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September 20th, 2014

Fire chief files lawsuit

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Dennis Ford, former fire chief, filed a lawsuit against the Lincoln Parish Fire District earlier this month.
According to the petition filed with the 3rd Judicial District Court by Ford, he is seeking monetary compensation for services rendered as the fire chief for the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1.
First Assistant District Attorney Andy Shealy is representing the LPFD, and gave the following statement regarding the allegations Ford has made.

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Tech gives boost to public ed

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Cypress Springs and Glen View Elementary Schools have received an extra boost this year thanks to the involvement of three Louisiana Tech professors of education; Carrice Cummins, Kim Kimbell-Lopez and Libby Manning.
The grants were funded through Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP) to promote literacy and reading comprehension through interactive read alouds, literacy stations and workshop models.
GVE received a total grant of $123,122 called the Building Sustainability of Powerful Instruction grant.

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Alleged jewel thief arrested

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On Sept. 17, Officers from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department located and arrested Rovarrious Wilson on the charge of one count of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling.
The investigation into this incident began in June with a reported residential burglary on Kennon Lane.

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Rep. Jefferson to speak during Founder’s Week

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Rep. Patrick O’Neal Jefferson will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the T.H. Harris Auditorium in honor of Grambling State University’s Founder’s Week.

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Bearcats race past Rayville, 32-13

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RAYVILLE — Heading into Friday night’s contest at Rayville, Ruston High School was dealing with the loss of its primary offensive weapon — senior running back Juwuan Wright.
Fortunately for the Bearcats, they had plenty of firepower left in their arsenal.
Wright was injured in the third quarter of last week’s RHS win at Airline. While coaches hoped for the best, it was later determined that Wright suffered a broken fibula and he underwent surgery last Tuesday on the season-ending injury.

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General Trass battles back to beat Kittens

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LAKE PROVIDENCE — Grambling Lab watched a one-point halftime lead slip away Friday as they fell 26-20 on the road to General Trass High School.
The Kittens are now 0-3 while General Trass climbed to 3-0.
“We led 14-13 at the half but let it get away from us in the second half,” Grambling Lab coach Johnny Thomas said. “We’re getting there — we’re close. We just have to put it all together before district (play) rolls around.”

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Sokol creating Rattay-like success for Tech

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There will probably never be another quarterback like Tim Rattay at Louisiana Tech University.
Those come along rarely and when they do, they blaze a trail littered with highlight reel games and a U-Haul load of records.
Now a wide receivers’ coach for his alma mater, Rattay threw for Bulldogs’ single season records of 4,943 yards and 46 touchdowns and for a career-setting standard of 12,643 yards.
Before he starred at Tech, “Terrific Tim” led the nation’s junior colleges in passing with 3,526 yards and 26 touchdowns during his one season at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

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Catching up with special ‘son’

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His name is David. He came to live with us in his early teens; turmoil at his home prompted his need for a fresh start in a different environment.
Granted, our relationship with David was not without a few bumps and setbacks, but I finally had the son I wanted. I wouldn’t trade anything for my two daughters who grew up in our home along with David but neither of them had a whit of interest in hunting and fishing whereas David ate it up.
I was on a hunt with him when he got his first squirrel, first deer and with him when he caught his first bass. David and I; we had a good thing going.

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Have income strategies for retirement

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Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be able to retire with confidence and enough assets — if you get organized. That means thinking about what you want retirement to be, reviewing your current investments and benefits, and taking maximum advantage of some investment vehicles designed to provide retirement income. As with so many things, the key is to set clear goals and then pursue them.

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Waiting for stocks to come back makes for long wait

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Question: Years ago, my family bought stock in a small community bank where they lived. The bank sold several times to bigger and bigger banks. The stock price went up a lot. But when the financial crisis happened, the price of the stock crashed. Should I wait for the price of the stock to come back up and then sell some of it?
Answer: You’re asking the wrong question.
The rise in the share price of many regional and national banks during the 1990s and 2000s was breathtaking, then intoxicating and finally nauseating for many folks around here.

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