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November 1st, 2013

Sharon Jennings Hamilton

Funeral services for Sharon Jennings Hamilton, age 68 of Vienna will be 2:00PM Monday, November 4, 2013 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston. Burial will follow in Vienna Cemetery. Mrs. Hamilton was born December 6, 1944 in Taylor, AR. and passed away October 29, 2013 on her way home from an African Safari vacation due to health complications.  She was a loving housewife, mother and meme.  She loved traveling, fishing, flowers and visiting with family.  Mrs. Hamilton is preceded in death by parents, Grady Sr. and Dovie Mae Jennings; brothers, Hollis, Gladney and Grady Jr.

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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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94 percent of teachers rated highly effective

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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Cycle of domestic abuse continues

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October has been filled to the brim with events in the city of Ruston. We have had multiple breast cancer awareness walks, fundraisers and the pumpkin patch at the Townsend House to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. At 6 p.m. tonight DART will be having their annual candlelight vigil at the Lincoln Parish Library to end the month.

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High schoolers invited to have AHEC of a Summer

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High school students interested in learning about health careers can gain hands-on experience through national award winning AHEC of a Summer program. The program is offered in 21 parishes in North Louisiana and sponsored by the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Students who participate will volunteer at a local health-care facility and rotate through different areas during the 15-day program. Students also participate in workshops provided by area medical organizations and take field trips to other health care facilities and universities in North Louisiana.

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