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September 24th, 2016

Local brothers, 12 and 14, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Swami Sivananda once said “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”
Local brothers Kiyan Rice, 12, and Aly-zaman Rice, 14, took those words to heart when they decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, with their mother, Shelyna Rice, in June.
Shelyna Rice said Kiyan was inspired by an article he read in school about a 10-year-old who climbed the mountain.

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A variety of squirrel guns to choose from

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It all started for me about as simple as could be.
When I was just a little fellow, my dad placed a little single shot .22 Winchester rifle in my hands and after a lecture and warning that this little gun was no Daisy Red Rider and could hurt or kill you if mishandled, it’s a wonder I was brave enough to carry it to the woods. But I did and actually shot a few squirrels with the .22. That little gun was extra special to me and I still have it.

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Bearcats surge past J-Hodge, 49-7

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The Ruston Bearcats took a page out of the New England Patriot’s playbook Friday night en route to a 49-7 win over Jonesboro-Hodge at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Like the NFL’s Patriots, he injury bug has bitten the Bearcats like a buzzsaw this season as the Bearcats (3-1) have lost numerous players, including No. 1 quarterback CJ Williams and No. 2 Jacob Phillips.

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Cougars pull away from Panthers in second half

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Football is a physical game, but it can also be a chess match.
But chess can take a long time to learn, and Lincoln Preparatory School found that out the hard way Friday night as Cedar Creek stormed away in the second half for a 38-0 win at Cougar Stadium.
Cedar Creek climbed to 3-1 on the season with the win while Lincoln Prep fell to 1-3.
Lincoln Prep kept things tight in the opening half, trailing at intermission only 8-0 off a 52-yard run by Cedar Creek’s Mitchell Spillers at the 2:06 mark of the first quarter followed by a two-point conversion run by Jace Moss.

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Site selectors welcome here

When five site selectors who represent Fortune 500 companies got off a tour bus in Ruston last week, it didn’t take them long to realize they were in a place where public-private partnerships work and out-of-the-box ideas are the norm.
From their visit to Louisiana Tech University’s Enterprise Campus, where start-up technology companies get their feet on the ground, to the 100,000-square-foot Monster Moto, youth recreational vehicle assembly plant, the site selectors saw innovation and town-and-gown cooperation at its best.

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Anniversary worth remembering

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It was a night I’ll never forget.
Joyous, uplifting, electric, cathartic … there aren’t enough words to express the myriad of emotions than ran through me — and every Who Dat around the world — on that Monday night 10 years ago.
I was in the Mercedes Benz Superdome a decade ago come tomorrow night as the New Orleans Saints made their official return to the Big Easy for a Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Forrest Gump and the election

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Three people were in this extremely secure, private meeting: myself, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s time to share what was said.
Now if you happen to already be suspicious that I was not in such a meeting, you have good reason, because I was not. 
I am not one of those “conspiracy theory” type folks. For example, I believe that we landed a man on the moon. I believe that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Yet, I think that there is a basis for my “conspiracy theory” about discussions between Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

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28th annual Dubach Chicken Festival

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Top Left: Grant Jennings, of Grant’s Wood Crafts, shows off one of his tiny carvings to a group of young men. Below, Jayda Armstrong, 7, holds a rabbit as Hunter Weems, of Heaven’s Mini Blessings, LLC, watches at the Dubach Chicken Festival.
Middle Right: Heaven’s Mini Blessings, LLC brought a mini petting zoo, top, for residents to enjoy. Above, Jalexiah Clariey clucks her way to victory in the Strut, Cackle and Crow contest.

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Vote for smart investing moves

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The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome?

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Consider consolidating your financial accounts

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If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly, maintaining a number of accounts at a variety of different financial institutions is not the same thing as diversification. All good reasons why consolidating your assets with one financial service provider can provide some key benefits.

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