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Lil’ Aggies excel at sports, academics

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Wonderful year
It is now the end of another school year here in Lincoln Parish and looking back at this year has shown us quite a bit of excitement. With our start to the year in a large new addition as well as a totally renovated existing facility, we were off to a super start!
Throughout the year the Choudrant Lil’ Aggies proved to be quite the competitors in all aspects of education. From the physical competitions of Cross Country to the academic competitions, CES was among the cream of the crop.

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Celebrating 200 years of statehood

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Adopt-a-School sponsors
Choudrant High School would like to thank its Adopt-a-School sponsors for the important role they have played in the education of our students and support of our faculty and staff during the 2011-2012 school year.
Choudrant Mini-Mart and O’Neal Gas have served in this capacity for many years, and this year Douglas United Methodist Church joined them as an Adopt-a-School sponsor.  DUMC won high school Adopt-a- School Sponsor of the Year for Lincoln Parish. Students who were recognized at the CHS Awards Day programs on May 17 were especially excited about the pizza provided for them by DUMC. Our appreciation also goes to Rusty Welch, who won Volunteer of the Year for mentoring students.

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529 Plan can help with college, estate funding

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Now that another school year is drawing to a close, your young children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college.
Of course, as you’re probably aware, higher education doesn’t come cheap — and the costs seem to continuously climb. You can help your children — or even your grandchildren — meet these expenses by investing in a 529 plan. And this college savings vehicle offers estate-planning benefits.

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Retirement wishful thinking — lies to ourselves

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Question: Whenever I bring up the topic of retirement, my husband brushes me off by telling me that he’s never going to retire. He always points out that his mother and father both lived and worked into their 80’s. Should I be worried?
 
Answer: Yep.
I can’t speak for women, but I know that we men can be very adept at lying to ourselves.
We tell ourselves that a beer gut is sexy, a hair piece looks natural and that we’ll always be young. Young enough, at least, to keep working.

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Taking advantage of the ‘saving years’

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Preparing for retirement requires a plan, and that plan should consist of two important phases: the saving years and the retirement years. 
To achieve the goal of a financially secure retirement, you will have to make wise decisions during the saving phase of your plan.
For starters, if you plan to use IRAs to help you save, you need to decide what type of IRA you’re going to use.  Traditional and Roth IRAs have different eligibility requirements, and each has its own advantages.

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Grambling honored as a ‘Playful City’ community

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Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation, but 213 cities and towns, including Grambling, earned recognition from national nonprofit KaBOOM! as 2012 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is critical to healthy brain development. It allows children to use their creativity while simultaneously developing imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength.

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Assistant DA James chosen as 2012 Bernie Award winner

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Laurie Whitten James, assistant district attorney, has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Sue Bernie Justice Award.
The state-level award is given by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault and acknowledges those that demonstrated outstanding support of victims’ rights and willingness to educate self and colleagues about sexual assault.

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Sports world never really boring, is it?

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The hot, lazy and sometimes crazy days of summer are upon us.
But in the last couple of months, the nation’s sports pages, Facebook/Twitter trails and ESPN SportsCenter have been sizzling with some interesting and intriquing storylines.
Among them:
SAPP FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY: I’m trying my best to figure this one out and have come to an obvious conclusion: whatever Warren Sapp is paying his accountant, it’s far too much. The former Pro Bowl linebacker is nearly $7 million in debt. Here’s one good reason for his monetary woes. Or make that 230. He owns 230 pairs of Jordan shoes. I always remember what former NFL running back Earl Campbell once said about pro athletes who want to live in the fast lane. “If you want to live like Hugh Hefner, you better have Hugh’s money.” Or in Sapp’s case, at least have Michael’s money.

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Bearcats on the run

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age serves as a barometer, defensive opponents of Ruston High may have trouble dealing with a myriad of running backs during the 2012 season.
At least the Bearcats’ coaching staff hopes so.
The Bearcats got a combined four touchdowns and 201 yards rushing from three different ball carriers during the one-hour, 30-minute event that officially closed out spring workouts at James Field.
Accounting for three of those touchdowns was junior Damian Jones, who had TD carries of three, 30 and 43 yards.

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Bulldogs’ backs up against wall

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Tech winds up crucial WAC series at FSU today

FRESNO, Calif. — A seven-run seventh inning was too much to overcome as Fresno State (24-24, 7-9 WAC) defeated Louisiana Tech University (23-25, 6-10 WAC), 12-2, in a run-ruled decision on Friday evening at Pete Beiden Field.
The loss ended a five-game win streak against Western Athletic Conference opponents for the Bulldogs.
Both teams were involved in a late Saturday night second game before winding up the critical regular season-ending series today at 3:05 p.m.

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