William and Nancy Hanks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. Their family hosted an evening of food and fellowship at the Hanks’ home. The Hanks were married Oct. 15, 1960. They have two children, Mike Hanks and wife Cammie, and Jackie Billberry and husband Philip. They have four grandchildren, Lance Billberry, Brittney Billberry, Hunter Hanks and Abigail Hanks.
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State Superintendent of Schools John White called the results from Louisiana’s LEAP and iLEAP tests “steady” but Lincoln Parish fell three points in the percentage of students who achieved levels of “Basic” and above.
“We expected to see a drop because of the transitions,” said Lincoln Parish School Testing Coordinator Donna Doss. “We’re analyzing individual schools now and summer classes start today so hopefully we can get these students remediated and move forward from here.”
Fifth District Congressional runoff candidate Vance McAllister said the United States should fence its borders in an effort to curb illegal immigration.
“A fence, I think that’s as simple as can be. There’s nothing wrong with putting a fence on the border,” McAllister told about 45 people at the North Central Louisiana TEA Party’s monthly meeting Monday night.
McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, faces fellow Republican state Sen. Neil Riser in Saturday’s general election to fill the 13 months remaining in former Congressman Rodney Alexander’s term.
Many people in Lincoln Parish likely recognize the name Stephen Williams.
Whether it’s from the countless times he’s been in the news as the former spokesperson for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, or just from all the places one might see him around town, Williams is an active member of the community.
Williams was born and raised in Choudrant, and has lived in Lincoln Parish his entire life.
“I knew early on that I wanted to work in law enforcement,” Williams said.
“I applied with the sheriff’s office and was hired in 1993.”