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December 27th

Use fireworks with caution

Lt. Danny Cross, with Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1, said the department is expecting at least five calls involving fireworks and New Year’s Eve festivities. For those who shoot fireworks in Lincoln Parish, one thing to keep in mind is parental supervision.
“That way, if a small fire does get started, they can put it out quickly,” Cross said.
For those who opt to shoot fireworks outside the city limits, the following are safety tips to help ensure fireworks remain fun:

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It’s true, I’m super important

Like everyone else in attendance, I usually scan the crowd to see what person would be so bold as to think they are important enough to deserve special recognition.
After all, we’re important in our own way. Sure, it is the elected officials and the high-ranking achievers among us that carry the most sway and the most clout, but it is the support of all of us “little people” who make that possible. The biggest stars on the planet would be nothing without a fan gathering to support them by buying their
albums, going to see their movies and buying their merchandise.

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Youth conference to unfold soon

Students will first attend two workshops in January before moving on to the Youth and Government Conference scheduled March 1-3. CCA executive director Valena Lane said lodging and travel expenses will be completely covered for the students.
“We expect to take about 30 students (from District 11),” Lane said. “The conference is expected to have about 500 students from across Louisiana.”

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December 26th

Dooley: he’s got respect

“I spoke with him right before we played them and he seemed extremely excited about the job, although he didn’t come out and tell me he was the guy,” Williams recalled.
At that particular time, the next listing on Dooley’s resume had not become official.
It would over the next 24 hours, the 38-year-old native of Athens, Ga., being announced on Monday afternoon as the new head coach at Louisiana Tech University.

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Christmas memories are gift to residents

Fellow Tech employee, Redia Lockhart, is also looking toward family ties to strengthen the joy of the holiday.
“The only thing I want is to be with my family,” Lockhart said. “As long as I have that and food to eat, I’m OK.”
Although she has already purchased a windsuit for a work place gift exchange, Lockhart said she is not worried too much about what’s in her stocking this year.
“Happiness is the biggest thing,” she said. “If you’ve got that, you’ve got everything else.”

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Story of Christmas still alive

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

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Reflecting on a year of presents

•Good health. As I topped the 50-year mark last year, this has become more and more important to me. Yeah, I know, I need to lose some weight. I also know I need to be more committed to the walking program my wife Susan and I play hit-and-miss with. But overall, I’ve had good health. My high blood pressure medicine still works, as do my annual flu shots. I only need glasses to read and my teeth are still my own. All in all, no complaints.

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Kwanzaa marks week of reflection

Grambling resident Swedie Rutledge said the holiday first entered her family via her daughter who lives in San Diego.
“She was the one who mentioned Kwanzaa, and we got to celebrating it,” Rutledge said. “I’ve been working with it for quite a while now, and I have been invited to give the information to students and adults. Not too many people know much about it.”

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Bo (Overton) knows basketball

With more than 20 years of experience in the profession at both the men’s and women’s level, Overton makes the move into the pro ranks from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he had served as head coach for the women’s squad since 2004 and had led the program to a pair of conference postseason tournament appearances and a title game.
He also was an assistant women’s coach at national power Oklahoma for six seasons, during which time the squad captured a trio of Big 12 Conference crowns, made it to the NCAA tournament on four occasions and was in the 2002 national title battle.

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Patience necessary in all aspects

Also, for those who are traveling via car, wear a seatbelt. Police officers do not give tickets to those not wearing a seatbelt for fun; wearing one can save a person’s life.
Many holiday visitors will also make their way home on airplanes, so those choosing this means of travel need to be aware that patience is not only a virtue but a necessity at the airports. Security checkpoints will likely be tightened, holiday travelers will abound and those who do not follow the rules will most probably lessen the efficiency of airport workers.

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