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July 30th, 2016

Looking at retirement savings when changing jobs

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The days of working for the same company for thirty years and retiring with a gold watch and a pension, for most, are long gone. Chances are you will find yourself changing jobs a number of times over the course of your career — either by choice or as the result of a layoff or restructuring.

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Big Creek holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Big Creek Trade Days in June. BCTD is open monthly for three days on the weekends before the second Monday of each month. Their vendors offer antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitive, hunting accessories, food and more. Big Creek’s next show will be Friday through Aug. 7.

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Cultured & Caffeinated opens

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Cultured & Caffeinated, a family-owned frozen yogurt shop and espresso bar all swirled up together. Cultured & Caffeinated offer free wifi and USB ports to keep you connected and recharged. Located at 715 W California Ave No. 2, Ruston, the shop’s phone number is 615-0613. Hours of operation at 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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LPPJ records: minority members included

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Lawsuit alleges committees underrepresented

Lincoln Parish Police Jury records show minority members have been included on all of the jury’s standing committees since at least 2010, despite the claims of a lawsuit otherwise.

A suit filed July 21 by a group calling itself the Association of Under-Represented Citizens of Lincoln Parish alleges the jury discriminates in committee assignments given to black members.
Five of the 12 parish police jury districts are predominantly black.

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LPPJ records: minority members included

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Lawsuit alleges committees underrepresented

Lincoln Parish Police Jury records show minority members have been included on all of the jury’s standing committees since at least 2010, despite the claims of a lawsuit otherwise.

A suit filed July 21 by a group calling itself the Association of Under-Represented Citizens of Lincoln Parish alleges the jury discriminates in committee assignments given to black members.
Five of the 12 parish police jury districts are predominantly black.

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Library awards reading medals

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Children from the community line up to be given their reading medals by Margie Mealer, director of the children’s department at the Lincoln Parish Library, during the Summer Reading Program’s Closing Ceremony held Friday in the Events Center.

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Aldermen set to vote on alcohol ordinance

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is set to vote Monday on changes in the city’s alcohol ordinance that, if approved, would allow restaurants and bars to stay open until 2 a.m.

Monday’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.

In addition to the alcohol revisions, aldermen will also vote on a pair of professional work agreements dealing with projects that are part of the Moving Ruston Forward initiative, consider an ordinance allowing coffee roasting businesses in Ruston and decide whether to enact a debt policy for the city.

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Doctor substitutes narcotics for other methods

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The dependence of patients in severe pain on narcotics is something that is troubling to Interventional Physiatrist Navneet Sharma.
“Narcotic medications have become such a tremendous issue in our society,” he said. “Society in general is struggling to tackle the problem and there are so many different factors involved with that.”
Having just come out of his medical residency, Sharma said he was taught a new school of thought when it comes to narcotics.

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Big Happening set for Tech

Every August Louisiana Tech University University kicks off a new academic and athletic school year at the Monroe Civic Center.

And it’s a big “Happening” for Tech alumni, family and friends, including the Ruston Daily Leader.

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Gallot should bring stability to GSU

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In a day and age when budgets for the state of Louisiana’s colleges and universities are often filled with uncertainty, stability is crucial.
And stability is something that has been severely lacking for years at Grambling State University.
On Tuesday, Rick Gallot was named the 11th president of the Lincoln Parish college that was founded in 1904.
He’s the schools’ fifth president over the past 12 years.
Willie Larkin, the school’s 10th president overall who resigned in June, and his predecessor, Cynthia Warrick, both served only one-year terms.

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