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Martial arts participants

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Four members of the G Martial Arts, L.L.C in Grambling recently participated in the Grandmaster Kwon and Young’s Olympic Style taekwondo tournament in Shreveport. The representatives included (from left) Gerry McLaughlin, Jr., gold medalist in black belt exhibition; Nubia McLaughlin, first place; Matthew Jackson, first place; and Landon Davis, first place. All of the students were instructed by Pamela McLaughlin of G Martial Arts.

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LPFD reveals response for 2011

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Parish total estimated fire losses more than $1.27M

The 2011 annual emergency response statistics for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department have been compiled and released.
The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a total of 381 alarms and/or incidents during 2011. These 381 alarms consisted of:
• 77 structure/building fires
• 142 grass/woods/brush fires
• 32 motor vehicle fires
• 15 Dumpster/trash/debris fires
• 25 hazardous conditions (no fire)
• 13 rescue/EMS calls
• 33 false alarms
• 36 good intent call
• Six service calls
• Two weather related/miscellaneous calls

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LSU seeks BCS crown

Don’t bring the curtain down just yet on Louisiana’s representation in college football for the 2011 season.
On Monday night, on the artificial surface of the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the state remains in the national spotlight. Louisiana State University, champs of the Southeastern Conference and featuring one of its best teams ever, will meet up with the University of Alabama for the Bowl Championship Series national title.

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Mayor commends Tech football

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2011 ended as an exciting year in football for Louisiana Tech, Ruston and Tech fans throughout the nation. We have cause to be justifiably proud of our Tech Bulldogs for an amazing year of football, launching from a one and four start followed by seven straight wins, WAC football champions and an invitation to play highly ranked and regarded TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

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Local comments on natural gas use

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I read with interest the Daily Leader front page story (Dec. 28. 2012) concerning CNG and LNG (Natural Gas) as alternative fuels for transportation. One local firm, Hunt, Guillot and Associates (HGA), is significantly involved in developing CNG fueling stations in Louisiana and several other states.
The driving forces behind the growth of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in the U.S. are price, availability, environment and national security. Natural gas is the only alternate fuel that costs less than the fuel it replaces. 

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Cell phones, DWI's, driving

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Last week we poked a little fun at resolutions. Today’s topic is not a laughing matter, and it is even one that deserves a look at making a resolution for the current new year: safer driving. Let me comment on three areas.

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Super 1 Foods gives to CCA

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Super 1 Foods continued its support of Christian Community Action by presenting a check for $771 for the holiday food drive. Customers raised $271, while $500 was added by the store winning a company contest dedicated to community volunteering. Store Director Chris Turner is shown making the presentation to Stephanie Griffin of CCA.

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Businesses sign Statements of Support for the Guard and Reserve

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Area businesses have been showing their support for the military by signing Statements of Support for the Guard and Reserve from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The statement simply states the employer supports and values the military service of their employees.
Top: Members from Dr. James Finley’s office in Ruston hold the Statement of Support signed by the business. From left to right: Lt. Branch, Jack Humphries, Louisiana ESGR State chairman and Dr. James Finley hold the recently signed statement.

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Consider debt style before walking down the aisle

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Question: Our daughter has just graduated from college. She worked hard to graduate without any student debt. Now she is romantically interested in a “perfect” young man. But our daughter tells us he has over $30,000 of student debt. This concerns our daughter (and us!) very much and we are wondering if you have any advice.
 
Answer: The school debt incurred by your daughter’s romantic interest is not necessarily a stop sign, but it sure is a red flag.

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Steps on how to choose a money manager

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You wouldn’t entrust your health to someone who didn’t have a good track record and the necessary credentials and experience. The same care with which you choose a health professional should also apply to another important area of your life: your investment portfolio.
If you’ve worked with a financial advisor, you know how helpful it is to have a professional looking out for your accounts and keeping you on the right track with your investments. 
Sometimes it’s also beneficial to enlist the services of other investment specialists as well. 

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