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November 14th, 2014

Teachers’ bonus increases

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Local Lincoln Parish School District employees are receiving their “13th check” just in time for holiday shopping.
“We’d been doing it for the same amount for about four years in a row, but this year, we decided to raise it by about 2 percent,” said Chief Financial Officer for the LPSD George Murphy. “We had a little bit of an uptick in sales taxes.”
The 13th check is a supplemental check given to employees of the school board based solely on sales taxes throughout the parish.

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State makes end-of-year testing changes

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Doss: Parents should be aware of PARCC

Parents with children in grades three through eight should be aware of major end-of-year testing changes this year, according to Lincoln Parish School District Coordinator Donna Doss.
“We’re going to have to work really hard to get our kids ready for this,” Doss said.

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Chamber awards banquet date set

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The 95th Annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Jan. 29, 2015, at the Ruston Civic Center. During the event, community awards will be presented on behalf of various organizations to notable contributors to Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
Awards to be presented include:
• The Ruston Kiwanis’ Young Firefighter, Young Law Enforcement Officer, and Young Educator of the Year awards
• The Lincoln Parish School District’s Distinguished Partner in Education awards
• The Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Hospitality award

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NCLAC excited about Holiday Arts Tour

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NCLAC is pleased to present its 17th annual Holiday Arts Tour Nov. 20-23 in downtown Ruston. The Holiday Arts Tour is “all about the arts,” with music, visual artists, writers, dance and theatre.
Beginning on Nov. 20 there will be live music each day, including jazz, bluegrass, country, barbershop harmony, classical, blues, Chinese harp, reggae and body percussion. Some of the participating musicians include Monty Russell, Elizabeth Vidos and Rhapsody Quartet.

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Kiwanis donates milk

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The Kiwanis Club of Ruston donated milk on Saturday to Ruston Parks and Recreation’s tackle football players. These young football players chugged the milk after their games. RPAR said they were thankful that the Kiwanis Club thought of them.

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Breakfast may inhibit diabetes

Most people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for people who are at risk for diabetes that might just be the truth.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, investing in a healthy breakfast will reduce the global burden of diabetes and save billions of dollars in lost productivity and health care costs. Recent studies have revealed that eating a healthy breakfast decreases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Christians can be red or blue

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Last week I hope each of you exercised your right to vote.
Did your candidate win or did they loose? I have asked many people this very question.
In all actuality though, few political issues are truly spiritual issues. Republicans/conservatives, generally speaking, prefer smaller government and more individual freedom, while Democrats/liberals prefer more governmental oversight of society and economy.
Christians can be liberal or conservative. None are evil or ungodly. The argument should be over which system best enables the government to fulfill its God-given role.

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Everyday appreciation for veterans

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It’s sad that women have an entire month dedicated to recognizing their achievements. African-Americans have the same luxury, as do those of Hispanic heritage.
But what about the men and women who have made it possible for these commemorative months to be celebrated in the first place?
What do these heroic men and women, who are both young and old, receive? One day, a single day of recognition for their service.
Fourteen years ago patriotism was at its peak, just as it was nearly 73 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

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’Cats starting from scratch

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Ruston High School set to open Class 5A playoffs vs. Scotlandville
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It’s the start of a whole new season as the Ruston High School Bearcats open the 2014 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A prep football playoffs at 7 p.m. tonight.
The Bearcats are seeded No. 10 in the Class 5A playoffs and will play host to No. 22 Scotlandville at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Tickets for the contest are $8.
“Heading into the playoffs and hosting a home game is all about the way this team has handled whatever’s been thrown at them all season long,” said Ruston coach Brad Laird.

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Grambling to host Alabama State

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SWAC undefeated streak to be at stake for Tigers
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Grambling State University will close out its 2014 home schedule at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Tigers wll play host to Alabama State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
Alabama State stands second in the SWAC East Division at 5-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play.

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