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September 21st, 2013

Asset allocation can help protect your portfolio

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Over time, the value of stocks can go up and down. Bond prices fluctuate with interest rates, as do other types of fixed-income securities such as certificates of deposit and investments in money-market accounts. Predicting which investment vehicles are likely to perform better than others at any given point time is next to impossible. So how do you choose investments for your portfolio?
The answer may be to follow a risk-reduction strategy called asset allocation.

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What retirement ‘contingency’ plan do you have in place?

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You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just don’t have the money you thought you’d have?
If this occurs, it’s time for “Plan B.” What does that look like? Here are a couple of possibilities:

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School welcomes back former teacher as principal

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The I.A. Lewis School family is pleased to welcome back Shavonne Garner-Price to the Ram family. Mrs. Price previously served as coordinating teacher and is now leading us as principal after serving in the same capacity at Ruston Elementary for the past two years.

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Obsession begins in the kitchen

Turner: I could watch Mamaw Turner cook all day
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When a person starts out thinking about what they are eating, most are a little farther along in life.
But for Sarah Turner a passion, or better yet obsession with cooking began at a very young age.
“I can remember standing on my Mamaw’s kitchen chair and helping her roll out and cut her dumplings and thinking it was the funnest thing in the world,” she said. “Mamaw Turner was the best cook, and best Grandmother.”
Turner said she would spend hours in the kitchen watching her grandmother cook and constantly eating.

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Finding relatives brings back memories

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We’re predicted to get down into the 80s.The heat has been brutal here. Looking forward to the change. Right?
As usual, this has been an exciting week. Thought I would get by with one completely free day, but not so. I just penciled in an appointment for Thursday — so, there it goes.
I need to say no, but it is so hard for me to miss anything.

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Tree limbs, a lesson in perfect timing

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Several months ago, there was a strong rainstorm that came through Ruston which left a small amount of work for me to do. The high wind caused a large hickory tree in my front yard to drop several large limbs onto the yard. I was not incredibly motivated to move them; but I knew that if I didn’t do something, the grass would begin to die underneath them. So Wednesday evening after church, I came up with a perfect strategy which involved my Sawzall power tool, work gloves and a Radio Flyer wagon to haul the branches away.

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Church News

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Assembly of God
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Baptist
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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Take a stand in order to see change

Today marks the 151st Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This preliminary address was delivered on Sept. 22, 1862, which said that on Jan. 1, 1864 all slaves in the “rebellious states” would be “forever free.”
The Civil War did not end until 1865, but the Emancipation Proclamation was, at the very least, a stepping stone to freedom for so many people. Lincoln’s proclamation did not, in fact, free a single slave, but it allowed a shimmer of hope for the people oppressed.

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Students achieve by structure

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Ah, the beginnings of fall. There’s nothing quite as liberating as those first cool mornings sent to remind us that the oppressive summer heat won’t last forever. However, there are elements of summer we will soon miss as Mother Nature blows her frosty breath across the area.
One of the things I will miss most about summer is water and all that goes with it — swimming pools, oceans, snorkeling, cruising . . . you name it, and I yearn for it. My husband calls me a “water baby,” and I do believe there’s some truth to that.

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September 20th

Glen View eyes a new library

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Reading is arguably one of the most important skills that students in lower elementary school are tasked with learning.
It seems no surprise then that the most exciting item on Glen View Elementary School Principal Lisa Mangum’s wish list for funds raised by the proposed millage tax extension — which will be put before voters on Nov. 16 — is a library designed to properly meet the needs of the district’s largest population of elementary school students.

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