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Lincoln Little League softball sets fall play

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Lincoln Little League’s softball program will start having registration for its fall program in August.
Information for interested youngsters to sign up for the program is available by logging on to www.lincolnlittleague.org.
The league’s 7-8 divisional girls’ team recently participated in the annual District 5 All-Star tournament that was hosted by Lincoln Little League.
Members of the team included Preslee Fortenberry, Kendall Maddox, Landri Millsaps, Gretchen Martin, Aubrey Leggett, Skylar Barnett, Landri Thomas, Amber Stevens, Gracie Duke, Adaah Wysinger and Julianna McMillan.

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Summer workouts for RJHS

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Ruston Junior High School’s traditionally strong cross country program is gearing up for the 2011-12 season this summer by working out at the Louisiana Tech University Natatorium. Approximately 30 members are swimming 50 laps on a weekly basis in order to get in shape for their fall schedule.

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Old, familiar birds fading away

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When I was growing up out on the rural route, our yard was alive with the chirps and twitter of dozens of varieties of birds this time of year. In addition to the usual parade of mockingbirds, blue birds, cardinals, blue jays et al, reveille was sounded most mornings by the plaintive call of a bobwhite quail, a bird that is becoming increasingly rare today.

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Phrases that are just 'hunky-dory'

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“Hunky-dory.” That’s how he always answers when asked, “How you doing?” So, being a curious kind of fellow, and having heard the term “hunky-dory” all my life, I decided I wanted to find out where that expression came from. You want to know? Well, let’s see what we can find out.

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Casey Anthony obsession over?

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The Casey Anthony case — is America’s obsession with this case really over?
The six-week criminal trial of an Orlando mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, then dumping her lifeless body in a swampy area to decompose just 15 houses from her parents’ home, seems to have captivated the American public to new heights.
Not since the child molestation trial of Michael Jackson, or the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, has the public been so wrapped up in a criminal proceeding.
Was America’s obsession with this case really interested in the criminal justice system, or a true real life reality show played out before our eyes, and is the obsession over, now that the trial has ended?
For many of us, the thoughts that a mother’s young child could go missing, not be reported and the mother still party for 31 days is unthinkable. However, this is exactly what happened in the Casey Anthony case. The jury voted “not guilty” on the three most serious charges against Anthony, and she walked free from the Orange County Jail on July 17.
The “not guilty” verdict has set off a lot of anger, frustration and tension among most Americans who watched the trial. A lot of the American public feels as though the jury made a huge mistake in the acquittal of these serious charges against Anthony, and that a cold-blooded murderer will now walk the streets again, and possibly make lots of money off her dead daughter.
There have been death threats against Anthony’s parents, the attorneys that represented her and the jurors. The outrage that has been seen on television shows us that the obsession with this case is not over, and probably will not be for a while.
Many feel that the evidence presented was sufficient to convict Casey Anthony, and now that some jurors are coming forward and talking about their decisions, it’s only making matters worse.
A plethora of people turned to their social media outlets to express their feelings about the verdict after it was read. There were approximately 325,283 tweets on Twitter within 10 minutes regarding the shocking verdict, according to social media analysis firm, Crimson Hexagon.
This trial is quickly being dubbed “the social networking trial of the century.”

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District 5 team title hopefuls

If this is late July and just a few days away from August arriving, one thing is usually guaranteed in Ruston.
Another edition of Louisiana’s District 5 baseball team is preparing for another trip to the Big League World Series.
And that’s exactly where veteran Head Coach Eddie Parkman and his traditionally talented squad will be heading this week.

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Parkman sells Ruston’s Arkla Taylor forklift company

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Longtime Ruston business owner George Parkman has sold his company, Arkla Taylor Inc., to a buyer in Arkansas.
The company, headquartered on East Reynolds Drive, sells large forklifts for the lumber, steel and oil and gas industries, as well as concrete port facilities.
In 1966 Parkman, his wife and 4-month-old daughter moved from Louisville, Miss., to Louisiana. At this time he was selling equipment for Louisville’s Taylor Machine Works.
After 16 years as a salesman, Parkman in 1980 opened Arka Taylor, which is a dealer for Taylor Machine works.

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Make sure you understand the language of investing

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Stocks and bonds could probably be considered the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio, and you’ve most likely heard of them before. But beyond just these two basic terms there is a whole world of investment opportunities, and sometimes the financial world seems to have a language of its own. Fortunately though, there are many resources available to help you understand what it all means. To get you started, let’s discuss a few of the most common terms you might hear and what they mean to you.

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What does the debt ceiling debate mean to you?

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If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news, day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in the best interests of the country. But as an investor, you may be especially concerned about what might happen to your holdings, and your overall investment strategy, if the debt ceiling is not increased by the Aug. 2 deadline.

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Cheers

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The Louisiana District Attorneys Association has announced that Assistant District Attorney S. Andrew “Andy” Shealy has been elected as a member of the LDAA board of directors.
Shealy is the first assistant district attorney in the Third Judicial District of Louisiana in Lincoln and Union parishes. He previously served as president of the Assistant District Attorneys Section.

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