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July 3rd, 2014

Honoring those who fight for freedom

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Area service men and women in the Air and Army National Guard will be honored guests at a first-of-its-kind military appreciation day Friday at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach.
The event is from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will include an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic lunch, games for children and adults and an opportunity to enjoy several of the center’s ropes course elements, Patrick Blanchard, OWL center marketing and program coordinator, said.

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Property stuck in adjudicated deadlock

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is trying to move forward on the sale of one particular piece of adjudicated property, but state laws are making the process complicated, turning the sale into a sticky situation.
“There are approximately 300 adjudicated properties in Lincoln Parish right now,” said Parish Administrator Courtney Hall. “Any entity that gets a tax millage has something at stake in these properties.”

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Insurance is lower in parish

While it’s not something most people enjoy having to spend their money on, auto insurance is something individuals just have to buckle down and purchase. Luckily, according to a study revealed recently by Value Penguin, Ruston residents will have a little more left in their wallet than those living in most cities in the state.

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Bureaucrats just don’t know

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I don’t think a horse has ever been beaten so much without dying but the beast that has become Common Core just doesn’t want to snuff out.
I received an interesting letter in my email the other day containing a petition from several “prominent” Louisiana businesses and organizations urging citizens to support Common Core and the standardized test that is known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, or the PARCC.
I’m all about conviction and commend anyone who would take the time to draw a petition for something they believe in but may I ask a question?

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Wiggin’ Out tickets, sponsorships available

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Tickets and sponsorships packages are now available for the Fourth Annual Wiggin’ Out Dinner and Gala set for Squire Creek Country Club while the Wiggin’ Out organization announced it has recently launched its new website.
The annual gala is the premiere event for the Wiggin’ Out organization, an entity that purchases wigs, lymphatic garments and prosthetic bras for those in North Louisiana unable to afford them.

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Celebrating those who fight for freedom

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Local resident JoAnne Bearden shared this wreath that honors her own grandsons, as well as other members of the military. Bearden has three grandsons in different branches of the service. Her grandson Richard A. Paxton has been in the U.S. Navy for 14 years, and is currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Another grandson, James Patrick Wood has been in the U.S. Army for 12 years, and is currently stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He has served three years in the Iraqi/Afghanistan conflict and recently come home from a one-year deployment in Korea.

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Caney Lake Good Sams Club News

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There’s no place like home. So heeding hosts Cindi and Bill Austin and Pat and Joe Dickson’s advice, the Caney Lake Good Sammers took their “traveling home” out to Lincoln Parish Park for a “homecation.”
The Wednesday night sack supper began bringing the Caney Lake Good Sammers out to one of their favorite places for the May 21-24 campout.

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July 2nd

Parish plans for Fourth of July

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Temple Baptist Church’s 17th annual Patriotic Program “America: the Beautiful” is set for 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday in the sanctuary. The program will feature the Temple Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, the Temple Men’s Chorus and a multimedia presentation. It will also honor local service men and women. Following Thursday’s presentation, the annual fireworks display will light up the sky.

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Insurance rates cheap

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Ruston ranked No. 2 in state

According to an independent study, Ruston has the second cheapest car insurance rates in Louisiana.
Value Penguin, a research company that focuses on providing objective resources to help consumers understand the topics in which they’re interested, Ruston only falls behind nearby Minden.
Ting Pen, co-founder and analyst at ValuePenguin.com, said the study was being conducted for all the states.

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LPSB ups pay for workers

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Wages for noncertifed employees to increase

The Lincoln Parish School Board approved a new skill level compensation plan for noncertified employees of the school district during the regular meeting Tuesday night.
“Sometimes its hard to replace a good employee,” Superintendent Danny Bell said. “We have a good benefits program even for noncertified employees, but for many noncertificated employees this is all new.”
The compensation plan will cost the district an additional $300,000 and will be given to employees in increments according to their longevity.

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