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Testing, curriculum workshop set

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With all the changes slated in the educational arena, parents might be scratching their heads about how to help their children prepare for the important spring tests that are looming on the horizon.

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Tickets remain available for chamber gala

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Ticket sales continue through Monday for the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala set for Tuesday at the Ruston Civic Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a wine-and-cheese social, followed at 6:45 by a seated dinner.
Tickets are $35 each for chamber members and $40 each for non-members. Reserved tables of six are available for $250 for members and $275 for non-members. Reserved sponsored tables of six are $500. This year’s gala is sponsored by Community Trust Bank.

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Teen ‘sexting’ may carry consequences

As technology advances, so does the murky battle over what is and is not appropriate behavior.

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Marine evaluates role of women

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I do understand Mr. (Lou) Barber’s sentiment about women in the military. I also understand his feelings towards women in general. After all, he is from the generation that witnessed two world wars, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam debacle. It is also a good chance that he and a lot of people close to him served in one or more of these actions.
The role of women in the home and the workplace in Mr. Barber’s time was exactly how he described it. Women were seen as a nice accoutrement; an integral part of the team, but in most ways relegated to a support role. The times have changed.

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School change and then some

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Change, change, change ... and then some!
In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Justice Department ruled that the configuration of our city elementary schools must change in order to meet their desegregation requirements. In addition, Louisiana’s Department of Education also required significant changes for the 2012-13 year — a new teacher evaluation system and the shift from the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum to the Common Core Standards used by most states. Any one of these changes would have been a challenge in itself; however, all of them at once presented more “new” challenges than we have ever had to face in one new school year.

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Thin persons discrimination

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Have you ever had a feeling of being discriminated against or picked on? A dark, foreboding cloud is lurking on the horizon of our society. Yes, there could possibly be yet a new area of controversy that might lead to litigation and even worse, legislation. The government will be shocked. The topic: discrimination against the fit and healthy.

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SCHOOL NEWS: HICO ELEMENTARY

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ABBIT recognizes students, classes focus on artists

The ABBIT Society
Students making all As and Bs on their report card for the third six weeks were recognized at an ABBIT Society assembly on Jan. 23.

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Reving up to read

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Julie Holmes and her pre-service students at Louisiana Tech University partnered with Lincoln ACHIEVE and United Way of Northeast Louisiana to help facilitate the special kick-off events held in support of the new early grades reading initiative getting underway at Hillcrest and Glen View elementary schools. While the parents and community volunteers worked on reading strategies, the Tech teacher candidates engaged the students in their own small group literacy-based activities.

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Look past ‘fog of uncertainty’ when investing

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In Europe, the financial crisis drags on. China’s economic growth has slowed from “wow” to “ho-hum.” Here at home, we’ve seen heated political debates over taxes, spending and deficit reduction. Taken together, these factors have created a “fog of uncertainty” that has left many investors in the dark about their next moves. But is this “fog” really impenetrable — or can you, as an individual investor, see through it to a place of clarity?

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Alternatives to help meet your investment goals

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In 2006, Congress posed (through the Pension Protection Act) that if an investor has more than 20 percent of a portfolio in one security or industry, the portfolio may not be properly diversified. Your specific risk tolerance may allow for more or less than 20 percent of one security.

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