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February 8th, 2014

LSMSA: Students learn new program on Exploration Day

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NATCHITOCHES — Prospective students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades next year that attended Exploration Day on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts learned about the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars sponsored by Northwestern State University.
In addition, More than 130 students and their parents visited the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts on for other outlets of Exploration Day.

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Winners help make Lincoln a better place

When it comes to service beyond self and beyond the professional call of duty, folks in Ruston and Lincoln Parish know how to step up.
That’s why it’s always nice to see the best of the best among a variety of community partners honored during the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Club thanks locals for support

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On behalf of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling Community Joy Fund Volunteers, we offer thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Grambling and surrounding areas for making our 2013 annual project a success.

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Not so sweet facts on sugar

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Because I’m on a super healthy eating kick, some people might think this column is just because I’m just grumpy about the chocolates I won’t be eating on the sweetest holiday of the year on Friday.
But, the reality is, excessive sugar intake has been linked to a whole host of issues. So, reminding you of this before you devour an entire box of Valentine’s Day candy in one night simply seems like a kindness.

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What not to give your Valentine

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He who hesitates is lost. He who forgets is in trouble.
“He” is narrow. Certainly no woman could possibly forget that this upcoming Friday is Valentine’s Day. This is a reminder to the guys: don’t forget.
Some guys might have possibly forgotten in the past. That is rare; do it once and see if you later remember. As I remind you of this Friday, also heed this warning: don’t get the wrong gift.

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Investments can affect college financial aid

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Even though it’s only February, college financial aid officers are already gathering documents, crunching numbers and otherwise working to determine grants for the school year that starts this coming fall.
If you have children you plan on sending to college, how will your own savings and investments affect their chances of getting financial aid?

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Beware mislabeling of financial products

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Question: Back during the financial crisis, I had most of my money in my 401K plan in one of those target date retirement funds. I thought it would be more conservative than what it was. That thing went down as much as my other more aggressive holdings. Fortunately most of it has come back, but I now have less than five years to go until retirement. Are these things still a good idea for me?
 
Answer: Watch out for those labels.

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Tips for what to do if you get an inheritance

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A gradual transfer of wealth is occurring among Americans: Baby boomers are starting to receive an estimated $8.4 trillion in inheritances from older generations, according to a paper published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.* Roughly two-thirds of boomer households will receive an inheritance, and the average value of those inheritances is just under $300,000.
These bequests will bring heirs the opportunity to reach financial goals sooner — but may also pose significant challenges.

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Bank of Ruston gives back

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Bank of Ruston’s Angie Biscomb, right, presents a donation to Laura Miller of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) to match artists’ donations from artwork sold during Bank of Ruston’s “10 Year Anniversary of Art” exhibit in December. Participating artists were encouraged to donate a portion of proceeds from artwork sold during the exhibit to NCLAC, and Bank of Ruston matched this amount with an additional donation to NCLAC in support of their arts-related programs for the community.

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They call him ‘Capt’n Sammie’

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When I think back on places and people that occupy a special niche in my memory, one guy and the area he calls home pops up on my mental screen … southwest Louisiana and Sammie Faulk.
I can close my eyes and see a gentle fellow, deeply tanned, thin wisps of gray hair and eyes that always seem to have a twinkle even when he’s bone-tired. Most know him as “Capt’n Sammie.”

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