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December 21st

Locals camp out for new shoes

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Many local shoppers hoping to snag a coveted pair of shoes began lining up at Hibbett Sports at 4 p.m. Thursday for the store’s opening at 7 a.m. today.
“Michael Jordan releases an older pair of shoes every couple of years around this time of year for a limited period of time,” said Hibbett Sports Store Manager Benjamin Fields.
“These particular shoes, nicknamed the ‘bred,’ have not been released in about eight years.”
The shoes, going for regular price of nearly $200 for an adult pair, sold out by 8 a.m.

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Lewis new Dubach pro-tem

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DUBACH — Council members for the Town of Dubach played a game of “not it” as they discussed who should be appointed as mayor pro-tem.
Council member Hattie Graham currently holds the position — which entails taking over the mayor’s duties in his absence — but her appointment expires at the end of 2012.
Graham informed Mayor Bob Jensen that she did not wish to continue as mayor pro-tem.

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Tax reform in Louisiana

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A state official with the Louisiana Department of Revenue is traveling around the state promoting tax reforms that Gov. Bobby Jindal hopes to make a priority during the 2013 legislative session.
Doug Baker, director of communications with the LDR, working under Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield, stopped by the Daily Leader this week to discuss the plans and problems with the current system.
Jindal and those working with him hope to launch a comprehensive reform of personal and corporate income taxes, as well as property and sales taxes, Baker said.

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NCLAC would like to say ‘thank you’ for 2012

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As 2012 comes to an end, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council is thankful for our successes and our supporters. We’ve endured severe cuts in state funding and transitioned from one executive director to another, while at the same time continuing with the arts programming that serves Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union parishes.

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Temple Baptist Pre-K 4 holds Christmas program

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The Temple Baptist Pre-K 4 Christmas program was held on Dec. 19. The children performed the book, “This is the Stable,” by Cynthia Cotton and sang Christmas carols. Characters for the program were Evie Hasley (Mary), Cole Spurlock (Joseph), Hydi Boyd (Star), Kennedy Hall (Dove), Anna Robbins (Wise Man), Addie Harrington (Wise Man), Cannon Frasier (Wise Man), Alivia Lee (Angel), Ryleigh Faith Logue (Angel), Jane Ramsey (Angel), Abiha Ali (Angel), Hayden Edgeworth (Shepherd), Eli Diebold (Shepherd), Jessie Hardel (Shepherd — not pictured), Brody Meinhardt (Cow) and Wyatt Tice (Donkey).

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Many step forward in times of crisis

It’s a good feeling when you live in a community where people will step up and help someone in trouble.
In Lincoln Parish, this has proven true not only in the area of giving — where countless local residents have open their hearts and wallets to help the needy — but also for safety.

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Much to love about Christmas

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On a scale of one to 10, the month of December is an 11 on the Carter scope. I really love December.
The college football bowl stage has been decided and the National Championship is on the line. Who has been fired and who has been hired fuels the NCAA coaching carousel.
Locally, deer season is prime time and the rut in our area, south of I-20, is looming. Unfortunately, the spring- like temperatures of the past few weeks have confused all of the creatures of the woods.

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How to stop school shootings

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After the 911 skyjackers rammed their planes into our buildings, what did we do? We created an air marshal program. We recruited highly-trained armed individuals and asked them to blend in with ordinary air passengers.
You would only know who those air marshals were — get to see the air marshal in action — when someone jumps up and is running to the cockpit with their briefcase. The air marshal would be the one who puts a gun to his or her head and asks them to get on the floor.

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Laird to go full time as AD

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Coaching career comes to close for Ruston High grid leader
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Yes, no, yes, no.
Ever since the 2012 football season had ended at Ruston High School, those two words have flip-flopped with a decision that Billy Laird knew one day he would have to make.
It was a decision that anyone has had to cope with after remaining and being loyal to one profession for so many years.
Yes, I’ll stay.
No, I’ll move on to another stage of my life.
“For the last three weeks or so, I’ve gone back with the ‘yeahs’ and ‘nos’,” Laird said as he sat in Principal Mike Milstead’s office at RHS late Thursday morning.

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Karr coach still studying Tech job

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Jabbar Juluke, one of Louisiana’s most successful high school coaches, is still pondering a move to the next level.
The Edna Karr High School head coach who guided the New Orleans-based program to a Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championship recently has been in talks with new Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr. for a position on the Bulldogs’ staff.
Talks have been held between the two parties and there is a mutual interest, but a formal offer has not been extended to Juluke, according to sources close to the program.

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