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January 5th, 2013

Paying tribute to a rock icon

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Being the grandson and a son of icons is a little surreal. At least that is how Matthew Nelson describes it.
“You know the family tree is fairly amazing,” Matthew said. “We had an interesting family dynamic. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, my pop (Ricky Nelson), a Heisman trophy winner on my mother’s side (grandfather Tom Harmon) and my uncle is Mark Harmon who stars on NCIS.”
However, with all those celebrities at family gatherings, Matthew says his famous family is very grounded.

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Hilton resigns from LPFD

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According to the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, Administrative Assistant Jim Hilton officially resigned as of Dec. 31.
Phone calls to Hilton and Chief Dennis Ford remain unreturned as of press time, and no reason was provided for his sudden resignation.

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LPBS to vote on bond refunding

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Taxpayers could experience a more than $560,000 savings if Lincoln Parish School Board members approve two district bond refunding measures that are on Tuesday night’s regular meeting agenda.
Both the Series 2005 Simsboro and Ruston District Bonds are up for refunding based on current interest rates. A memo to board members from Business Manager George Murphy and Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell, says that if a 2.3 percent interest rate can be obtained, taxpayers can see a savings on both bonds.

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Aim to get in shape in 2013

Many people rang in 2013 with a promise to themselves to finally make this the year that they lose weight, exercise and focus on their health.
That sort of resolution is probably more important than ever considering a September 2012 study predicting that 50 percent of Americans in most states will be obese by 2030.

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Proud to be RHS bearcats

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In the spring of 2012 we designed a shirt at Ruston High for our students to wear in place of their regular uniform shirt if they chose. The design of this shirt really tells who we are and why we have achieved extraordinary success. The front of the shirt declares “Once a Bearcat, Always a Bearcat.” Ruston High School “gets in you.” Our students, almost to an individual, are proud to be Bearcats.

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Liberal arts not easy way out

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Gone are the days of academic aspirations. Gone are the days when students went off to college to further their knowledge, and it was more than just a stepping stone to an occupation.

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Congress and the Tooth Fairy

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The national news media has seen fit to inundate us on a regular basis with sour, dour news by the hour. It won’t let up. For example, the news of the potential disaster about the Congress not reaching an understanding and resolution of the so-called “cliff” crisis has been at the forefront for months. Then there was the attention given to the end-of-the-world scenario calculated in connection with the Mayan calendar. I don’t know why there was so much attention brought to this. After all, the culture of the Mayans ended a long time ago. Yet the media loves to keep a malaise alive.

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Hanson chosen to lead Delta Community College

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BATON ROUGE — Last week, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors announced the selection of Barbara M. Hanson as Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC). The announcement was made during a Special Meeting of the board.
“My colleagues and I were very impressed with all of the finalists. However, it was Dr. Hanson’s unique and diverse background combined with her 25 plus years of leadership in higher education that led us to believe she is the right person at the right time for LDCC,” Michael Murphy, LCTCS board chair, said.

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SCHOOL NEWS: HICO ELEMENTARY

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Santa made an unexpected, but exciting, visit to the students at Hico Elementary. He visited classrooms allowing students to ask about the reindeer, North Pole and the elves. Students in kindergarten, first and second grade then had a special photo made with Santa. It was an exciting day for all. In this photo, Santa visits with Martha Hayes’ kindergarten class.

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SCHOOL NEWS: RUSTON HIGH

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Ruston High School’s award-winning Future Business Leader’s of America (FBLA) Chapter 617 is more than just a student organization, more than just an academic competition and more than just a bunch of students getting together to entertain themselves. FBLA’s three main pillars are service, education and progress, and the officers and members of the local chapter take all of these pillars seriously.

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