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March 30th, 2013

Peach crop questionable

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Growers unsure of damage after freezing temperatures
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Only time will tell, but Mother Nature may have taken a bite out of this year’s peach crop.
Last week’s cold spell that dropped temperatures below freezing for three straight nights “definitely damaged” some the peaches said Joe Mitcham of Mitcham’s Peach Orchard.

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Women's History Month

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Spotlight on Cathy Brewton
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Name: Cathy Hildebrand Brewton
Number of years lived in Lincoln Parish: 10 1/2 years
Profession: United Methodist Minister Order of Deacon and Spiritual Director
Clubs/organizations/professional affiliations: LifeHouse Ministries, founder and executive director; Trinity United Methodist Church, volunteer confirmation leader and worship liturgist; Ruston Area Ministerial Alliance, president; United Methodist Women, member; Order of Deacons of the United Methodist Church, provisional member; Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, provisional member Academy of Spiritual Leadership of the Louisiana Conference of the UMC; Spiritual Directors International, member; Ecumenical Weekly Lectionary Bible Study; affiliated with The Yoga Room, Sharon Jackson’s Women’s Fitness Revolution and CrossFit Ruston; Random Houses Book Club; Companions in Christ Small Group and Bunko Social Club

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Cox set on making miracles

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Miss Dixie Gem Peach helps raise money for CMN
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Although the Miss America Organization has made Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals its official platform, Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2013 Mallory Cox has a personal connection to the cause.

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NLMC, Wiggin’ Out donate to Pilot for Patients

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Wiggin' Out was recently able to donate $2,000 to Pilots for Patients. Funds will go toward patients who need to flown to seek treatment for cancer. Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are H.M. Butler, of Pilots for Patients, Tami Davis, Elizabeth Turnley, Philip Thomas, with Pilots for Patients, Sharon Thomas, also with Pilots for Patients, Vicki Caskey and Jessica Haynes.

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Easter holiday heralds season of life, possibilities

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important and oldest festival of the Christian church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion.
For others of the world’s religions, the week that led up to today had special significance: Passover for the Jewish community, and for others, various observances tied to their traditions. But whether the context is secular or sacred, the concept of rebirth runs through all of the celebrations.

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JA thankful for community support

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Incredible is the only word we can think to describe our sixth annual Dinner and A Movie at Lincoln Parish Park on March 15.
We had more than 830 people in attendance, 36 booths with activities for children, too many giveaways to count, a puppet show, cheerleaders, dancers, gymnasts, games, raffles, story time, popcorn, cotton candy and, of course, the movie!

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All hands are on deck at CSE

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As the 2011-12 school year drew to a close, we were faced with adhering to the guidelines handed down from the Justice Department regarding the desegregation of the four Ruston elementary schools. Not knowing what to expect, we were challenged with reconfiguring the four schools and ensuring as smooth a move as possible.

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Imagining the first Easter

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Lost and found. That small phrase conjures up ideas of losing a wallet, purse, or in this time a cell phone; panic setting in; then going to an office to find the lost. But some things when lost cannot be found. Many of us have “lost” friends, family and associates to death. We intellectually know that it happens, but it is still painful to lose someone.
I sometimes wonder what those men and women of 2,000 years ago felt this commemorative morning of Easter when Jesus had been gone. He had foretold that he would rise, but we humans don’t listen very well. The humans in His close group probably didn’t listen or understand. All they knew was that their Lord had just died a horrific death.

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Business owners must plan for later

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If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy — which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow — which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans.
Fortunately, you’ve got some attractive options in these areas. For example, you could choose a retirement plan that offers at least two key advantages: potential tax-deferred earnings and a wide array of investment options. Plus, some retirement plans allow you to make tax-deductible contributions.

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Stay smart when making plans for a windfall

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Question: I owe about $20,000 on two debts. The only other debt is my house note. I just got about twice that much in a settlement. Should I save all of it or pay off the two debts I have? The interest on both accounts is only 5.9 percent. My husband wants to pay both off, but I don’t think we should. Thanks for your help.

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