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February 8th, 2014

Stats show fewer area arrests in 2013

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Law enforcement officials have released statistics for 2013 on the number of arrests made as well as what this means for the community.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said the number of arrests made in 2013 dropped quite a bit from 2012.
“Very rarely do we see a drop in all categories reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting system,” he said. “But in every category we had a decrease in arrests for 2013, and that is a very good thing.”

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RJHS names student, teacher of the year

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Second nine weeks
Principal's List

Seventh grade: Lathe Allen, Abigail Ambrose, Michal Bishop, Victoria Breeding, Kaylee Broom, Alyssa Cahoy, Tristan Calaman, Emma Colvin, Jacob Crook, Malcom Davis, Makayla Lewis, Emma Montgomery, Jalia Payne, Kyler Pesnell, Anna Pody, Alexandra Sanders, Madison Scheer, Ashley Thorson

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Lincoln Head Start: Head Start plans field trip, upcoming events

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The Lincoln Head Start Child Development Program is sponsored by Lincoln Total Community Action, Inc. and is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children Youth and Families, to provide comprehensive childcare services to 320 low income three and four year old pre-school children.
Head Start promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

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LSMSA: Students learn new program on Exploration Day

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NATCHITOCHES — Prospective students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades next year that attended Exploration Day on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts learned about the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars sponsored by Northwestern State University.
In addition, More than 130 students and their parents visited the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts on for other outlets of Exploration Day.

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Winners help make Lincoln a better place

When it comes to service beyond self and beyond the professional call of duty, folks in Ruston and Lincoln Parish know how to step up.
That’s why it’s always nice to see the best of the best among a variety of community partners honored during the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Club thanks locals for support

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On behalf of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling Community Joy Fund Volunteers, we offer thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Grambling and surrounding areas for making our 2013 annual project a success.

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Not so sweet facts on sugar

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Because I’m on a super healthy eating kick, some people might think this column is just because I’m just grumpy about the chocolates I won’t be eating on the sweetest holiday of the year on Friday.
But, the reality is, excessive sugar intake has been linked to a whole host of issues. So, reminding you of this before you devour an entire box of Valentine’s Day candy in one night simply seems like a kindness.

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What not to give your Valentine

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He who hesitates is lost. He who forgets is in trouble.
“He” is narrow. Certainly no woman could possibly forget that this upcoming Friday is Valentine’s Day. This is a reminder to the guys: don’t forget.
Some guys might have possibly forgotten in the past. That is rare; do it once and see if you later remember. As I remind you of this Friday, also heed this warning: don’t get the wrong gift.

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Investments can affect college financial aid

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Even though it’s only February, college financial aid officers are already gathering documents, crunching numbers and otherwise working to determine grants for the school year that starts this coming fall.
If you have children you plan on sending to college, how will your own savings and investments affect their chances of getting financial aid?

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Beware mislabeling of financial products

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Question: Back during the financial crisis, I had most of my money in my 401K plan in one of those target date retirement funds. I thought it would be more conservative than what it was. That thing went down as much as my other more aggressive holdings. Fortunately most of it has come back, but I now have less than five years to go until retirement. Are these things still a good idea for me?
 
Answer: Watch out for those labels.

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