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May 20th, 2017

Run For The Wall rolling through parish today

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Every year on the Sunday of the week before Memorial Day, Shirley Soto and a group of her family members stand on the side of Interstate 20 and watch the motorcycles go by.
“It just makes my heart sing,” Soto, of Ruston, said.
The bikers, generally hundreds of them, are participants in the annual Run For The Wall ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This year’s riders are expected to pass through Lincoln Parish shortly after 4 p.m. today.
The group will be traveling eastbound on Interstate 20.

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‘So blessed’: Grambling couple recalls stories of life

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“Sixty-four years.”
The Rev. Henry E. Island smiled as he said it. Clotie “Pete” Gipson Island, his wife, moved just a little closer to him in the chair she occupied right next to his in the formal living room of their Grambling home.
Their family was busy around them as they prepared for their wedding anniversary celebration, which was held last Saturday.
When asked to tell the story of how they met and fell in love, he laughed and looked at his wife.
“Do you want to tell it?” Henry Island said.
She smiled and waved her hand at him.
“You tell it better.”

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TOP DOG New Venture Championship winners named

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A total of $12,500 in cash and prizes were awarded recently to the most innovative, student-developed product and service ideas at the 2017 TOP DOG New Venture Championship at Louisiana Tech University.

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A must-have book for turkey hunters

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When I receive a book from an author for my review, I usually scan the book, read portions of it to see if it’s a work I want to promote. Afterwards, I let my readers know what I think of the book. I received one recently that I couldn’t put down until I read every single word.

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Lincoln Parish 4-H raffles off shotgun

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Pictured is Tucker Billberry, the winner of the Beretta A-400 shotgun that was raffled off by the Lincoln Parish 4-H. Whitetails Unlimited donated the gun to assist with the costs of the parish’s shooting sports program that serves the families of more than 100 participants.

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Paying premiums not cause of poverty

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Question: I pay a lot of insurance premiums and sometimes I just feel insurance poor. Is that unusual?
Answer: Sometimes stupid things spoken by clever people can sound very wise.
I suspect you’ve heard someone grouse about “all those premiums I pay are making me insurance poor,” implying that the payment of the premiums is somehow causing poverty.
Actually, it’s the other way around. The payment of your insurance premiums should keep you out of poverty.
Think about it.

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On ‘529 Day,’ think about college savings plans

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You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but May 29 is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short.
This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:

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Ways to help seniors prevent investment fraud

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Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important.
People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes. Scam artists and unscrupulous sales people target seniors, who are often seen as:
• Generally trusting
• Home alone during the day
• Accustomed to answering the door or the phone
• Reluctant to report fraud
• Confused by online ads and offers
Scam artists are well aware of these common perceptions and often use these tactics:

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LPSO: Lock your cars, remove valuables

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Law enforcement agencies are once again urging parish resients to lock their vehicles and remove valuables, in the wake of an increased number of vehicle burglaries this month.
“These burglaries are concentrated in the unincorporated neighborhoods of the parish, primarily occurring on the northern and eastern sides of the parish, with a couple reported to the southern portion of the parish,” Major Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement released Friday.

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A chance to cheer for America

In 1989, Vietnam veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans set out across Middle America on motorcycles. As they journeyed, they stopped to visit radio, television and newspaper reporters about the number of servicemen and women unaccounted for in all wars in which the United States has fought.

From that beginning, Run For The Wall was born. Run For The Wall is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek undertaken to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by the nation’s veterans, as well as call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and missing in action.

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