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June 29th, 2013

Stay safe while having a ‘blast’

This week, if you hear a loud bang, it’s likely that a sparkly display will quickly follow.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, many individuals — and some organizations — will host fireworks shows.
Since rain has been plentiful this year, there is no burn ban looming making fireworks extra hazardous. Therefore, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department has no problem with families celebrating with a bombastic display of patriotism, as long as they do not live in one of the municipalities where fireworks are forbidden.

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BESE Rep. Beebe states her case

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I am writing this Letter to the Editor to clarify what I stated publicly at the June 19 Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Eduacation meeting.
I began my presentation by thanking all educators in Louisiana for their commitment to improving educational outcomes for our students.

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Superman movie offers hope

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“What’s the ‘S’ stand for?” Lois Lane asks Superman in the new movie. “It’s not an ‘S’ ” responds the Man of Steel. “On my world, it means ‘hope’.”
A symbol of hope for humanity: That’s how Man of Steel portrays the legendary hero.
There’s plenty of action and drama: General Zod, a villain from Krypton, warns Superman, “Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences” and appeals to earthlings to turn him in. The explosive action and special effects were so fast-paced in places that I found myself wishing it would slow down so I could take a breath.

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Thankful for Independence

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Last week we began a discussion of some meaning and history concerning the Fourth of July, which we celebrate this upcoming Thursday. We mentioned some trivia. For example, the vote was not on the fourth but was on the second of July. All of the signers did not sign right away; a couple did not even sign it.
Some of the language we know: “... all men are created equal ... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ... Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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Changing interest rates could affect investments

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Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing global economies, financial markets and our daily lives.

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Consider the different stages of your fiscal life

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Question: My wife and I are still young, but we’ve started trying to do some things for our financial future. When is it time to get really serious about financial stuff? After all, we really don’t have much money now.
Answer: Most of us fall into roughly four stages in our financial lives.
Unfortunately for most Americans, each of these stages tends to last about 10 years. And that’s far too long! First, here are the stages:

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Hall of Fame museum: it’s finally a reality

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NATCHITOCHES — That loud thud you might have heard Friday night could have been any number of Louisiana Sports Writers Association members falling to their knees on brick-paved Front Street.
No, some of the aforementioned representatives of the state’s sports scribing organization had not consumed too much brew at the pub adjacent to the building that was causing all of the commotion.

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Jones: A special honor

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NATCHITOCHES — Any Hall of Fame induction is significant, but when your own state is doing the honoring ... well, it’s especially significant.
That’s how James “Jimmy” Jones views his enshrinement into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which held 2013 ceremonies before sold out crowd (just over 600 tickets purchased by mid-week) at the Natchitoches Events Center on Saturday night.

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‘Shaq-mania’ strikes in Natchitoches

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NATCHITOCHES — No, Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t the only member of the 2013 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.
It just seemed that way.
No sooner had his 7-1 frame stepped out of the mega-Buick SUV at 800 Front Street at 6:37 p.m. on Friday night, it was Shaq Time.

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RPAP PHOTO GALLERY

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