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May 20th, 2017

On ‘529 Day,’ think about college savings plans

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You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but May 29 is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short.
This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:

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Ways to help seniors prevent investment fraud

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Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important.
People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes. Scam artists and unscrupulous sales people target seniors, who are often seen as:
• Generally trusting
• Home alone during the day
• Accustomed to answering the door or the phone
• Reluctant to report fraud
• Confused by online ads and offers
Scam artists are well aware of these common perceptions and often use these tactics:

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LPSO: Lock your cars, remove valuables

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Law enforcement agencies are once again urging parish resients to lock their vehicles and remove valuables, in the wake of an increased number of vehicle burglaries this month.
“These burglaries are concentrated in the unincorporated neighborhoods of the parish, primarily occurring on the northern and eastern sides of the parish, with a couple reported to the southern portion of the parish,” Major Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement released Friday.

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A chance to cheer for America

In 1989, Vietnam veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans set out across Middle America on motorcycles. As they journeyed, they stopped to visit radio, television and newspaper reporters about the number of servicemen and women unaccounted for in all wars in which the United States has fought.

From that beginning, Run For The Wall was born. Run For The Wall is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek undertaken to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by the nation’s veterans, as well as call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and missing in action.

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Millions at stake in jail bills

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Louisiana has long been known as the world’s “incarceration capital.”
But if proposed legislation passes in upcoming weeks, the number of people behind bars in our state could significantly lessen, saving Louisiana millions of dollars in the process.
That could also save Lincoln Parish money, as the Lincoln Parish Detention Center often has to pay hundreds of dollars per day to house inmates at other facilities throughout the state due to overcrowding.

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4-H club sweeps competition

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Cedar Creek swept the competition at the area 4-H Achievement Day recently, receiving the recognition of “Outstanding All Around Club.” Other recognition included first place for the club’s scrapbook, and second place in both the T-shirt and banner contests. Winning first place in Exhibition Livestock was Gracie Jones and Daniel Hanna. Club officers receiving “Outstanding” for the parish were Vice President Jack Bell, Secretary Zoey Venters, Reporter Julianne Ensminger and Treasurer Bailey Anne Adams.

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Parish students awarded Burger King scholarships

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The Lincoln Parish studnts have won scholarships through the Burger King McLamore Foundation.
The Burger King Scholars selected for the 2017 program include:
• MacKenzie Harris, Cedar Creek School
• Jaina Robinson, Cedar Creek School
• Hannah Scheaffer, Ruston High School
The students were selected by the foundation based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.

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May 19th

Summer reading program comes to library

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Summer is almost here, so it’s time to take vacations, sit back, relax and catch up on some reading.
“Summer Reading at the library is here to help with that endeavor,” Sarah Creekmore, administrative assistant for the Lincoln Parish Library, said. “This year, the theme is ‘Build a Better World,’ and library has all kinds of great games, events, and book suggestions for people of all ages.”
To start things off, the library staff will celebrate the youngest readers with the children’s Summer Reading Kick-off Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Library Events Center.

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Library purchases tablets

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Joe Creekmore, 8, uses one of the 25 tablets recently purchased by the Lincoln Parish Library. The units have educational applications and cannot be connected to the internet. They are now available for use.

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GSU names director of admissions, recruitment

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DeVaria Hudson has joined the Grambling State University staff as director of admissions and recruitment.
“As we continue to grow our enrollment, it was essential that the right person be selected to serve in this role and Ms. DeVaria Hudson is that person,” Damon Wade, vice president of institutional effectiveness and enrollment management, said.
Hudson, a Grambling native, has more than 15 years of experience in higher education.
“I’m elated to return home and serve my university and community,” she said.

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