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Voters OK LPSO taxes

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A 10-year property tax renewal and a permanent quarter-cent sales tax to support the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office won voter approval on Saturday night.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results indicate that 2,597 people, or 53.08 percent of the vote, were in favor of the sales tax. Casting a “no” vote were 2,296 people, or 46.92 percent of those who voted.
The millage renewal of 7.83 mills was approved with 67.90 percent (or 3,321 people) voting “yes” and 32.10 percent (or 1,570) voting against.

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Napper to be new CVB president

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The Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected Travis Napper as president and CEO.
Napper will succeed Kyle Edmiston, who announced his resignation in late March to accept the job of assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Napper will assume his new role on May 7.

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Senior expo presented

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the sixth annual Senior Life Expo at the Ruston Civic Center on Friday.
Featured guest speakers included Sheriff Mike Stone, the Rev./ Deputy Jerry Whitman, State Representative Patrick Jefferson, Clifford Gatlin of the Alexandria Police Department, Pam Lavender of Kilpatrick’s Funeral Home, Becky Murphy with Green Clinic, Debra Faircloth with the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and State Representative Rob Shadion.

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Schools see approvals

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The two millage tax renewals up for a vote in Lincoln Parish that directly benefit the parish’s public schools both passed easily on Saturday, locking the school district in for another 10 years of solid property tax funding.
The first renewal was a parishwide tax of 10.25 mills. One mill is equal to $1 of tax per every $1,000 of real estate value above the $75,000 homestead exemption amount.
With all precincts reporting, unofficial election results showed the tax passed with 70.21 percent of voters saying yes, or 3,405 votes, and 29.79 percent saying no, or 1,445 votes.
This parishwide tax is restricted for use on purchasing textbooks, instructional materials and school buses; constructing, operating and maintaining school buildings and facilities; offsetting reductions in federal and state school funding; funding mandated federal and state programs and funding employee and retiree health insurance.

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Legislators sound off on education bills

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On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law his historic package of education bills that marked sweeping reform to the state’s public education.
Locally, many teachers, residents and community members were on edge while the bills were debated in the House and Senate. The representatives and senators that represent Lincoln Parish in the state Legislature had mixed feelings about the bills and shared some of those thoughts with the Ruston Daily Leader.

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Open house event good for parish

From 1-4 p.m. today, Lincoln Parish residents and people considering moving to the area will have a once-a-year opportunity to peruse the majority of the properties available for sale within the parish.
Dicky Nealy, owner/operator of ERA Lincoln Realty, said this annual parishwide open house, which was first presented in 2002, provides a unique chance for residents to see all that the local housing market has to offer. Most realtors in the parish will open their properties, and local banks will provide information about the financial side of the business.

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Resident concerned about tax usage

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The money belongs to us. Our tax dollars. Taxpayers give the money to Congress to dispense according to the U.S. Constitution. We trust them to spend it wisely; but woefully, much of it is misspent in redundancy and duplicate programs. They (all of them) need to be better stewards of our money. Many of us have worked hard and sacrificed to provide for our families. I don’t appreciate my tax dollars being wasted.

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Song brings renewed hope

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This column has been in the can for more than two weeks now. In fact, I wrote the bulk of it from a hotel room in Tulsa, Okla., where I was conducting a workshop for their teachers. Yet it’s important that we put it in context.
I have been accused of being perpetually optimistic. It’s no secret to those that know me that I’m definitely a “glass half full” kind of person. I guess that’s another thing I inherited from my daddy.

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Celebrating 200 years in La.

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Last week and this we share some historical facts leading to the 200th anniversary of Louisiana as the 18th state of the U.S.
United States law required that a territory apply to the Congress for admission as a state. Many pushed very hard for admission. Julien Poydras (the name of the street upon which the Saints reside) and Edward Livingston lobbied then Gov. William C.C. Claiborne to push for statehood. In 1811, President Madison signed the law that allowed Louisiana to convene and adopt a constitution. At the convention, there were 43 delegates, both American and “Creole.” As far back as then Louisiana involved those who were not totally “mainstream.”

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Math students celebrate Pi Day with pie

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First grade
The first grade class of Cedar Creek School has been learning lots of different things about the weather. They visited KARD-TV Fox 14 in West Monroe. The morning meteorologist, Natalie Walters, took them on a tour of the weather lab to enhance what the students have been learning in the classroom.
They were able to read radar screens, and see where all the action takes place. After their trip to KARD, they enjoyed a trip to Kiroli Park where they ate a picnic lunch, played on the playground and received a guided tour of the many different kinds of plants they have at the park.

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