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January 3rd, 2015

The Elite Of Lincoln Parish Football Players: 2014

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Ruston High School was the only Lincoln Parish prep football team to earn a postseason playoff berth this season, so it seems fitting that the Bearcats took three of the top four honors on this season’s All-Parish football team as named annually by the Ruston Daily Leader.
And because the Bearcats’ defense was the backbone of the team this season, it also seems fitting that RHS took more than half the spots on the All-Parish first-team defense.

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Buddy's Blog: Bulldogs enjoyed incredible season

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Now that’s the way you wrap up one of the more memorable and exciting seasons in school history.
I am talking about Louisiana Tech University’s impressive 35-18 Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over Illinois.
It was the cherry and Dream Whip on top of the pound cake, the perfect topping to a season that created an exciting menu of record-setting moments, exciting plays and individual highlight reels.
Here’s some of the notable statistics, records and interesting factoids about the 2014 edition of the Bulldogs:

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Flu season in full swing

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Cough. Sniffle. Cough.
That is all it takes to start realizing the flu is upon us.
The flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of the most serious, contagious diseases in the world, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.
The CDC and Dr. Jacob Wood, of Green Clinic, urge residents to take the time to get the flu vaccine, which is made up of proteins that are the same as the proteins found in the flu, as it will protect against flu viruses.
“It’s very important,” Wood said. “Even if you get the flu, it will be milder after the shot.”

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Permanent roadway a possibility

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to approve a resolution that could pave the way for the temporary connector street between Reynolds Drive and Celebrity Drive to become permanent.
The board holds its first meeting of the new year at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Then at 6 p.m., the five aldermen, Mayor Ronny Walker and City Marshal Jim Liner will take their public oaths of office in ceremonies at the Ruston Civic Center.

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Kwanzaa comes to a close with annual celebration

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Liz White understands the value of preserving African-American culture, bringing her family together and the celebration of life.
That is why she looks forward to hosting her annual Kwanzaa celebration for her family and all in the community.
On a rainy New Year’s Day, she hosted her 20th annual Kwanzaa celebration at her home for the community in honor of African heritage.
The festivity, which is observed from Dec. 26 to New Year’s Day, is a week full of feasting, gift giving and celebrating the seven core principles of Kwanzaa.

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Doing more for your community

This New Year should be an incredibly interesting one for Lincoln Parish. Several major leadership positions, including Ruston and Simsboro mayors, district attorney, judge and marshal, as well as city councils in various municipalities have brand new office holders.
Each year, residents and leaders have an opportunity to make lasting, positive changes for the communities in which they live. Residents can only help enact change if they take part in local government, and in the past, municipal meetings have been sparsely attended.

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Letting go of the anger inside

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“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Some people attribute this quote to Buddha, some to Nelson Mandela and others to a disciple of Buddha. Regardless, it’s a quote that has been spouted in various forms of popular media, and to me at least, it makes a lot of sense.

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Be the “PAL” in the New Year

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In a 1970’s “Pogo” comic strip Walt Kelly used a famous phrase: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
I don’t like enemies. I prefer friends or “pals.”

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Gearing up for new roads

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Tomorrow school revs back up after the holiday break and things will get back to normal throughout schools in Lincoln Parish. And I suspect for our teachers and administrators that will come as somewhat of a relief after the craziness that occurs between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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New limits make 401(k) plans more attractive

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If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 2014.

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