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March 22nd, 2014

Common Core fight continues

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Louisiana legislators combating the implementation of Common Core may get their wish earlier than expected.
Originally, a national Common Core standardized test was supposed to have been implemented at the end of this school year (2013-14) but in November of 2013, the Louisiana Department of Education decided to postpone the new test called PARCC (developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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Woodard: Striving to make a difference

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
Third Judicial District Judge Cynthia Woodard stays on call around the clock — and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love being a judge and feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do,” she said.
Woodard is one of three judges in the Third Judicial District court who preside over Lincoln and Union parishes. She said from a young age, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer.

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Library gets ready for spring break

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Teens who find themselves at home during spring break bored and looking for something to do can celebrate diversity and civil rights next week at the Lincoln Parish Library.
There will be an activity planned at 4 p.m. each day school is out during spring break, which is Monday through Friday.
Participants will kick things off at the Lincoln Parish Library Beach on Monday in the Ruston Room to play volleyball, sing karaoke, have photo ops and play several games such as beach blanket teen bingo.
There will also be some “beach reads” for teens to check out.

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ULRWSI takes a step closer to approval

The Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is one step closer to having a site for the water treatment plant that’s part of the group’s overall goal of reducing the drawdown on the Sparta Aquifer.
Last week, the state Senate Natural Resources Committee approved without objection a proposal by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, that allows the water initiative to purchase 21.5 acres in the Old D’Arbonne State Park as the treatment plant site. The full Senate could act on the bill this week.

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Fox News isn't to blame

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The Affordable Health Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” was coerced upon the American People by many lies:  naming just two: “If you like your doctor you can keep him/her.” and “If you like your insurance you can keep it.”  Many citizens have lost their health insurance and physicians.  Another lie: “Your premiums will decrease as much as $2,500 per family.” Forbes Magazine and the Manhattan Institute both disagree with this statement and say there will be a 97-99 percent increase for young men and 55-62 percent increase for young women.

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Take time to say 'I love you'

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No matter how many times you come face-to-face with it, I’m not sure if death is something anyone ever truly understands.
On Thursday afternoon, my family laid to rest my maternal grandfather. I sat in a church listening to the happy, gurgling noises of my cousin’s baby — who is more like my niece than my cousin — while my late grandfather’s wife broke down into tears. During the sermon, the pastor talked about the variety of ways that grief presents itself. Some people, he said, cry. Some get mad. Others start counting plates to make sure everyone gets their fair share.

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Stopping 21st century slavery

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Slavery is evil. 
It ripped our nation apart 150 years ago. In one fashion it was legally abolished with the 13th amendment. Yet vestiges remained; some know they still exist.
There is another form of slavery becoming more prevalent across our world including our state. This involves the kidnapping, drugging and forced prostitution of young people, primarily girls. Movie fans: the movie with Liam Neeson — “Taken”— is eerily realistic.

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Lady Bearkits track stars revealed

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They have dusted off their running, jumping and throwing shoes and are ready to go as the 2014 track stars. The Lady Bearkit team is made up of Lamiracle Garner, Alexius Austin, Aislyn Coyne, Oneke Gwan, Carmen Williams, Daisy Peterson, Aniyah Roane, Amani McWain, Destiny Jenkins, Patrice Perry, Mia Jackson, Lashun Bass, Sincerely Samuel, Asia Rachal, Julie Vandenberg, Janiah Scott, Samariah Speed, Brooklyn Cheatwood, Jamyia Walker, Devin Herbert, India Collins and Coach Kathy Steed.

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Cedar Creek Honor Roll

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Cedar Creek School has revealed the names of those students who have earned the honor roll for the third nine-week grading period.
All A’s
Fourth grade: Braden Cannon, Zoe Graham, Will Harris, Charlie May, Brady Menzina, Ethan Rugg, Avery Stout, John Davis Vessel, W Wells and Cade Williams.    

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I.A. Lewis Honor Roll

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I.A. Lewis School has released the names of those students who have earned the honor roll for the third nine-week grading period.
Principal’s List
All A’s
Kathryn Apelgren, Zachary Atkison, Ashton Barber, Tasnia Bari, Baylee Brown, Joy Eddie, Dylan Foster, Grayson Hipp, Joshua Johnson, Grace Lagattuta, Amara McCullough, Brooklyn Nestrud, Taylor Peterson, Madison Soto and Larry Wardlaw.
A-B Honor Roll

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