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November 16th, 2013

Howard School receives grant

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The Howard School in Ruston recently received a grant from Claiborne Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.
The school was awarded $1,645 to purchase five mini iPads for classroom use. According to teacher Jennifer Blake, who applied for the grant, the technology will be used to differentiate instruction according to a student’s individual educational needs.

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Focusing on fire safety early

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Fire District made a visit to Mrs. Williams’ second grade class at Hillcrest Elementary School recently. Captain Dustin St. Andre and Driver J. Jenkins shared with the class fire safety tips, showed them the various components of their fire gear and even let them look through a thermal imaging camera. The class then went outside to take a group picture with the firefighters and the LPFD Fire Truck.

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NT@R, Tech work together

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New Tech @ Ruston teacher Dustin Whitlock is seen presenting an overview of project development during a recent collaboration between NT@R and Louisiana Tech University. Students from EDCI 471, a classroom management course within Tech’s College of Education, met in the new NT@R facility where they learned about the history of the program, the day-to-day implementation and how to develop and facilitate project-based learning.

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Hillcrest Honor Roll List

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Hillcrest has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the second six-week grading period.
Principal’s List

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Simsboro High Honor Roll

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Simsboro High School has released the names of those students who achieved the honor roll list for the first nine-week grading period.
“A” Honor Roll
Seventh grade: Andrew Cole, Samantha Eckert, Sophia Green, Madison Jones, Valerie Lay, Maritsa Olguin, Kayle Pyles and Julie Anna Smith
Eighth grade: Johana Escobedo, Camby Grant, Madison Griffith, Zachary Musgrove, Kelcie Sneed and Landon Wilhite
Ninth grade: Katie Durrett, Bailee Taylor and Maggie Watts

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Local shopping funds 13th check

This Thanksgiving, Lincoln Parish educators have a little something extra for which to be thankful. On Friday, employees of the school district will receive their annual November supplemental — or 13th — check.
Certified personnel — which includes teachers and administrators — have an extra $2,450 in their pockets, while support personnel — which includes secretaries, food service personnel and maintenance personnel, among others — have an extra $1,225 to spend this holiday season.

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Kiwanis Club thanks citizens

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Thanks so much to the citizens of Ruston and Lincoln Parish for another successful Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser. More than 3,000 plates of pancakes, bacon, sausage and drinks were served on Nov. 8. Many people ate pancakes at the Ruston Civic Center and enjoyed fellowshipping with one another. Some businesses bought carry outs and fed employees at their work place.

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Avoid decline in school system

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Look in my high school senior yearbook under the Class Favorites picture and you will find the following caption among comments about me:
“Cathi Cox’s greatest wish is to meet Elvis.”

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RPAR Family Focus

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It’s all about the energy, fun for RPAR youth coach
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Preston Gray served as coach for Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s recent championship 7-11 year old youth flag football team.
Following is a question and answer session posed Gray:
Q: What do you like about coaching RPAR youth flag football?

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Wife bags big buck while husband hunts out of state

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Delores Sampey, registered nurse who works at Specialty Hospital in Winnfield, is part of a hunting family.
Her husband, her son, daughter and son-in-law all hunt.
In fact, her husband, Dwaine, was on a hunting trip in Kansas and son Nicholas was on a deer stand in Illinois.
While they were a thousand miles or so away looking for trophy bucks, Delores slipped out to her stand within three miles of their Goldonna home on Nov. 2 and brought down a big eight-point buck.

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