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November 1st, 2013

Show support for Alzheimer’s

Millions of people have Alzheimer’s disease, and most of the time, by the time it is caught, it is too late.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, there is no cure — there are medications to help the symptoms, but they only work while the disease is moderate. The more the disease progresses, the less the medications actually help. These people who have been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s could be our mothers, fathers or grandparents. It could happen to anyone, so it is important to watch our loved ones so that we can catch the disease early.

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Children, arts go hand in hand

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On this day in 1512, one of the world’s greatest wonders was exhibited to the public for the first time.
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome was one of Michelangelo’s finest works.
According to history.com, said Michelangelo was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel — the chief consecrated space in the Vatican.
Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to Biblical world history.

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Goodbye, domestic violence

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She was my best friend.
I didn’t understand why my parents didn’t like for me to spend the night with her, and I didn’t think twice when my mom had to take care of her mom after fights. They were just fights. Everyone’s parents fight.
It took me until my junior year of college to connect the dots and realize that my best friend since kindergarten was one of the estimated 3.3 million children who are exposed to domestic violence each year.

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October 31st

NCLAC hosts Arts Academy

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Students to learn about visual rhythm in class

The upcoming Arts Academy: Visual Rhythm will be held Nov. 9 and hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.
NCLAC Executive Director Jessica Slaughter said the series of Arts Academy classes currently featured have sprung from a collaboration with the Louisiana Tech Master’s in Fine Arts program.

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Zombie Prom held at library

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Local youth attended the Zombie Prom held by Lincoln Parish Library Saturday night. Pictured above are local youth dancing the night away. The library hosts a variety of events for local teens throughout the year.

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Downtown festivities cancelled

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The Annual Downtown Howl’oween event, which was originally set to kick off at 4 p.m. today, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Kristi Lumpkin, economic development administrator, said while the weather may clear, the city didn’t want to take a chance.
“We were hoping for the best,” Lumpkin said. “While the rain may still clear out early afternoon, we feel conditions will be too wet for Downtown Howl’oween activities. I really appreciate your willingness to participate, and we look forward to next year.”

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Tickets still available

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Tickets are still available for the Buddy Ball of Ruston Jeep raffle. Buddy Ball board President Dr. Edwin Davis (right) and board Vice President Mike Craft use a giant thermometer to show the group’s goal of 1,000 ticket sales by Dec. 13. Buddy Ball is raffling a 2014 Jeep Wrangler in effort to raise money to put rubberized material around the base paths of the T-ball fields the league uses. Buddy Ball is a softball program for special-needs youngsters. The Jeep will be on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep located on the Interstate 20 service road in Ruston.

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Good evaluations cost board double

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Lincoln Parish teachers did so well on the 2012-13 Compass evaluations that school board members are going to have to re-evaluate the reward payment system that was approved in December 2012 because the cost was more than double what was initially expected.
Last year, the state passed a statute saying that teacher salary increases would be tied to their performance on these Compass evaluations.
Paula Pardue, secondary academic coordinator for the parish, explained that original projections from the state said teacher evaluations should produce a Bell curve.

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Community celebrates Halloween prior to holiday

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Among the participants in the Princeton Place Halloweenie Pet Costume Contest were from left, Rita Crawford and Dana Wright, with Charlie and Edgarr, all dressed as dingbats; resident Georgia Knox; Betsy Moore with Cocoa, sporting a witch hat; Betsy Stadium and Maximumus, decked in a hat and cape; Tammy Robinson and Chloe, the ballerina, and Amekia Douse and Tiger.

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Firefighters complete training

Lincoln Parish Fire Department has eight new volunteer firefighters this fall. These people took time out of their busy schedules to attend the firefighter school. They fought staged fires, wore oxygen masks and did other extensive training so that they would be ready for anything.
Danny Cross, district chief for LPFD, said this year’s firefighter school was one of the best they ever had, and he looked forward to working with these firefighters.
“Our new volunteers are very impressive,” Cross said. “They have been very energetic — we should be able to keep all of them.”

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