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Schools get preliminary SACS stamp

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Parish receives high marks
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An explosion of applause filled the packed Lincoln Parish School Boardroom on Wednesday afternoon as the preliminary investigative team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement announced their findings.
Lincoln Parish Schools has been recommended for full accreditation by the preliminary team of investigators from SACS. Full accreditation is likely to be actually rewarded in January after the preliminary report is reviewed on state and national levels.
SACS is an organization developed to accredit public and private schools and school systems in the state.

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It’s a busy weekend for parish teams

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There’s no shortage of football action for Lincoln Parish fans this weekend.
And it all starts tonight with a 7 p.m. District 1-1A opening contest between Grambling High and Ringgold High at Robinson Stadium on the campus of Grambling State University.
On Friday, Ruston and Monroe Neville High lock helmets in their annual showdown, this one helping lift off the District 3-4A schedules for both schools. Kickoff time at James Stadium will be 7 p.m.

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Making the streets of Simsboro safer at night

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Village looks to add deputy police chief

Simsboro aldermen are considering before the next month an ordinance introduced by newly re-elected Mayor Willie Hendricks.
“During the re-election campaign process, I knocked on every door in Simsboro,” Hendricks said. “In talking with citizens, there was a concern of having coverage in Simsboro 24/7. Sheriff Mike Stone has been very good about having (deputies) in Simsboro at night, but if something occurs in another municipality they have to leave.”
Using the Lawrason Act, Hendricks introduced an ordinance at Monday’s meeting suggesting that the town amend the budget to include a part-time deputy police chief who will work at night.

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November ballot full of choices

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The work of Lincoln Parish voters is yet to be done in 2010.
In November, area residents will have the opportunity to vote on 10 state Constitutional Amendments and a library support tax renewal. Additionally, they can make their choices in multiple candidate races. Here are some of the Nov. 2 election highlights:
• Mayor races — Voters in the city of Grambling have two choices for mayor — Mayor Pro-tem Edward Jones, Democrat, and businessman Robert Wiley, No Party. In Dubach, voters must decide between Republican Dinah Brazzel and Democrat Ray Polk.

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Fire safety has many aspects

Fire Safety Week is almost over, but the need to ensure your home is safe in the case of a blaze should always be a priority.
Cold weather like the area has been experiencing this week not only sends us digging for jackets, but for electric heaters and potentially even firewood. These items, while helpful at keeping the cold at bay, also increase the chance of a fire.

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Drug-dealing suspect arrested

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A man suspected of dealing marijuana is behind bars following a traffic stop for speeding.
Ahmad Antone Bowleg, 23, of Gramblng, has been arrested on multiple drug charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Grambling police officer on Tuesday night stopped Bowleg for driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone on Stadium Boulevard. The officer reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and frisked the suspect.

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Ruston man faces obscenity charge

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A 50-year-old Ruston man was arrested for obscenity and indecent behavior with a juvenile following an alleged incident in a Monroe park.
The suspect, John Allen Chovanec, 904 E. Georgia St. in Ruston, was booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center.
According to an arrest affidavit, the Monroe Police Department was called to Forsythe Park on Wednesday morning in reference to a white male on the children’s playground masturbating.

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