Representatives of Devon Energy, Adopt-A-School partner with I. A. Lewis School, surprised principal Sonja Fuller recently with a $1,000 check for the school to use on projects of its choosing. Fuller said the money will be used for technology upgrades. Fuller, who knew only that Devon’s Michelle Gantt and Aime Skipper where coming to the school, opens the check.
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Glass blocks created by Jeff Robinson of Rustiques are currently being sold as a fundraiser for the Dixie Center for the Arts. The Dixie logo has been placed on reclaimed glass blocks that are more than 100 years old. The $25 gifts — or $40 for two — are enhanced with miniature lights (multicolor or white) that illuminate the star. For more information, call 255-1450 or 265-1954.
Ruston-Lincoln Crime Stoppers paid a record number of tips in 2011.
The organization paid more than $10,000 for 39 tips that led to the arrest or grand jury indictment of suspected criminals.
That’s a more than 300 percent increase over the number of successful tips logged in 2010, just shy of five times the amount of money paid out in 2010. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $2,000 for a successful tip. Tipsters’ identities remain anonymous.
Lincoln Parish residents will be asked to vote in the second election in as many months as early voting on three millage tax renewals and one sales tax proposal.
Two of the millage tax renewals are for the Lincoln Parish School Board. One is a parishwide tax of 10.5 mills. One mill is equal to $1 of tax per every $1,000 of real estate value above the $75,000 homestead exemption amount.
The parishwide tax is restricted for use on purchasing textbooks, instructional materials and school buses; constructing, operating and maintaining school buildings and facilities; offsetting reductions in federal and state school funding; funding mandated federal and state programs and funding employee and retiree health insurance.