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February 21st, 2015

Courthouse renovations, rebuild under construction

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The Lincoln Parish Courthouse was constructed 65 years ago and is in much need of renovations.
After the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office vacated the ground floor in 2014, there is approximately 7,750 square feet of space available for other offices.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said the floor plan of the space is one factor in keeping some offices from moving.

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Celebrating National FFA Week

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Members of the National FFA Organization began celebrating National FFA Week on Saturday.
In recognition of the rich agricultural history and achievements embodied by the organization, National FFA Week will be celebrated through Feb. 28.
Barrett Moore, Louisiana FFA state vice president, said National FFA Week was first established in 1947 and was meant to encompass the week of February that contained the date of George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, in honor of his legacy as an agriculturalist.

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RHS FFA host dinner

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The Ruston High School Future Farmers of America group will host a breakfast-for-dinner in honor of National FFA Week at 6 p.m. Monday at the RHS Agriculture building, located at 900 Bearcat Drive. This event is open to all RHS FFA alumni at no cost. For more information contact the RHS FFA building at 255-2353 or visit the RHS FFA Alumni and Friends Facebook page. Those who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP on the Facebook page or call. There will be several choices such as bacon, pancakes, sausage and other breakfast items. The group needs a head count to know how much to prepare.

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Body cameras to protect officers, students

Grambling State University Police Department officers began to wear multifunction body cameras earlier this month.
The cameras, which strap around an officer’s neck and clip to their shirt, record audio, video and can be used to take photos of evidence at a crime scene.
Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness said students were alleging complaints about his officers.
With the cameras, Caviness said, the department can assess the situation further and protect not only the officers, but also GSU students.

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Praying for snow fun to ensue

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Snow.  Oh how I wished it had snowed this past week. 
We heard some of the slightly “encouraging” weather reports and thought that it might. I know some of you don’t like it.  I can’t help it.  I think back to my school days when we heard rumors of possible snow.  Some would say: “It’s snowing in Dallas and headed this way.  It’s snowing in Shreveport.  It’s snowing in Simsboro.”  When Simsboro was mentioned, we knew it would snow and school would be “called off.”  Even if it was just for a day, the thoughts were exciting. We were too naive to worry about traffic conditions and safety.

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War on terrorism one we must fight

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World War II started when I was 10 years old. The United States military readiness was at an all time low.  For the first 18 months, we were losing the war around the world. 
However, during those terrible days, all manufacturing was converted to producing planes, tanks, ships and every thing needed to fight a war. Most young men volunteered for military service.  As men left their jobs, women went to work with marvelous results doing what had been traditional male professions.

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PARCC crucial in the long run

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Some of you may recall that when the whole Common Core debate first started, I — like Gov. Bobby Jindal — was 100 percent for it.
At that time, I didn’t understand the system — I’m not sure I really do now either, but I did understand that it was an attempt to make the education system better. I am still 100 percent for making education better for Louisiana’s students. But, these days — also like Jindal — I’m not sure that Common Core is the way to do it.

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Hillcrest: Students finish up 100th day of school

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A word from our Principal, Ms. Hilton: Thanks to all of the parents that attended our “Love that Language” event on Feb. 12th. The students loved having their parents in the classrooms.
Kindergarten
We just celebrated the 100th day of school. We made projects containing 100 items and welcomed our family and friends to tour our museum. We counted and did many activities related to the number 100. To end our week, the kindergarten teachers and students dressed up like 100 year olds. It was so much fun!

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Dubach welcomes new librarian to school

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Dubach Kicks Off Spring Baseball and Softball
As soon as the Christmas holidays are over, it’s natural for the thoughts and dreams of ball playing boys and girls to turn to baseball and softball.
At Dubach K-8, that as certainly the case as Coach Jeremy Blake looks forward to kicking off the spring season of junior high baseball in February. Coach Blake, in his second year as baseball coach, got to begin those relationships between players and coach last season.

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Getting the stock market back to ‘normal’

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Question: What do you think it will take for this stock market to ever get back to normal?
Answer: And by normal you mean what?
One wag has suggested that the only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well yet. The same might be said of the stock market — I assure you that its present behavior is quite normal … for the stock market.
It just isn’t the normal you want.
Perhaps the question behind your question is “what is it going to take for this stock market to resume its upward direction?”

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