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November 30th, 2013

Help prevent house fires this winter

The long summer days are a thing of the past and cold winter nights are here to stay. Many people have fireplaces in their homes, and it is very exciting being able to sit by the fire on a cold winter’s night. With the cold weather upon us, it is even more important to practice fire safety in the home.
Tuesday night, the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 responded to a fire in Dubach, which resulted from a propane heater located in a bedroom. There was only minimal damage in the house with the exception of the bedroom where the heater was located.

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Lady Techsters take down New Orleans, 69-39

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JaQuan Jackson scored 20 points and Whitney Frazier added 19 to lead Louisiana Tech to a 69-39 win over New Orleans before 1,217 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Friday night.
Tech (1-4), which had struggled defensively in its first four games of the year, held the Privateers (0-5) to only 39 points on 24 percent shooting for the game. The Lady Techsters also forced 21 turnovers which led to a 17-2 advantage on points off of turnovers.

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Mississippi writers produce three outstanding books

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This is a time of year I get to give you suggestions as to what to get for your outdoors-minded spouse for Christmas, and with this cold nasty weather, what could be better than settling back in front of the fireplace reading a good outdoors book?
Fortunately, I have three to recommend and they were all written by good friends and excellent writers from neighboring state of Mississippi. Here’s a sample of what you can expect when you delve into these three volumns.
“Passion of the Wild”

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COUGARS HEADED TO DIVISION IV SEMIFINALS

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Cedar Creek senior football players posed together minutes after the end of the Cougars’ 28-7 home win over St. Edmunds Friday night that propelled them to next week’s Division IV semifinal matchup at Vermilion Catholic. Pictured from left to right are Garland Pipes, Jordan Williams, Sam McIntyre, Mark Van, Chase Murphy, Shilo Perry, Blake Ginn, Jacob Antee and Austin McNeill. For more on the game, see page 7A.

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Cutting down holiday stress

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Program aims to help people facing separation, divorce

Each year there are people who go through the holidays and are having a less than perfect year, and fortunately in Lincoln Parish there is an event designed to help.
Janet Wilson, along with her husband Steve Wilson, both DivorceCare teachers, will be host a “Surviving the Holidays” seminar.
The event is set to take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bridge Community Church’s north campus.

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Speaker: Entrepreneurial skills needed

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Bayou Classic Business Summit strives to prepare students
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NEW ORLEANS — Using “requirement” often, nationally known economist Julianne Malveaux said historically black universities need more entrepreneurial approaches and more bottom-up help for students — even requiring some things they desperately need.
“HBCUs should have entrepreneurship centers,” Malveaux told a group of about 70 influential business representatives at a Bayou Classic business summit Wednesday. “Young people don’t know how to dress in their jobs or talk in their jobs. ... In the entrepreneurship center students would be taught these skills.”

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DRABO aiding yuletide dreams

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Christmas time is a happy time with gifts and warm memories for some, but others may not get a very abundant Christmas.
The Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization and the town of Dubach are working to try and make sure Dubach’s children in need have something for Christmas with a toy drive during December.
Judy Beavers, vice president of DRABO, said the organization has placed donation boxes in high traffic areas in Dubach.

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Local veterans receive quality VA care

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I was on active military duty for more than 20 years. My family received medical support throughout that time. Approximately 80 percent of that service was excellent. In 1988, my wife had life-threatening cancer. We were in fear of losing her. Many friends and relatives prayed for her daily. A military surgeon at Eglin Air Force Base saved her life. She is in her 80s and well today. We remain thankful.

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Say things so they stick

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Sometimes words aren’t heard. They don’t stick.
It’s kind of like when I throw a boiled spaghetti noodle against the refrigerator door and it doesn’t stick; I know that there’s more cooking in order (by the way, I don’t suggest this technique in the presence of the spouse). We have all experienced that phenomenon. We say something, and then moments later, the listener responds with “What did you say?” Sometimes there is no response. We may see a blank stare or a look of sadness.

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Thank our everyday heroes

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Don’t you love this time of year?
The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, it really is magical. If we’re lucky, Mother Nature has smiled on us and we’re enjoying more seasonable temperatures. There are twinkling lights everywhere, and it seems there’s always some wonderful smell emanating from the kitchen. Parties and holiday gatherings fill the calendar, fires roar in the fireplace and music puts an extra bounce in your step. There just seems to be joy at every turn. Like I said, it’s wonderful.

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