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March 15th, 2014

Tips for the week of testing

End-of-the-year testing is approaching fast and with all the stress testing brings, an added stress this year for teachers and students alike, has been the implementation of Common Core — a set of standards that are purposefully more rigorous in order to ensure students are more “career and college-ready.”
But as of Monday, Louisiana legislators have decided Louisiana high school will opt out of Common Core testing for 2015-16, which should make the weight of preparing for end-of-year testing a little lighter on educators.

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4Paws for the love of animals

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Former governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, is well known. There is a nonpolitical position for which he may not be known. His comments stemmed from the death of his 17-year-old lab, “Jet.”

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RHS a school on the move

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As principal of Ruston High School for the last 7 and 1/2 years, its been my privilege to watch this school “take off.” After visiting many other schools in Louisiana and other states, my conclusion is that Ruston High is the best.

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Thankful to share and compare

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Sometimes, comparing yourself to other people that are similar in some way is a terrible idea. You leave thinking, “I’m 27, why don’t I have a giant mansion, three kids and a summer home in Venice?”
Other times, it’s really good. Such was the case last week when I met Jackie Whitley, a local lady who, like me, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
When Whitley received her diagnosis nearly five years ago, the prognosis terrified her. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she had seen countless individuals allow diabetes to ruin — and in many cases take — their lives.

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Thoughts on how to fix drug trafficking

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Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws legalizing the use and production of medical marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. Some states have legalized marijuana for public use with across the counter purchases.
Approximately 50 years ago, Switzerland legalized drugs. The result was the drug users took over all public facilities like parks and swimming pools. Used needles were strewn everywhere on lawns, sidewalks and over flowing trashcans. My wife and I witnessed that mess in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the early 1960s.

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‘Thank you’ to NCLAC for helping Kiwanis

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During the week of Feb. 24, the Kiwanis Club of Ruston held its eighth Annual Youth Art Festival.
The festival was open to all high school and junior high students in Lincoln Parish, as well as the Lincoln Parish home schooled students in the same age groups.
Art pieces were categorized into divisions of drawing, painting or sculpture/handcraft, and were displayed in the lobby of the Community Trust Financial Center.

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Participants apply STEM concepts to Legos

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Bricks 4 Kidz, The IDEA Place, Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education and Lincoln ACHIEVE recently teamed up to sponsor its first LEGO® Building Contest. Building on the growing emphasis in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) as well as essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, the event provided an opportunity for area students to showcase their ability to create and build unique structures from LEGO® bricks.

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Barr, Allement unite in holy matrimony

Emily Dean Barr, of Choudrant, and Jared Paul Allement, of Port Allen, were united in holy matrimony in a 3 p.m. ceremony Nov. 30, 2013 at the Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend.
The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Calvin Phelps.

The bride is the daughter of Tommy and Kathy Barr, of Choudrant. She is the granddaughter of the late D.E. and Alma Barr and the late Jake and Dot LeGuin.

The groom is the son of Stephen and Gisele Allement, of Port Allen. He is the grandson of George and EmmaLee Lebebvre, of Port Allen, and the late Roy and Mary Ann Allement.

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Prepping for the ‘real world’

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My stay in my palace will be over on Friday, so I need to get ready for the real world, I guess. I can’t say it hasn’t been fun and I’ve loved so many of the new and interesting people I have met here.
I’ve had so much company I could fool myself into thinking I was a celebrity if I didn’t know that they come for many reasons — some that have little to do with my status.
But I’ll bet I can tell you a tale you have probably never heard before. At 93, it’s a new wrinkle for me.

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Poseys celebrate 60 years

Gene H. Posey and Juanita Holstead Posey, of Choudrant, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. March 23 in the Alabama Presbyterian Church Family Life Center in Choudrant. The couple was married on March 18, 1954.
The Poseys have three children: Ronny (and wife Peggy) Posey, Debbie (and husband Mark) Chandler and Jeff (and wife Beverly) Posey; six grandchildren: Brandon (and wife Anna) Chandler, Cody (and wife Keri) Chandler, Gene (and wife Robin) Posey, Laura Posey, Heath Posey and Kate Posey; and two great grandchildren: Landon Chandler and Grace Chandler.

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