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November 20th

State should fund family literacy work

The program, housed at the Lincoln Center, focuses on more than the traditional academic subjects taught in school. A key element is parenting skills, including teaching moms how to play with and talk to their children, showing them proper food and nutrition guidelines and more. These skills can’t be taken for granted, because many parents simply don’t have them.
All of this life-changing work is happening in Lincoln Parish with only three full-time employees. Their passion is impressive, but without funding the program will die.

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When trust defies logic

Before long, what seemed, at first, like such a waste of time and money became a necessity. If I left home without my cell phone, I would double back to get it. If Donna could not reach me because my phone was turned off, it would cause her to worry about my well-being.
My daughters would automatically call my cell phone if they could not reach me at home. I eventually labeled my cell phone “my leash.”

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City to study health insurance plan

“We’re anticipating health care costs nationwide to rise 11 percent on average,” Hollingswortth said. “If you don’t peck away at this problem a little bit at a time, you’ve got to hit your workers with a 25 or 30 percent increase, and we don’t want to go there.
We want to have small increases every year to stay in good, solid financial condition.”
Hollingsworth said it has been a while since they have looked at the health care plan, and the city is searching for a consultant to get some additional input.

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November 19th

Creek doesn’t mind holiday work

“They’re telling me this is only the second time that it’s ever happened that we’ll be working out during the Thanksgiving holidays,” said head coach Corwyn Aldredge. “That’s fine with us. Our staff and our players are ready to get back to work this week.”
Since late October, when the two I-20 rivals collided in a regular season at Cougar Stadium, a rematch has been anticipated.
Now it’s a reality after No. 1 ranked Cedar Creek out-pointed White Castle 60-50 and Ouachita Christian halted Arcadia 35-14 in second round contests this past weekend.

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New leaders must work hard, smart

Voters across the state are looking hopefully into the future as new public servants take the reins. The coming years hold the promise of a fresh start and a revitalized state, which will require a lot of hard work from our elected leaders. We feel confident they’re up to it, and as long as they work to make smart decisions and quickly address problems that arise, they will have our support.

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Drive cleans up card clutter

“The children take the cards and make new greeting cards to sell,” Shell said. “The profits from the sale of the cards go directly to the children who made them.”

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Fans keep up Cougar spirit for playoffs

He said he’s just looking forward to a great game and hopes the Cougars will come out on top.
Though the school has its own built-in fans and spirit squads, a new group called the Hallwalkers has added a new level of excitement and spirit out on the field, Dwyer said.
The Hallwalkers, a group of student fans who cover themselves in body paint, cheer and dance at the home games, started last year.
Catherine Kirby, one of the group’s members, said it began with a group of seniors who painted themselves and showed up at a football game.

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November 16th

Arrests expected in robberies

“So, for three out of the five armed robberies that we’ve had lately, we have identified a suspect and are waiting on warrants to be issued by the judge’s office this week,” Hawkins said.
“The two armed robberies (on South Homer Street and South Vienna Street) are still outstanding or unsolved at this time.”
The robbers in Tuesday’s incident were described as black males both wearing some type of stockings over their face. One was approximately 6’2”, 210-240 lbs. The other was approximately 6’, 180- 200 lbs. Both were armed with handguns.

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Police work critical as crimes persist

Although the position of police chief has been the subject of much discussion this week, we’re depending on Ruston police officers to maintain their commitment and presence throughout the city. Police pressure has to stay strong on the streets in order to prevent crime.
People come to our community for its small, friendly atmosphere and its relative safety. With a string of yet-to-be-closed robbery and burglary cases, that feeling of security is weakening.

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Heeding my own advice

In later columns, I’ve given you my opinion on issues. I have shared with you my love and appreciation for Ruston and Lincoln Parish. I’ve stood on my soap box telling you to get immunized to ensure healthy lives; pay kindness forward; obey the speed limit; consider becoming an adoptive or foster parent; and protect children by helping with school bus safety.
For the past three months, I’ve encouraged residents of Lincoln Parish to get involved, attend local events and participate in community activities.

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