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Jury fund untouched

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Status of money still remains undecided
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Despite a recommendation from the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to distribute $2 million to the parish’s municipalities, the Finance Committee stalemated, leaving the jury’s Solid Waste Disposal Equipment Reserve fund untouched until more information can be found on the subject.
In a 3-3 vote Tuesday night, the Finance Committee failed to pass a motion that would have distributed $2 million from the fund to the parish’s municipalities.

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Fun in the sun

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Museum full of hands-on activities
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Hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy were sold at the booths, while kids played ring toss and other games outside the Louisiana Military Museum on Saturday.
The May Day Carnival, organized by the Russ Town Society, replaced the group’s traditional Downtown Delights event — which included food samples from local restaurants — this year.
Russ Town Society President Meg Waters said whereas the Downtown Delights event is more of a money-maker, the May Day Carnival served primarily to draw attention to the military museum.

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Brazile to speak at GSU ceremony

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Veteran Democratic political strategist and New Orleans-native Donna Brazile is scheduled to be the commencement speaker as well as recipient of the honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws, from Grambling State University.
The commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. May 19 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

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Downtown work to continue in Ruston

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Downtown Ruston is set to see improvements begin again as the Ruston Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Monday to enter into a contract for construction to begin on Phases III and IV of the Downtown District Revitalization Project.
The city entered into the contract with the lowest of the five bidders, CW&W Construction, at a price of $1,489,185. CW&W was also the construction group who completed Phases I and II of the downtown project.

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Show support for merger of Tech, LSU-S

The Louisiana House Education Committee met on Tuesday to discuss a piece of legislation meant to merge Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University-Shreveport, and after a 14-4 vote in favor of the merger, the bill is now headed for debate in the House.
The bill, known as House Bill 964, needs two-thirds support from both the House and Senate for final approval. With opposition expected from LSU System supporters, whether or not it receives that final approval is still up in the air.

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The expensive cost of changes

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Student loans are a burden, but it’s the lack of jobs that hurts America more. As a student there are so many things you wonder about. You wonder about the cost for every credit you decide to take. There is a cost for every book you purchase.
The expenses of living off campus versus living on campus make a discernable difference between costs for students or parents. Whether you have grants or loans also commands your attention.
Just yesterday in the Washington Post there was a shift in its attention to the issue of student loans. It stated unless Congress acts, interest rates on new subsidized Stafford college loans will soon double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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You sure are beautiful — for a blind woman

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I have always loved to write; when I was in the third grade I entered my first writing contest for the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in Utah. I was thrilled when I learned my essay was the winner for the entire school. It was the first moment I realized how fun it was to be the best at something.

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Six months until the election

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Six months from now, Americans will determine who will serve for the next four years as commander in chief of our armed forces and the chief executive of the mammoth executive branch of the federal government. The candidates have, for all practical purposes, been determined. They are raising huge sums of money and hurling rhetorical beanballs at each other.

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Musicians achieve superior ratings in contests

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Important dates
• 2:30 p.m. May 17 — Academic Awards Ceremony
• May 23 — Last Day for Students
Honor Roll
Ruston Junior High School has released the names of those students achieving honor roll for the third nine-week grading period. Those students are listed by grade and achievement level.
Principal’s List (All A’s)

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Teachers give back, NHS inducts new members

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Important dates
• May 11 — Elementary Field Day
• May 15 — Athletic Banquet
• May 17 — Graduation
• May 23 — Last Day for Students
Teachers Make
a Difference

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