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Students, community benefit from event

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Culture from around the world to be featured
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For more than a decade, Louisiana Tech University’s international students have served up their culture on a platter for area residents.
“We’ve been doing this for 13 years,” said Bijoya Chakraborty, coordinator of the International Scholarship Dinner. “Each of the previous years the students have performed songs and dances from around the world, and have also served dishes from their home countries.”
Chakraborty said this year will be different.

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Laying the Foundation

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New teaching methods help improve RHS scores
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The School Performance Scores for Ruston High School have been on a steady upward climb in the past few years, and school officials believe that a program called Laying the Foundation is at least part of the reason.
Laying the Foundation, a division of the National Math and Science Initiative, is a teaching method that shows teachers how to teach skills instead of lessons.
Julie Stephenson, 2011 State High School Teacher of the Year and English teacher at RHS, explained changes the training made in her own classroom.

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Man scams elderly?

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A Ruston man wanted in connection with the alleged theft of more than $200,000 from an elderly man over a span of two years was arrested Tuesday after Ruston Police Department officers and U.S. Secret Service agents tracked him down.
James Cedrick Parker Sr., 56, 720 Jody Court, was charged with theft over $1,500, operating a vehicle with an expired license plate and driving with a suspended license. He was also picked up on two fugitive from another jurisdiction charges for Point Coupee Parish — one for felony theft of asset of an aged person and one for driving under suspension.

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D’Arbonne to be drawn down

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Commission handles business at meeting

The D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission re-elected its officers from 2011 and took care of fi­nancial business as it con­ducted its monthly meet­ing Monday night at the Union Parish Courthouse Annex.
Noel James will return to his role as Commis­sion president while Steve Cagle is back as vice presi­dent and Terri Towns as secretary/treasurer.
After re-electing its of­ficers, the group approved financial reports for Oc­tober, November and De­cember of 2011, adopted its 2011 final budget and approved its 2012 proposed budget.

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La. challenges states to put babies’ health first

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Louisiana health chief Bruce Greenstein recently challenged other states to reduce premature births by 8 percent by 2014.
“It not only helps every baby being born, but it helps our budgets” because babies won’t have to spend time in expensive neonatal intensive care units, said Greenstein.
Greenstein issued the challenge during a news conference in which National March of Dimes President Jennifer L. Howse praised recent state efforts to improve birth outcomes.

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LSU loss still win for N.O.

The final score in the recent Bowl Championship Series title game wasn’t comforting to fans who follow their Louisiana teams religiously.
Alabama put a thorough, convincing 21-0 whipping on Louisiana State University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last week, much to the discontent of Tigers’ fans and anyone else in the Bayou State who follows the state program.
But in all of the negative news surrounding that loss for LSU, there is good news for the city of New Orleans and our state as a whole.

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School board faces challenges

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Each new year brings a host of new possibilities, but it doesn’t erase all of the business that happened in the previous year. For the Lincoln Parish School Board, whose fiscal year begins each July, that is especially true.
Board members will have to deal with a variety of different pieces of business, many of which began in 2011 or even years prior to that.
Some of the issues that board members will face this year include:

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The picture of contentment

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Sometimes, when I’m perhaps a little stressed out, I see a big sign on some lucky guy’s door that reads GONE FISHIN’.
And I just know there’s something miraculous about that ole’ sign!
Almost invariably, it conjures up (for me, at least), pleasant mental pictures of a lazy, winding bayou overspread with cypress, water oak and sweetgum trees. For good measure, I always add a few dragonflies and yours truly — sitting indolently under the shade of one of those aforementioned trees, watching (half dozing) as a bream or goggle-eye perch messes with my hook.

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Etiquette seminar staged by Links

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As the holidays fast approached, The Monroe-Grambling Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (a public service organization of professional women) used it as an excellent opportunity to stage an etiquette seminar.
The hands-on seminar was conducted with youth residents of the Grambling Housing Complexes on Dec. 17, at the West Grambling Housing Complex Community Center. The seminar was facilitated and instructed by Link member Hazel Hunter, who was assisted by other members of the Links and some of the Grambling Housing Authority staff.

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CLUB NEWS

Caney Lake Good Sams
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The day was sunny, bright and cool. What better time for a Caney Lake Sams Christmas party.
Hosts Larry and Patsy Bond and Jim and Nan Colvin welcomed the campers to the First National Bank meeting room in Arcadia.
There was a table with various types of crosses. Another table held a Christmas tree and “toy soldier.”

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