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November 23rd, 2013

Winter weather advisory issued

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The National Weather Service office in Shreveport has issued a winter weather watch for much of the region, including Lincoln Parish, from 6 p.m. tonight through noon Monday.
There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation tonight with temperatures expected to drop into the low 30s after dark.
Freezing rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow is expected across much of the area with ice accumulations near a quarter of an inch possible.
The chance of frozen precipitation will continue until Monday afternoon when temperatures are expected to climb above freezing.

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Sharing a journey

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In the blink of an eye, Abby Rike’s whole life changed. In October of 2006, Rike’s husband and two children were killed in a head-on car crash. After that, she became a contestant on the reality television show, “The Biggest Loser,” which focuses ongetting overweight people healthy. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, during the Lighten Up Lincoln event, Rike told her journey to life through loss.
Kay Defreese, a participant at Lighten Up Lincoln, said she is a big fan of “The Biggest Loser,” so she had to come hear Rike speak.

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Financial issues arise for detention center

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On Thursday, during the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s regular monthly meeting, Sheriff Mike Stone committed to paying one half of the 85 percent of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s part in the deficit at LPDC.
Jim Tuten, warden of LPDC, presented the board of commissioners with a 2013 budget analysis, which ended on a deficit of $1,747,872.33.

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Dubach traffic fines to be discussed

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In its regular monthly meeting, the town of Dubach discussed the appointment of a new board member on the board of commissioners for the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 and an increase in fines on violation tickets.
Bob Jensen, mayor of Dubach, said their current commissioner John Barnett no longer wanted to fill the position after his term was up.
“John’s term ends on Dec. 31,” Jensen said. “He is not wanting to continue in the position after his term is up, so we are looking for a new board member to fill his spot.”

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Tech’sFall quarter graduates announced

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 16, with diplomas awarded to 304 graduates. Commencement marked the close of fall quarter activities at the university, with winter quarter classes to begin Dec. 4. Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
• Arcadia
Scarlett Savannah Bracey, doctor of philosophy
• Calhoun

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Tech announces honor students for fall quarter

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Louisiana Tech has announced the names of students on its fall quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.
Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

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Help raise awareness of premature births

The Ruston-Lincoln Parish area is very active in promoting a variety of causes in order to help save lives.
This November is no different with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority raising the awareness of premature birth rates in honor of PrematurityAwareness Month.
Lincoln Parish members have helped to inform the general public that premature labor can happen to any woman and that the causes of nearly half of premature births are unknown.

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Time of appreciation

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Who are they?
Thursday is our nationally recognized day of Thanksgiving. This particular Thanksgiving, I wish to offer and give a special thanks to a certain set of people. Clearly, I do not omit anyone or any group. Yet this year I had a deep and abiding thought that these deserved a special nod of appreciation — of thanks. They do not receive our thanks every day, and sometimes for them holidays can be a lonely time.

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The building blocks of an investment portfolio

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Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting.
While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money you put away. If investing is something that piques your interest, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, consider two of the most basic types of investments — stocks and bonds.

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Sharing your ‘bounty’ can be rewarding

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Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.

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