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October 23rd, 2014

Local educators host panel for Tech

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The Lincoln Parish School District recently had several of its educators serve on a special panel for teacher candidates enrolled in Julie Holmes’ Classroom Management course in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University.The university students posed questions to the gathering of veteran educators who serve in various capacities throughout the district and have been recognized for their excellence in leadership and instruction.

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I.A. Lewis: 4-H officers named, leadership celebrated

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Susan G. Komen Fundraiser
I.A. Lewis proudly raised hundreds of dollars for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through daily student jean and staff jean passes for $1. During the culminating ceremony last week in the I.A. Lewis gymnasium, more community donations poured in. Almost 30 breast cancer survivors and family members walked during our Think Pink assembly including guest speaker Annette Warren, who set up a special display, gave away door prizes to teachers and popcorn to the children.

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Ruston Rotary Club honors October students

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the October Student of the Month Awards. Following comments by program coordinator Rachel Lilley, each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Oct. 15 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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October 22nd

Early voting continues today

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Early voting opened at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and a there was a steady line of people outside the registrar’s office well into the day. Chief Deputy of the Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Sharon Parnell said so far, early voters have been coming in scores to cast their ballots for the Nov. 4 election. Early voting will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Tuesday, excluding Sunday. For a complete ballot, pick up an Oct. 19 edition of the Daily Leader or visit www.rustonleader.com. For more information, contact the registrar of voters at 251-5110.

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State gives Lincoln a ‘B’

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Choudrant High sees highest gain as only ‘A’ rating

The Lincoln Parish School District has once again scored a “B,” according to the state’s comprehensive report card on school achievement received by the district on Monday.
“We are happy we maintained a ‘B’ level and grew a tenth of a point overall,” said Testing Coordinator Donna Doss. “But our goal is to become an ‘A’ district — it’s all outlined in our academic plan.”
This year, former Ruston High School Principal Mike Milstead took the helm in the new chief academic officer position created by the LPSD to help achieve the ‘A’ status.

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Ruston native poet, professor to read works during Tech visit

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Cleopatra Mathis, poet and professor of creative writing at Dartmouth College, will read and speak about her poetry at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 105 of George T. Madison Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Mathis, a Ruston native, will also speak to Tech’s Sigma Tau Delta English honorary society, Poetry Society, and English majors at 4:30 p.m. and will hold a book signing session immediately following her public presentation. Mathis’ visit is sponsored by the Tech Department of English with support from the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English.

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Amendment No. 4 would allow public fund investment

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 4 would allow the state treasurer to invest public funds into a Louisiana Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
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Artist lends a hand to GSU band

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Larry Pannell, head of the music department, head band director and associate professor at Grambling State University recently signed several prints of artist Frank Kelley’s, pictured right, work featuring the GSU World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. Kelley will auction off these pieces to help raise money for the band and the university. Proceeds from the sale of each print will go to the band. For more information contact Harmona Epps at 504-628-8754.

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Mayor sets Nov. 7 as Pancake Day

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Mayor Dan Hollingsworth presented Kiwanis Club of Ruston President Pam Jones with a proclamation recently officially designating Nov. 7 as Kiwanis Pancake Day. The proclamation said that “Kiwanis Pancake Day has been heartily celebrated in Ruston ... for several years and continues to draw crowds.” Additionally, it cited the various ways the money raised benefits the local community. Pancake Day tickets are currently on sale for $7 for the event to take place from 6:30-9 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.

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Club News: Littera Club, Long Leaf Pine Chapter DAR

The Littera Club met Oct. 1 in the Community Trust Bank meeting room with 23 members present. The hostesses, Ruth Wall, Gloria Gullatt and Joan Gordon, used a fall theme for their decorations and food.
After President Teri Fulton called the meeting to order, Mildred Tuten led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and club Collect.

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