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Community helps to grow student success

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Cypress Springs Elementary has been extremely busy with many different activities. We have had so many volunteers and community members help us out and provide snacks, treats and gifts to our faculty, staff and students this year. We greatly appreciate each donation and thought.

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Writer criticizes country’s military endeavors

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The U.S. supported Fidel Castro’s goal of overthrowing Cuba’s dictator in the 1950s.
Apparently, our leaders assumed that Castro would establish a government acceptable to our interest. Once Castro was in power, he ran up his communist flag. We helped place a communist country 90 miles off the Florida coast. However, those in control of the United States decided that we must attack communist nations on the other side of the world, Korea and Vietnam. We expended close to 100,000 American lives plus untold billions of dollars without real success.

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Sachs: Lawmakers’ integrity questionable

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In Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Leader (Committee approves Senate Bill No. 1, page 1), Representative Rick Gallot is quoted as follows regarding House committee passage of Senate Bill No. 1 to redistrict state Senate seats affecting Lincoln Parish.

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Time to air dirty laundry

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What am I doing standing under my carport with my dirty underwear and towel in my hand?

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Help improve students' performance

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The time has come to address the proverbial elephant in all of our living rooms as we acknowledge this reality: Nearly half of our Lincoln Parish youngsters showed up on the first day of kindergarten this fall without the skills they needed to learn to read (DIBELS benchmark data, Brigance Inventory of Early Development scores). Before their days in school had even begun, an obvious “achievement gap” already existed among our youngest students.
Between the years of one and three exists a unique opportunity to stimulate children’s language, cognitive, emotional and physical development.

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Fire volunteers protect area people, property

Lincoln Parish has seen a number of blazes — damaging multiple structures — within the past few months.

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Weigh mortgage options carefully

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If you’re purchasing a new home or refinancing your existing one, you’ve got some mortgage-related decisions to consider. And since your mortgage may well be the biggest financial transaction you ever make — and one that can affect your long-term financial goals, such as retirement — you’ll want to weigh your options carefully.
What types of choices might you face? Here are some of the most important ones:
• Fixed or adjustable? With a fixed-rate mortgage, your payment will remain the same throughout the life of your loan.

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Learn about the advantages of mutual fund investing

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders.

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Be financially prepared in case of natural disaster

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Question: I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit our state, I was just thankful it missed our area. But I can only imagine how devastating it would be to lose everything! Is there any way to prepare financially for something like that?
Answer: When Katrina hit our state, we sustained a blow unlike any we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes.
All of us had friends, relatives and loved ones who sustained terrific losses. Thankfully, most who were spared the fury of Katrina responded to the call to help our fellow Louisianans.

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Ruston’s Emogen Marketing honored

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Emogen Marketing Group was honored with Best of Print at the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Northeast Louisiana Chapter awards banquet held March 29 in West Monroe.

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