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Hart, Davis chosen

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2012 DIXIE HORIZON ENTERTAINERS
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Contestants have put forth their best effort and the 2012 Dixie Horizon Entertainer Search in now finished.
CJ Matlock, director of the show, said this year they had contestants that were extremely talented.
“I know it was a tough decision for the judges — Thelma Hunt, Shayla Blake and Shirley Barron,” she said. “Each judge was very qualified for the job.”

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Local woman finds her place in law enforcement

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When Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sara Parker first started her career in law enforcement in 1998, she had no idea it would span the next decade and a half.
“In all honesty, I never had an interest in law enforcement, I don’t mean anyone any disrespect, but my uncle was the only policeman I knew,” she said. “So, I just never thought of it or wanted to do it.”

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Juror: Parish will be broke

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Police Juror Skip Russell, voiced his concerns during an interview last week about the proposed quarter-cent sales tax that Sheriff Mike Stone has added to the ballot for April 21.
The proposed sales tax is expected to generate $1.8 million in additional funds per year. Stone has previously said this will be used to cover department technology replacements and upgrades, continuation of prevention services (such as school resources officers and elderly protective services) and a $100,000 deficit from the previous fiscal year. The department’s financial statements show the deficit is in the drug task force fund, which has grown from a $19,196 deficit in 2008 to a $120,027 deficit in 2010. In 2011, the fund balance ended with $20,655.

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Lake water could be used for fracking

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The Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District is negotiating with Houston-based Southwestern Energy on a deal to sell water from Lake D’Arbonne for fracking operations.
If a deal is reached, Southwest Energy would purchase around 12 million gallons of water over a 90-day period.

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Help students achieve success

Lincoln Parish students have been hitting the books hard all year, and their knowledge will be put to the test as the first phase of standardized testing begins Tuesday.
Parish schools have worked to make sure students are ready for the tests, but now it is up to the students to utilize that information.

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Dean not in favor of merger

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I am having a hard time seeing the positives (for LSUS) in the proposed LSU-S/Louisiana Tech merger. 

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Is Mitt Romney electable?

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All day this past Tuesday, I crisscrossed Mississippi on the Rick Bus, a Susan B. Anthony List-led independent effort to turn out Rick Santorum voters who care about life, marriage and religious liberty.
On the long road from Jackson to Biloxi, I watched Fox News and CNN frame a victory for Mitt Romney in either Alabama or Mississippi, the end of Santorum and the coronation of Romney, proof-positive that he can win in the South and be embraced by the GOP core.
Instead, Romney lost in both Alabama and Mississippi.

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The history of Jesus Christ

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Great moments and persons in history — some profound, others tragic. We remember and hopefully learn from them. Recently we discussed the Civil War. World War II was a pivotal time in the history of man. In ancient times there was the rise and fall of the Roman empire. In the Middle Ages the Holy wars were fought, the bitterness of which still exist in some parts of the Middle East. Many great persons touched the pages of history. It is hard to rank them, except in one instance.

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What to do if you max out your IRA and 401(K)

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If you are contributing the maximum amount to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan each year, that’s good. And if you’re also “maxing out” on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) annually, that’s even better. But what then?
If you’re already fully funding your 401(k) and IRA, can you put away even more for retirement? Should you?
The answer to this last question is almost certainly “yes” — because you could spend a long time in retirement. How long? Consider these statistics from the Society of Actuaries:

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Dividend paying stocks for retirees — pros and cons

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Question: I am planning for my retirement. Someone suggested that I consider stocks that pay a dividend. Are they still a good deal? Are they right for a retiree?
 
Answer: The right kind of dividend paying stocks may be perfect for the right kind of retiree. Just make sure you have the right kind of each.
What is a cash dividend? It is a distribution of cash made by a company out of its profits. A company’s board of directors makes the decision of how much and how often to pay a dividend.

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