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December 21st

‘Bayou-Diversity’ a must read

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I still remember an outing I made on ancient Black Bayou north of Monroe with Kelby Ouchley, retired wildlife biologist, who I don’t doubt for a minute can navigate the lake blindfolded. We saw an alligator, birds of every description and moss-shrouded cypress and tupelo gum trees everywhere.
I’ve kept up with Ouchley over the years primarily through social media and was pleased to learn that he was recently honored with the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award. When I realized he had written a book that piqued my interest, I had to have a copy.

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Consider these financial moves when you relocate

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Almost everyone would agree: Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans.
How can you help make sure that your move doesn’t slow your progress toward your financial goals? Consider the following relocation “checklist:”

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Enjoying Christmas even during crisis

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Question: For most people the economy seems to be doing better. But this year my husband got sick, and we were not able to do as well in our business as we did in the past. Everybody’s talking like times are getting better, but we haven’t seen it yet. Have you seen that this recovery has been uneven?
Answer: Recoveries are only smooth in hindsight. They don’t usually feel like what you’d think of as a recovery until they are over.

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Settling a loved one’s financial affairs

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Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult can be overwhelming. The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.
Gathering the pieces

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LPSO makes DC better

In July 2013, after some difficult times, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office took over the management of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
The detention center began 34 years ago, and had not been repaired since then until the sheriff’s office took over. It wasn’t until the State Fire Marshal told management that if they did not do something, the Fire Marshal was closing the doors to the center.
Once the sheriff’s office took over the detention center, things began to move, and a $1.7 million deficit accumulated at the end of 2013.

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Remember poor, hungry within state

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The recent Murray-Ryan budget deal is less than I hoped for, but better than the status quo. It does nothing to address runaway Pentagon spending or close a single wasteful tax loophole. However, the deal does provide an invaluable opportunity for Congress to stop budgeting by crisis and resume a normal budget process.

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Do we hear a knock at the door?

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Do we hear a knock at the door?

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Travel safe during holidays

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The holidays are about family. And, with both of us being North Louisiana transplants, for my husband and I the holidays mean hitting the road to head south.

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December 20th

A close shave and a Christmas miracle

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It happened around this time last year. Until the day it happened, I had never experienced anything quite like it. It was something that would happen in a movie, right before the end credits roll. What I experienced that day is what we in my family call “a Christmas miracle.” Here is my story.

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CCA receives donation

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Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 affliated with Mt. Tema Lodge No. 42 of Ruston donated can goods and nonperishable items to Christian Community Action of Ruston. Pictured from left to right, Sister Sabrina Smith, treasurer and Sister Angelite Caldwell, W.M.

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