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November 9th, 2013

Scarecrows create neighbors

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Under the watchful eye of the Tin Man, a South Sea island woman bearing a basket of fruit on her head, a solider and a Louisiana swamp girl with her pet alligator, they gathered.
They ate. They visited. They cooed over a 3-week-old baby. They got to know neighbors they’d never met before.
More than 100 people from Ruston’s University Hills area gathered at Huckleberry Park on a recent Saturday morning for the area’s first — and neighbors say now to be annual — University Hills Neighborhood Association Scarecrow Party.

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City giving to Head Start is a good thing

Local agencies have incurred so many state and federal fund cuts over the past few years that one more whack from the budget ax would hardly seems to be news anymore. But the restoration of funds, especially when the money is an outright gift, is another matter altogether.
Last week, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen agreed to give Lincoln Total Community Action’s Head Start program an additional $10,000 for the current fiscal year. Aldermen also agreed to give the Louisiana Military Museum a year’s worth of free city utilities.

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Veterans likely to have ALS

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The press has done a very good job of reporting about the challenges our veterans face. We all have read or seen stories about our wounded warriors. About traumatic brain injury. About veterans suffering from depression and other serious mental health issues. About those who have lost limbs or endure other physical hardships. These are serious issues that deserve our attention, especially on Veterans Day.

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Good Samaritan finds money

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How many of us would turn in a bundle of money to the proper hand? Not many, I would guess.
Well, one honest person did just that at the Chase Bank in Ruston in October. A feeling of disbelief came over money, that my life savings was lost and never to be found.
A case of finder’s keepers, loser’s weepers came to mind after two days of back tracking looking for the lost fortune. How I was sick to death to my stomach after this loss. I first contacted the bank about the loss with no luck from there to the Discount Tobacco store, then the Ruston Police Department.

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Bearcats shut out Pineville

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Ruston roars to 28-0 district win in regular season finale
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Looking for momentum heading into the playoffs, the Ruston Bearcats reached that goal Friday with a 28-0 District 2-5A win over Pineville at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Ruston (7-3, 3-2) honored its 25 seniors during a pregame ceremony.
“It’s really a great group. They’re the reason this team is where they are, and their leadership is the reason we’ll go as far as we’re going to go,” Ruston head coach Brad Laird said.

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LDWF’s Reynolds cautiously optimistic about duck season

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Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hoping he won’t have to write a gloomy report after this season like he did a year ago. After an early forecast filled with optimism before last duck season, the results overall fell as flat as a duck’s foot; the birds just never showed up in the expected numbers.

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Glen View Elementary: Kindergartners visit Papa Simpson’s Farm

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Kindergarten
On Oct. 30, the kindergarten classes at Glen View Elementary School took a trip to Papa Simpson’s Farm. We learned about different farm animals, planted a crop and picked our very own pumpkin. It was a great learning experience and fun was had by all.
We are anxiously awaiting our Annual Fall Learning Fair on Friday.
In English we are learning all about America. We have had fun looking at our houses on Google Earth, talking about our state and learning all about America.

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LPECC: Firemen, college students, blind individuals visit pre-K

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This month has been a busy one for us at LPECC! We are blessed to constantly have members of the community come to visit our students.
We had an awesome opportunity to visit with Dave Graybill and members of the Pink Heals Tour as they came through town with their pink fire trucks. This organization travels across the country to support communities in raising money for people, especially women, dealing with issues such as cancer. It was a wonderful experience for us.

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The future of pre-K

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Louisiana Tech University students in Dr. Julie Holmes’ EDCI 471 course within the Louisiana Tech University College of Education recently reversed the clock and went back to school as preschoolers. Meeting at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, the classroom management students spent an evening learning about today’s cutting-edge pre-k education tools and techniques.

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Cox-Boniol involved in national think tank

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Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator, was recently part of a “think-tank” meeting hosted by the Chemical Education Foundation in Washington D.C.
Joined by other representatives from K-12 and higher education, as well as corporations that included BASF, Brenntag North America, Dow Chemical, PVS Chemicals, Palmer Holland Inc, and Amchem Inc, among others, Cox-Boniol engaged in discussions and activities designed to focus on expanding and enriching STEM learning in elementary and middle grades through greater community and stakeholder support.

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