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May 27th, 2017

Three locals attending military academies

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One will travel the seas, one will “fly high” just as his brother before him and one will battle on the field.
Lincoln Parish trio and best friends Henry Futch, Dan Lindsey and Nicholas Slusher answered the call of their country and will attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, respectively.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Futch, a new Cedar Creek School alum. “There’s a little bit of rivalry between us, but we’re all proud of one another.”

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Treasurer issues fraud alert about unclaimed property scam

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Louisiana residents should be on the lookout for a nationwide unclaimed property scam that is targeting citizens in an attempt to steal money and personal information, state Treasurer Ron Henson said.
The fraudulent correspondence has been arriving by both mail and email and appears official, because it is on letterhead from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

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Memorial Day: Give thanks and remember

It’s a bit ironic, what with the current controversy over statues of Confederate soldiers, that Memorial Day — the day we observe Monday — grew out of the Civil War.
By the late 1860s, cities and towns across the country had begun holding springtime tributes to fallen soldiers, often decorating the soldiers’ graves with flowers.

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Taxpayers big losers in budget battle

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Another year, another million-dollar or more hit to taxpayers.
It’s become a regular way of life for Louisiana taxpayers in recent years.
But that doesn’t make that fact right.

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Reader writes about U.S. Navy

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Recently, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, stated that President Donald Trump’s budget does not include money for more navy ships. Last count, the United States Navy had more than 12 aircraft carrier groups. Each group has several supporting ships. The new classes of carriers cost about $6.2 billion each. The supporting ships cost several billions more. Apparently, McCain is not aware that the terrorists do not have a navy. More navy ships will have no affect on the terrorist activities throughout the world.

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Tech graduate milestone shows success

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One hundred thousand.
Whether this number is expected, routine, small, large or gigantic obviously depends upon circumstances. If one were looking at the budget of the federal government, or any level of government for that matter, the number is small. I recall a phrase I heard from former Congressman Otto E. Passman.
He said (this is not original) “A billion dollars here, a billion there, and after a while you’re talking about real money.”

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Health care and your retirement

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As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food, and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out, and gifts for family members and favorite charities. But there’s another big expense to plan for: health care.

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Debt problems affect young and old alike

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Question: Are young people managing to stay out of debt any better than their parents did? Our kids only use debit cards and worked their way through college. I sometimes think they do so well because they saw us struggle so much with debt over the years.
Answer: The good news is that, on the whole, young people are less in debt than they have been in the long time.
The bad news, according to a resent Wall Street Journal story, is that bankruptcies, foreclosures and tighter lending standards have played a big role in those debt reductions.

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What is conservative for older investors?

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If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean?
For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you’re first starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments; because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops.

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Seven reasons to be a loyal fan of our parish

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Frank Sinatra was right.
New York, New York.
If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
How true.
Just as it is with this little-known observation: if you are a sports fanatic looking to set up residence in Louisiana, you couldn’t go wrong choosing Lincoln Parish.
Oh, I know. Baton Rouge and New Orleans are enticing. Larger cities, more options, bigger facilities, etc.
But for a history of success, a long list of well-known players, tradition that is known on a national scale and minus the traffic cluster, the right pick would be our parish,

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