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December 13th

’Tis the season to celebrate in Lincoln Parish

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Top left: Pictured are members of the Grambling High School Kittens Marching Band during Saturday morning’s parade.
Middle left: Pictured is John Belton, Lincoln Parish’s recently elected new district attorney, throwing candy to children during the same parade.
Top right: Pictured above are Ruston High School students singing during the Main Street Winterfest activities on Friday night at the Ruston Civic Center.
Middle right: Grambling Mayor Edward Jones waved to the crowd during Saturday’s parade.

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After elections, people matter most

The transition has begun. After 16 years as Ruston’s mayor, Dan Hollingsworth is retiring. In three weeks, Ronny Walker will be the city’s new chief executive.
And, as a result of the Dec. 6 runoff elections, three of Ruston’s five aldermen will also be first-time office holders. Aldermen-elect Carolyn Elmore-Cage, Angela Mayfield and Bruce Siegmund will join returning Aldermen Jim Pearce and Jedd Lewis.
Jan. 1 — the day both Walker’s and the aldermen’ terms begin — will truly be a new day in Ruston in more ways than simply the turn of the calendar.

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He came into the world to be our guide

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Editor’ Note: An excerpt from the Bethlehem Bugler newspaper; author Josephus Printus. Dec. 18, 2 B.C.
Today was just another routine day except for heavy traffic. The weather was mild; crowds were growing. I saw a young traveling couple and asked for an interview. They were kind and obliging, although obviously tired. After introducing myself, they gave me their names. The young man was Joseph.
“Hello,” I said, “you look like you’ve been on the road for a while.” It was obvious to me that he was filthy, sweaty and looked hungry.

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Trying to avoid getting sick

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I’m not going to lie, it’s starting to get a little scary out there.
When I first took on this healthy lifestyle, I was excited at the concept that one of the benefits of frequent exercise is a healthier immune system. It’s a pretty well-known and well-researched concept that when you exercise a lot, you get sick less.
Last year, it seemed to work for me. I don’t really remember any of the typical warmed-over-death feelings usually associated with having a cold.

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Prioritizing STEM needs to happen

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Santa has come early for me this year. And while not what you would expect, the gift that has arrived is something that I value in so many ways.

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What can you learn from the ‘Oracle of Omaha’

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Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Mr. Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some suggestions on putting them to use:
“Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”

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Is a guaranteed monthly income right for you?

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Question: Somebody told me about a deal where you can give an insurance company a set amount of money and they promise to give you a check for as long as you live. What is that? And how can they afford to do that?
Answer: You are referring to a guaranteed income annuity (GIA), which is a form of insurance.

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Plant your inheritance within your portfolio

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Money can, after all, grow on trees — family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will receive an inheritance, and the average value of those inheritances is just under $300,000.
Jim McKown, first vice president with Wells Fargo Advisors’ High Net Worth Planning team, notes that a $300,000 inheritance has the potential to grow over 30 years into nearly $3 million, assuming a 7 percent annual return.

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NLMC receives national recognition for third time

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is the third time Northern Louisiana Medical Center has earned the designation.

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Lincoln Head Start: Students lunch with dad, prepare for holidays

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It is nearly time for the holidays and Head Start has been extremely busy. October was Head Start Awareness month with activities celebrating Head Start.
Head Start will celebrate 50 years in 2015. Lincoln Head Start began in 1965 with a summer program in several locations in Lincoln Parish.
Today, Lincoln Head Start services 340 children and families in four centers and a staff of 64 in Lincoln and Union parishes.

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