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Options for domestic violence victims

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Affecting countless people, from the loss of productivity at the workplace, to health care expenses, to the long lasting emotional scars left on its victims, the consequences of domestic violence infiltrate entire communities. Although it’s puzzling to some why a person would stay in an abusive situation, advocates for the abused have asserted that victims may feel as if they lack the needed resources to start a life without the abuser. However, they add there are many options available to those who seek help, and understanding those options may save a life and stop the perpetual cycle of domestic abuse.

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Changing the SPS formula

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School Performance Scores for the 2011-12 school year are out and seem promising, but school officials aren’t sure what to expect for the 2012-13 school year.
Donna Doss, testing and accountability coordinator for the Lincoln Parish School Board, said the formula to determine SPS is changing effective this school year.

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Public zoning hearing set

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There will be a special meeting of the Ruston Zoning Commission at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
On the agenda is a public hearing to review and consider action for the proposed amendments to the Ruston Zoning Code.

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Families warm up at Hot Halloween

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Visitors to the Ruston Fire Department on Saturday were combating the cool temperatures with a hot event during the annual Hot Halloween Happening event at the main Ruston Fire Station.
Eric Brazzel, public information officer with RPD, said more than 650 people showed up for the annual holiday event, which features games, food and educational information.
“We’ve had a good turnout, lots of costumes,” Brazzel said.

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Grambling State to offer collaborative leadership degree 100 percent online

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Grambling State University will soon offer a 100 percent online collaborative degree, helping those who have started but did not finish college to earn a bachelors in organizational leadership.
“The main purpose of the program is to bring back students who have earned some college credit but never completed the requirements for a degree,” Rama Tunuguntla, interim dean of the College of Professional Studies at the university, said.

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Help keep local schools moving forward

Lincoln Parish Schools deserve a pat on the back after the announcement last week that the school district has received a “B” letter grade for their 2011-12 District Performance Score.
The score increased by 10.9 points, placing them solidly in the “B” category.
And, the good news doesn’t stop there. Two of the district’s schools — Ruston and Choudrant High schools — both were named as “A” schools this year. Choudrant High’s SPS increased by a full 19 points, while RHS had a 9.8 point increase.

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LTCA board expresses appreciation

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The board of directors of Lincoln Total Community Action, Inc., extends a special thanks to churches, businesses, organizations and individuals that helped to make this year’s banquet held on Sept. 27 a success.
Thanks once again to Darlene Johnson and the Ruston High School Food and Nutrition class, community helpers, Head Start parents, former Head Start students that provided the entertainment, staff and friends for your support.

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Chairman seeks sports fans’ support

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Louisiana’s incredible sports culture is certainly one of our state’s major bragging points. Soon, we’ll have a place to celebrate it when the long-awaited Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum opens next summer in Natchitoches.
Now, Louisiana sports fans have an urgent opportunity. The Hall of Fame Foundation is racing toward an Oct. 31 deadline to meet a $250,000 Challenge Grant with all proceeds supporting completion of exhibits for the museum. The state has provided $21.7 million in funding for this magnificent celebration of excellence in Louisiana, and the Hall of Fame Foundation is within range of its goal of $1.1 million in private money to complete the exhibit plan.

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More than 2 running for president

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There are 11 people running for president. After five months of searching and listening, I have found someone that I can vote for to be president who is not a liberal, not a moderate, but a Bible-believing conservative.  
Some people don’t want Obama or Romney to be president, but seem to think that they are the only ones to vote for. Some people are saying that they aren’t going to vote at all. Well, I have discovered someone that is running for president, and is on our voting ballot that should be considered at this critical time. I had to do my homework, and I had to believe that God has someone that I could vote for other than Romney or Obama. The Bible tells us to seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7-8). Well, I have found that there are 11 people on our voting ballot that are running for president. Nine of them have had no media coverage, and haven’t been invited to the debates; however, three of them are running on a platform that support Bible principles. Surprised!

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‘Concert Queen’ recalls fun evening

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Everybody have fun tonight, everybody Wang Chung tonight!
For everyone who attended the Rock and Roll Spectacular: 80’s Edition at Ruston’s Dixie Theater on Oct. 12 this year, that is exactly what we did.

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