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Scams hit home with locals

“The elderly are called by people claiming to be with the Social Security agency, telling them that their check has to be direct deposited and ask for their Social Security number,” he said. “A lot of people call about this. (The victims) give them their information and they just drain all the money out of their accounts.”

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Levingston joining rare ‘club’

Levingston will be joining defensive lineman Kyle Williams and secondary member Jack Hunt as the former Bearcats who have been on BCS championship game rosters.
Williams, now a starting tackle for the Buffalo Bills, and Hunt were both instrumental in LSU’s march to a BCS championship in 2003.
Levingston, who earned first unit Class 5-A Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State honors following his final season under head coach Billy Laird at RHS, has appeared in all 13 of the Tigers’ games this season.

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Area marks day with faith

“My message throughout Advent and into Christmas is, ‘You are most favored by God,’” he said.
“It makes a difference when you really come to understand that, because you learn to accept the gift of God’s grace at Christmas.”
In the 13 years he’s worked at the children’s home, Stringfield said he’s seen many students make positive changes.
“A lot have embraced Christ,” he said. “They’ve understood that they have been specially blessed.”

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Spend holiday happy, with family

Let Tuesday be a day of family, faith and good food.
Don’t let the worries of everyday life tug at your heart or the stresses of work or school lurk in the back of your mind.
Enjoy the simple blessings of living.
Our community is thriving and safe. Our universities are bustling with hard work, smart people and ambitious goals.
The coming year holds a lot of promise for Lincoln Parish as new leaders take the helm and we all turn a fresh page for the new year.

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Focus on the good things

I don’t know if I’m ready to be stuck in a house with eight or more screaming children and two large families that must somehow blend to create a perfect holiday experience. Yeah. Right.
Holidays are stressful.
There’s no getting around the struggle of finding gifts in crowded department stores or anxiously waiting for others to be shipped in the mail. Dry turkeys, overcrowded dinner tables and family chaos are the norm around the holidays for many of us, myself included.

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Cougars dominate 2-1A team

The second team choices for the Cougars were quarterback Andy Smith and punter Dwyer on offense and lineman Matt Bearden and back Jake Slocum on defense.
Honorable mention selections from Cedar Creek were receivers Connor Dwyer and Matthew Cathey, tackle Joey Beard and guards Caleb Chestnut and Jeremy Williams on offense and linemen Hunter Bennett and Andy Halbrook, linebacker Brandon Myers and back Blaine Martin on defense.
Grambling High was represented on the second team by tight end Richard Sapp and tackle Jarious Perry on offense and lineman Sebastian Lyons on defense.

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Local cash waits on President

“Louisiana Tech has a solid reputation for research in the biosciences,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana. “These funds will help keep them at the cutting edge of scientific research.”
The money will be used to enhance Louisiana Tech’s research and development programs in the areas of bioenergy and biomedical nanomanufacturing, with a particular emphasis on biofuel production and bionanosytems for sensing, drug delivery and tissue engineering,
according to a release from Vitter’s office.

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Infusion of funds will help area grow

The state knows how integral continued maintenance and upgrades to our vital network of roads is, and with wise foresight saw fit to dump $690 million of the state budget surplus into the Department of Transportation and Development’s purse, doubling its typical allotment for construction projects.

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What really matters at Christmas

It wasn’t for the reasons that have made it hard in the past — trying to cram in too much shopping and cooking and spoiling all the fun of it. This year I made a concerted effort to simplify my holiday. I shopped online, plan to use recycled wrapping paper and pawned off the cooking responsibilities onto my husband.
Instead, what spoiled my week this time was other people. It seems to me that other people were letting all that holiday stress get to them, and they were lashing out.

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Edwards: Double honor

All were either second unit or honorable mention members.
Joining Edwards as a second teammer were offensive lineman Tavarus Cockrell of Grambling State, defensive lineman Chris Pugh of Louisiana Tech, linebacker Quin Harris of Tech and defensive back Antonio Baker of Tech.
The honorable mention selections included punter Chris Keagle and return specialist Phillip Beck of Tech and defensive lineman Christian Anthony of Grambling State.
Kick return specialist/wide receiver Phillip Livas and GSU running back Frank Warren two votes each for the Freshman of the Year award.

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