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Mobile home fire contained

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at approximately 1:37 p.m. Friday.
The location of the fire was reportedly at 402 Water Tank Road in southern Lincoln Parish. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said the first units to arrive on the scene found heavy smoke and fire in one end of the structure.

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Club rings in 2012

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Out with the old and in with the new.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana received a grant in late 2011 that has enabled them to completely implement a program designed to promote healthier lifestyles.
The club received a grant of $60,000 from the Lincoln Health Foundation that will be used strictly for a program titled Triple Play.

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Insurance, retirement costs impact DA’s budget

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The District Attorney’s Office for Lincoln and Union parishes had to dip into its reserves for the 2011 amended budget after expenditures exceeded revenues.
Third Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Andy Shealy blamed increasing costs for health insurance and the employer portion of retirement benefits for greater-than-expected expenditures.

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Residents share their resolutions

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Lincoln Parish residents today celebrate the beginning of 2012. And as with each new year, many are making New Year’s resolutions to better themselves over the next 12 months.
Recently several residents shared these resolutions with Daily Leader staff.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said for him, resolution
s begin with family and resolving to strengthen those ties with family and friends.
“To say ‘thank you’ … ‘I love you’ more often, to forgive as well as ask for forgiveness, to take time to nurture those relationships,” Hollingsworth said. “I thank God every day for my wonderful wife Faye, our children and grandchildren and the opportunity to live in this free land. We have been richly blessed.”

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Local, state leaders to face challenges

2011 was a year of change for Lincoln Parish.
It marked the elections of new four-year terms for Lincoln Parish Police Jurors, as well as for our state Senate and House representatives.

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Surface water use urged for 'fracking'

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The bottom of the Smackover Formation is soon to be the test depth for new horizontal drilling. Southwestern Energy Production has almost finished drilling the Robinson 18-19 # 1-15H in Columbia County, Ark. The company on Sept. 27 permitted the Garrett 7-23-5H#1, serial # 243882 in Claiborne Parish. The well on record has no spud date.
Instead of writing about this wonderful opportunity for South Arkansas and North Louisiana here is a reference: http://www.aapg.org/explorer/2011/10oct/brown_dense1011.cfm.

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Your gut and education woes

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I have become an “NCIS” fanatic.
The escapades of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his merry band of Naval Intelligence players simply enthrall me. I can sit riveted to the television for episode after episode of reruns on the USA network then can hardly wait to get to the first-run shows on CBS.

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Rationalizing holiday eating

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Quite a number of years ago, as the New Year’s holiday approached, one of my children overheard a conversation among some adults. The topic was the type or number of resolutions that we might — or might not — adopt.
I had no idea that my son was listening, so I was mildly surprised when he asked me later: “Daddy, what is a New Year’s revolution?” I asked him to repeat the question, and again he said “revolution.” My first reaction was to correct the misstated word, but upon reflection I decided it was not so important. It later occurred to me that the malapropism was actually not so inaccurate.

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What does the 2012 investment landscape look like?

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As an investor, you know that 2011 was a somewhat “choppy” year, with the financial markets going through many ups and downs. So what can you expect in 2012?
 
As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is quoted as saying: “It’s hard to make predictions — especially about the future.” And these words are certainly applicable for anyone who would like an accurate forecast of the investment climate.

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Strategies for those with money to invest

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While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. 
And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the more complicated your investment picture becomes, that is not necessarily the case.  Financial investment strategies can still be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand terms.
• Asset allocation — One of the most important elements of a successful financial strategy is proper asset allocation.  This refers to the mix of investments you have in your portfolio, and it’s important to keep a good balance of different types of investments — like stocks, bonds and cash, for example — diversified across a range of industry groups or sectors. 
Your ultimate financial objectives, the amount of time you have to invest and your own risk tolerance should all be taken into consideration as you decide exactly how to divide up your funds and where to invest them.
Although asset allocation will diversify your portfolio, it will not protect against fluctuating prices or uncertain returns.
• Equity investment strategies — When investing in stocks, a good rule of thumb is to diversify your stock portfolio across a number of sectors; you may also want to overweight industry sectors whose stocks you believe are likely to benefit from the current outlook for the economy.  Once you have identified these sectors, you can begin to select specific stocks from within them. 
You may want to consider stocks that pay dividends, which can give your investment an added boost. 
Another benefit of these stocks is that you can usually reinvest the dividends you earn directly into the purchase of more stock, and many investment firms even have programs that allow you to do so at no cost. 
Another good idea is to select companies that have a solid foundation and have the potential to continue to grow over the long term.  While it’s not easy to predict the future, the advice of a financial advisor and a little research of your own should enable you to identify companies that have the qualities necessary to meet your long-term objectives.

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