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A visit from Congress

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Along with other stops in Ruston on Aug. 16, Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, addressed a room filled with mostly members of the Kiwanis Club of Ruston, during its regular meeting, held at the Ruston Country Club.
Alexander, who stated he had 41 years of political experience and had been on the ballot 16 times, began by referencing Winston Churchill.
“Winston Churchhill once said ‘America has the worst form of government, except for all others that have been tried,’” Alexander said.

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Guns, knives displayed

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Locals and those from outside the area ventured to the Ruston Civic Center on Saturday for the Gun and Knife Show hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Along with vendors from five different states carrying various guns, knives and collectables for sale and trade, coins, jewelry, duck calls, outdoor apparel, shooting accessories and other items were available for purchase.

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School’s opening delayed

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Ruston will have one less private school than originally planned for this school year.
Ruston’s newest private school, Gracepoint Christian Academy, will not open its doors after Labor Day as founders planned.
Ann Patterson, one of the founding members, said the school cannot open because of issues brought up by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Health and Hospitals.

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4 Paws needs some pals

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Each month, it costs at least $2,000 to care for the 50 animals currently being fostered by 4 Paws Rescue Inc. volunteers.
“When we adopt a dog out, we are already in the hole,” Sue Martin, president of 4 Paws, said.
And, that money just covers food, medicines and veterinarian bills. Sometimes, veterinarian bills exceed that if dogs get sick or injured. Additionally, the time, effort and gas money spent by members is not reimbursed. So, currently, 4 Paws and the Ruston Daily Leader are asking for community members to become 4 Paws Pals.

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LPSO joins drunk driving crackdown

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If residents drink and drive in Lincoln Parish beware. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which began Aug. 17 and continues through Sept. 3.
The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events and will be supported by national paid advertising creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend 6 p.m. Sept. 3 through 5:59 a.m. Sept. 7.

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Helpful income strategies for retirement

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series that will focus on retirement. The second part will run Aug. 26.
Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world.

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Roth IRA: For your retirement and beyond

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If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you may know that the Roth IRA is a great retirement-savings vehicle. But are you aware that some of its benefits can also pay off for the next generation of your family?  
To understand why this is so, it’s necessary to be familiar with a Roth IRA’s features. For starters, when you contribute to a Roth IRA, your earnings have the potential to grow tax free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59 and a half and you’ve had your account at least five years.

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Everybody only gets one exponential curve

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Question: In your opinion, is it more important for a young person to first get established buying a house, good car, etc., then concentrate on saving more money later, or should I save what little I can now and risk prices going up?
 
Answer: In most financial matters, it’s a good idea to ask yourself, “What is the most valuable thing at stake here?” And, “Are there opportunities which I may miss, and which will not come around again?”

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Help shape future for city of Ruston

Many people across the country are unhappy with decisions their leaders have made or situations they have allowed to continue.
They are displeased about the chicken farm located near their residence, an adult business opening in a formerly family-friendly section of town or an inconvenient parking situation for businesses’ customers.

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Amusing news stories

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Many of us reluctantly anticipate watching the evening news on television. We know that most of the “news” will be presented for rating purposes and will therefore be controversial, embellished, sad, tragic and presented in just about any manner without restraint.  The networks want sensationalism.

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