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January 2nd, 2014

Dunkin’ ’Dogs shift Saturday game time

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Kenyon McNeail (21) and the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team’s game against Longwood on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center will now tip off at 4 p.m. The game time change was made to accommodate fans wanting to attend Tech’s last non-conference game of the season and make it home in time to watch New Orleans Saints opening round playoff game. The contest was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., which would have carried over into the start of the nationally-televised Saints-Eagles wild card playoff game.

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City Art Works to open national exhibit

Minden City Arts will host “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian traveling exhibition beginning today through Jan. 25.
Downtown Development Director Pattie Odom said, “We are pleased to have been chosen by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as a location for this wonderful exhibit.”
To enhance the exhibit, Larry Milford has designed a section featuring the way we worked in the dairy industry in Webster Parish.
“The Dorcheat Museum has also installed a special pictorial vignette featuring photos of past industry in Minden.

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Kick smoking habit for good

On average, the lifespan of a smoker is about 14 years shorter than a nonsmoker. Not to mention, chronic diseases that affect quality of life frequently mar those years a smoker does have.
Because of the increase of available information, and nationwide campaigns geared at putting an end to smoking, thousands of individuals make the promise to stop lighting up each January. Unfortunately, like most New Year’s resolutions, keeping the promise is a lot harder than making it.

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January 1st

H.E.L.P. to lend a hand Friday

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Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish has been awarded Low Income Home Energy Assistance funds to help families with burden of high utility costs. H.E.L.P. will begin scheduling appointments and not the application process, effective 8 a.m. Friday for the following week, and will continue to schedule appointments only on Friday of each week on a first-come-first serve basis until funds are depleted. 

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Schaffer runs to raise NAMI awareness

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One thing Lincoln Parish is familiar with is helping those in need. A Lincoln Parish resident, Terry King, decided to help one man who is taking three months out of his life for a Pretty Big Run across the country for mental health awareness.
King said he has never met the runner, Jeremy Schaffer, but wanted to help him by letting him stay at his home when he passed through.
“We have a mutual friend from Vermont who stayed with us a while,” King said. “We have known him for 20 years. He told Jeremy that we would be able to put him up if he came our way.”

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Resolutions for 2014

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Local residents and community leaders have resolved to make 2014 a better year.
Chief Donnie L. Watson of the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 is focused on his job for the new year.
“(I resolve) to continue to provide quality cost effective fire protection services to the citizens of Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 while sustaining a positive work environment,” Watson said.
Danny Bell, superintendent of schools for the Lincoln Parish School Board, said he resolves to lead the school system well in 2014.

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Be debt free in 2014: Local financial experts offer tips for successful year

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The desire to make the holidays perfect unfortunately results in some people overextending themselves financially. For some, this is just one more stone in their mountain of debt.
Many people will start their year off with a goal to do better at balancing their checkbook and coming out in the black during 2014. So, local financial experts have offered up a few tips to help residents get ahold of their finances in the new year.
Byron Moore, managing director/planning group of Argent Advisors, said the first step in taking control of a pile of debt is to step into reality.

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RPAR thanks 2013 sports volunteer coaches

Interesting statistics about youth sports, courtesy of the National Alliance for Youth Sports website:
• 35 million children between the ages of five and 18 play organized sports each year.
• Seventy-one percent said they would not care if scores were kept in their games.
• Sixty percent of kids play sports outside of school.
• Fifteen percent were reluctant to play sports.

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Ag Expo tickets on sale through Jan. 16

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Advance tickets to Ag Expo 2014 will save adults $2 each. General admission at the door for Ag Expo will be $7 for adults; advance tickets are $5 each. Children under 6 are admitted free.
Advance tickets are available in Monroe at Louisiana Land Bank, 2411 Tower Drive in West Monroe, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane St., in Ruston at Irrigation-Mart, 300 S. Service Road East and Southern Ag Credit, 2025 Farmerville Hwy during regular business hours.
Ag Expo will be held Jan. 17 and 18 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

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Make 2014 a great year

Today is the first day of a brand new year filled with endless possibilities.
Many residents began the day with a renewed vision of what they’d like to accomplish before they ring in 2015. Local community leaders are also likely eyeing various goals to accomplish during the next 365 days.
Numerous events made 2013 a noteworthy year. Residents interested in an extensive round-up can pick up a copy of the Dec. 31 edition of the Daily Leader.

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