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December 1st

Family violence and the holidays

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The holidays. What does that phrase bring to mind? For me, it would be sweet family memories, decorating, special recipes and Christmas Eve services at church. It would be the smell of pine, the warmth of a crackling fire and the Christmas songs we grew up singing.
But for a family struggling with domestic violence, the holidays often have a completely different meaning. The disturbing reality is that instead of sugar cookies and candy canes, children of a violent home will more often remember anger and depression. Instead of sweet family moments, they will remember tension and isolation. Instead of holiday music, they will remember shouting and swearing.

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Community invited to send ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

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Leader News Service
Now in its sixth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. have united once again to ensure soldiers stationed both in the United States and around the world will receive heartfelt wishes during the holidays. Last year, the program distributed approximately one million cards to service members, veterans and their families.

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LINCOLN SOCIAL: IMAGES OF LIFE IN THE PARISH

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Pictured above are Molly Rabb (far left), Erin Rabb (middle), Mia Rabb (right) and Michael Reeves (front center) after touring the KCS Holiday Express Train exhibit in Downtown Ruston.

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LINCOLN SOCIAL: IMAGES OF LIFE IN THE PARISH

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Pictured above is 8-year-old Rayne Fischer with her mother Lisa Fischer sitting on Santa’s sleigh after meeting him in Railroad Park.

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LINCOLN SOCIAL: IMAGES OF LIFE IN THE PARISH

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Pictured above are George Brazzel, Renee Branton and Judy Mabry, principal of Dubach High School at the annual Brazzel Memorial Reunion. Branton is the current president of Brazzel Memorial Reunion, Inc., a nonprofit that gives to various causes within the community. Mabry is accepting a donation on behalf of Dubach High School.

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Lincoln Social: Images of life in the Parish

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Pictured above is Erma Armstrong, a resident of Princeton Place Nursing and Rehab riding Big John last month during a social gathering faciltiy. Big John belongs to Debbie Faulk, director of nursing.

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From the kitchen of Sarah Alford

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake
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Ingredients
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, or cake flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Church News

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class at 9:45 a.m. Sundays will help you understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life. Children’s church at 10:45 a.m. will teach your children to know God and the Bible. Nursery up through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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BAPTIST
Calvary

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November 30th

Voucher program ruled ‘unconstitutional’

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The future of the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence, which has allowed more than 100 students in Lincoln Parish — and thousands of students throughout the state — to attend private schools with public scholarships, is uncertain.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send students to private schools was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a state judge who said it's improperly funded through the public school financing formula.

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Tech’s Guice selected as finalist

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Full board of supervisors presidential interview set for 9 a.m. Tuesday
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Applause erupted in Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Auditorium when the Presidential Search Committee named Les Guice as the sole finalist in the search.

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