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Severance tax bill holds big benefits

Despite the benefits felt here in Lincoln Parish and in other areas throughout the nation, federal earmarks carry negative connotations for many. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain especially is no fan of so-called pork projects.
Our local legislators continually remind us not to rely on state funding for parish projects, something that is challenging for smaller municipalities that lack a strong tax base.
Bearing all that in mind, state Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, has come up with a solution to solve some of our local funding woes.

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Women dare to dream big

Somewhere I heard it said that people do not usually allow themselves to dream big.
Thinking their loftiest goals unattainable, perhaps this is why many people find themselves leading mundane lives.
While allowing one’s self to dream is a positive concept, I on the other hand, stumble and splat on the other end of the spectrum. Ever resting languidly in reverie, I might even be a
professional illusionary by now as I waft about in a bubble of my own creation.

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WAC finalizing big TV deal

Chief executive officers on the WAC’s Board of Directors have nixed proposals from ESPN during the past two years. In 2007, the league turned down a deal that would have been worth approximately $3 million per season.
While the conference has been guaranteed a minimum of eight televised games through previous contracts, they have actually averaged 10 during the past several years.
Much of the increased exposure has resulted from the success that such teams as Boise State and Hawaii have had, particularly in regards to top 25 national ranks enjoyed by both both of those programs.

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Slow down, be safe, save money on gas

The $4 per gallon gasoline that vehicles from compact cars to full-size SUVs are gulping down is motivation enough for some drivers.
Others may find themselves persuaded by police officers’ strict enforcement of speed limits, a full-force effort that began Friday.

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Honey, do you have to do that?

At the top of the list of lessons learned during Year One is compromise. It’s something I still haven’t mastered, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
I’ve also learned plenty about my husband in the course of the past year — things I didn’t know before we tied the knot.
He’s got a lot of, shall we say, quirks that have taken some adjustment on my part. But, I’ve also learned what a good sport he is, because he has no problem with letting me air my complaints about his idiosyncrasies right here in the newspaper.

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Manning camp means family time

Name the state and they’re represented at this year’s camp, one that features extensive and detailed instructions in the passing and receiving game from not only the Manning trio, but a wide-range of instructors hailing from the college coaching and playing ranks.
“We’ve got about 100 instructors here and they all do such a tremendous job, many of
them having been here before and anxious to come back and help out again,” Archie said.

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Kids fired up about safety

Firefighter Charles McFarland Jr., who was on his first day on the job, dressed as Sparky and was a sure hit with the youngsters.
“I gave Sparky a lot of high-fives,” 6 year-old Jennifer Ford said. “I got five of them.”
Though she said she is more a fan of cats, 4-year-old Heaven Lee said she was glad to meet Sparky.
“We shaked the dog’s hand,” she said.
The presentations also impressed the children, as many were able to quickly recall what they learned.
Jennifer recalled kitchen safety points.

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Officials have power to fight litter

It involves the lesser-known elected offices of the justices of the peace and parish constables and represents a true grassroots effort to organize people into a force looking out for Lincoln Parish’s highways and byways.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, charged with enforcing the parish’s litter ordinances, has a deputy who specializes in scouting out litterbugs, writing them tickets and seeing that they pay the fines associated with trashing our beautiful piney hills.

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A surprise to beat all others

There are many effects, but only a single cause of this situation. Since we all know about the cause, let’s focus on the effects. These effects can vary from person to person depending upon marital status, relationships, religion, family and friends, and scores of other variables. But there are a few effects that everyone who is soon to be a parent share no matter who, what, when or how they are.

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Ferguson: There’s no giving up

“Once a week I’m taking a blood test to see if I need further chemo treatment,” he said.
“I’m meeting with a local oncologist once every two weeks for checkups. We’re keeping in touch and every time we do a blood test here we send the results to the M.D. Anderson Center in Houston. Everything is being monitored real closely.”
He was scheduled for a third chemo treatment, but his kidney levels were off, thus leaving him two more weeks before attempting it again. He was then left in a holding pattern again because of another medical issue.

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