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November 13th, 2018

Making the grade

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Lincoln Prep makes big SPS gains

While not a part of the Lincoln Parish school district, Lincoln Preparatory School still receives a School Performance Score from the Louisiana Department of Education each year, and the 2017-18 results released Thursday bear good news for the charter school.
Despite an overall tougher score formula this year and being given an “F” grade for the 2016-17 year, Lincoln Prep improved to a “C” this time around. Some of the boost came from the new school performance formula now factoring in how well a school encourages student growth.

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Veterans Day events continue

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Pictured above, attendees of the Village of Choudrant’s Veterans Day 2018 program, including several local veterans, bow their heads during the closing prayer. Pictured below, Robbie Murray, activity director at Alpine Senior Care Centers, right, gives Lieutenant Willie Gipson, left, a commemorative plaque and gift package courtesy of the American Legion Post 593 out of Grambling. Representatives of Post 593 visited Alpine and several other area nursing homes and rehab centers Monday to honor veterans staying there.

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Dual dominance

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Cedar Creek wins both girls, boys cross country titles
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NATCHITOCHES — Cedar Creek made it a daily double as they slogged through a muddy course on a wet Monday afternoon to capture both girls and boys Class 1A state cross country championships at Northwestern State University.
Ansley Long’s first-place individual finish helped propel Cedar Creek to the girls total as the Cougars outpaced second-place St. Martin’s by 22 points.
Cedar Creek totaled 576 points overall, with St. Martin’s second with 79 and Westminster Christian third with 88.
Long’s first place finish came in a time of 22:46.5.

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More irregularities surface in Florida voting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s election recount chugged along today as more irregularities are uncovered and a judge asked the warring sides to “ramp down the rhetoric,” saying it erodes public confidence in the elections for Senate and governor.
One county revealed it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email — a violation of state law. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button.

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DEAR AUNT GRACE

Parents of special-needs kid speak out
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After reading an article about a “3p” boy, I was interested in knowing exactly what it is.
The lady in the article was talking about being in a doctor’s office waiting room with her son and another mother with a little girl.
The little girl screamed a few times and also growled. Her mother was obviously getting a little embarrassed, and the first lady asked if her daughter was autistic.
This brought about a long conversation about special-needs children. Her son has 3p deletion syndrome which typically means severe to profound intellectual disability.

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DEAR ABBY

Cheating husband bad-mouths wife who left him for another

DEAR ABBY: I am ashamed to admit this, but years ago I had an affair with a married man. His wife had no idea, but all of his friends knew about it. She recently left him because she met someone else, and he’s not only bad-mouthing her, but also using it against her in their divorce. Would it be wrong of me to help her by letting her know he was a big cheater? I don’t want to cause her any more hurt than she’s already experiencing. I no longer have any interest in him, but I think the information might help her. I genuinely feel for her.
KARMA OUT EAST

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Annual fundraiser attracted many local shoppers

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Pictured left, LeAnn Waldroup, left, and Helen Cox visit during the Cedar Creek School’s recent Holiday in Cedartown event. Right, Suzanne Ranier got her holiday shopping under way.

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FEATURED EVENT

21St annual holiday art crawl
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Art Crawl around downtown Ruston
Thursday & Friday | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Art Brawl & Sprout Hour at the Historic Fire Station
Saturday | 10 a.m. - noon
NCLAC’s annual Art Crawl brings artists, downtown merchants, and holiday shoppers together to experience a winter weekend as a community. The presence of both visual and performing artists enriches the atmosphere of downtown Ruston just in time for the holidays and provides a special opportunity for artists to publicly display their work.

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IN OUR OPINION

Parish shines in school scores

Pumped.
That’s the word Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Mike Milstead used to describe his feelings upon learning the system’s newest District Performance Scores placed it No. 1 in north Louisiana and No. 8 statewide.
We’re pumped, too. Because even though the system’s previous “A” rating dropped to a “B,” overall student achievement appears to have remained solid — and actually imroved when measured against last year’s standards.

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THE JOURNEY

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Cliches and the fabric of life … and death
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It happened just like … that. Like snapping your fingers. Like the rug being pulled out from under you. Like a sonic boom. Like all those cliches that suddenly become reality.
Three of my Piney Hills Harmony Chorus-mates and I were texting this past week — back and forth — about things that, of course, are now mundane. Suddenly, only a minute after the last routine exchange, the text appeared.
Chorus Member 1: Y’all … Peggy passed this morning. David just called me. I am shocked.
Chorus Member 2: NONO
Me: Oh, my gosh! I can’t believe it!
Chorus Member 4: Speechless!!!

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