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July 6th, 2013

EOC test scores good news for Lincoln Parish

Lincoln Parish high-school students showed a 4 percent increase on their End-of-Course exams than many across the state, even with another test — United States history — being thrown into the mix.

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America stands for one thing

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In the eyes of the world, America stands for one thing above all: the promise of freedom. Even people who have never laid eyes on an American know of the promise our country represents. They know that promise means a better life, a life of freedom.
From the moment our Founding Fathers first put ink to the parchment that is the Declaration of Independence and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to create this nation, that promise has come alive. If the Revolution had failed, and the massive power of the British Empire had prevailed over the colonists, the signers of the Declaration would have been rounded up, tried and executed for treason against the Crown.

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Is non-stick cookware dangerous?

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Dear EarthTalk: I’ve read conflicting reports about the dangers of non-stick cookware. I have a set of older non-stick pans and am not sure if I need to replace them. Are they harmful to use, particularly if they have a few scratches?
— Miriam Jones, Montgomery, Ala.

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Giving thanks to firefighters

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During this warm summer, after celebrating the Peach Festival and Fourth of July, your writer wishes to acknowledge and give special thanks to the firefighters of Lincoln Parish.
There have been in recent days many events to which we are now reacting as a country. There is the recent and continuing coup d'etat occurring in Egypt. This could and in many circles will dominate the news. It is worthy of commentary. The implications that flow from de-stabilization in this country, especially with the location of the Suez Canal. Foreign intervention there is probable.

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Being own banker beats wishful thinking

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Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day?
Answer: I wish I had some money.
The most common thing for someone to say to me when they find out that I am a financial planner is "I wish I had some money."

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Navigating today’s economy a tricky challenge

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While changes in the economy occur regularly, what we have experienced recently is anything but a “normal” change.
The challenges of the current economy haven’t been seen or experienced in our country in decades.
Like most investors, you may wish you could figure out some way to know when economic conditions were about to change, or what adjustments you should make in your portfolio based on current conditions.

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Don’t get trampled by the ‘financial herd’

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Every year in early July, thousands of people “run with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. While the event is exciting, it is also hazardous, and many runners have gotten badly injured over the years. As an investor, you may find that running with the herd is dangerous to you, too — because if you’re constantly following what everyone else is doing, your own financial goals could end up getting “trampled.”

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Tech, GSU now seek new leaders for athletics

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Observations along the sports beat:
• What’s in the water around the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State athletics departments these days?
First, there was the exit of Bruce Van De Velde at Tech.
Then earlier this week, Percy “Chico” Caldwell said so long to Grambling.
Again, there’s never a dull moment in the world of sports, is it?

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O’Neal stood tall with Hall of Fame fans

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After finishing his acceptance speech, newly inducted Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal began walking off the podium at the Natchitoches Events Center last Saturday night.
He paused, then turned toward the audience, grinned and said: “Welcome to Shaquitoches.”
And how true it was.
O’Neal owned the city during the 2013 HOF induction weekend, so why not apply his own name to it?
Shaq for Mayor of Natchitoches?
Hey, anything is possible.

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Guillot starts follow through

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Andrew Guillot of the Free Ballerz squad prepares to follow through on a swing during a plate appearance in recent competition in the Coed division of the 2013 Ruston Parks and Recreation Department softball program. A men’s Church and men’s “E” league also help comprise the department’s summer play.

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