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July 10th, 2017

School board to consider meal price increases

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will be asked Tuesday to approve a 25-cent increase in school meal prices in order to meet increase expenses.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. at Central office. The meeting is open to the public.
If the board approves, breakfast prices will increase from $1 to $1.25 for all students, lunch prices will increase from $1.25 to $1.50 for grades prekindergarten through sixth and change from $1.50 to $1.75 for grades seventh through 12th, said George Murphy, schools business manager.

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Police jury seeks to sell adjudicated property

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will be asked Tuesday to sell adjudicated property Lot 14 of the Lincoln Estates Subdivision for $3,176.
The police jury will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
A public hearing will be held to discuss the sale before the police jury enters a vote.
In other business:
• Lucius McGehee, of Argent Institutional Services and registered municipal advisor, will report on the Lincoln Parish Detention Center expansion.

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Leader honors include first place awards in several categories

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The Ruston Daily Leader won 27 awards in the Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and Better Newspaper Advertising Competition for 2016.
The honors include first-place awards in several news, sports, layout and advertising categories.
“The staff of the Ruston Daily Leader is a hardworking, very deserving team and we are also blessed to have a great community to cover and help us earn these awards,” said Daily Leader general manager Cody Richard.
The Daily Leader competed against similar sized papers with between 3,000 and 4,999 paid circulation.

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All-Star Dance Academy showcases talent at Grambling performance

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Participants in the 2017 All-Star Dance Academy showcased skills learned in the two-day camp in a performance Sunday in T. H. Harris Auditorium at Grambling State University.
This year’s group of 52 youngsters, aged 5 to 18, learned a variety of dance moves during the camp, including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, pom pom, majorette dancing and African dance.
This is the 5th year for the workshop founded by Grambling natives Nicole Norman and Latasha Gray, both graduates of GSU. Norman is the daughter of Karl and Hilda Norman and Gray is the daughter of Johnny and Leslie Gray.

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Men Standing Strong Campaign welcomes new leaders

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In my last column, I announced the returning Team Leaders of DART’s 5th Annual Men Standing Strong Campaign, men who have led this project in the past and have offered to do so again. DART is indebted to all of our leaders, but we are especially grateful for those who take this responsibility more than once.
In this column, I will introduce the new 2017 Men Standing Strong Leaders, men who have nobly stepped forward and taken on the task of forming a team for the first time.

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Join the race to finding a cure

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Each summer, children across the nation head to MDA summer camp for a week of fun.
During this week the kids are able to participate in arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, different camp games and so much more. The thing that makes this camp so special is that the campers all suffer from a form of Muscular Dystrophy.
Muscular Dystrophy is the term used for more than 30 neuromuscular diseases. A neuromuscular disease is one that impairs the functioning of muscles, either directly or indirectly.

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Reminiscing on days gone by

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Warning: Whatever is mentioned in this column, do not try at home.
I was a perfect child. Great grades, went to both Sunday school and church camp, obeyed my parents. Everybody probably thought, “She’s so boring — that goody-two-shoes.” But when you put two and two together, sometimes you’re left with just two shoes, minus the goody.

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Gather items, goods for CCA

Christian Community Action director Stephanie Matthews hit the proverbial nail on the head when she said “the hunger issue in Lincoln Parish is very real.”
Of the more than 47,000 individuals who live in Lincoln Parish, roughly 25 percent are impoverished, according to Census Bureau data.
And while the nonprofit CCA and several other churches and organizations have stepped to the plate to help replenish CCA’s food pantry, they still need a lot more.
There are several ways to help.

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Diaz finishes Tech baseball career in high style

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Had the script been orchestrated by a Manhattan-based public relations’ firm, Brent Diaz couldn’t have enjoyed a better finish to his college baseball career.
The Miami native had an honor-filled, memorable stay with the Louisiana Tech University program.
Bullet points on the Miami native’s resume include an All-American team selection, first unit All-Louisiana and All-Conference USA recognition and one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award as the country’s best collegiate catcher.

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Tech inks third signee to 2017 tennis class

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Louisiana Tech women’s tennis head coach Amanda Stone has added a third signee to the 2017 recruiting class with the addition of Karla De La Luz Montalvo.
Montalvo was born in Mexico but currently resides in Katy, Texas. She joins fellow Mexican native Paulina Cota and Claudia Oravcova from Croatia as the newest member of the Lady Techsters.

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