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December 23rd

School ditches online learning program after parents revolt

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CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — The fast-growing online platform was built with help from Facebook engineers and designed to help students learn at their own speed. But it's been dropped because parents in this Connecticut suburb revolted, saying there was no need to change what's worked in a town with a prized reputation for good schools.
The Summit Learning program, developed by a California charter school network, has signed up over 300 schools to use its blend of technology with go-at-your-own-pace personalized learning.

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The Grudge who stole Christmas

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Question: My sister stole (she would say borrowed) some money from my parents years ago and never mentioned it again. She never paid it back. It wasn’t much, but it was the principle. My parents are now aging and they have asked me to be the executor of their will. We are signing the documents over the Christmas holiday. They do not want me to bring up the money my sister owes them, but it’s not right.
Should I keep pressing them or drop the matter and let my sister get away with it?
Answer: Grudges are funny things. The longer you hold them, the tighter their grip grows on you.

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Time for New Year’s financial resolutions

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We’ve reached the end of another year — which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often?
All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions?
Here are some ideas to think about:

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Estate tax remains a concern for wealthy families

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When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now.

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Couple celebrates 60 years

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Ed and Jane Shell will be celebrating 60 years of marriage on Dec. 26, 2017. The wedding ceremony took place at Grace Methodist Church officiated by the Rev. Henry C. Blount. Their wedding party were friends and relatives of the bride and groom. They have two children, Ashlynn, of Ruston, and Tony, wife Leah and two granddaughters, Sydney and Katie Shell, of Houston. They will be celebrating with family and friends over the Christmas holidays.

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Simmons, Herndon wed in Arkansas

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Courtenay Simmons and Matthew Glover Herndon were united in holy matrimony at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. David Snipes, Godfather of the Bride.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Rick and Sue Simmons of Ruston; and the granddaughter of Jim Simmons of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and the late Joanne Simmons; as well as the late Bill and Nina Scaife of Atlanta, Georgia.

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What’s scuba diving got to do with Christmas?

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There is something special about the music of this season.
The songs of Christmas are heard nearly everywhere — radio stations, shopping malls, concert halls, and sanctuaries.
While secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” all have a catchy sound and are well-loved in pop culture, they simply don’t capture the true meaning of the season.

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Beta Club makes donation

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The Bethel Christian School Chapter of the National Beta Club held a non-perishable food drive for the CCA in Ruston from Nov. 26-Dec. 15. The club collected 379 items thanks to all the students and parents. Bethel Christian School wishes the community Merry Christmas.

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Rorie named as chorus’ member extraordinaire

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Lometa Rorie, center, receives the certificate proclaiming her Piney Hills Harmony Chorus’ 2017 Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire. Making the presentation are President Judy Sisson ,left, and Director Sheila Nugent.

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Local honored with award

Ruston resident Lometa Rorie has been named Piney Hills Harmony’s Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire for 2017.
She was honored both locally by the chorus’ 29 members and in Houston at the Sweet Adelines’ Region 10 Fall Meeting.
The Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire award recognizes someone who works behind the scenes, is someone everybody likes, really makes a difference and is always there tirelessly working for the good of the chorus.
Rorie serves as Piney Hills Harmony’s treasurer and is also a member of the Showmanship Team. She sings lead, or melody, with the chorus.

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