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June 25th, 2016

Talking to adult children about money issues

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Sharing and making decisions together
Young adults from all economic backgrounds have been living with the realities of a challenging economy, limited job offers, and increased living expenses. If your children are among those going through a lean period in their career or personal lives, the first step to helping them get back on their feet is to have a positive, productive conversation about money and how to manage it.

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Owning own benefits worth considering

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Question: I am considering two different job offers — one pays more, but the other has better benefits. I am leaning toward the one with better benefits since I like that security. What do you think?
Answer: What if your boss owned your house?
In years gone by, share croppers labored under this arrangement. Ministers used to commonly live this way. And many in the military still do. Each of these has the same cloud looming over their heads in their later years: “Where will I live when I can no longer work for the roof over my head?”

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How can you declare your financial independence?

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Next week, we observe the Fourth of July with sparklers, picnics and parades. And living in a country that offers so much freedom, we have a lot to celebrate. But on a more personal level, you may still be working toward another type of independence — financial independence. What can you do to speed your progress toward this goal?
Here are some ideas to think about:

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Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston holds ribbon cutting

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Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston recently held a ribbon-cutting at its new location at 1508 Louisiana HIghway 33.

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‘Big Whit’ on NFL’s ‘best’ list

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A serving of sports items with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
Andrew Whitworth is now, officially, among the best players in the NFL.
Not that he hadn’t already earned that tag as one of the game’s most dependable offensive linemen since being a second round (56th overall) choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.
It’s just that now he is becoming more appreciated and recognized by the media.
Whitworth, an ex-West Monroe High All-Stater, is ranked as the 39th best player in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.

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Reed extra proud of P.J.’s honor

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 10th story in a series about the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
Willis Reed was arguably the one beaming with the most pride in Natchitoches on Saturday night.
It was in the banquet room at the city’s Events Center, where former Louisiana Tech University star P.J. Brown was one of the 11 new inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Reed, indeed, had a unique, exclusive feeling when Brown was introduced for enshrinement.

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Domond departs from Grambling State

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Women’s hoops head coach to join Vivian Stringer at Rutgers
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GRAMBLING — After only two years at the helm of the Lady Tigers, Grambling State women’s basketball coach Nadine Domond has resigned to join her former college coach Vivian Stringer at Rutgers.
HBCU Sports reports Domond submitted her resignation letter on June 17.
Domond posted an open letter on Instagram Friday saying she was sad to leave but felt joining Stringer’s staff was the right move at this time.

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Peach Fest 5K Run Photo Gallery

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Top: Competitors in Saturday morning’s special Ainsley’s Angels event during Saturday’s Peach Festival 5K run got a two-minute head start on other runners.
Middle: Runners start their race during Saturday’s main Peach Fest 5K.
Bottom Left: Austin Mikovich was the men’s top finisher in Saturday’s Peach Fest 5K Run with a time of 16:22.00.
Bottom Middle: Nali Hummel was the women’s top finisher in Saturday’s Peach Fest 5K Run with a time of 19:36.00.

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Find a fawn? Best to leave it alone

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This is about the time when I’ll receive a call from a concerned citizen about finding an abandoned baby deer that the mother has obviously deserted or else the mother has met with an untimely fate.
Seeing no other deer around, the caller will report doing something that on the surface seems to be a noble deed. The fawn was picked up — they’re easy to handle when newborn — placed in a protective pen and the caller wants to know what they should do next. What should they feed the little fellow; how can they keep it as a pet; do fawns actually make good pets.

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Wade, Pye wed in Ruston

Brittany Lauren Wade and Jonathan Aaron Pye were joined in holy matrimony on May 26, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church in Ruston.

The Rev. Bill Reid officiated.

Attendants were Brittany Smith, of Monroe, and Nick Bracey, of Ruston.

The bride is the daughter of Rhonda Wade, of Monroe, and David L. Wade, of Farmerville.
She is a graduate of Louisiana Delta Community College and is employed by Moreman, Moore and Company in Monroe.

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