Remembering: Ida Grey Reeves Graham

Ida Grey Reeves Graham, 95, of Ruston, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022. She was born on September 17, 1926, in Evergreen, the third of seven children to Eddie Ross Reeves and Bessie Jane Reeves.

Ida Grey was raised on her parents’ self-sustaining farm where she diligently contributed to her family’s livelihood. While working on the farm, she met her husband, Hollis Graham. They married at Evergreen Baptist Church in ­­1942 and moved to Ruston to start a dairy farm. As years went by and their family grew, Hollis and Ida Grey became active in the Ruston community as owners of Graham’s Furniture, Graham’s clothing store, and Lincoln Builders.

After their children were grown, Ida Grey studied fine arts at Louisiana Tech University. She enjoyed painting, drawing, and ceramics. She was a world traveler and a bird watching enthusiast. In her free time, Ida Grey also enjoyed tending her vegetable garden, going to exercise class, and spending time with her sister, Peggy, at the Evergreen farmhouse where they grew up. She was a devoted member of the Trinity United Methodist Church choir for over 25 years and a member of the Ruston Garden Club. Ida Grey will be remembered as a loving and fun mother, grandmother, and friend.

Ida Grey is survived by her children – Ronny Graham and wife, Judy, Linda Storms and husband, Richard, and Danny Graham and wife, Kate; Grandchildren – Clint Graham (Kim), Mark Graham (Julie), Dawn DeForest (Neal), Rick Storms (Laura), Tyler Storms (Michal-Jean), Holly James (Max), Sarah Pullin (Brad), Ginny Ramsey (Patrick), and Emmaline Smith (Peyton); Great-grandchildren – Taylor White (Patrick), Mary Hollis Lewis (Dave), Garrett Graham (Emily), Zoë & Mia Graham, Graham, Cayden & Chelsea DeForest, Mary Tyler & Anna Jane Storms, Ava & Caroline James, Reeves, Kate, George & James Pullin, Ellen, Jane & Grey Ramsey, Preston & Lois Smith; Great-great-granddaughter – Ellis White; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held in the sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston on Saturday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Doug Degraffenried and Rev. Brian Mercer. Visitation will be held prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction and care of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Pallbearers will be Cayden DeForest, Graham DeForest, Garrett Graham, Reeves Pullin, Bill Reeves, and Larry Reeves.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, 1000 W. Woodward Ave., Ruston, LA, 71270.

Online condolence messages may be sent to www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.


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Fireworks, patriotic program slated for Sunday

By Judith Roberts

Temple Baptist Church’s annual patriotic program and fireworks — the LoveLincoln Freedom Fest — is celebrating 25 years of bringing the community together.

Reggie Bridges, senior pastor of Temple, said this is an opportunity for the community to join together in celebration.

“I believe that people return each year to give thanks for the religious, political, civic freedom that we have in our nation,” Bridges said. “There are so many divisions within our nation today, but in the patriotic service, such conflict seems to give way to unity as we celebrate the freedom God has given us.  It is also a moment of humility and reflection as we honor those of our military who sacrificed so much for us to know such liberty.  People enjoy being together for such times and are encouraged to know that many others have the same sense of gratitude as they do.”

The LoveLincoln Freedom Fest’s patriotic program will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 3 in Temple’s sanctuary with fireworks to follow around 9 p.m. More than 1,800 individuals have attended the ceremony in the past, Bridges said, with hundreds more who come to the fireworks.

“The fireworks are a huge event for our community,” Bridges said. “We also want them to be special, and we often seek ways to make the experience better.”

The fireworks generally last around 15 to 20 minutes.

The program also has a “Procession of Patriots,” when veterans, with flags in their hands, walk down the sanctuary aisle.

“I never forget that those men and women served that I might practice and preach my faith freely,” Bridges said. “It is such a special moment within an already special service.”

Any community veteran who wants to participate in the “Procession of Patriots” is welcome to do so and only needs to show up at 7 p.m. 

“The Temple family loves this community,” Bridges said. “We have been a part of it since 1926, and this community has been great to us. Indeed, our members themselves are the community. We live, work and serve here.  To us, the patriotic program is just one way that we want to bless the community we so love.  We always want to be people who help bring life and peace to our community.”

This event is open and free to all individuals.

“It such a wholesome, exciting time together,” Bridges said. “Basically, we want the program to be about our gratitude toward God for our civic freedom, and we hope that it will encourage every individual to live as citizens who ‘love their neighbors.’ We must never take that for granted.”

 


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Creek names Waldron head boys basketball coach

Courtesy Photo: Lance Waldron coached Simsboro High School to three trips to the LHSAA Top 24 during his time with the Tigers.


By Malcolm Butler

A well-known name in Lincoln Parish is the new head boys basketball coach at Cedar Creek HIgh School as Lance Waldron will guide the Cougars starting this fall.

The school announced Thursday the former Simsboro High School coach will lead the boys program at Creek.

“We are very excited to have Lance as our boy’s basketball coach and to welcome him and his family to Cedar Creek,” said Lomax Napper, President of the Cedar Creek Board of Directors. “We know he will encourage the development of our students both athletically and personally.”

Waldron takes over for Robert Mitcham, who spent the past five seasons with Cedar Creek recording an overall mark of 60-88 with four appearances in the state playoffs. MItcham’s contract was not renewed following the season.

“Lance will be a valuable addition to our coaching and teaching staff, and we are also delighted to welcome his wife as an instructor at Cedar Creek,” said Cedar Creek Head of School Cindy Hampton.

Waldron recorded a mark of 246-87 during his nine years at Simsboro (2006-2015), leading the program to six district titles, three appearances in the Top 28 and two state championship game appearances (2012, 2013).

He left the high school coaching ranks following the 2014-15 season in order to join the corporate world and spend more time with his family.

“I didn’t see my kids a whole lot back then,” said Waldron. “Basketball was life; 24/7. My wife and I were both so involved in my coaching career. My kids didn’t seem like they were going to be overly interested in it. So we got out.

“Fast forward and all my two boys want to do is play basketball. Luke (sophomore) and Zack (seventh grade) are all in on it. They will both be at Cedar Creek. We are diving head first into this as a family. We are going to do what we do and that is basketball.”

So why choose Cedar Creek as the place to resume his coaching career?

“Two things we were looking for in a school,” said Waldron. “Academic excellence. A place where the kids would be challenged and get a good education. The second was a place that didn’t have a ton of success in basketball.

“We want to be a part of building something special at this school. It’s a great opportunity for us to come in and make a difference. There are a lot of kids that love basketball, and we love it too. We are excited about building a program.”

Waldron, who played basketball at Simsboro High School in his prep days, said he hoped to accomplish what he was able to accomplish with the Tigers. He mentioned the success that Simsboro had under Tommy Joe Eagles and Barry Canterbury in the 1970s, but then a long drought before the Tigers got back to the state title game in 2012.

He was a 5-time district Coach of the Year and a 6-time Parish Coach of the Year at Simsboro.

So what is Waldron’s basketball philosophy?

“We want to be able to run when we need to and slow it down when need to,” said Waldron. “Do everything; hatever it takes to win the game that we are playing at that time. Whatever it takes to disdrupt what the other team wants to do and do what we want to do. We want to be ready for anything and everything. Whatever it takes to win the game.

“I’m a man-to-man defensvie guy. That’s what I believe in. We will change it if we think it will help us win the game. My main focus right now is to develop a competitive attitude with this team. We want to foster that mentality. I want to teach the kids how to be competitive in the right way. Our practices will be highly-competitive. Everything will be a competition.”

He will also teach history at Cedar Creek, while his wife Elizabeth will be an instructor in middle school technology and PE. Elizabeth has 20 years of teaching experience, having previously worked at Homer Elementary, Simsboro Elementary, Simsboro High School and D’Arbonne Woods Charter School. She also served as the AD at Simsboro.

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Man flees officer during traffic stop 

A Ruston Police officer was patrolling Farmerville Street when a vehicle with only one working brake light was observed.  

A traffic stop was initiated, but instead of adhering, the vehicle turned onto McDonald Avenue, stopped, and a male, later identified as Donnell Williams Jr., of Ruston, was spotted running from the vehicle. 

Officers were alerted about Williams, and another officer found Williams on Poe Street and placed him in restraints.  

The officer asked why Williams ran, and he stated he did not have a driver’s license. Dispatch also advised officers that Williams had an active warrant and that Williams was on probation for multiple felonies. 

Williams was charged with resisting an officer by flight. 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


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Joel Antley: New head coach of powerhouse Aggies

Joel Antley, pictured getting a hug from his daughter, has taken over as head coach of the Choudrant Aggies baseball team. (Courtesy photo)

By T. Scott Boatright

Choudrant High School looked to a familiar and not unexpected name to replace the longtime head coach its baseball field is named for.

And that new head Aggie — Joel Antley — knows he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill.

Those shoes were worn by his cousin Tony, who recently retired after 32 years as head coach of the Choudrant High School baseball team after winning back-to-back Class B state championships.

The titles were the fifth and sixth for Tony Antley, who also guided the Aggies to state titles in 1996, 2002, 2005 and 2017.

Joel Antley is now head coach of the Aggies, following in the footsteps of his older cousin as he sometimes did when the pair was growing up in Downsville along with Tony’s brother Wayne, Choudrant’s softball coach.

“When Tony was a senior I was in middle school, so we never played team ball together or anything like that,” Joel Antley said. “I was a late bloomer and got better my junior and senior seasons in high school. but he and his brother were better players than I was.” 

Tony Antley said in late May that he felt his cousin was the likely choice for the role.

“Joel seems like the perfect choice to keep things moving forward,” Tony Antley said. “He’s a good man and a good coach, and he’s earned the right to take over and lead this team.”

Joel Antley will provide continuity, but so will his team as the Aggies lost only a pair of players to graduation and return for next season a trio of Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All-State players returning in Landon Hennen, Bryce McGuire and LBCA Hitter of the Year Kaden Bradshaw, who have spent part of their early school break playing summer ball.

“We finished up today at a little tournament at Ouachita,” Joel Antley said. “We didn’t have all of our pitching — some of our players are gone right now. But it’s gone fine. They’ve done well this summer.”

Joel Antley said the fact the Aggies are coming off of back-to-back titles with three returning All-State players puts even a little more pressure on him.

“It puts me in an even tougher spot because of expectations while trying to fill Tony’s shoes and that kind of talent coming back,” Joel Antley said. “It’s tough to follow Tony with all the championships and runner-up appearances he coached in, but I think we’ll be all right.

“This team just loves the game and they’ll work as hard as they did last year, so hopefully they’ll make another run at it.”

Antley got his coaching start at Downsville High School.

“I did four years and then I went to Louisiana Tech,” he said. “Then I went back to Downsville and taught and coached with Larry Stegall for a couple of years. Then I did basketball alone before I did baseball alone one year there.”

At that point Antley decided a curveball was in order.

‘I got out of teaching and what not back in 2000 and did real estate with my dad for 11 years,” Antley said. “And then I came back to coaching and started helping Tony and was with him for 10 years.”

And now he takes over as head of Aggie hardball. But he said Aggie fans shouldn’t expect any big changes now that he’s moved into the head coaching role.

“Just weirdly enough, Tony and my mentality toward baseball and the team is the same,” Antley said. “We learned pretty quickly that I believe the same kind of things he did as a coach. It’s not like I’m going to make my team like his team. I would have made mine like that anyway as far as behavior, dress, looking professional and being good young men.

“It’s going to be the same mentality. I’m probably not as tough-nosed, but that’s because I haven’t had to be with Tony as head coach.”

Antley realizes he’ll still have to earn the right to fill his cousin’s shoes even though his years as a CHS assistant gives him a head start..

“He had been coaching there, and coaching successfully, for 22 years before I got there,” Antley said. “There’s not a lot of parent drama or things like that because that respect  is already there, and I’ll have that. Just not like he did.

“But I’m excited about the future and excited about the chance to see what I can do with it. I’m proud to have been a part of what we’ve accomplished and even prouder to keep helping move it forward.”

 

 

 

 


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Dusty McGehee: Starkey Showdown … It’s what we do

A few years ago, my best friend, Rob, gave me some of the worst news any parent could receive.  His son, Breck, had been diagnosed with cancer.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was turkey hunting in Mississippi by myself and I hit the ground as soon as I was able to comprehend that information.  At the same time this news came out, his wife, Valerie, was pregnant with their daughter.  Prior to this, they had preliminary plans to remodel their home to make it more kid friendly.

So, while they were at St. Jude, a large group friends banded together and secretly decided to make these updates ourselves and with the help of some generous local contractors.  Long story short, we finished the house before they returned from St. Jude with Breck and newborn, Vale.  Rob thanked each and every one of us; we were all hesitant to just say “you’re welcome” because we knew he would do the same for us.  Finally, I just said “It’s what WE do.”

I didn’t realize it was such a profound statement, but it was echoed by many others.  If you think about it “It’s what we do” embodies what our community is all about.  We have seen it firsthand with the recent storms.  When there is a hardship in a family, it’s the same thing.  Good people helping other good people.  It’s definitely a Lincoln Parish thing. A Louisiana thing. A southern thing. But more so it is something everyone is born with in their heart.

This leads me to another unfortunate series of events playing out as we speak.

Josh Starkey and I have competed against each other in crappie tournaments for probably a decade.  We have formed a great friendship over the years, and definitely respect each other as anglers.  When we heard the American Crappie Trail was coming to D’arbonne, we decided to join forces and become teammates to ensure we would make the national championship on our favorite lake.

While we qualified for the National Championship just as we planned, I would be forced to fish alone.  Josh had gotten sick at a tournament on Grenada Lake and was ordered by the doctors to stay off of the boat.  He knew he had a surgery impending and a 3-month rehab, so fishing would be out of the cards for the foreseeable future.

Josh had that surgery, but his recovery didn’t go as planned.  That led to another surgery, and inevitably, there will be another surgery in the future.  I know this writing probably makes him a little uncomfortable, as he is the most humble person and would never ask for help.  I was laying in bed a week or two ago and wondered how we could help with the expenses; a light bulb went off….. a fishing tournament!  How fitting would that be?

Days later, local crappie tournament organizer, Bradley Isaac, made a social media post gauging attention for a tournament in July.  It was like someone slapped me in the face. This was it!  I have never organized a tournament, so I knew I was inept. I quickly messaged Bradley about doing a benefit for Josh.  He responded immediately said, “YES! This tournament will be for him, but we need to get it perfect.”  I reached out to his buddies, Ronnie Turner and Justin Smart, and we all hit the ground running.  Why?  It’s what we do.

We tested the waters with a few people that knew him, and they were ALL IN.  We reached out to a few local sponsors to cover the payout we needed to bring in anglers in the area, and WOW!  I wasn’t prepared for the response.  Within hours we had the payouts paid for, and we decided to create a Facebook page and make it live to the public.  Once again, WOW!!!  The support has been unlike anything I could have ever imagined.  Everyone that knows Josh and entire crappie community were all throwing in to help with this cause.  It’s what we do.

We have had people from all over the country wanting to support to Josh and this event.  Every guide in this area and other areas have donated free trips.  Local businesses have jumped on board in a big way to make sure this is a success.  Crappie gear companies from coast to coast are all sending in gear and/or money.  It has been close to being overwhelming, but “It’s what we do.”

The Josh Starkey 5 Fish Showdown is set for August 27, 2022.  We will fish from 6 a.m. to noon. The best five fish win.

Payouts will be:

1st $1,000

2nd $500

3rd $250

Big Fish $200

Smallest 5 fish bag $250

For more information, check out “Josh Starkey 5 Fish Showdown Benefit Tournament” on Facebook.  For those that would like to donate or are interested in the raffle items, email me on the link in my bio below.  Let’s all rally around an awesome guy for a great cause.  Everything raised above the tournament payouts goes directly to Josh for his medical expenses.  It’s what WE do.

Ironically, the first phone call I made was to Breck’s dad aka my best buddy Rob, who owns Beau Vines.  I gave him a short synopsis of Josh’s story/challenges/tournament.  I told him he didn’t have to donate, as he didn’t know him, but he happily did and replied with “It’s what we do.”

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Dusty McGehee is a native of Downsville and a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelors in wildlife conservation. He is currently employed by WestRock and serves as an environmental engineer at the Hodge Mill. Dusty is an avid hunter and crappie fisherman, fishing crappie tournaments with his son when he is not in the woods. He and his wife Rachel have three young outdoorsmen/women: Anders, Ridge, and Mae. If you have a story idea or question about the great outdoors, you can reach Dusty at dusty.mcgehee@westrock.com.


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Dunkin’ Dogs finalize roster with four signees

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

 

Louisiana Tech head coach Talvin Hester announced his first signing class on Thursday with the addition of four new Bulldogs that will be part of the 2022-23 roster.

The group includes two transfers, 6-foot-8 forward Dravon Mangum and 6-foot-6 guard Quandre Bullock, and two prep stars, 6-foot-11 forward Pierre Geneste and 6-foot-3 guard Jordan Crawford.

Mangum spent the past two years at Radford where he saw action in 55 games while making 36 starts.  He totaled 451 points for the Highlanders, averaging 8.2 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three and 75.4 percent from the foul line.

“Dravon is an extremely versatile basketball player with great length,” said Hester.  “He brings great experience to our locker room.  We are excited to have him here at LA Tech.”

As a redshirt junior this past season, he appeared in all 29 games scoring 207 points and pulling down 104 rebounds.  He was a top contributor in 2020-21 as well, tying for the second-most minutes on the team while averaging 9.4 points to go along with 4.1 boards per contest.

The Roxboro, North Carolina native began his collegiate career at Charlotte where as a true freshman in 2018-19 he saw action in 29 contests (13 starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds for the 49ers.

Bullock was a First Team All-Region selection at Angelina College this past season.  He played in 29 games for the Roadrunners while averaging 17.4 points per game, which ranked second in Region XIV in scoring.

“We are excited to add Quandre to the Bulldog Family,” said Hester.  “He is an explosive athlete that plays extremely well in the open court.  We love his length and ability to defend multiple positions.”

The Franklinton, North Carolina native had nine 20+ scoring performances at Angelina College, including a season-high 30 against Jacksonville College.  He shot 50.7 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from three and 70.1 percent from the foul line.  He also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, registering 10 double-doubles. 

Bullock transferred to Angelina College from Triton College where he saw limited action.  He prepped at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Originally from Haiti, Geneste has played his prep basketball in Los Angeles, California at Ribet Academy and Prolific Prep, programs that ranked in the top 10 in California and in the nation.

“We are extremely excited to have Pierre joining our team,” said Hester.  “He has great positional length and is an elite shot blocker.  His ability to move defensively at his size, as well as his ability to run the floor, gives him tremendous potential.  His best basketball is ahead of him and we look forward to seeing him realize his full potential as a member of the Bulldog Family.”

Most recently, Geneste was a CIF Olympic All-League player at Heritage Christian where he averaged 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. 

Crawford is a local product out of Simsboro High School where he played five years of varsity basketball, participating in the Class B state championship all five seasons while winning four titles.  He was also a member of the 2022 Class B state championship team in track and field. 

“Jordan is the final piece to the puzzle and we are incredibly happy with what he brings to our roster,” said Hester.  “He is a proven winner, winning four basketball state championships.  We look forward to being a part of Jordan’s continued success both on and off the court.”

As a senior for the Tigers, he averaged 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc.  As a result, he was named LSWA Class B Most Outstanding Player, First Team All-State and District MVP. 

 


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Hot Grill Summer: Vol. 4 – Burger Verde

We enter week four on our culinary journey this summer, and I again thank you for being along for the ride.

So far, we’ve made a delicious appetizer, a marvelous pizza, and a juicy medium-rare ribeye fit for a king.

Today, we enter the world of television. Particularly, a TV show about a family who runs a burger joint and hijinks ensue in each episode (stay with me; I’ve got a point).

Bob’s Burgers is an animated show on Fox entering its 13th season in September. Judith and I love this show, along with a lot of other borderline inappropriate shows, as well (Disclaimer: Hot Grill Summer is a judgement-free zone).

One of the show’s hooks is a running gag of pun-named burgers that is unique in every episode. And, as luck would have it, we were given a cookbook by a friend a few years ago that takes these jokes and makes them into actual burgers.

To spare you from watching the show, I’ve pulled one of the recipes that is our favorite to share with you today. In fact, the entire cookbook is found here, and whether you watch the show or not (and you should), it’s worth your while for excellent gourmet burger recipes.

This particular recipe is the “Poblano Picasso Burger” (the puns are cringe, but the burger is magnificent). The star of the show is a poblano and tomatillo based salsa verde that adds pizzazz atop a melted slice of Monterey Jack cheese and a gorgeous tomato slice.

Oh yeah, there’s a patty there, too.

Feel free to prepare the burger patty however you see fit. Personally, I’m a fan of burgers in a skillet, but grilling this one is just as good. We can have the same debate as last week about how you prefer your doneness, so I’ll leave that fine detail to you.

Before you cook your patty, you’ll want to spend time preparing the salsa verde. I know it’s ridiculously hot in your house right now, but I need you to put a stemmed and cut poblano pepper with husked tomatillos under your broiler for about 10 minutes. You’ll cook some onions over the stove top, and after the greenery comes out of the oven, you’ll add a jalapeno (can you tell I love those?) and throw everything into a blender or food processor until all is pureed. This paragraph looks like a labor of love, but I assure you, it’s worth it.

Melt a nice thick piece of Monterey Jack cheese on top of your patty. Add a slice of tomato on top, and then unashamedly douse the salsa verde all over before you put the top bun on. Every note of the burger will sing, and you’ll thank me later.

As always, thanks for reading.

Recipe

4 third-pound beef patties

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 large poblano pepper, seeded and sliced

4 tomatillos, husked

1 jalapeno

Monterey Jack

Sliced Tomato

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion in a pan over medium heat until translucent and aromatic.
  2. Broil poblano and tomatillos for 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer cooked poblano, tomatillos, and jalapeno into a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Cook patties to desired temperature.
  5. Melt Monterey Jack slice over the patties.
  6. Put patty on bottom bun. Top with tomato slice and a generous heaping of the salsa verde. Place top bun.
  7. Enjoy!

 


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Lincoln Parish schools rank high once again

Once again, Lincoln Parish schools rate high among the best in the state of Louisiana. 

According to a list compiled by Stacker using rankings from Niche of the best school districts in the state, Lincoln Parish ranks No. 2 behind only Zachary Community Public Schools. 

Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, expenses per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

“Lincoln Parish has great teachers who truly care about educating all students along with parents who want a great education for their students,” said Lincoln Parish Superintendent Ricky Durrett. “That’s what makes Lincoln Parish a great school system.  Our teachers are always looking for ways to improve and they possess a willingness to change to improve student learning. That’s what makes Lincoln Parish teachers the best.”

A plethora of data proves that a good education can lead to a lifetime of professional and even personal opportunities. A high school graduate earns on average around $26k less per year than a college graduate. 

Lincoln Parish schools routinely show up in rankings of one of the top educational school districts in the state and the region. 

Below info provided by Slacker

#10. St. James Parish Public Schools (Lutcher)

– Number of schools: 6 (3,684 students)

– Graduation rate: 84% (79% reading proficient and 75% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $71,025 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Vermilion Parish Public Schools (Abbeville)

– Number of schools: 20 (9,568 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (85% reading proficient and 78% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $53,424 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. Plaquemines Parish Public Schools (Belle Chasse)

– Number of schools: 8 (4,045 students)

– Graduation rate: 91% (81% reading proficient and 78% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $83,363 (23:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. Cameron Parish Public Schools (Cameron)

– Number of schools: 4 (1,339 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (81% reading proficient and 81% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $51,141 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Sabine Parish Public Schools (Many)

– Number of schools: 10 (4,327 students)

– Graduation rate: 96% (74% reading proficient and 65% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $57,431 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. West Feliciana Parish Public Schools (St. Francisville)

– Number of schools: 4 (2,217 students)

– Graduation rate: 95% (82% reading proficient and 77% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $60,578 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. Ascension Parish Public Schools (Donaldsonville)

– Number of schools: 28 (23,066 students)

– Graduation rate: 89% (83% reading proficient and 79% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $58,343 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)

#3. St. Charles Parish Public Schools (Luling)

– Number of schools: 15 (9,440 students)

– Graduation rate: 86% (83% reading proficient and 78% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $70,134 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. Lincoln Parish Public Schools (Ruston)

– Number of schools: 12 (5,467 students)

– Graduation rate: 97% (72% reading proficient and 67% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $62,944 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. Zachary Community Public Schools (Zachary)

– Number of schools: 7 (5,550 students)

– Graduation rate: 94% (88% reading proficient and 84% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $63,115 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)

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Weekend events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list, please email us at lpjnewsla@gmail.com

Saturday, July 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ruston Farmers Market

Sunday, July 3
7:30 p.m.: Patriotic program at Temple Baptist Church, followed by fireworks

Monday, July 4
4th of July
11:30 a.m.: Lunch on Us (Presbyterian Church, 212 North Bonner Street., Ruston) — free sack lunches while supplies last each week


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Man assaults GSU Police

Grambling State University Police arrested a Hammond man Tuesday after officers attempted to help him and he responded by assaulting them.

At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, the GSU Police Department was notified of a man walking down Main Street on the campus stating he was stranded and homeless.

Officers met with the man who said he just got out of jail and was feeling depressed. He was taken to the GSU police station for further investigation. The man, Lafimmas Leevon Haynes, 24, began acting paranoid and moving erratically around the office according to the arresting officer’s report. Haynes then removed his pants, socks, and shirt and grabbed an officer’s radio. A tussle ensued and he was handcuffed to restrain him. 

Haynes was taken out to a patrol car and when they reached the car, he stated he was not going anywhere. As he was being placed in the patrol car, he became aggressive and combative and kicked the officers.

Haynes was placed under arrest for resisting an officer with force and two counts of battery on a police officer. He was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked.

Bail was set at $10,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


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Ponderings by Doug

I’m wondering why the milk is always in the back of the grocery store. It turns out the milk is often located in connection with the large storage refrigeration of that particular grocery store.  If you will look, you will notice that most milk coolers are backless. The answer is milk is really near the refrigerated storage and/or the loading dock. I was hoping for a more conspiratorial answer since I too grow weary of walking to the back of the store when all I need is milk.

That imponderable was posited while I was standing in the line of Brookshire’s. I started thinking of other imponderables.

If a fine is a tax for doing wrong, is a tax a fine for doing well?

If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

Isn’t Disney World a people trap operated by a mouse?

If cats like mice why can’t you buy mouse flavored cat food?

Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected become the expected?

If you fail and succeed, which have you done?

If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?

Is there another word for synonym?

Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs? Shouldn’t they be wearing night gowns?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.

If you mixed vodka with orange juice and milk of magnesia, would you get a Philips Screwdriver?

Is Atheism a non-prophet organization?

If all is not lost, where is it?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you that a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?

Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw fish at them?

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?

If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with, “Quit while you’re ahead?!”

How much faith does it take to be an atheist?

So what’s the speed of dark?

After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?

I hope you will find many things to smile about today.


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LPJ not to publish July 4

In order for our Lincoln Parish Journal staff to spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend, we will not have our usual Monday publication.

However, our Tuesday publication will arrive in your inbox at its regular time at 6:55 a.m. Our Weekly Events notice, which usually available on Monday, will arrive in Tuesday’s publication.

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Happy Fourth of July to our parish!


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Taskforce presents litter abatement recommendations to governor

File photo from Love the Boot week

The Statewide Litter Abatement & Beautification Task Force will present its recommendations and action plans to clean up Louisiana to Governor John Bel Edwards today.

“We will proceed immediately with some of the action items being recommended in the report. As we expand our efforts to clean up Louisiana, we were very encouraged by the more than 300 groups around the state during Love the Boot Week that pitched in to pick up litter. The passion is definitely there. Now, we need to harness that passion and channel it into our future efforts,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Chairman of the Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force. 

Nungesser noted that discussions are set to begin on recommending litter laws in the next legislative session and requesting that municipalities adopt consistent litter fines throughout the state. 

“The additional $3.5 million in funding the legislature provided this year will help with education, prevention, grants, and cleanup efforts that should put us on our way. I’m encouraged by the team effort of this committee and everyone’s passion to clean up our great state,” added Nungesser. 

Edwards has declared every fourth Saturday of each month in 2022 as a Community Litter Action Day. However, if individuals cannot participate then, they are encouraged to choose another day to pick up litter in the community.   


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