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Downtown treats

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Annual event to feature pet show, costumes
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In the quest to make sure area children have a fun and safe Halloween, the City of Ruston is offering an afternoon of holiday-themed activities including trick-or-treating in many of the city’s downtown businesses.
Starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 31, area children will be able to participate in the second annual Downtown Howl’oween by meeting at Railroad Park. Along with trick-or-treating, there will be a costume contest for dogs and many activity booths sponsored by area groups.

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Graduation rates rise

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Lincoln Parish schools rank No. 6 in state
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According to information released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education, Lincoln Parish had a 15.8 percent increase in graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year.
The study measured the cohort graduation rate, which means it looked at the number of students who began ninth grade and finished 12th grade together.
In Lincoln Parish, the cohort graduation rate for 2010-11 was 84.2 percent, ranking the parish sixth in the state.

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Lincoln Parish Library goes digital

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Bookmobile explains new online services
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Residents of Lincoln Parish now have eBooks, audiobooks, music and movies available for free instantly courtesy of the Lincoln Parish Library.
As part of the Green Gold Consortium, a partnership between 11 parishes including Lincoln, library patrons can now access OverDrive, a program which allows patrons to download various media onto their computers or digital devices for a limited time.
A digital bookmobile was parked in the library parking lot to introduce people to the new service and help residents learn how to utilize it.

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Don’t be afraid to speak against family violence

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Music from Ruston radio station KRLQ FM 94.1 is heard from Alexandria to Little Rock, Ark. Many more people listen on the Internet from places as far away as China, Australia and Germany, as well as coast to coast. Country music has clearly gone global.
The man who owns KRLQ is radio personality Bill Brown. One of the world’s good guys, Brown is not afraid to speak out about issues which concern him. Family violence in Louisiana is one of those issues.

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Pet of the Week

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Betsy is a 5-month-old terrier mix who is spayed, up-to-date on shots, and is currently searching for a good home. Whether playing all day or relaxing on the couch, Betsy promises to be a most loving companion. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Betsy.

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Dedicated donor

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Lincoln Parish resident Roy Glover recently donated his 90th unit of blood in his lifetime Oct. 20.

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Scores show help needed for schools

For the second year in a row, Lincoln Parish School System ranked in the Top 10 districts based on percentage of schools meeting their school performance growth targets.
On a less happy note, when letter grades were passed out, the parish as a whole received a C, and no parish public schools received an A, though Ruston High School was only two tenths of a point away from the minimum A score.
The school system overall did improve by 1.5 points, though the ranking in the state slipped down two spots from No. 21 in 2009-10 to No. 23 — tied with Winn Parish — for the 2010-11 school year.

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Break the silence, speak out

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Bad things happen every day. Sometimes, it is the result of an accident or a bad choice. Other times, bad things occur because we let them occur, choosing to stay silent over speaking out on the situation.
The second part of Ecclesiastes 3:7 states that there is “a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Many of the problems that we have in our communities continue to grow because we aren’t talking about the problem and trying to solve it.

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Parish teams have home tests

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Ruston, Cedar Creek, Grambling on own turfs Friday
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All roads lead to home games for Lincoln Parish high school football teams this week.
For the first and only time this season, all three of the parish’s prep squads will be playing on their own turfs.
Cedar Creek has a huge District 2-1A showdown against Monroe Ouachita Christian, Ruston is on its field for a District 2-5A matchup against Natchitoches Central and Grambling High faces Plain Dealing at Robinson Stadium.
Starting time for all of the games will be 7 p.m.

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Tech’s C-USA hopes hinging on shakeups?

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Where Big East, Big 12 wind up could have impact locally

While the “dominos” keep toppling and more changes are inevitable on the NCAA’s landscape, Louisiana Tech University is simply following the Boy Scouts’ mantra: be prepared.

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