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June 25th, 2016

Peach Fest Gallery: Ruston celebrates area peaches

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Top Left: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
John Belton, Third District Attorney, throws candy during the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Saturday.
Top Right: Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY
Skip Russell, left, and the State Farm mascot were some of the riders during the annual parade Saturday.
Middle: Leader photos by DEREK J. AMAYA
From left, Kenlyn Sherill, 22 months, Patrick Singh, 13 months, Jersey-Kate Corley, 12 months, and Morgan Letendre, nine months, were the winners of the Barnes Portraiture Diaper Derby 2016.

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Continuity needed for Grambling St.

Continuity and consistency are two important factors toward building credibility.
And those two factors have been severely lacking over the past decade for Grambling State University.
Thursday’s resignation of GSU President Willie Larkin, effective June 30, means the school is now searching for its fifth president over the past 12 years.
Larkin, the school’s 10th president overall, and his predecessor, Cynthia Warrick, both served only one-year terms.

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Same old story for state budget

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A new governor and administration.
Many new Congressmen.
And yet, the same old song and dance.
But as we’ve seen time and time again over the past decade, the fixes put into place for the state budget finalized on Thursday are only temporary, and we probably will again in the near future see our state return to the financial cliff that we’ve been teetering on for years now.

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Lesson learned from planting trees

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The forest landscape in Louisiana today is a story of the steady progression of tree farming practices. It is a progression driven by economics and guided by vision and stewardship. From the early days as “cut out and get out” gave way to selective thinning, reforestation and best management practices, tree farmers have developed a natural resource that contributes tremendously to our state’s economy and well-being.

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It's said we are creatures of habit

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I am not a creature of habit. I quite often remind my friends that I enjoy spontaneity, and that I do not engage in habitual behavior. As a matter of fact, I always and regularly note that I am not a creature of habit. Uh oh, there I go again.
Lapsing into seriousness for a moment, I heard an interesting lecture not long ago about how we are all creatures of habit, at least to some extent. The general reaction of the listeners was something akin to “Whom, not me.”

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Peach Fest Gallery

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Top: Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY
The Ruston High School cheerleading team rides with the Ruston Fire Department Saturday during the annual Peach Festival Parade.
Bottom Left: Gracie Reichman, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen 2017, waves to the crowd Saturday during the annual Peach Fest parade.
Bottom Right: Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
The Cedar Creek School cheerleading team throws treats to parade-goers during the annual Peach Fest Parade.

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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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