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Losses higher than expected

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Finances were the hot topic of the night during the Tuesday night regular meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.
In a unanimous vote, with the exception of District 1 representative Mattie Harrison who was absent, board members approved and accepted the corrected budget from the 2011-12 fiscal year. George Murphy, business manager, explained that last year it was estimated that the 2011-12 fiscal year would end with a loss of $786,355. However, the board actually ended with a loss of $922,586. This leaves the board with approximately $33.8 million in reserves for the start of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Murphy said the budget would be presented at the September meeting.

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Medicaid explained

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While many people don’t plan on entering nursing homes or assisted living facilities when they are younger, the reality is, quite a few will still end up at one of those facilities, and finding the money to pay for it can be quite a challenge.
“The average cost throughout the nation of staying in a nursing home type facility is around $4,000 a month,” Ed Pennington with Pennington Financial in Monroe said at a recent health care seminar at the Arbor and Terrace in Ruston. “That doesn’t even include the costs of your medication. If you have to stay at a facility for a number of years, that cost is going to be expensive.”

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Parish to lose 30 teacher spots paritally due to voucher program

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The Lincoln Parish School District is expected to start the year on Aug. 17 with 30 fewer certificated teachers than last year.
George Murphy, business manager for the school district, said Lincoln Parish is slated to lose approximately $817,250 to the school choice scholarship program, according to preliminary numbers that have been released by the Louisiana Department of Education.

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Seminar teaches how to bid on government jobs

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At least one area business owner has benefitted already from attending a lecture designed to teach contractors how to bid for government jobs.
A handful of individuals attended the seminar in the Louisiana Tech University’s Enterprise Center put on by the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center.
Brian Conditt, co-owner of Waste Commanders, said he has already been in contact with five contractors about bids, three of which seem very open to sending work his way.

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Proposed island development stirs debate

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Since the Louisiana De­partment of Wildlife and Fisheries sent a letter last month to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oppos­ing a permit for the “Mari­copa” land development project on Lake D’Arbonne, several subsequent letters from elected officials and local land owners to the Corps asking for a public hearing have followed in its wake.

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GSU film class offers more

Whether it’s writing for a hit television show, directing or even acting, a group of 15 students at Grambling State University have been getting the scoop on what it’s like to be part of Hollywood. And that action will continue as the class will be making a television pilot as part of the class.
Started for the first time this year, GSU’s Film Workforce Training Program is a 10-week class pairing the students with film and television producers to create a full-length television pilot that will feature not only the students in the class, but anyone in the area looking to be a part of the pilot.

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In the bottom of the 'Toy Chest'

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Some people dread when birthdays and holidays come around. The thought of shopping for your child, your niece or nephew or for the kid who has everything, becomes a complacent task instead of a trip down memory lane. In actuality that is what we are looking for, right?
We want to go into the store and pick up a book full of creativity. We want a jewelry box with a ballerina in it that really turns to music. We want the toys made from hand, imagination, and full of life. The section of reading books that your teacher read to you as a child.

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Barriers to breast-feeding

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A woman is in a store with her baby, who starts crying to express his hunger. She begins breast-feeding her child, and the person working there calls the police.
The mother-in-law of one of my friends told me about this incident, which took place in the 1980s.
In recent years, there have been several changes to slowly shift toward greater tolerance of breast-feeding. Currently, 45 states, including Louisiana, have laws that specifically allow women to breast-feed in any public or private location.

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So, what exactly is a cane?

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I’ve heard them called “stick,” “pole” and “rod.” But it’s called a “cane,” plain and simple. If you live in Ruston, you’ve probably seen plenty of people walking with long white canes, but you may have some questions about how they can be used by a blind person to safely and effectively navigate through any type of environment.
We use our canes to provide information that our eyes miss, like, for example, a hole in the ground in front of us or a pole that’s in the way. This can be done by touching the object with the cane or, in some cases, by hearing echoes off the object.

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Friends of the Library to have book sale

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The Friends of the Lincoln Parish Library will be holding a weekend book sale beginning Saturday and ending Sunday.
The sale begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with a presale for Friends of the Library members. Anyone can join the Friends with a $10 membership at the door to enter early or join the sale when it opens to the general public at 9 a.m.
Sales will continue Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday hours will be from 1-4 p.m.

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