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November 17th, 2012

A few Turkey Day facts

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Giving thanks is something we could regularly do, and we focus on giving thanks next Thursday. This year, Thanksgiving comes a little earlier, noting that it is on the fourth, not last, Thursday of November.
There is so much that your writer gives thanks for that I could write for days.  Yet some of you knowing my “bent” for history, I thought I’d share some historical trivia that might be of interest.  You know, the type of stuff that you can throw around in conversation this week with a “did you know” lead in.

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Designing retirement: the new reality

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A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the reason, expenses that significantly affect your long-term finances should trigger a meeting with your financial advisor.
What to expect from a financial checkup

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Battle low rates with three types of income

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If you depend on fixed-income investments for at least part of your income, you probably haven’t been too happy in recent years, as interest rates have hit historic lows. Nonetheless, even in a low-rate environment, you can broaden the income-producing potential of your investment portfolio.

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Synergy planning priority No. 5

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This is the fifth and final installment in a series examining the priorities involved in building an effective financial plan.
 
Question: I am trying to put together a financial plan, and I am realizing how much there is to think about! Is one thing more important than another? Where should I start?

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Employee Giving Campaign

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Roseburg Forest Products has a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which it operates. The company has manufacturing plants in Oregon (home to its headquarters in Dillard, Ore.), Montana, California, Mississippi and Simsboro.
Simsboro’s 133 employees make up six percent of the company’s employee base.
Each year, they hold an Employee Giving Campaign, encouraging employees to give to United Way agencies and other local charities. In turn, the company matches 75 percent of those donations to the various organizations the employees choose.

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Students recognized for national honor

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The Lincoln Parish School Board recognized six students who have been honored on the national level.
Lincoln Parish has four students, all from Ruston High School, who have achieved semifinalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Additionally, the parish has two students, who also attend RHS, who have achieved semifinalist status in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors outstanding Black American high school students.
The National Merit Semifinalists are as follows:

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Honoring those who served

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Students in the Grambling State University first-year experience class recently helped put on the annual Ludley-McCall-Williams American Legion Post 593 Veterans Day Program. They helped organize the event and serve refreshments after the ceremomy.

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Adopt-A-School program unites business, education

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Cypress Springs Elementary school Principal Doris Lewis has a list of “go-to” people who she knows will answer her call any time she needs them. They’re her school’s Adopt-A-School partners — volunteers from businesses, churches and civic groups who donate time and resources to education.
“Without a doubt, Adopt-A-School is a valuable support system made up of Ruston community helpers grounded in the conviction that a successful public education system is directly related to a dedicated and supportive community,” Lewis said.

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Bearcats edged by Lions

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Ruston High didn’t just quietly tip-toe out of the Class 5A regional round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs on Friday night.
Nor did they finish their 2012 season with a whimper.
The No. 25-seeded Bearcats (6-6) gave the No. 9-seeded and No. 6 Louisiana Sports Writers Association-listed Lions (10-2) of Ouachita High a gritty battle right down to the final quarter on a chilly evening at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium at James Field.
After falling behind 9-0, Ruston raced back to lead twice (10-9, 18-15) twice in the final half before losing 27-18.

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Tech, SJSU on ESPN2

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ESPN, in conjunction with Western Athletic Conference officials, announced Tuesday that Louisiana Tech’s Saturday game at San Jose State will be televised nationally by ESPN2 and will now kickoff at 9:30 p.m. CDT.

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