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July 23rd, 2016

Taking new journeys through writing

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 Sometimes the best part of being a writer is living vicariously through others.
That’s exactly what happened to me Friday afternoon as I interviewed Ruston’s Scott Pumphrey about his recent journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
While I spent a few years living out of state — in Arkansas — my heart and soul have always belonged to Louisiana and I have no desire to ever leave my home.

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Remember our creator’s message

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We declared our independence 240 years ago.
Many now ask, “What are we coming to?” Maybe the question is “What have we become?” Either is logically followed by a simple “Why?” Perhaps I can offer my meager attempt at an answer.
I really wanted to share some thoughts with you this week other than those spurred by sadness. If one read last week’s column, I placed great emphasis on what is, in my opinion, the  sacred calling of the policeman. As those words were appearing last Sunday, another outbreak of horror was occurring in Baton Rouge.

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Investing is a marathon, not a sprint

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On Aug. 5, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life — and it certainly has lessons for investors.
In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint. Here’s why:

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Manage your portfolio, help control tax bill

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Keep tax costs top-of-mind
Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of the list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors when selecting investments.
The following are some points to consider about the tax efficiency of different investments you may hold in taxable accounts.

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Are you working with an adviser or salesman?

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Question: I get zero attention from my broker. I know my account is not his biggest, but I always have to call him to suggest changes, and that’s if I can get him on the phone. Isn’t he supposed to be advising me, not the other way around?
Answer: Actually, no. That’s not his job.
Just follow the money.

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Bobby Slaughter has strong HOF resume at Tech

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In 1987, Mickey Slaughter was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Three years later, son Bobby Slaughter led all NCAA players in receptions and was chosen as an All-American, capping off one of the most productive careers ever for a Bulldogs’ wide receiver.
The latter’s credentials, which will be expounded on later in this corner, are ample evidence that another father-son duo should be added to the roll call of the school’s athletic shrine.

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RHS honors football ‘Legends’

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Ruston High School’s football team held its first Bearcat Legends Banquet/Auction Thursday night at Louisiana Tech’s Davison Athletics Complex, taking the opportunity to honor former RHS standouts Fred Dean and Kyle Williams in the process.
Bearcats head coach Brad Laird said the event will be a foundation “for what we want to continue to happen in years to come.” This isn’t something that happened over the last three months. It actually started about three years ago.”

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Ellis Baseball Clinic set for Saturday

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Area children will get the chance to learn about hitting, pitching, catching and winning the game of life Saturday as College Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis conducts his annual Youth Baseball Clinic at Fraser Field.
Registration from the free clinic will be held from 8-9 a.m. with instruction and teaching from 9 a.m.–noon, followed by lunch.
The clinic is for boys and girls ages 8-16, with a T-ball clinic set for children ages 4-7. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a NCAA water bottle.

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Dixie 9-year-olds fall in opener

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The Ruston Dixie Baseball Association 9-year-old All Stars fell as they opened World Series pool play in Searcy, Arkansas, Friday night against Nacogdoches, Texas, by the score of 5-3. But they bounced back in the nightcap with a 5-4 win over Pottsboro, Texas. The team did capture first place in Friday’s shuttle event skils competition. Pictured are team members Brock Laird, left, and Kyle Caston with Coach David Caston. The team lost both its Saturday games to teams from Mississppi by the scores of 7-1 and 4-0 and will begin single elimination play today.

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Dixie 11-year-olds start with wins

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The Ruston Dixie Baseball Association 11-year-old All Stars opened World Series pool play in Searcy, Arkansas, Friday night with a 13-5 win over Hudson, Texas and a 5-3 victory over Cleveland, Mississippi after placing second in the shuttle event skils competition earlier in the day. Pictured is the team praying Saturday before falling to Pineville by the score of 8-4. The team led Athens, Texas, 4-3 as the Ruston Daily Leader went to press Saturday night.

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