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October 12th, 2013

Remember the fallen soldiers

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Being a retired career soldier, I am disappointed with the recent slights directed at our military personnel. Those that have served in actual combat can’t believe the reports depicted on television news. Each of those individuals killed in combat since the so-called government shutdown was honorably serving their country. Their families under the best treatment when losing a loved one are devastated. I cannot imagine the impact of total disregard by the country they love.

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When voting make informed decisions

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The primary election to fill the vacated spot of retired U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander in the 5th Congressional District is Saturday There are 14 candidates in the race. Political signs are popping up everywhere, messages are being received on my answering machine and campaign letters are in my mailbox. Early voting is now in progress. 

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Nation in a nasty custody dispute

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The situation with our government shutdown — and in particular the bipartisan standoff between our elected officials — has left me with the feeling that the nation has become the child of a nasty custody dispute. 

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Locals support the arts

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The fourth annual ARToberfest put on by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council was successful yet again.
The event celebrated a variety of styles of beer from regional home brewers to Marsala Beverage’s finest.
The home brew tastings were the highlight of the night, along with live music and appetizers.
The fundraiser supports NCLAC’s annual Holiday Arts Tour, which is set for NOv. 21-24.
This year’s event was sponsored by Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Marsala Beverage, with “Devine Home Brewer” awards sponsored by Devine Wines and Spirits.

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Gray elected to state board

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Bobby Gray, treasurer of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association.
“It was an extreme honor when they called and told me I was nominated,” Gray said. “It’s always gratifying to know that someone notices your work.”
Grey said the spot is a two-year term.

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Get ready for the ‘what ifs’

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The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning is so critical, and a good plan will take into account many of the possible uncertainties. In the process of developing your personal retirement plan, it’s important to map out these “what-ifs” — the scenarios, priorities and choices that you’ll build into your strategy.

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Lessons learned from ‘Save for Retirement Week’

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Congress has designated the third week in October as National Save for Retirement Week — which means it’s a good time to think about your own retirement savings strategies.
Ensuring that you have enough money to support your chosen retirement lifestyle is certainly important. Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans have apparently not done enough in the way of building retirement savings to ease their minds.
Consider these figures, taken from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey:

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How change motivates action in business settings

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Question: My husband and I run a small business. My father recently passed away and left us with some money. We are not sure whether to put the money into our business or set it aside. How should we decide?
Answer: My own pet theory of human motivation is that change is the hot poker in the backside of life that gets most of us off the dime.
For example, suppose receipts begin to fall from one month to the next in your business. If that trend continues, you’re either going to tighten your belt or start to beat the bushes for more business.

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Emmanuel Baptist Preschool

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“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:19
October! Fall is finally here! I can’t believe we are already seven weeks into our school year.
October is fire safety month, so we invited one of Ruston’s state-of-the-art fire trucks to visit our center. Emmanuel’s 1- and 2-year-olds had a tremendous time talking with the firemen and exploring some of their vital equipment.

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Cypress Springs Elementary

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Students enjoy fall, look forward to Spooky Spectacular Science

Fall is in the air in Ms. Moron’s class this month. We are learning about the changes that will be happening in the weather at this time of year. We are also learning about how the seasons affect the types of clothes we wear and the activities that we do with our friends.
We have started our unit on graphs and are having so much fun. This month we will be continuing to work hard toward all of our reading and math goals.
We hope you can make it out to Cypress Springs Spooky Spectacular Science night on Oct. 24.
Third grade

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