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January 19th, 2013

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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Ex-NFL player, coach to guide secondary, special teams
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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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Tech ‘Inside’ show set to air Monday

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Louisiana Tech University basketball head coaches Teresa Weatherspoon and Michael White will review and preview the latest with both the Techsters and the Bulldogs on the Centric Federal Credit Union’s “Inside Tech Basketball” show presented by Miller Light as part of the LA Tech Sports Network on on Monday at 6 p.m. at Scott’s Catfish.

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RPAR FOCUS

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1-Who is your all-time favorite baseball player and why?
Will “The Thrill” Clark of the San Francisco Giants. I saw him play many times when I was a kid and even caught a foul ball off of him. He hit a home run in his first at-bat in the major leagues against Nolan Ryan. Enough said.

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Hammons, Skipper to unite in matrimony

George and Danita Hammons, of Choudrant, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Marie Hammons, to Devin Michael Skipper, of Choudrant.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Henry and Betty Taylor, of West Monroe, and Eddie Ray and Bertie Hammons, of Choudrant. She is a 2009 graduate of Choudrant High School and is currently attending Louisiana Tech University.

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Quarles, Nicholson announce engagement

Stacey Quarles, of Ruston, and Lisa and Mark Gaston, of Choudrant, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Quarles, to Logan Nicholson, of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Chris and Wayne McKey, of Choudrant, and Freddie and Carlette Browder, of Chatham. She is a 2007 graduate of Choudrant High School and attends Louisiana Tech University majoring in kinesiology/ health promotions. Kristin is currently employed with Family First Medicine.

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