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January 19th, 2017

Jim Taylor Ford donates $8,000 to Choudrant High School

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Jim Taylor Ford of Ruston donated $8,000 to Choudrant High School from their Drive 4 Ur School event held Sept. 20 at Jim Taylor Ford.
The money will be used to buy incentives for CHS students and supplies for teachers, said Tony Antley, CHS principal.
“We’re just real excited to have a partner like Jim Taylor Ford that gives generously to our community,” he said.
Drive 4 Ur School is an annual event that raises funds for local schools through Ford, said Don Robertson, Jim Taylor Ford owner.

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‘Season of Love’ kicks off Friday at library

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The Christmas decorations are down, and soon there will little plastic hearts all over the parish.
“What is the best way to gear up for Valentine’s Day? How about love songs? Naomi Cordill and Jon Baccarini are the perfect pair to whip up some romance at the Lincoln Parish Library at 10 a.m. in the Library Events Center,” said Sarah Creekmore, administrative assistant for the Lincoln Parish Library.
The performance will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Library Events Center.
Guest singer Cordill is a local woman with many talents, she said.

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State Library recognizes LPL

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Lincoln Parish Library has been named No. 1 in Louisiana by the State Library for materials checked out per capita. More than 350,000 items were borrowed in 2016, library Director Vivian McCain, told the Library Board of Control on Wednesday.
Charles Penuell, chairman of the board, asked McCain to congratulate her staff for their hard work and dedication to the community.
New board member, Gay O’Neal, was also introduced during the meeting.
O’Neal was appointed to the board by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in December.

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Parish schools achieve unitary status

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Court decision ends desegregation case

The Lincoln Parish public school system has been deemed fully unitary.
The unitary status declaration, handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert James, effectively ends a 51-year-old federal desegregation lawsuit filed against the system.
Unitary status means federal court supervision over the system ends and school are no longer required to make yearly reports on their desegregation status.
Lincoln Parish schools have achieved the goal of “equal access to education for all students,” James wrote in his unitary status declaration.

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Back away from social media

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If you want to know how much the world changed in a matter of a couple of decades, look no further than the statistics behind social media.
The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day, according to The Telegraph.
Do not believe the statistics; take a look around.
There’s a man about to run into a wall browsing Facebook or a woman about to fall down the stairs while checking Twitter.
United States citizens on average check their social media accounts up to 17 times a day, according to Digital Trends.

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Award winners make mark on parish

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” American scholar, organizational consultant and author Warren Bennis wrote.
He must have had the 2016 Robert E. Russ and Bill Best Humanitarian award winners in mind. Because both Trott Hunt, the Russ awardee, and Sue Martin, the Best honoree, are leaders who have definitely turned their visions into a better reality for Lincoln Parish.
Hunt and Martin receive their respective awards tonight during the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Tech softball tabbed fourth in preseason C-USA poll

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Two years ago, Louisiana Tech was picked to finish next-to-last in the 12-team Conference USA preseason softball coaches’ poll.
Times have changed.
Tech Head coach Mark Montgomery’s squad fresh off back-to-back 30-plus win seasons are picked to finish fourth in this year’s Conference USA poll, released by the league office on Wednesday. Defending Conference USA champion Florida Atlantic was picked first followed by Alabama-Birmingham, Marshall, Tech, Southern Miss, Florida International, Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, Charlotte, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and North Texas.

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Lady Techsters hit road to take on Owls

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HOUSTON — For the second time in three weeks, Louisiana Tech will hit the road and travel to the state of Texas for a two-game Conference USA road swing as the Lady Techsters face the Rice Owls at 7 p.m. today at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tech (7-9, 2-3 C-USA) and Rice (10-6, 1-4 C-USA) will meet for the 20th time in the series history with the Lady Techsters holding onto an 11-8 advantage. Rice won two out of three meetings last year, including ending the Lady Techsters year with a 72-67 overtime victory in the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham in March.

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Dunkin’ Dogs get ready for Rice

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Tech looking to build on two-game win streak
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Coming off two road victories in conference play, Louisiana Tech looks to keep the momentum going when they return home to face Rice at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
Tech (12-6, 4-1 Conference USA) is currently in a three-way tie for second place in the C-USA standings, this after sweeping a road weekend for just the second time since joining the league in 2013-14.
The Bulldogs held on for a 79-73 win at Charlotte and turned around two days later to lead wire-to-wire for a 75-63 victory over Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia.

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January 18th

REVEREND BURLEY GATSON

Funeral Services for Reverend Burley Gatson (99) a native of Spearsville will be held Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Gum Springs Association Building in Bernice, Reverend Joe Watson, Officiating. Interment will Immediately follow at the Willis Chapel Cemetery in Lisbon. Visitations will be held Friday January 20, 2017 from 2 Till 4:30 PM at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, and Family Hour (Wake) from 5:30 Till 7:30 PM at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Spearsville, Reverend Alfred Hill, Pastor. Services Entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home, Farmerville Louisiana.

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