been very busy. We recently finished up our reading unit about spiders.

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Tech students selected for international research grants

Two graduate students from Louisiana Tech University have been selected to receive grants from Sigma Xi, an international interdisciplinary research society, as part of the Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program.
Tyler Sonsalla, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Tech’s molecular science and nanotechnology program and also a master’s in applied physics, and Taylor Tarlton, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in engineering physics, were two of just 184 recipients selected from over 1,100 applications submitted from institutions throughout the world.

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Cellphone usage bad for health

There are 6.8 billion cell-phone subscriptions, which is almost as many as the 7 billion people in the world, according to Quartz.com. It took just a little more than 20 years for this to happen. There were 96 cell-phone service subscriptions for every 100 people in the world last year.
Since the invention of the smartphone, which can make phone calls, store your music, snap photos, record videos and browse the Internet, the world has seen a steady increase of mobile phone usage. There are 5 billion mobile phones in the world with 1.08 billion people owning a smartphone.

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When moving, bring painkillers

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My lower back is really starting to hurt.
I tried an ice packet, a heating pad and even combining both to take away the pestering pain. Nothing seems to work.
I guess lifting heavy boxes, sleeping on the couch every night and walking back and forth from my SUV to the house is not helping the cause.
I pictured moving being a piece of cake because, “I don’t have that much stuff, Mom. I don’t need anyone’s help. Quit being a Mom.”
My mother kept annoying me with questions before the big move, and I was quick to give a snarky response proving my masculinity and intelligence.

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4-H cooking contest recipes

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On Dec. 6 Lincoln Parish 4-H Clubs held the 4-H Cooking Contest at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest in 12 individual divisions. The divisions were as follows: Beef —Ground Beef Appetizer, Ground Beef Main Dish and Beef Other Cuts; Poultry — Chicken; Seafood — Shrimp, Fish and Crawfish; Egg — Appetizer/Salad and Dessert; Pecan — Appetizer/Salad and Dessert; and Healthy Boxed Lunch.

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January 7th

Anders, Mitcham re-elected as officers

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Lincoln Parish School Board members cited a “bittersweet” tone to their Tuesday night meeting as they welcomed new board members, voted to retain officers from 2014, said goodbye to former Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and formally accepted the retirement of Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell.
Because of how the terms fell, all 12 board members were sworn-in by Clerk of Court Linda Cook during the regular meeting. However, only two of those members — District 1 Representative Susan Wiley and District 2 Representative David Ferguson — were new to the board.

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Freezing weather ahead

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The strong arctic high-pressure system that’s moving through North Louisiana today could bring the region’s first snowflakes of 2015 by Friday.
“There’s a chance for some light stuff going into the weekend,” Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish director of homeland security and emergency preparations, said.
But little to no accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

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Takewell sentenced for drugs

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MONROE — Christopher Takewell, 38, of Choudrant, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug distribution. U.S. District Judge Robert G. James handed down the sentence on Monday. Takewell was also sentenced with five years of supervised release.
According to evidence presented at the Sept. 25, guilty plea, law enforcement agents conducted a controlled purchase of 104.65 grams of pure methamphetamine in January 2014 from Takewell at his home. The residence was searched on Jan. 24, 2014, and the $6,250 used in the controlled purchase was recovered.

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$16K reward offered in Union disappearance

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A $16,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can lead authorities to the exact location of Amanda McKinnie McPherson, a Union Parish native missing since Nov. 4.
McPherson’s mother, Sharon McKinnie of Linville, said community businesses contributed the money for the reward. That’s in addition to a $1,500 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Union Parish.

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RPD seeks burglars who tunneled through walls

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Burglars responsible for breaking through the walls of a local shopping center on the 900 block of South Trenton Street are still at large.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said a call was received at 4 a.m. Tuesday when an alarm was sounded at a local check cashing business.

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