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A sleigh, a train and other tales of Christmas

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The technological age has seen great leaps in the speed of information, limiting the size of the world only by bandwidth. At a moment’s notice we can check our favorite social media site, text a friend or look up any tidbit of information, all from the palm of our hand. For this reason, Wildflower Montessori School, for one night, aspires to transport our community back to a simpler time; a time to sit with family and friends and share a tale of Christmas.

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Anderson to speak at athletic convention

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Ram Star
Janiah Scott, who has perfect grades and attendance, is the I.A. Lewis Ram Star for the second six weeks. Chosen by teachers from a very elite group of fellow Rams, Janiah plans to become a neurosurgeon after attending Harvard University.
She describes herself as smart, caring, loving and friendly. Her philosophy is “Don’t let anyone hold you back from completing your dreams.” Her favorite subject is math. She says the thing she likes most about I.A. Lewis is Intervention Before Enrichment (IB4E), our daily time slot that allows students to get additional help in core classes or to attend a fun extracurricular class. In addition to the Principal’s List (All A’s), Janiah is a valuable member of 4-H.

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LPFD reveals response for month of November

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The monthly emergency response statistics for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department have been compiled and released.
The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a total of 22 alarms during the month of November. These 22 alarms consisted of:
• Three structure fires
• Seven grass/woods/brush fires
• One Dumpster/trash fire
• Two motor vehicle accidents
• Two HazMat calls
• One rescue/EMS call
• One false alarm
• Four good intent calls
• One public service call

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Protect your property, self

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season many area residents are taking vacations and searching for the perfect gift.
Although this is a joyous time for many, there are some who see this time of year as opportune to take advantage of others.
Local law enforcement officials have several tips for keeping families and homes safe during this season:

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Man discontent with city meeting

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I attended my first City Council meeting last Monday evening. The issue was a change in the city ordinance that would allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays in area restaurants. While not surprised by the vote, I want to address some positions taken during the meeting.
• It’s just business. Though I’ve not read the mayor’s remarks in last Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader, I sensed during the meeting that he argued Sunday alcohol sales would not provide a significant revenue for the city.

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Guilty of playing some holiday cheer

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Last month we began a series of holiday season comments on the atmosphere and meaning of this time of year. We shared some of the thoughts about reliance on God, not just government. Some of these thoughts may to some seem corny, maybe even a little simple. However, in this day and time, both at home and abroad, I am content to have the same warmth of heart and smile on my face now that those shepherds had so long ago.
I am content to think of the “simple” reliance upon God. Do you remember the reaction after the shepherds left? They were excited and happy. They did not have any more earthly wealth, but their lives had been changed. Can we expect to have happiness in our lives after our visit to the Child of Bethlehem? You betcha.

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Saying farewell to readers

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Christmas. When you say it, when you read it, do you feel the magic?
To many, it’s a time of gift giving, present wrapping, shopping, office parties, neighborhood parties and functions to attend. For some, it’s midnight mass, Holy Communion, reading the Christmas story with the family, making sure the birth of God in human form, Jesus, is remembered and celebrated, in the midst of all the other.
For many of us, it is a combination of the above two. However, as I get older, I believe that Christmas is a time to celebrate endings and beginnings. Bear with me and I’ll explain.

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Charitable giving is a way to help everyone

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To participate in the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking of making some charitable gifts. If so, you’ll no doubt enjoy helping a group that does valuable work. 

But to begin with, it’s important to understand just how necessary your gifts are to the country’s social fabric.
Given the effects of the Great Recession and the slow recovery, it’s not surprising to learn that charitable giving fell a combined 13 percent in 2008 and 2009, after adjusting for inflation, according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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Financial strategies for women investors

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Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families. 
While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events will affect women differently than they will men, and these can also have an impact on investment decisions. Following are a few areas of special consideration for women investors:
• Longer life expectancy — People in general are living longer these days, and conventional wisdom will tell you that women tend to outlive men.

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The many difficult perils that face pre-retirement life

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Question: I will be retiring in a few short years and I have some significant concerns. I will have to depend on income from my portfolio, but I am scared witless that another bear market will come along and wipe me out. How do people handle this — I’m pulling what’s left of my hair out.
 
Answer: Call it the “awkward age of pre-retirement.” Too old to get crazy with your investments. Too young to pull all your chips off the table.
Consider Ralph, who thought that if he ever had $1 million, he’d be rich beyond his wildest dreams. Now Ralph stands at the starting line of retirement and ponders his situation.

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