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October 5th, 2013

Chandler family leaves mark in parish

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Ed Chandler, Sr. had to have struggled with mixed emotions seven decades or so ago. While he was surely proud that his three sons, Waylon, Lavon and Ed Jr. were overseas fighting for our freedom, having three sons in harm’s way at the same time had to have been responsible for many sleepless nights.
All three returned safely after the end of World War II, married and settled down east of Ruston. Until recently, Ed Jr. and Lavon continued to live in the same area while older brother, Waylon makes his home near Farmerville.

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Hillcrest Elementary

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Students recognized for behavior, academics

From the Principal, Ms. Hilton
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Cookie Dough Sales!
Thanks to all of the students that colored a Chili pepper and donated money to St. Jude’s.
Mrs. Patterson’s class raised the most money collecting $80.25.
Her class will receive a free meal from Chilis.
Mrs. Dean’s class collected $26 and Mrs. William’s class collected $27. Their classes will also receive a reward for donating money to St. Jude’s.
Kindergarten

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CTB joins with parish schools in ‘Dollars for Denim’ effort

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Members of the Community Trust Bank team were on hand to announce the bank’s participation in the upcoming Adopt-A-School “Dollars for Denim” fundraiser to support breast cancer research.
CTB Public Relations Specialist Sarah McKinnie said special announcement posters will be displayed throughout the different CTB branches in Lincoln Parish to remind CTB employees to contribute $5 and wear jeans to work on Friday to support this annual Adopt-A-School community service project.

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Reforms needed for future of Social Security

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Question: I am in my early 50s. I can hardly believe that retirement is only ten years away. It seems very likely that I will have to take Social Security early to make ends meet. Will it be there for me when I need it?
Answer: Social Security will be there for you, but not in unlimited quantities.
It’s no secret that the Baby Boom generation has changed much about the American way of life. And if demographers and economists are even remotely correct, Boomers will also force a change in Social Security, Medicare and our whole concept of retirement.

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Find a better retirement backup plan

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Since the Great Recession started nearly five years ago, the number of older Americans in the workforce has increased significantly. By some estimates, there are roughly 25 percent more people age 65 and older who are still on the job. And while some older workers simply enjoy going to work every day, financial strains have forced many others to continue working.
Working longer could help you overcome shortfalls in your retirement savings.

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Grand Bayou ranked first in state Angus registrations

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Grand Bayou Farms, Dubach, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Louisiana having recorded 106 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer.
Angus breeders across the nation in 2013 registered 388,822 head of Angus cattle.

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October 4th

Diapers to benefit Life Choices

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For the second year in a row teens from the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana have volunteered their time for Life Choices of North Central Louisiana.
The teens collected 1,721 diapers and $467.90 in donations.
“They really had great attitudes and represented the values of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana very well,” Janet Wilson said. “Once again — we were blown away by the support of the community.”
Jeff Miller Jr., teen director, said the drive went very well.

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Sharing the faith, forming a life

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Babies, children, teenagers, young adults and older adults! God’s people — I love all of them! And although I am blessed beyond belief to minister to people of all ages and stages of life, I still love it when I get to hang out with people in their teens and 20s.

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Quilt winner announced

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The proud winner of the 25th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival 2013 Quilt Raffle was Lauren Dixon, of Ruston. Lauren is the art teacher at the Dubach School.

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Joyner Scholarship awarded

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Grambling State University junior business management major DeVante Jackson was excited to get news that the Tom Joyner Foundation awarded him a Hercules Scholarship on Sept. 26.
“The scholarship is a blessing to me and a token of appreciation from God,” said Jackson, 20, of Delhi. “This means hard work really does pay off.”

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