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June 8th, 2013

Wilson goes to Mets

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Ivan Wilson, Jr., is heading to the city where his favorite baseball team is located.
Well, his new favorite team, that is.
Growing up, the five-tool outfielder at Ruston High School always rooted for the New York Yankees.
After what transpired Friday, he’ll have to put the Bronx Bombers on the nostalgic shelf and pull for the New York Mets.

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Williams: Super supper

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Twenty-five years later, the memories of his historic performance at Super Bowl XXII keep returning for Doug Williams.
On Saturday night, at the Library Events Center, it was in conjunction with the second annual Grambling University National Alumni Association Ruston chapter “Scholarship Gala,” where the former Tigers’ quarterback was honored for his Most Valuable Player award-winning leadership in the Washington Redskins’ 42-10 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 31, 1988.

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Tech fans will be in high ‘Cotton’

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Starting Monday, current members of the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Club and 2013 Bulldog Football season ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to the Heart of Dallas Classic before they go on sale to the general public June 17.
The Heart of Dallas Classic between the Bulldogs and Army is slated for 2:30 p.m., on Sept. 28 at the Cotton Bowl and will be televised on a FOX Sports Network.

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Hall opening nears

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BATON ROUGE — State Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation are hosting a grand opening reception in Natchitoches on June 28 for the state’s newest and most dazzling cultural attraction — the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

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Stevens enjoyed successful career on GSU coaching staff

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GRAMBLING — Ed Stevens, a former head track and field coach at Grambling State University as well as a former assistant football coach under legendary Tigers’ Head Coach Eddie Robinson, passed away earlier this week following a battle with esophageal cancer.
Stevens, who is a California native, was the head coach of the track and field team during the late 1960s and early 70s. He also served as an assistant coach on the football staff of the late Tigers’ legend, Eddie Robinson.

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Envy – financial comparison among friends

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Question: I have some friends that I have had since high school, twenty years ago. Since then, some of us have made more money than others. I can tell it is starting to be an issue with one of my buddies. He is always commenting about some aspect of my money. What can I do to make this less of an issue?
Answer: Give him half your income.
Or you could consider Plan B.
Anyone who has taken an Economics 101 class knows that limited resources (how much you have) are always chasing unlimited wants (how much you do not have — yet!).
Translation: we always want more than we have.

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Find ways to let your portfolio work for you

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It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your portfolio.
Here’s why: As stock and bond markets fluctuate, your asset allocation — the mixture of stocks, bonds and short-term cash investments in your portfolio — can also change. If the markets’ moves are left unchecked, your portfolio’s investment mix can deviate significantly from its original allocation.

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Will your finances allow you to retire when you want?

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Despite the soaring stock market of the past few years, some Americans are nervous about their ability to retire comfortably — or even retire at all.
Consider these somewhat sobering statistics:
Almost half of American workers report being “not too confident” or “not at all confident” about being able to afford a comfortable retirement, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey. The 28 percent who say they are “not at all” confident is the highest level recorded in the 23 years of this survey.

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Meeting a ‘Duck Dynasty’ sidekick

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It had to have been at least 20 years ago when attending a meeting of the Louisiana Tech Wildlife Club that I first met Phil Robertson who was guest speaker at the event.
As he talked about his up-and-coming duck call business, I recall him, sporting a full beard even then and telling the gathering that he had become such a part of nature that he didn’t even own a watch.

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Sparta Shoot's a success

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Another late spring and another highly successful Sparta Shoot staged by the Sparta Foundation.
That was the situation surrounding the 2013 edition of the competition that was held at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range in West Monroe.
A total of 18 five-member teams were participants in the event, from which proceeds will be used to fund future WaterFest activities throughout north Louisiana.

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