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May 21st, 2016

The use of clichés in our lives

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Are you happy like a fat hound dog lying down in the summer sun? I know what that means, but I won’t say a hound dog ever told me so. Maybe the dog is miserably unable to move?
Clichés — we often use and hear them, perhaps some wondering why.

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Further growing after graduation

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My husband Tom likes to say I’m a walking encyclopedia about music. And while there’s no way I could boast to know everything there is to know about music, I have to admit that my brain is cluttered with plenty of information and trivia about music and the people who make it. So whenever I hear people debating music, my radar naturally goes up and chances are I will wade right into the fray.
This happened not too long ago when a couple of friends were in a verbal tug-of-war about a song from the 1980s.

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A visit with the chiropractor

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Pregnancy does a lot of different things to a woman’s body. As the uterus grows, organs shift and, of course, weight gain affects the ability to accomplish many of tasks.
With this being my third pregnancy one thing is for sure — no two pregnancies are alike.
I have gained 60-plus pounds and retained an unhealthy amount of fluid. Before, I have barely gained 35 pounds and my belly didn’t show until the third trimester. Now I am pushing the limits of what is considered the optimal amount of weight to gain, and I feel as if I have been showing since my first trimester.

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How to survive a home improvement project

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Question: We’re selling our house and downsizing.
We’ve found a smaller place we both like, but it’s going to require some updating and other renovations.
My wife is all wigged out about having a to-the-penny budget.
My point is that we can’t know what all we’re going to want to do until we get into the project, so what’s the point of the budget?
Can you help settle an argument?
Answer: She wins this one, pal.
Unless you’ve got limitless money, you’d better do some serious planning before one thread of that ugly lime green shag carpet gets ripped up.

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Manage your finances as you near retirement

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As your target retirement date gets closer, what was once an abstract concept may now feel more like a reality. This life event can provoke different feelings for different people. While some might feel excited about the possibilities the non-working years might bring, others may be anxious and fearful.
Regardless of your emotions, now is the time to stay focused on maximizing your retirement savings while also looking ahead to develop a retirement income plan that supports your vision of retirement. The following are some tips you may find helpful.
Catch up

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Talking to adult children about smart financial moves

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If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good advice to offer – especially when it comes to making smart financial moves.
Of course, you can find a broad array of financial topics to discuss. But if you want to concentrate on just a few, you might consider these for starters:

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Event displays student artwork

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For the seventh year, Lincoln ACHIEVE and The Rawle Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech University collaborated to present its Art Without Walls exhibit. An outgrowth of the AC/DC Art Project, the partnership also featured special collaborations within the School of Art at Tech and workshops completed with artist Frank Kelley Jr.

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Emmanuel: School announces graduates

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Emmanuel Baptist Preschool graduating PreK 4 Class are, from left to right, Mary Jane Migues, Sydney Hearne, Fisher Owens, Charleigh Whitecotton, Stark Davis, Ainsley Simpson, Foster Fogo and Zeke Parson.

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Ruston High: IGNITE speaker

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New Tech @ Ruston sophomore Gabriel Allen is shown kicking off the 2016 IGNITE Talks at Ruston High School with his presentation “Gamification in Education.” 
The IGNITE series has become a highly anticipated event where students present memorized five-minute talks that are highly engaging and informative while accompanied by an innovative multi-media presentation that is precisely timed to the student remarks. 

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Dubach School: Final six weeks honor roll released

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Principal’s List (All A’s)
First grade — Brianna Doss
Second grade — Amberly Humble
Fifth grade — Katherine Nordan and Janiyah Rushing
Seventh grade — Mason McCray
A Honor Roll
First grade — Bella Johnson, Madison Myers, Jenasia Powell and Ethan Robison
Third grade — Jack Dean, Jessalyn Jones and Julissa Rushing
Fourth grade — Christian Noah Holland and Steven Holstead
Fifth grade — Miah Foster, Madison Jacks and McKenzie Sims
Sixth grade — Noe DeLeon, Abby Herring, Sierra Luginbill and Annelise Robison
Seventh grade — Kennah Mullins and Jackson Pruden

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