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August 27th, 2016

Mayfield family welcomes residents to park

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About 100 people gathered under a bright morning sun Saturday to praise the legacy of the late Ruston Alderman Elmore D. Mayfield and rename the city’s largest park in his honor.
“We’re going to make this a shining jewel of the city,” Ruston Parks and Recreation Director Wes Barton said during ceremonies officially changing the name of Woodland Park to Elmore D. Mayfield Park.
Mayfield represented District 2, which encompasses the park, for 21 years. He died in office in 2014 of an apparent heart attack.

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Watch program good for area

Here are the facts: Lincoln Parish covers 472 square miles with a population of almost 47,000 people. There are 15,235 households in the parish, with close to 10 percent of those occupied by people over the age of 65. Another 27 percent are single-family homes.
At any given time, somewhere in that 472 miles, four or five Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies are on patrol. That’s a considerable amount of territory and a large number of neighbors for a handful of deputies to care for.

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Wanting to stick it to bad drivers

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Every time I drive down Tech Drive I think of the comedian Leo Gallagher.
Yep, the “Sledge-O-Matic” guy who did all the watermelon smashing back in the 1980s.
And believe me, at least once I day, I probably feeling like smashing watermelons — or something, anyway — after venturing out on Tech Drive.
I realize I probably sound like a grumpy old man. Maybe I am. And I’ll admit that I think part of the cause is that we live in a town with two universities and have a high number of young drivers.

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Lending a helping hand for our state

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The damage from “the unnamed storm” is still widespread, costly and painful.  It did not “go away” in a week. We did not know the extent of the less-than-week-old flooding as it was discussed before. It was far worse than anyone imagined.

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Being generous to family and yourself

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Graduations, holidays, birthdays, and weddings are just some of the life events that can make us think about large gifts to children and grandchildren.
“Often, we want the next and future generations to have a better and easier life than we’ve had,” said Deborah Lauer, a vice president in Wells Fargo Advisors’ Life Event Services team.

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Avoid Potter Deals when selling pensions

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Question: I have seen some ads for people that will buy my pension for cash. How do I tell if that is a good deal? I really need some money now and this would come in very handy.
Answer: Be very careful. That may be Mr. Potter knocking at your front door.

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Investors can learn much from watching workers

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On Sept. 5 we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there’s a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits — many of which also can be useful to investors.
For example:

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McKinney Open House winner announced

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Jerry Mulhearn, right, of West Monroe, won the Honda 250 Recon given away at McKinney Honda’s 31st annual Fall Open House. Richie McKinney. left, reported a record number of people who came by the store to shop. McKinney offered special thanks to Origin Bank for providing food for the event.

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FanBase holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of FanBase, owned by Heather Walker and located at 110 Park Ave. in Ruston. Selling Louisiana Tech apparel, FanBase also carries Greek merchandise. Open from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, FanBase’s phone number is 237-0699.

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Local couple to celebrate 50 years of marriage

Edwin and Pat Davis, of Ruston, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month. They were married Sept. 2, 1966 at Grace Methodist Church. The couple will celebrate later in the month with a family dinner. They have four daughters, Kim Branch (Kenny); Kelly Plunk (David); Karen Garrett (Bob); and Kathy Durrett (Andy). They also have six grandsons and one granddaughter.

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