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March 29th, 2014

McCain turns up the heat

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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
When there is a fire, usually the firefighters who are called to the rescue are men, but that’s not always the case in the Lincoln Parish Fire Department.
Sherree McCain is a local volunteer firefighter for LPFD, and is a proud wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She is a long-time resident of the Ruston area and her family is well-known in the community.

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Patient numbers increase

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Residents have options; Health Hut here to help

Larry Lambert knows what it’s like to fall through the health care crack.
Once up a time he had insurance, but then Lambert, a graphic designer for a Ruston T-shirt business, developed diabetes and a heart condition.
“Eventually, health insurance went up so much I had to drop it,” Lambert said.

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Exhibit to premiere

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Beginning Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Library will serve as the premiere North American location for a new Anne Frank exhibit.
Emily Arnold, program coordinator for the library, said everyone is excited about the exhibit stopping in Ruston before touring the rest of the country.

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Celebrating a community of great women

For the past several weeks we have read about the remarkable women in our community.
Some are career women. Some are artists. Some were mothers. Some are even your local handy-women.
But what they all have in common is the ability to inspire our young women to reach their full potential. Being a woman does not mean that you must be a mother or a career women. As we read through their life stories it was easy to see that many, if not all made the decision to do both, and for that they should be commended.

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Preparing for the prize, glory

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Someone recently asked about the first time I saw Elvis, and I gladly waded into the events of that spectacular March afternoon in 1975.
We had great seats in the Monroe Civic Center mezzanine. Though a fair distance from the stage, I knew that I would be able to get a pretty clear look at Elvis. However, when the lights went down for Elvis to take the stage, something came over me.

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Significance of Easter revealed

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Easter season is fun. It is sacred. There are four weeks left. Families, traditional and universal, celebrate. We have Easter egg hunts, eat chocolate (at least I do) and dress well for church. We might explain the bunny. Easter is celebrated by the Christian family.
Today and the next three weeks, I write of the significance of Easter, both from a spiritual and historical standpoint.
I say now and will repeat later: Easter is the most significant time in history. This might sound bold; I will share more on Easter.

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Investing in more than just dollars

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I’ve mentioned before that I come from a very blue collar, paycheck-to-paycheck sort of family. So does my husband.
So, when my husband and I (my fiance at the time) started looking at the sort of financial goals we wanted to focus on as we merged our lives, avoiding that paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle was our biggest one.
Unfortunately, a recent study reveals that in today’s economic climate, we’re just as likely as our parents to get stuck in that sort of pattern.

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Thanks for ball success

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It takes a “team,” and I would like to thank the team who contributed to making the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball such a success. NCLAC, Ruston Community Theater, Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Troupe Dixie and Dixie Center for the Arts all came together to make it the best Mardi Gras Ball ever.
Becky and Lue Charles Napper and the Ruston Civic Symphony Society started it all many years ago and graciously turned it over to the team this year. The net proceeds will go to a sustaining contingency fund for the repair and maintenance of the Dixie Theater, utilized by all of the groups.

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Proud of protecting tradition

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I applaud Lincoln Parish Library Board member Dr. Augusta Clark for her brave (and lone) vote regarding the use of the Events Center at the library. Because Lincoln Parish is fortunate to have a library that has in the past always been a great source of pride, I was happy to see Dr. Clark’s stand toward protecting its proud tradition.

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VFW accepting applications for scholarship

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Kansas City, MO ­— The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) is now accepting entries for the 2014-15 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions.
The announcement comes just three weeks after students from across the globe took home their share of the more than $3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions. 

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