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December 17th

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF RUSTON PROJECT NO. 1212

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CITY OF RUSTON
PROJECT NO. 1212
Sealed bids for the construction of the following project will be received by the Purchasing Office of the city of Ruston, Louisiana, located at Ruston Public Works Complex, 701 East Tennessee Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, Telephone (318) 251-8631, Fax (318) 251-8648, either by mail or hand delivery, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids received after the 2:00 p.m. deadline will be returned to the bidder unopened.

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December 15th

Child rapist gets life sentence

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A Ruston man convicted of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 13 was sentenced by Judge Wayne Smith to life in prison without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension on Dec. 12.

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Tiger Band drummer killed

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A Tiger Marching Band drummer from Shreveport who was killed in a vehicle wreck on Thursday night was scheduled to graduate from Grambling State University the next day.
Instead, the father of Michael Hubbard Jr., 25, accepted the diploma on his behalf for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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City of Ruston to add turning lanes

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Most anyone who drives down U.S. Highway 167 near Reynolds Drive around 5 p.m. encounters traffic congestion.
Within the next year, action will likely be taken to help facilitate traffic flow in this area. 
Ed Pittman, Ruston assistant city administrator, said the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has authorized $800,000 for a project at the intersection. There would be a right turn lane on U.S. 167 onto Reynolds Drive and a right turn lane on westbound Reynolds Drive onto U.S. 167.

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Asset allocation can help protect portfolio

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Over time, the value of stocks can go up and down. Bond prices fluctuate with interest rates, as do other types of fixed-income securities such as certificates of deposit and investments in money-market accounts. Predicting which investment vehicles are likely to perform better than others at any given point time is next to impossible. So how do you choose investments for your portfolio?

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Lower debt levels mean greater investment opportunities

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In the past few years, Americans have done a pretty good job of whittling down their debt load. If you’re in this group, you may now have a chance to use your lower level of indebtedness to your advantage — by investing for the future.

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Community Trust completes $85M private placement of common, preferred stock

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Community Trust Financial Corporation (“Community Trust”) announced that on Dec. 14, it raised approximately $85 million in equity capital, before expenses, through a private placement of common stock and nonvoting preferred stock. The lead investors in the offering include funds managed by affiliates of Pine Brook and Castle Creek. No investor acquired more than 9.9 percent of Community Trust’s pro forma common stock outstanding and Community Trust remains a privately held company. Stephens Inc. served as placement agent for Community Trust in the offering.

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Disability income needed

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Question: I have a desk job that requires almost no physical exertion. If I ever became physically disabled, I would be fine as long as I had my mind. Given my circumstances, how much disability insurance do I really need?
Answer: None … unless you become disabled.
Then, you will wish you had bought the maximum available.

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4 Paws does service for Lincoln Parish

Thanks to some generous help from the community and local businessmen, 4 Paws Rescue Inc. now has land and plans for a 150-animal shelter.
The one thing missing is the funding to pay for the construction of that shelter.
Sue Martin, president of 4 Paws, has said on numerous occasions that the community needs to realize that the problem isn’t one that only belongs to 4 Paws. Instead, the problem of having too many pets without homes is one we are all responsible for handling.

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Reneau moved university forward

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During the past half century, Louisiana Tech University has made remarkable changes and progress, and these advancements have especially accelerated during the past quarter century.

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