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August 27th, 2013

Controlling morning madness

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School is back in session. If you haven’t gotten back into a routine, which has never been one of my strong virtues, I want to share tips for controlling that morning madness:
• Mornings go smoother if you get up at least a half-hour earlier than the children do. If you get up ahead of the rest of the family you can shower and dress at a leisurely pace. If you are ready you have more time to help your children get organized and it makes for a less hectic morning.

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Celebrate women's right to vote

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Almost 100 years ago, women gained the right to vote.
I get a lot of emails, and one such email alerted me to that fact about a week ago. So, with it also being voter registration week, I thought it would be a great time to encourage women to get involved and exercise their greatest civic duty ­— the right to vote.
However, after looking into it a little, I realized women didn’t really need much encouragement, at least not on a national level.

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August 26th

Brewing some competition

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is preparing for the fourth annual ARToberfest by announcing its Call for Home Brewers. The primary feature of ARToberfest is the home brewed beer, so brewers from around the region are encouraged to submit the names and types of beers that they will bring to the event.
NCLAC Executive Director of Jessica Slaughter said the brewers take pride in the beers they brew and want to share their creations.

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Toddlers in the road

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Two Lincoln Parish toddlers are in the care of other relatives today after a pair of Good Samaritans found the youngsters “running down the middle” of a rural parish road Saturday morning.
Meanwhile the children’s aunt, Sharyne Ranae Beckley, 18, and her boyfriend, Andy Jerome Johnson, 24, both of Choudrant, remain in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, each charged with improper supervision of a minor.
The 22-month-old toddlers were spotted by a passing motorist and passenger around 11 a.m. Saturday on Pleasant Grove Road, which has a speed limit of 50 mph.

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DOJ sues state over vouchers

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sued Louisiana on Saturday to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in any district that remains under a desegregation court order.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called the department’s action “shameful” and said President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder “are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools against the wishes of their parents.”

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New Tech named demonstration site for third year

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Three’s a charm for New Tech @ Ruston.
The national New Tech Network has announced that the Ruston High School program has been named an official Demonstration Site and Exemplary School for the third consecutive year. This designation acknowledges the high level of implementation of key New Tech components including project-based learning, teaching and assessing 21st Century skills, technology use in the classroom and the unique culture that empowers students.

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Pet of the Week

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Grace is what many people would call a diamond in the rough. Grace has a happy personality and lots of energy. Her pretty brindle legs show off her beauty. When walking with a leash she never pulls or tugs. Grace is about 2 years old and has been at the shelter since she was a pup. She really needs a family to love. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information. Come see all the dogs at the new 4 Paws office located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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‘Dracula’ auditions today

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and Cavalier Players will hold auditions for Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s “Dracula” at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St. in Bossier City.

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Have your say on dumpster issue

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It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think a lot about our trash and what’s going to happen to it after we put it out. However, if someone considers taking our only source of getting rid of that trash away, we all might get a little defensive.
For some time, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been hard at work attempting to come up with viable solutions for parish residents’ trash.

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New school year brings fresh start

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Spring is supposed to be the season of freshness and rebirth.
But I’ve always thought differently than many others, and for me, fall fits into that category just as much if not more so than spring.

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