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November 8th, 2014

Dubach students, faculty paint with First Lady Supriya Jindal

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First Lady of Louisiana Supriya Jindal met with students and faculty at Dubach School Friday to help them decorate Christmas ornaments to be displayed on the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.
Every year, the first lady selects an artist to design a Christmas ornament for not only the national tree, but the official Lousiana Christmas Treee as well.

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IRS scam targets residents

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Individuals impersonating the Internal Revenue Service have targeted not only Lincoln Parish residents, but residents in Texas and Arkansas in a scam to collect money.
According to reports, the scam involved a third party reporting to be from the IRS contacting residents to inform them of an outstanding tax debt that must be paid immediately to avoid being sued or being arrested.

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Video kiosks may benefit taxpayer, justice system

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles to be published by the Daily Leader concerning expediting the judicial process in Lincoln Parish.
By Briana Arrington
briana@rustonleader.com
Lincoln Parish Detention Center Warden Jim Tuten is looking into installing video kiosks to serve as informational terminals for prisoners. Although the new technology would allow prisoners more access to communication and references, the benefit is not actually meant for the inmates, but rather the judicial system and, inevitably, the Lincoln Parish taxpayer.

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Voters needed in Dec. 6 election

The long awaited, much talked about November election is finally over. Winners have been declared, losers consoled and candidates who are advancing to the December general election are already strategizing.
Now the work begins. Now is the time to lay aside differences and pull in one direction — the direction that will make Lincoln Parish and its communities stronger.
Local election officials say voter interest in the recent election appeared to be at a historic high. But despite a record-setting early voter turnout, overall voter participation hit only about 50 percent parishwide.

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Rogers helped to shape community

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Sometimes I recall my days on the athletic bench. never first team. I was a bench warmer. Sometimes I might get in the game appreciating the coach’s generosity.

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State voter turnout disappointing

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Twenty-four percent. That’s 76 percent of the registered voters that didn’t participate in this election from this state. That means that the majority of voters, or all you nonvoters, didn’t make their voices heard. Thus regardless of party, all of you, should just stifle yourself as Archie Bunker would say.
I find it disgusting that the people who live in the greatest nation on the planet don’t have the desire to act democratically. What? Too busy? Too tired? Too far? Too much information? Too disinterested? Too much, period! All these reasons may feel valid, but they’re not!

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Holidays can be a healthy nightmare

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Piles of delicious treats — including stacks of Halloween candy left behind by a lack of trick-or-treaters — make this season a newly healthy person’s nightmare.
Sure, one understands on an intellectual level that Thanksgiving without pecan pie is actually possible. But, let’s face it, Grandma’s banana pudding and secret recipe cornbread dressing just holds an emotional place in your heart.

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Planning for retirement in stages

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While summer vacations and national holidays typically provide a break for everyone who would be considered a member of the working public, there is one big break ahead that’s a priority on most everyone’s calendar — retirement. And while it may be closer for some than it is for others, everyone needs to make sure they are financially prepared when the time comes to take a permanent leave from the ranks of the employed.

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Chamber holds ribbon cuttings

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Above: Ruston Wellness and Compounding Pharmacy ribbon-cutting ceremony and Open House were held on Oct. 2. Many friends came by and shared laughs, congratulations and got to know more about the shop. Staff in attendance were Josh and Elizabeth Miller, owners; Delayne Dunham, office manager; Dodie Ford, marketer; Stephen Vessel, pharmacist; Jessica Ott, Jennifer Sakpura and Chad Barnhill, pharmacy technicians and Holly Thompson, clerk.

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Bank of Ruston ranked among healthiest banks in the U.S.

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The Bank of Ruston was named as one of the Top 200 healthiest banks in a recent evaluation by DepositAccounts.com.
Each year DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally insured bank in the United States — more than 6,500 total. Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth and loan to reserve ratios, in order to determine a comprehensive health score.

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