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July 12th, 2014

Boning up on crime

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Forensic anthropologist speaks at LPL
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Louisiana taxpayers are the owners of the most comprehensive database in the country of missing and unidentified persons.
This was just one of the things that more than 150 people gathered in the Lincoln Parish Library learned on Thursday night from Mary Manhein, also known as “The Bone Lady.”
Manhein is a forensic anthropologist, so when a skeleton is all that’s left of a crime scene, she is called in to solve the case.
Manhein said she helped create this database with the assistance of the state Legislature.

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Championing comfort

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Ten years after District Attorney Bob Levy established the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, there is a strong contrast between what used to be pallid walls and colorless floors and the bright murals displayed in the rooms today.
When Director Carol Carson took over in 2012, she said one of her first priorities was to brighten the mood of a building that once created a drab atmosphere for an already devastating experience.
“I contacted (the North Central Louisiana Arts Council) and they were really wonderful,” Carson said. “Overall, we had about 25-30 artists come and help us.”

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2014 Princess Peach Pageant

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Top: Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen Meagan Crews (left) and Miss Spirit of Ruston 2014 Anna Blake (right) crowned Emmersyn Nations as the 2014 Miss Princess Peach during Saturday’s pageant at Choudrant High School.
Bottom: Winners, from left to right, were Most Photogenic Emory Napper, third runner-up Drew Cramer, second runner-up Taylor Alleman, Miss Princess Peach Emmersyn Nations, first runner-up Presley Wall, fourth runner-up Catherine Williams and Peoples’ Choice Kate Willis.

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Peach Fest good economic draw

Each year the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, along with community volunteers, works hard to put together another year of the Louisiana Peach Festival.
During this year’s festival a total of $2.5 million had an impact on the local economy.
The chamber said the total figure came from data gathered from random surveys that are taken throughout the course of the festival.
According to the numbers, 18,500 people attended the two-day event held in late June.

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Louisiana Tech police to the rescue

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I would like to give many thanks, Merci Beaucoup, to the police department at Louisiana Tech University for turning a bad luck incident last Sunday into a happy ending within a record time of 30 minutes.
One must picture a hot, sultry day, typical of late June in the south, when I discovered a flat — yes, a flat — tire on my new car in the parking lot of the Lambright Sports Center.
Naturally, where does one find a service station open on a Sunday? Closed.

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Fighting the fat tooth and nail

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Pretty much everyone is aware that obesity is a big problem in this country. What people might be surprised to learn is that other countries are following this deadly trend.

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Brave officers of law like family

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“They kept us safe. They are like family.”

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What can we learn from the all-stars?

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Baseball’s best players gather in Minneapolis this week to participate in the All-Star Game. If you’re a fan or even a “weekend athlete,” you can admire these players for their abilities, even if you — like the vast majority of humanity — can’t hope to duplicate them. But if you’re an investor, you may be able to learn some practical lessons from the All-Stars.
So let’s look at a few common All-Star traits to see how they might apply to investors:

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Preparing for the long haul

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Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce.
We’ve prepared a list of thought-provoking questions that pertain to financial fitness and crisis preparedness. It will be time well spent to review this list, determine what you have already done and talk with your financial advisor about any issues that affect you and/or your family.
Asset Management
• Do I have a clear picture of where my assets are located?

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Increase in income calls for wisdom

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Question: My business has recently taken off. My income is up dramatically. I really feel like this is going to last! But I want to be wise with the way I handle this new money. What do you suggest?
Answer: Congratulations on your newfound business success.
I am not surprised to hear that your business is doing well. Sure the news is full of stories about our still-hobbled economy. Still, that’s no reason why your own personal economy can’t be doing just fine. For some, these are indeed the best of times.
Keep the following in mind when dealing with newfound affluence:

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