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January 4th, 2014

Simsboro to hold meeting

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The board of aldermen for the village of Simsboro will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday in Simsboro Town Hall.
After a call to order, the adoption of the agenda and approval of the December meeting, there will be time set aside for any public comments residents wish to make.
The board will then discuss the paying of the municipality’s bills.
There will be several reports given during this regular monthly meeting, including a financial report by Doug Brewer, CPA, a report from Mayor Willie Hendricks and a water and sewer report from Shelby Kelley.

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Local law enforcement reveals plans for 2014

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Ruston and Lincoln Parish law enforcement officials have big plans in the works for 2014.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said he has plans to improve services for residents and the sheriff’s office.
“We’re working on making space available at the detention center so that we can house more juveniles,” he said. “Juvenile delinquency is an ongoing problem, and we are trying to find ways to improve this.”
With the completion of the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex set for approximately May, Stone said he plans to hold more in-house training seminars.

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O.K.'s Corral: Staff changes make Leader headlines for 2013

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A sports fan in Lincoln Parish would have been best to keep a scorecard handy during 2013.
Not for keeping up with the players, but for administrative changes.
This was one the busiest seasons ever for such transactions.
Start with Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, both of whom underwent new looks at both athletics director and head football coach. I can’t ever recall that happening previously.
After the exit of Bruce Van De Velde, Tech got a new AD in Tommy McClelland, who arrived in North Louisiana after serving in same role at McNeese State University.

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Prepare for wintry blast

This weekend is going to be a cold one for the residents of Lincoln Parish.
Arctic air is forecast to send temperatures into the teens by tonight.
With the dry, cold weather coming through, we should take precautions so that our vehicles, plants and pipes remain safe during the blast of winter weather we will be experiencing.
Houses that are elevated on cinderblocks, mobile homes and other homes with exposed pipes run the risk of pipes freezing and bursting, which causes days to repair for the homeowner.

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How to save more cash in 2014

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In the Jan. 1 edition, we published a story focused on helping residents get out of debt. While I had the ear of local financial professionals, I also asked about the other hot topic when it comes to personal finances — savings.
Despite seeing an increase in pay because of my husband’s first “real-world” job, we haven’t quite managed to sort out savings. It seems like we’ve seen a financial “emergency” — the most recent of which being a mandatory set of tires for my car — every month since he started working. So, I was eager to learn more about how to save money.

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Resolutions bring results

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It is often difficult to comply with basic instructions that produce such profound effects.
Yet at this time of year, noting that some resolutions earnestly made have already been broken, we tend to labor under the self-imposed burden of New Year’s promises to ourselves and others made with the coming of the New Year.

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Resolve to be a school volunteer

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A new year is now beginning to settle into our minds as we date those checks, letters, memos, and other such documents that we are so accustomed to handling on an almost daily basis. As 2013 begins to gradually fade we anticipate new beginnings identified through resolutions, toasts and commitments made. It’s somewhat refreshing to think and believe that we can have a new start, acquire hidden enthusiasm and build upon a positive outlook that connects to accomplishment and success. Yes, a new year and a new beginning — it appeals to the senses.

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Public radio eases move to North Louisiana

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My wife and I moved from New Orleans to North Louisiana in 2000 and the transition, while slightly challenging, was made easier by a number of things.
First off, in addition to finding Ruston to be a great family-friendly town, we’ve found tremendous access to fried catfish, and we live to eat not the other way around.
Next, I’ve found many people very willing to help with my language skills. After a lifelong education in Nawlinsian, I’m proud to say I’m picking up on NELAease, of which, learning to say “Fawmuhvull” was just one rung on my newly adopted educational ladder.

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What’s your retirement vision?

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When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyle” may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus — and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies.
Consequently, to create and implement those strategies effectively, you’ll need to define your retirement vision by identifying its various parts. Here are some to consider:

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Simple wills can create complex problems

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Question: My husband and I had simple wills drafted 20 years ago, where we leave everything to each other. We just want everything to go to our kids when we’re gone. Do we need to have somebody look at our wills if that’s all we want to do?
Answer: Once upon a time a wife died after being married a long time.
She approached the pearly gates and asked St. Peter, “How may I enter in?” St. Peter said simply, “You must spell a special word. And that word is love.”
She spelled l-o-v-e and was ushered by St. Peter into the splendor of heaven.

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