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December 22nd

Protect kids from predators

Earlier this month, a Ruston man was sentenced to prison for violating an 11-year-old child.
Unfortunately, sex offenses are not uncommon in Lincoln Parish, as there are 78 registered sex offenders.

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New Bulldogs coach gives thanks

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I’m writing to thank friends and fans of Louisiana Tech University football for the warm welcome and wonderful reception you gave me and my family when we arrived in Ruston last Friday. 
The enthusiasm and excitement we felt reaffirmed the decision we made to become part of this outstanding university and community.

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Barber: Media a cause for shootings

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There is constant speculation on television as to why individuals shoot innocent and unsuspecting people. The latest one in a Connecticut school is perhaps the worst because 20 little children were killed. It is truly tragic. I believe that the value of life has been diminished through TV violence, video games and modern songs. Often, the main theme of all three is to shoot or blow up everyone and everything in sight. For years our youth have been exposed to this concept, which is depicted as normal.

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Gun laws: We can do better

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On Dec. 14, 20 chil­dren and six adults went to school at Sandy Hook El­ementary in Newtown, Conn., and they never got to leave.
A gunman, carrying three weapons and dressed in black clothing and a bulletproof vest, took the lives of those people.
The gun he used to kill his vic­tims was a .233 caliber rifle, a fire­arm made for combat.
This semi-automatic Bushmas­ter assault rifle allows its shooter to fire more than 60 rounds per minute and can reload in seconds.
These are not used to hunt. They are not used for sport. They are used to kill people in combat.

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A closer look at Newtown

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I sincerely wish each and every one of you a most blessed and Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.
As I wish this to you, I do write with a heavy heart. I know many of you feel the same thing. We all try to meaningfully and effectively say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Yet how can these words have any current meaning in Newtown, Conn.?

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CVB launches incentive program to facilitate tourism

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Local residents can help support tourism in Lincoln Parish through a new incentive program created by the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau called “TAP” into Lincoln Parish.
The Travel Ambassador Program (TAP) seeks to get local residents in Lincoln Parish involved in helping to attract more meetings and conferences to the area by providing the CVB with personal contacts that could lead to meetings or conferences being booked in Lincoln Parish.

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Alma J. Brown Honor Roll

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Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School has released the names of the students who achieved honor roll status for the second six-weeks reporting period.
Students are listed by academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade point average) and grade level.
Principal’s List — 4.0 GPA
First grade — Landon Carter, Cheyenne Deloney, Dekota Deloney, Jazlyn Ferguson, Kimberly Gardner, Kyla Garrison, Shedreana Green, Toussaint Hartfield-Dyels, Joshua Jackson, Macie Jason, Jekayah Johnson, Dajon King and Asijah Wright

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JA’s, Santa visit Glen View, Hillcrest kindergartners

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On Dec. 13 and 17 kindergartners who attend Glenview and Hillcrest Elementary got a special Christmas treat. Junior Auxiliary of Ruston members visited the students and read a book about Christmas. Students were then surprised with a visit from Santa Claus who gave each child a candy cane and a gift of three books. The children were so excited to see Santa Claus, but this project introduces the children to the joys of reading at a young age.
For more information, or to make a donation to JA of Ruston, visit its website at www.jaofruston.org or call Lana Bullock at 607-7295.

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Facing divorce? Organize finances now

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If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require sleuthing.

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Five reasons not to be a do-it-yourself investor

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These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit various websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommendations. So, why shouldn’t you be a “do-it-yourself” investor rather than work with a financial professional?
Actually, there are at least five good reasons why a financial advisor can help make you a better investor.
A financial advisor can:

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