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Police Jury asked to OK trash deals

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Lincoln Parish Police Jury Solid Waste and Recycling Committee on Tuesday will review the contract terms for the transport of trash and the disposal of solid waste at the Union Parish Landfill.
During last month’s regular meeting, police jurors selected current garbage hauler Jackie White Inc. to negotiate a contract with to continue his services over proposals submitted by locally-based Lincoln Concrete and national company Waste Connections.

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Students, community connect for career talk

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Professionals from all walks of life from plumbers to pediatricians visited the Lincoln Parish Career Academy on Friday afternoon for the first large-scale career fair hosted at the school.
Several representatives from community colleges and Grambling State University were present to discuss plans to further students’ education.
Representatives from local banks, attorney’s offices, the arts, police and fire protection and beauty schools were all present to explain their job duties with the school’s students.

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Police: Man shot self in foot

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One man was injured after he reportedly shot himself on accident late last week.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a gunshot at 9156 U.S. Highway 80, Lot 205, on Friday.
Police believe the gunshot was accidental. However, Robert Earl Castle Jr., 23, of Newman Street, was arrested and charged with illegal use of a weapon and possession or dealing in unregistered or illegally transferred weapon.
Capt. Stephen Williams, spokesman for LPSO, said Castle did not have a serious injury and was treated at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

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Gifts from the ‘art’ mean more

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Now that CedarTown at the Ruston Civic Center has officially kicked off holiday shopping in Lincoln Parish, it’s probably not too early for most people to tackle their Christmas gifts list. I’m typically lax on this subject, but have planned for the first time to not procrastinate about finding, making and/or buying gifts this year. Here at the Daily Leader, we writers have been assigned holiday stories for an upcoming special section. This must surely be the origin of my go-getter gifting attitude this season.

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Pancake plates benefit more than tastebuds

The Ruston Kiwanis Club will host one sweet fundraiser on Friday at the Ruston Civic Center.
The club’s annual Pancake Day fundraiser will kick off at 6:30 a.m. Pancake plates cost $6 and will be served until 9 a.m. and then from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dine in or take out.
Plates include a sausage patty and bacon, and coffee, milk, syrup and butter will be available, too.
Parish residents should come out in support of this fundraiser. Not only is the food tasty, but the proceeds will benefit the community.

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Tatooed woman wonders if she should cover or come clean

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DEAR ABBY: I have a tattoo on my forearm. It's my deceased son's name, with angel's wings and a halo. Because of where it's placed on my arm, I wear long sleeves or three-quarter sleeves to work. If I feel it might "peek out," I wear an Ace bandage over it.
I am a bank branch manager and I'm sometimes asked, "What happened to your arm?" when the bandage can be seen. I feel telling the person I have a tattoo defeats the whole purpose of keeping it covered, and I don't want to lie. What is the proper response?
TATTOOED FEMALE PROFESSIONAL
IN INDIANA

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NAMI provides veterans resources

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness salutes all active duty service men and women, veterans and their families for preserving America’s freedoms.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the nation’s largest health care system designed to address the treatment and supportive service needs of veterans.
NAMI provides a Veterans Resources Center that consolidates the most useful online resources, whether you are looking for information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, other mental health issues or how to obtain benefits from the DVA.

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Pet of the Week

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Chloe is a 1 1/2-year-old retriever mix who is spayed and up-to-date on shots. Chloe is affectionate, and playing outdoors is one of her favorite activities. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Chloe.

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Reader: Give apartment project chance

This letter is in reference to the story titled “Council votes down new apartments bid,” which ran on the front page of the Ruston Daily Leader on Nov. 2.
Three apartments in a historic building on California Avenue (yes, 1954 is now historic, and a gas station on the old highway has integrity) are not going to increase burglary and destroy the neighborhood.

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Use ‘open enrollment’ to meet financial goals

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November is a popular month for “open enrollment” — that time when you can choose from the options offered in your employer’s benefits package. By making the right moves in some key areas — such as your 401(k) and life insurance — you can help protect your family and boost your progress toward your long-term financial goals.
Let’s consider your 401(k) first. If you haven’t taken part in your 401(k) plan, you need to review the benefits of this excellent retirement-savings vehicle. First, you contribute pre-tax dollars to your 401(k), so the more you put in, the lower your adjusted gross income — and the lower your annual tax bill. Also, your 401(k) earnings accumulate on a tax-deferred basis. Furthermore, your employer may offer a matching contribution, and if you’re not participating in your plan or not putting in enough to earn the match, you’re essentially leaving money “on the table.”

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