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December 1st

Judge: Voucher plan unconstitutional

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — 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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Local leaders react to ruling

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Local leaders had mixed thoughts on the Friday announcement that a Baton Rouge judge had ruled the Louisiana Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence program as unconstitutional.
The scholarship program has allowed more than 100 students locally, and more than 4,900 students statewide, to leave public schools with a grade of C, D or F and attend private, online or similar schools on the state’s dime.

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Creek names leader

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The Cedar Creek Board of Directors recently announced that Andrew Yepson has been named permanent head of school.

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Grambling development

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GRAMBLING —The City of Grambling, members of the business community and local residents gathered to honor a former Grambling mayor during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mansfield Estates development at Grambling City Hall on Thursday.
The subdivision project, which will include six two-bedroom homes, 21 three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes located directly behind Grambling City Hall, will carry the name of the late Rev. Andrew Julius Mansfield.

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Harvard analysis bright for Health Hut

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Mobile medical clinic reportedly saved community millions

John Lawless doesn’t dispute the findings of a recent Harvard Medical School analysis that says The Health Hut, a mobile medical clinic for uninsured Lincoln Parish residents, has not only saved the community millions in annual health care costs, but also added years to patients’ lives, just in its first year of operation.
“They got me very well stabilized,” Lawless said. “It’s a godsend to me because I couldn’t afford anything else.”

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Jury action may impact disabled vets

Throughout history in the United States, men and women have risked their lives to fight for our country.
In Lincoln Parish, we have a history of honoring these individuals. Each year on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, multiple programs are put together by local groups to commemorate the occasion.

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Progress at Choudrant High

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The recent release of 2011-12 School Performance Scores brought mixed emotions for many public educators, and Choudrant High School was one of those schools experiencing both excitement and concern. The school, with grades 7-12, grew 19 points to reach a growth score of 134, which resulted in moving CHS from a “B” to an “A” school. This top gains status resulted in helping to move the Lincoln Parish District from a letter grade of “C” to “B.” Excitement is certainly evident as the school’s success also includes the renovation of the existing school, along with the new additions to the school. We are grateful to Mr. Danny Hancock, school board member, along with the other Lincoln Parish School Board members for their commitment to our students during this renovation time. Aggie pride is abundant in our community!

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Healthy lunches draw opposition

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Dear EarthTalk: What are the new nutrition standards for school lunches that have some students boycotting their cafeterias and discarding the food?
— Melissa Makowsky, Trenton, N.J.

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Thoughts on Christmas

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This is my favorite time of year. Although we alluded to Christmas last week, now that it is December, may I be one of the first to wish you and your families the most blessed and wonderful Christmas. During the next few weeks, I wish to mention some of the history and wonder of this marvelous time of year that is so much a part of our way of life. I might add a few points of commentary along the way.

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Chamber helps spread word

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce offers several options to businesses and community organizations to help get out the word about events that are open to the public.
More than 1,000 people receive The Chamber Checklist, the chamber’s email newsletter that goes out each Friday. The Checklist includes information about upcoming chamber events such as ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and workshops, as well as information about community events ranging from sports to theater to special programs.

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