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February 16th, 2017

MEETING

Seismic Public Meeting Notice

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Counselor to speak at upcoming NAMI event

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a free educational seminar at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Parish Library.
The guest speaker for the event will be Tiffany Bates, licensed professional counselor and assistant professor in the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Department at Louisiana Tech University.
Her presentation titled “Unmasking Mental Illness,” will discuss the way people perceive those with mental illnesses.

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Library board elects officers

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control elected new officers during their regular meeting Wednesday.
James Pilgreen was elected as chairman, while Dave Guerin was elected vice chairman of the board.
Charles Penuell, former chairman, said he was happy to have been of service to the library and looks forward to continuing to serve on the board.
After the election, Vivian McCain, director of the library, discussed January statics with the board.
“There were 19,626 patron visits and 27,440 items were checked out in January,” she said.
In other business:

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Applicants sought for Citizens’ Academy

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Lincoln Parish residents who want to get an inside look at how the local law enforcement and criminal justice system work have until March 3 to register for Citizens’ Academy 2017.
The four-week course is free of charge and open to all parish residents age 18 and over who have no felony convictions. The first 20 applicants who meet the program’s criteria will be accepted.
The Citizens’ Academy is a program of the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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Super 1 Foods scholarships

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In honor of Black History Month in February, Super 1 Foods is introducing the “Because History Matters” scholarship program, which will provide tuition assistance to high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall.
The scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior in Texas, Louisiana or Arkansas, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be enrolled in a junior college, four-year institution or an accredited technical college by fall 2017.
Scholarships will be awarded to students in the three states where Brookshire’s operates stores.

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Expo Center events scheduled

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The North Louisiana Exhibition Center has the following events scheduled for February and March: Saturday and Sunday – Deep South Little Britches Rodeo; Feb. 24-25 – Northeast High School Rodeo.
March 4 - Barrel Race and Sorting; March 5 - Wilder Productions Team Roping; March 11-12 - Deep South Little Britches Rodeo (admission applies); March 18-19 - Cotton Country Open Horse Show; March 21-22 – Big Top Circus (admission applies); March 24-26 - Northwest High School Rodeo (admission applies); and March 31-April 1 – River Cities Cutting.

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LAFCS to hold conference

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Louisiana Tech University will hold the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference today and Friday. The conference will be held at University Hall. Pre-registration is open through Monday.
Tickets are $75. Discounted tickets for students, early childhood educators and Family and Consumer Sciences educators are $25.

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Applications for scholarship

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First National Bank is offering a $1,500 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship for the 2017 year.
All graduating seniors from schools in Lincoln Parish are encouraged to apply. The annual scholarship honors the memory of Jackie Woodard Whitlock, who worked in the Lincoln Parish school system for over 20 years.
Applications are available at First National Bank and all Lincoln Parish High Schools. The selection of the recipient will be made by a group of retired Lincoln Parish educators. Deadline for submission is April 7.

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Louisiana Tech civil engineering students earn scholarships from DOTD

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Ten Louisiana Tech University students majoring in civil engineering have each earned $1,000 scholarship awards from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Cameron Broussard, Cody Abshire, Hunter Calhoon, Lane Brister, Matthew Upshaw, Ryan Barton, Stetson Keen, Taylor Cappe, Tyler Bridges and Victor Seth Bivens were selected from a highly-accomplished pool of applicants from across the state.
They received the scholarship awards from DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson at a ceremony held at the DOTD headquarters in Baton Rouge.

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State needs to get act together

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I do not want to underrepresent the financial problems of Louisiana — it’s not pretty.
The Legislature is currently in a special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to deal with how to close the state’s $304 million deficit.
But the governor and some of the lawmakers differ on how to close the gap.
Edwards, a Democrat, calls for cutting $60 million from state agencies, using $120 million from the rainy day fund and tapping into $120 million in other available financing to fill holes. Senate leaders backed that approached.

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