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April 6th, 2013

The lesser prairie chicken

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This is the story of the lesser prairie chicken and its struggle for survival.
Never heard of the lesser prairie chicken? Neither had I until I came across an obscure news item about the bird’s possible listing as a threatened species.
The LPC as it’s known, is a species of grouse found in the prairie states (hence the name) of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It seems several groups, including some farm and ranch groups, are working to have the bird added to the threatened list under the Endangered Species Act. The groups say certain farming practices, along with oil exploration and logging are impacting the bird’s habitat. The American Farm Bureau has voiced its opposition to the listing, saying farmers can work their lands and manage the bird’s habitat at the same time.

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ACLU action is angering

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Angry again.
Your writer has been in the legal profession for nearly 40 years. Supposedly through training and experience, control of temper is a staple of my business. When things happen that are provocative, unseemly or disturbing, cool reflection and analysis are part of the training in advising others or issuing rulings. Yet when I hear of something about to be described, for want of a better description, I just can’t help it. I get angry. As my mom used to say, I can get angry enough to “chew nails and spit rust.” Part of the reason is my concern over what has happened and is happening in our country.

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Sen. Vitter visits Choudrant

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There was standing room only Wednesday afternoon as U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) hosted a town hall meeting in Choudrant’s Village Hall for the general public to attend.
Of several controversial topics discussed, Vitter addressed immigration, the federal debt, the Second Amendment, energy policy and his work in the Senate.

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CrossFit ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held March 26 for CrossFit Ruston, located at 113 Ida Alley on the back side of the Graham Shopping Center. The ceremony was hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Brennan donates to DART

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Steve Brennan of Brennan Dodge presents a check to DART Community Advocate, Terrie Queen Autrey. Brennan Dodge is sponsoring a fundraising concert at the Dixie Center on May 11. “From Us To You”, an acclaimed Beatles tribute band, will perform Beatles’ hits all evening, with an auction at intermission. Tickets are on sale now at the Dixie Center, the Trenton Street location of Community Trust Bank and The Fashion of Ruston.

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Market at Log Cabin ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held April 5 for The Market at Log Cabin. The Market is located inside Log Cabin Mesquite Grill at 1906 Farmerville Hwy. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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RocketFast ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 7 for RocketFast Car Wash, located at 1822 Northpoint Lane in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Weyerhaeuser holds diaper drive

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Weyerhaeuser recently held “Operation Diaper Drive” in which Arcadia 058 associates collected a total of 11,123 diapers of all sizes and donated them to two local nonprofit organizations, Life Choices of North Central Louisiana and Christian Community Action. Weyerhaeuser’s cellulose fibers business uses a renewable resource to producebiodegradable fluff pulp that is used in many of the diapers sold today. Pictured from left to right are Mark Huffman, Tammy Mattox (Diaper Drive coordinator), Jonathan Hood, Natasha Murders, Kay Church (Life Choices), Curtis Rhodes (plant manager) and Stephanie Y. Mitchell (Christian Community Action).

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Financial steps for first-time parents

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Question: My husband and I are expecting our first baby in the summer. What financial things should we be doing to prepare?
Answer: Sometimes it feels like Melinda and I had our first child about, oh, a year or two ago. We now have two college grads, one in college and the last one graduating high school in about a month.
Gee, that was fast.

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Discover the value of dollar cost averaging

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Whether you’re a novice investor or you’ve been following the market for years, one thing you know is true: the market is constantly changing.
The never-ending ups and downs can make it hard to determine when would be a good time to buy. Fortunately, there is an investment strategy that can help compensate for swings in the market and make the decision a little less troublesome for you.

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