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May 24th

Anticipated savings appreciated

The department has also upgraded parish water systems and hopes to gain points in the evaluation by pumping 2,000 gallons during the scheduled water shuttles.
Another move was made to gain points with the dispatch. By moving those duties to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ford said a step was eliminated, allowing for a quicker response time as well as increasing the possibility for points in the rating.

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OWL maze good for teamwork

“The youth love it,” MCH OWL Activities Supervisor Kim Ratcliff said. “They can’t wait to go back.”
Ratcliff hopes the only permanent maze in North Louisiana, funded by a donation from Ruston resident Clarence Faulk in memory of his mother Louise B. Faulk, might be used all year around for therapeutic, educational and recreational purposes.
The maze activities are not limited to youth at MCH, but are open to any interested groups whether it be university, school, church or senior citizen organizations.

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Spacing out within the limits

After hearing a lot about the site, particularly the dangers, I decided to look into it myself. I quickly, quickly became addicted.
The number of people, the number of networking possibilities are endless.
I found all kinds of people on there, from kids that I used to babysit to fellow Rams that walked the hallowed halls of Wilkinson County Christian Academy with me when I was just a teenybopper.
Looking at someone’s profile is just like opening a snapshot to their life. OK, this is what they’ve done in the last five years, five months, five days.

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May 23rd

Animal auction bids on success

“We sold everything that we had,” Kennedy said. “Two animals (a bull and a heifer) were scratched from the sale, so we sold 62 all together. It was the best sale we’ve ever had — best attendance, strongest bidders and the highest grossing year we’ve ever had.”
He attributed some of the success of the sale to the students who helped bring it to life.
“The student help was probably the best we’ve had,” Kennedy said. “They helped with the setting up.”
During the sale student workers cleaned stalls, led animals into the auction arena or worked on a number of other activities.

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Thanks for gift of music

With the focus of most school curricula being on basic subjects and perhaps not including an exposure to classical music or music at all, these concerts may well represent the only taste of this segment of the performing arts that younger students may get.
While a sampling of all types of music may be provided by some parents as part of a well-rounded education, no matter what takes place at school, many children grow up in homes in which that is not the case.

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The small matters do matter

“I just had to come over here and tell you what your child just did,” I said. This comment in itself was extremely well received because I had mistaken the grandmother for the mother.
But I was far from finished.
“Your grandchild just held the door open for me coming out of the store and when I thanked her, she replied, ‘Yes, ma’am, you are welcome.’” The grandmother beamed. She told me how hard it was to teach children good manners and respect for their elders when there were so many negative influences in modern society.

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Fire department ready for rating

The first part of the rating process began Monday as Ford and PIAL’s Randy Loe met to tour the 20 fire stations scattered throughout the parish that the department uses to cover the 499 square miles in their district.   
Department equipment and training is one part of the evaluation, one that Ford thinks will help improve the parish’s rating.

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Passing stars at Squire Creek

Ty Detmer, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Brigham Young University, is No. 2 in total career passing and total offense yards in NCAA annals.
Former Louisiana Tech University record-setter Tim Rattay is No. 4 in passing and No. 5 in total offense.
And ex-Bulldogs’ star Luke McCown is No. 4 in total offense and No. 5 in passing.

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SGA debate offers chance for learning

In an unprecedented move by the Student Government Association’s Supreme Court, Smith was removed from office after an appeal was made by Babcock supporter Tyler Landry. Smith then appealed and won his case. Not to be deterred, Babcock, Landry and Tech student Heather Bowden continued the appeals process to determine whether or not the proper election and appeals process had been carried out.
The situation reached the Academic Review Board last week, and the group chose to uphold the decision made by the Student Organization Committee the previous week.

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A good job is hard to find

As a college graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, I felt fairly confident I would find a job quickly. So did many of my peers. Boy, were we wrong!
It took me three months to find a job that dealt with journalism.
Several of my friends who graduated last May just recently found work, while others chose to go back to school in hopes of getting a well-paying job after acquiring a master’s degree. All of us, though, learned one thing: finding a job takes patience and persistence.

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