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January 19th, 2013

Health foundation elects new chairman

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Longtime Ruston anesthesiologist, Dr. Ben Haley, has been elected chairman of the Board of Lincoln Health Foundation (LHF).
Haley was recommended as an LHF Board member by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in 2007. Prior to establishing a successful practice in anesthesiology, Haley served as a flight medical officer in the United States Air Force. He maintained his practice of anesthesiology for 34 years before retiring in 2004. Haley succeeds Dr. Shirley Reagan who has served as LHF’s board chair since 2007. Reagan will continue her membership on the board through Sept. 30. Other board members are John Belton, James Davison, Wilbert Ellis, Benny Denny, Dr. Allen Herbert, Fredric Hoogland and Jo Tatum.

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Costanza named project director

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Sam Costanza, of Hunt, Guillot and Associates, has been promoted to the position of project director over the Ruston Project Management Group. 
Prior to his transfer, Costanza was the lead project manager with the Program Management business unit within HGA with primary responsibility for overseeing the Katrina/Rita restoration contract and the Lincoln Parish Master Plan contract.

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Devon makes Fortune’s best workplace list for 6th straight year

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Devon Energy announced it has again been named to Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
This marks Devon’s sixth straight year to be included on Fortune’s prestigious list. Devon is ranked No. 27, up from No. 28 last year.

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Credit cards and college students

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Question: My daughter is going off to college this fall. Apparently she can get her own credit card now. What is the best credit card for her to get as a college student?
 
Answer: One with a low limit and a short leash.

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Steps seniors can take to protect against fraud

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Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. When you add in the fears and concerns unique to older persons, it’s clear that seniors should consider taking extra precautions to help guard their investments.

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Help children avoid student debt burden

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It’s not so easy being a college kid these days. The job market for recent graduates has been shaky while, at the same time, students are leaving school with more debt than ever before. If you have children who will someday be attending college, should you be worried?

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Creek, Ruston lead way on All-Parish grid team

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In a season after four-digit yardage producer and All-State Austin Ginn graduated from Cedar Creek High School, the Cougars’ ground attack remained alive.
And that was due in large part to Grant Jonkheer, a 5-10 and 190-pound senior who practically picked up where Louisiana Tech University walk-on Ginn left off in 2011.

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Kaepernick: Big challenge for Falcons

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Michael Turner’s trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons’ locker room.
Asked about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Turner grinned and said “I’m glad I’m not on defense.”
Turner, the big running back, and the Falcons’ offense want to hold the ball and limit Kaepernick’s time on the field in today’s NFC championship game.

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J-B management gives up big buck

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As Louisiana’s deer season winds down, some exciting stories of the conquest of trophy bucks continue to filter in. Most were taken on private hunting leases but a few came from wildlife management areas utilized by the public.
Brad Doughty, service technician for Poly Processing, got his big Christmas present one day late last month. On December 26, Doughty downed a big 11 point buck on Jackson Bienville wildlife management area. Taking such a quality buck on public land is common-place for the Downsville resident. He only deer hunts on public land, and with good reason.

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Bradford joins Bulldogs’ staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced Thursday that Ronnie Bradford has joined the staff as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator.
Bradford was most recently the safeties coach for Memphis during the 2011 season when the Tigers registered 12 interceptions returned for 161 yards and 30 pass break-ups for a total of 42 passes defended. The Memphis defense forced and recovered 18 fumbles that season.
“Ronnie Bradford brings a different dimension to our staff because of his 10 years of playing experience in the National Football League,” said Holtz. “His NFL coaching background and his experience in special teams are the things that really attracted me to him.”

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