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April 14th, 2018

CMN benefit concert set at Dixie

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Anna Blake, Miss Union Parish 2018, is asking residents of Lincoln Parish to “Be a voice for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals” by attending a concert featuring Grammy Amplifier artist winner and competitor on TV show “The Voice,” Adley Stump.
The benefit concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and tickets for the event will be $25 for balcony seating and $35 for downstairs seating.
Blake said she got the idea for the concert as part of her preparation for the Miss Louisiana Pageant this summer.

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Defenses dominate Tech Spring Game

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The final score said it all.
Both defenses looked strong Saturday as the White Team took a 16-6 win over the Blue Team as Louisiana Tech’s football team held its Spring Game presented by Dairy Queen at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The White Team picked off three passes, led by redshirt freshman safety Kollin Hurt with two, while the Blue Team had no picks.
It was strong rushing by the White Squad that proved to be the main difference overall.

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Diamond ’Dogs downed twice by Charlotte

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The No. 25 Louisiana Tech baseball team fell 9-1 and 6-4 in a Saturday doubleheader against the visiting Charlotte 49ers on Saturday at J.C. Love Field.
Tech (24-13, 9-5 Conference USA) dropped its first weekend series of the season, while Charlotte (18-16, 7-7 C-USA) claimed its first Conference-USA series triumph since March 23-25 at Middle Tennessee.
The 49ers outhit Tech 24-14 in the two-game set, and sent Tech to its first three-game losing streak of 2018.
Game 1 Recap

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Sparta: Talking is good beginning

It came as no surprise last week when members of the Sparta Groundwater Commission agreed they would be well served by finding out what the entities that nominate them want the panel to do.
After all, when the commission was conceived almost 20 years ago, part of the idea was that commissioners would keep the municipalities, police juries and business sectors they represent informed about the aquifer education, conservation and advocacy efforts they undertook.

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Importance of storm sirens shown this weekend

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Mother Nature wreaked much havoc late Friday night into Saturday morning, not only here in Lincoln Parish but across the state and much of the country.
Yes, we had a tornado strike the southern part of Ruston, but as bad as it was, it could have been worse. No one was injured during the storms that hit Lincoln Parish — that wasn’t the case for all of north Louisiana.
In Haughton, a 2-year-old died around 12:30 Saturday morning when a tree fell on and through the mobile home she was sleeping in along with four adults and a 15-month old who all were unharmed physically.

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'Tax Day' filled with historical happenings

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Don’t be too depressed today —April 15. You get it, “tax day.”
There were some positive things that occurred on this date in history, but one must search. Here are a couple of examples.
On this date one of the greatest athletes in the history of major league baseball entered the game in 1947, Jackie Robinson. In retrospect, many find it hard to believe that, singularly because of a person’s skin color, he was banned from professional sports. Yet if one examines the history of our nation that sad phenomenon was not unexpected.

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STORM LEAVES TRAIL OF DOWNED TREES, DEBRIS

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Planning your financial priorities

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Question: I really want to get financially organized and planned out. How do I do that and where do I start?
Answer: In order for priorities to be profitable, they must first be planned and then be practiced.
John Maxwell writes, “There are two things that are most difficult to get people to do: to think and to do things in order of importance.” Maxwell says this is the difference between a pro and an amateur.

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Look at full picture before investing

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Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources.
When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt, insurance, and more to form the full picture of your financial life.

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Strategies to grow investment ‘Garden’

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If you’re a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life — such as investing?
Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

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