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Plummer helped by deer hunting

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Although Pam Plummer grew up around hunters in her extended family, she seldom hunted, preferring instead to enjoy nature and the outdoors experience without a deer rifle in her hand. That all changed after a divorce a dozen or so years ago.
“After the divorce, my son, Casey, prodded me to get on with my life and find something fun and relaxing to do. He thought I should consider deer hunting, so I decided to give it a try. I’d go with him and he has always been supportive and a good teacher, showing me tips and hints to help me,” Plummer said.

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Brooke’s first deer

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Brooke Evans, an eight-grade student at Cedar Creek, recently killed her first racked deer during a hunting trip to the Double Mane Ranch near Brady, Texas.

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State wildlife convention set March 9-11

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The 2012 convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) will be held March 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center in Covington.
The event will celebrate the Federation’s 73rd year of conserving our natural resources and right to enjoy them.
Convention pre-registrations are encouraged to aid in LWF’s preparations for this annual event. Simply download and fill out the registration form and return it to the LWF office (fax number is 1-225-344-6707; email- lwf@lawildlifefed.org; or via mail at LWF, P.O. Box 65239, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70896-5239).

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Be prepared for C.A.P.

If there seem to be a few more Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputies in your neighborhood, don’t be surprised.
The department last week launched its C.A.P. (Concentrated Area Policing) unit, an initiative aimed at reaching out to the public and identifying their concerns.
Deputies assigned to the C.A.P. unit will make their way through the parish, including those areas within the city limits, knocking on doors and listening to the complaints / concerns of the public.

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Man: Alcohol boost 'blood money'

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In response to the column in the Jan. 16 Ruston Daily Leader titled “New alcohol sales show progress,” by Jessica Darden, a reminder is needed. Progress in the wrong direction is a prologue to disaster. She pictures the passage of the l8th Amendment, known as the Prohibition Amendment, as progress in the wrong direction, whereas the repeal of that amendment 14 years later was progress in the right direction.

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Awards season has arrived

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Despite the fact that January tends to be a blue time for most folks, I love this time of year.
Certainly not for the weather or for the post-holiday sugar crash that inevitably wears me down. No, I love this time of year because it’s “awards season” and for pop culture disciples like me, it’s the time to see what’s considered the best of the best.
The Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards . . . check them off. The Independent Spirit Awards, Oscars and Grammys loom ahead, and tonight will be the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Plus there are other awards celebrations as different entities within the various industries pause to present their highest honors. You can bet that I’m not the only one anxious to see what the outcome will be.

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Basketball tournaments to bounce up

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Get ready. In the event that you have missed the story announced some time ago, Ruston will be hosting both the girls and boys state championship basketball tournament. It may sound a little early to be commenting on this, as the dates are March 8-10. The tournaments start on Thursday and end Saturday. The reason I mention this here, though, is to remind people of the pride in our community and the tremendous impact this will have here and elsewhere.
I know that it is dangerous and difficult to single out any one person. But I do want to mention one name, Kyle Edmiston, who is the current president and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. I have received very good indication that Kyle was actively involved in seeking and landing this tournament, as were many others. But with any great idea, there is often a point person driving the project.

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Hott wins Louisiana Associate of the Year

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Ruston business owner Ralph Lawrence “Larry” Hott recently attended the Louisiana Home Builders Association Board of Directors Installation and Awards Banquet in Lafayette, where he was the recipient of the “Associate of the Year” for the Louisiana Home Builders Association for 2011. Upon completion of his term of the state associate vice president, he became a state life director.
Hott followed in his father’s footsteps, working in the homebuilding industry. He began as an associate in the cabinet business in Shreveport, becoming an active local member of the Northwest Louisiana Home Builders Association in 1989. He served on the local board as a state director and was elected as Associate of the Year in 1992.

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IRS launches EITC campaign

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and community partners nationwide have launched their annual outreach campaign aimed at helping millions of Americans who earned $49,078 or less take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Last week, on Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, local officials and community organizations across the nation held news conferences and sponsored other events highlighting the benefits of this key work incentive for low-and moderate-income workers and working families.

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What is the formula for investment success?

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Question: What does the average person have to do to make some money in their investments these days? It seems that I have the gift of making every mistake in the book, and I’m still not sure what to do!
 
Answer: We all want to believe the ads that say youth can be regained, health can be retained and hair can be restored … “guaranteed.”

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