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Mays will not seek re-election to jury

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Lincoln Parish Police Juror Mickey Mays has announced he will not seek re-election for District 12 (Barnett Springs area) in this fall’s elections.
“I very much appreciate the votes of confidence that were placed in me for the last eight years,” he said.
When he sought the jury seat, Mays said he had very specific goals that he wanted to achieve, including returning Lincoln Parish to a pro-business, pro-growth parish; resurfacing or rebuilding Tech Drive; reducing the cost of the government in Lincoln Parish; and helping to resolve the problem of the depleting Sparta Aquifer.

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Event may up football game attendance

Some say that football is quickly becoming America’s favorite pastime — that it’s no longer baseball that fans become frenzied about.
Recently an event was held by the Louisiana Tech athletic department, “Pigskins and Pearls,” in an attempt to gain a broader fan base for the university’s football team.
Who was targeted? Women.

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Church homecoming was great experience

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My mother (Frances Matlock) and I had the pleasure of attending Hico Baptist Church homecoming on a recent Sunday. A lot of wonderful warm memories flooded my heart and mind as I sat there on that pew in that small southern country Baptist church.
As I looked back when I was a little girl in the 50’s and early 60’s — I remembered all the revivals and bible school classes we had at Hico. I was baptized at the age of 9 by Bro Jessie Bryan who went on to become a missionary.

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RCT’s ‘Annie’ draws record attendance

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Ruston Community Theatre recently presented the Gail and Lucy Chumley Musical series production of “Annie.” What a delightful way to begin this series!

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Side effects of pain relief

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“Are you all right? You look like you’re having a little trouble there. What happened?”
I remember his answer and, being much younger, I had a hard time understanding it. He replied: “I hurt my back.” To which I said: “I’m sorry; how did it happen?” And here is what my friend said: “I was bending over to tie my shoe and straightening up — when my back went out.”

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Rigor, death and education

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Have you ever overheard a conversation and it absolutely made you laugh out loud? Being a career educator I have to admit, that I’ve heard more ridiculous conversations than I care to admit and, yes, I have belly-laughed over many of them.
But the conversation I refer to today actually took place downtown among a table of adults.

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Keep your investments working year round

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On Sept. 5, we observe Labor Day, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Of course, if you’re like most people, work is essential to your life, both as a means of personal fulfillment and as a necessity for achieving your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
But if you’re going to attain those goals, you’ll want your investments to work as hard as you do. For that to happen, you’ll need to take these steps:

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Alternatives to help meet your investment goals

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When it comes to managing the wealth you’ve accumulated in any one stock, have you ever asked yourself, “How much is too much?” Holding a large position in one stock generally increases your risk level compared to a well-diversified portfolio. In 2006, Congress posed (through the Pension Protection Act) that if an investor has more than 20 percent of a portfolio in one security or industry, the portfolio may not be properly diversified. Your specific risk tolerance may allow for more or less than 20 percent of one security.

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Stressed out about finances, get a planner

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Question: I have managed our family’s finances for more than 20 years. As our incomes have grown, we’ve been able to save and invest more. Our investments are now into six figures.
Rather than this being a source of comfort for me, it is driving me crazy! I used to not worry about making a financial mistake, but now if I screw up, it will really cost us. Am I weird?
Answer: Quite the contrary, if you did not feel some stress when dealing with this kind of personal money, I’d say you had ice water flowing through your veins.
Just ask June.

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Pafford gets new method of transport

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Pafford EMS is now introducing the newest member of its Clinical Air Division, AIR WING, a fixed-wing aircraft capable of long distance medical transfers anywhere in the country. In addition, Pafford has upgraded the medical equipment for AIR ONE, the critical care helicopter.
Based in Ruston, Pafford Clinical Air Division is the only Air EMS company with the capability of Critical Care Ground, Rotor-wing and Fixed-wing Transport in North Louisiana.

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