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August 11th, 2014

Lincoln home to state’s top teacher

Lincoln Parish has a long history of excellence in public education. School Superintendent Danny Bell and the members of the Lincoln Parish School Board are dedicated to finding the most qualified educators to teach our kids. This year, Tammy Schales being selected as Louisiana’s Teacher of the Year is proof positive that our school administration is doing a good job in selecting teachers who will have a lasting impact on the educational and professional future of our children.

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Start of school seems too soon

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I still can’t get used to it.
And yes, I’m probably old school — pun totally intended.
It just doesn’t seem quite right. There’s still 43 days of summer left. We’re into only the second week of August, but by Friday some of our parish students will start the new school year.
Whatever happened to school starting after Labor Day? Remember when school always started after Labor Day and ended just after Memorial Day?
It just feels too early. Summer is summer and you’re only a kid once. But times have changed, with even more change possible.

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August 9th

Movin’ on up

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A five-year dream has officially become a reality for public officials.
The newest addition to the parish, the Lincoln Parish Safety Complex held a ribbon cutting on Friday where a grand tour of the facility was available to those in attendance.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone thanked his family for their support during the entire construction process.
In addition to his family, Stone said without legislators, the building could not have been possible with no local tax dollars.

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The friendly side of business

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Often at the bottom of the list when it comes to positive rankings, Louisiana has apparently ranked very well in a survey measuring states’ friendliness toward small businesses.
Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has ranked Louisiana fifth in the nation in its recently released third annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey.

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Ruston’s Schales named La. ‘Teacher of the Year’

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Lincoln Parish’s own, Tammy Schales, a Ruston Elementary School teacher, has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
The process of being selected for the prestigious title entailed many factors and LPSB president Otha Anders said it was, “always rewarding for this system to recognize, applaud and salute outstanding achievements.”
“Having my name announced in Baton Rouge as the winner was a true highlight of my career,” Schales said. “I was especially gratified to be recognized for the work with my students at Ruston Elementary for the past three years.”

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Mayo speaks at prayer breakfast

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Local members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invited Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo to speak at the First Annual Community Scholarship Prayer Breakfast in Grambling Saturday morning. Above: W.D.Walker (left), President of the Lincoln Parish Branch of the NAACP and T.G. Harris prepare breakfast for the First Annual Community Scholarship Prayer Breakfast.

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Enforcement of new laws

Whether it is commuting an hour, 30 minutes or right across town, motorists should take heed to the new laws and amendments that were recently enacted.
The main cause for concern is that of cell phone use being banned in school zones.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said driving is a task that deserves a person’s undivided attention.
“When you throw the phone in there, you’re not giving driving your full attention,” he said.

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Forgiveness is needed, not planned

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I had not planned today’s thoughts in advance, but they were powerful to me.
Sometimes I ponder over a thought for days. Then there might be a major event — good or bad, sweet or sad — that happens to be on the minds of many deserving comment. Rarely do I awake with “THE” thought that I just know must be shared.

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Reinstall blinking light on Hwy 33

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I read with a great deal of personal interest, the editorial of July 6, relating to the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33, Highway 33 and Frazier Road. I will always wish that I had kept a list of the number of deaths that have occurred there, beginning with my husband, who was killed on July 16, 1991.

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Childhood obesity a major problem

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“The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5 percent to nearly 21 percent over the same period”.
It’s the condition of being very fat or overweight. Many adults and kids in the U.S. are obese. It’s becoming an epidemic. In 2013, Louisiana ranked 48th nationally in childhood obesity rates.

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