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January 2nd, 2014

Thesta Ann Hogan

Funeral services for Thesta Ann Hogan will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Burkhalter Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Rolly Walker and Rev. Brian Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hogan was born on February 24, 1917 in Jonesboro, LA, the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. E.L. Walker. She grew up in Ruston and graduated from Tech High School. She received college degrees from Centenary College, Louisiana State University, and the University of Mississippi.

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January 1st

H.E.L.P. to lend a hand Friday

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Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish has been awarded Low Income Home Energy Assistance funds to help families with burden of high utility costs. H.E.L.P. will begin scheduling appointments and not the application process, effective 8 a.m. Friday for the following week, and will continue to schedule appointments only on Friday of each week on a first-come-first serve basis until funds are depleted. 

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Schaffer runs to raise NAMI awareness

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One thing Lincoln Parish is familiar with is helping those in need. A Lincoln Parish resident, Terry King, decided to help one man who is taking three months out of his life for a Pretty Big Run across the country for mental health awareness.
King said he has never met the runner, Jeremy Schaffer, but wanted to help him by letting him stay at his home when he passed through.
“We have a mutual friend from Vermont who stayed with us a while,” King said. “We have known him for 20 years. He told Jeremy that we would be able to put him up if he came our way.”

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Resolutions for 2014

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Local residents and community leaders have resolved to make 2014 a better year.
Chief Donnie L. Watson of the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 is focused on his job for the new year.
“(I resolve) to continue to provide quality cost effective fire protection services to the citizens of Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 while sustaining a positive work environment,” Watson said.
Danny Bell, superintendent of schools for the Lincoln Parish School Board, said he resolves to lead the school system well in 2014.

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Be debt free in 2014: Local financial experts offer tips for successful year

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The desire to make the holidays perfect unfortunately results in some people overextending themselves financially. For some, this is just one more stone in their mountain of debt.
Many people will start their year off with a goal to do better at balancing their checkbook and coming out in the black during 2014. So, local financial experts have offered up a few tips to help residents get ahold of their finances in the new year.
Byron Moore, managing director/planning group of Argent Advisors, said the first step in taking control of a pile of debt is to step into reality.

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RPAR thanks 2013 sports volunteer coaches

Interesting statistics about youth sports, courtesy of the National Alliance for Youth Sports website:
• 35 million children between the ages of five and 18 play organized sports each year.
• Seventy-one percent said they would not care if scores were kept in their games.
• Sixty percent of kids play sports outside of school.
• Fifteen percent were reluctant to play sports.

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Ag Expo tickets on sale through Jan. 16

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Advance tickets to Ag Expo 2014 will save adults $2 each. General admission at the door for Ag Expo will be $7 for adults; advance tickets are $5 each. Children under 6 are admitted free.
Advance tickets are available in Monroe at Louisiana Land Bank, 2411 Tower Drive in West Monroe, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane St., in Ruston at Irrigation-Mart, 300 S. Service Road East and Southern Ag Credit, 2025 Farmerville Hwy during regular business hours.
Ag Expo will be held Jan. 17 and 18 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

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Make 2014 a great year

Today is the first day of a brand new year filled with endless possibilities.
Many residents began the day with a renewed vision of what they’d like to accomplish before they ring in 2015. Local community leaders are also likely eyeing various goals to accomplish during the next 365 days.
Numerous events made 2013 a noteworthy year. Residents interested in an extensive round-up can pick up a copy of the Dec. 31 edition of the Daily Leader.

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Happy political New Year

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Today is New Year’s Day. For most people that means food, football and maybe a few well-intended resolutions.
But for local political junkies, today begins the official countdown to the 2014 election season. And what a year it’s shaping up to be. Even though the candidate elections aren’t until November, the contenders are already making their intentions known.

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GSU turmoil tops year end round-up

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It was something never seen before in college football, or probably any sport.
Three head coaches in one season. A game forfeited due to a player boycott that caused Jackson State University’s Homecoming game to not be played. And the glare of a national spotlight focused in on all of the turmoil.
The wild ride that became known as Grambling State’s “coaching carrousel” finally wound down in December as Broderick Fobbs was hired as head coach after a football season that saw three other men split time as head coach of the school’s historic football program.

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