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October 29th

Higher grad rate good for parish

Graduating high school improves the chances one will become a productive, law-abiding citizen, and Lincoln Parish has successfully put an emphasis on making sure local students do just that.
In 2009-10, Lincoln Parish ranked No. 25 out of 71 school districts in the state with its 72.7 percent cohort graduation rate, meaning the percentage of students beginning and ending high school on schedule.

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Local resident defends Tea Party

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The media paints the Tea Party as a bunch of terrorists. Some think of the Tea Party as a third party. Some say the Tea Party is racist. None of these references are correct. The Tea Party is a group of concerned citizens that see America going in the wrong direction from what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Over-spending, overborrowing, overtaxing and overregulating. These have made America less prosperous than we ought to be.

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Man comments on classroom issues

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While skimming the local newspaper on a recent morning, my attention was arrested by a list of local public schools and their corresponding School Performance Scores (SPS).
For anyone who values education, the scores were abysmal. While in most cases there were slight increases in SPS from 2010 to 2011, the letter grades representing the schools’ final score were enough to make one cringe. The list was rather objectively titled “The Road to Progress” (Daily Leader, Oct. 19), but I wondered whether it was as a result of an acknowledgement of the pitiful state of Louisiana’s education system that the author had not, in a spirit of greater positivity, titled the article “On the Road to Progress.” Perhaps it was merely for lack of space.

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Getting hurt and taking responsibility

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It’s time for another adventure of Captain Klutz, also known as your country lawyer. I visited with you about this before, and here it comes again. As I age, I seem to get clumsier and I never cease to surprise myself about how inattentive I can be because, after all, the root of my claim to be a maladroit, careless, bungler, well … I’m just not paying close enough attention to what I’m doing.

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School News: RUSTON ELEMENTARY

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Volunteers make festival a success

We would like to thank all of our parents and students for coming out and participating in our Family Fall Fun Festival. We had a great turnout. We would also like to give a big “thank you” to all of our volunteers. They are our Parent Teacher Organization, Louisiana Tech University students and the Ruston High School Bearcat Belles. Without the support and donations from our parents and our Adopt-a-School Sponsors, this would not have been possible. We look forward to planning our next parental involvement activity.

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ALMA J. BROWN HONOR ROLL

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Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School has released the names of the students who achieved honor roll status for the first six-weeks reporting period.
Students are listed by academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade point average) and grade level.

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Tech researchers, faculty see recognition

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Faculty and researchers from Louisiana Tech University were honored recently at the 2011 Inventors’ Recognition Event for technologies they have patented, licensed, submitted applications for patents and first-time inventors.
The event was hosted by Tech’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, and the Louisiana Tech University Research Foundation. Faculty recognized represented Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the Institute for Micromanufacturing.

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What to do when selecting automobile insurance

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Question: My husband and I pulled out our car insurance policies the other day ... what a mess!  I’m not sure what we need. Can you help?
 
Answer:  Buying automobile insurance ranks right up there with doing your taxes and writing thank you notes.  You know you are supposed to do it, but it’s easy to put off.
So, for a little motivation, pull out your wallet. Go ahead, pull it out.  I’ll wait.

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Improve your finances during open enrollment

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Late fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, which probably means that you’ll have a lot going on over the next couple of months. However, busy as you are, you’ll want to take the time to review your employee benefits package, since November also is a popular month for employers to offer open enrollment. And the decisions you make now could have a big impact on your financial outlook for years to come.

So, if you are in an open enrollment period, here are some steps you may want to take:

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Heed the most important estate planning documents

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Editor’s note: This is the first article in a two-part series by Bobby Conville. The second part will run Nov. 6.
It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that, no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets — both now while you’re still active as well as after your death.

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