Lincoln Parish

Lincoln Parish To Desegregate Four Schools

Jun 4, 2015

A consent order has been approved that calls for four Lincoln Parish elementary schools to be desegregated.

U.S. District Judge Robert James approved the order Tuesday.  Four schools - Cypress Springs, Glen View, Hillcrest, and Ruston Elementary  were found to have 22 of 87 homerooms classified as "racially identifiable".  

Principals at the schools would assign students to their homerooms by following six stipulations listed in the consent order.

RUSTON — Lincoln Parish shoppers will find they are paying a little more at the checkout as a new quarter-cent sales tax to support the Sheriff's Office went into effect in July.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkZ8Qw) Sheriff Mike Stone says revenue from the tax would pay for technology, continuation of services and to help offset a $100,000 deficit from the previous fiscal year.

Jerry Smith, the sheriff's chief civil deputy, says the sales tax affects all purchases and is in effect throughout Lincoln Parish.

RUSTON — The 2012 Louisiana Peach Festival pumped a record of about $5.3 million into the Lincoln Parish economy, according to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkX2jt) the economic impact estimate tops the previous high of $4.6 million set in 2006.

Figures released by the chamber, which produces the festival, show attendance rose to 19,837, a slight increase over 2011.