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November 29th

Voter numbers a concern

Signs of local voter apathy have been apparent in the last couple of elections.
In the most recent election Nov. 19 — less than 20 percent of registered voters in Lincoln Parish bothered to cast their ballots.
In addition to a Constitutional amendment and a Police Jury race, this election included the runoff for state House District 12. Only around 30 percent of voters living in the northern half of Lincoln Parish — which along with Union Parish makes up House District 12 — helped to determine who will make decisions for our state about taxes, new laws and funding for large-scale projects.

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Milestones in child development

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It is very easy for parents to become concerned that their child is not reaching milestones at the appropriate time.
Some parents may not even know what to expect of their child when they reach 4 months, 1 year or even 4 years old. Knowing the stages of development and common milestones that the child reaches at that age can help prevent future problems. By having a general idea of what age a child should do certain things can help a parent determine if their child may need certain services early rather than waiting until they start school.

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Share message of the season

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Although it is still November, and we have already had Thanksgiving and the so-called “Black Friday,” here we are: Merry Christmas!
If that sounds slightly premature, it really is not. These thoughts are not new but are ancient, most notably our relationship to our fellow man. Hopefully we will tend to place focus upon that at this time of year.
Before I go any further, let me remind us that there are many for whom the holidays are not joyous or happy. As a matter of fact, there are many for whom the holidays are nothing but sad reminders for many different reasons. Let us be aware of and sensitive toward them.

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Davison wins shopping spree raffle

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Todd Davison was the winner of the Beta Sigma Phi, Eta Omicron fall fundraiser. Davison won a $100 shopping spree for Super 1 Foods in Ruston, which he donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana. Pictured are Davison, Rosy Bromell of Beta Sigma Phi and Eldonta Osborne of the Boys and Girls Club.

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’Dogs enjoying spotlight

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There’s an extra swagger and smile being displayed by Louisiana Tech University football players these days.
Who can blame them?
After back-to-back losing seasons, the Bulldogs (8-4) are outright champions of the Western Athletic Conference and headed to the mid-December Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, Calif.
“Maybe since we had losing records the last two years, some people still haven’t gotten used to what we’ve done this season,” said junior defensive back Chad Boyd at the Bulldogs’ weekly media luncheon on Monday. “But all of us felt we had the opportunity to have a great season and, fortunately, it’s worked out.”

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GSU: Revenge task against A&M

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University has gotten the matchup it was hoping for in next month’s Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.
With a 36-12 victory over rival Southern University in the annual “Bayou Classic” this past weekend, the Tigers (7-4, 6-3) won a Western Division crown and secured a berth in the Dec. 9 league title showdown in Birmingham, Ala.

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November 28th

Grambling gears up

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The Town of Grambling is getting into the Christmas spirit and is asking residents to join in by participating in the annual Joy Fund Christmas Parade.
At 11 a.m. Dec. 17, Grambling streets will be filled with trucks, cars, vans and floats for the annual parade, that always ends with Santa passing out bags of goodies to all those who attend.
Parade chairperson Nelda Baisy said the parade lineup will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, located at 2155 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Grambling.

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Dubach council adopts ordinance

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At the Dubach town hall meeting Nov. 21, councilmen passed a motion to adopt ordinance 327, which would lease the old Louisiana Power and Light Building to Atchafalaya Measurement Inc.
A public hearing on ordinance 327 was held before the meeting for comments from citizens, but there were none.
“Atchafalaya Measurements handles small parts and the new building will be operating as a business and warehouse for the company,” said Ray Polk, mayor of Dubach.

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Less roadway, less flooding

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The left lane on U.S. 167 South is temporarily closed between Georgia and Carolina avenues for a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development project where drainage pipe is being installed underneath the ground. Matt Jantz, DOTD project engineer assistant, said after work is complete, there should be no flooding on the street when it rains. Jantz said, weather permitting, work is slated to wrap up in early March. Jantz estimates it will be at least January before both lanes on U.S. 167 reopen. When work is complete, the sidewalk in the area will be replaced.

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School of Human Ecology to screen documentary

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The School of Human Ecology at Louisiana Tech University will screen “Race to Nowhere,” an award-winning documentary highlighting the unintended consequences of our pressure-cooker culture and education system, as part of their Bruce Everest Lecture Series.
The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lincoln Parish Public Library Events Center.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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