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September 14th, 2013

Updating Dubach School

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Renovations, new building to cost $1.6M

Visitors to Dubach School will notice a distinct difference in the population of its students this year.
On average, they’re significantly smaller than they were during the 2012-13 school year, when the building was used as an eighth through 12th grade facility. After board members approved a plan to transfer all Dubach ninth through 12th grade students to Ruston High School and close Hico Elementary School, only kindergarten through eighth grade students are housed at the old high school building now.

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Simsboro contemplates hard liquor sales

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The village of Simsboro contemplated the permitting of hard liquor sales at Thursday night’s monthly meeting.
The owner of Tony’s Mart Sid went before the council and requested to sell hard liquor. Willie Hendricks, mayor of Simsboro, said during the meeting that he spoke with his attorney to see what the process would be for Simsboro to be permitted to sell hard liquor.

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PLAY Festival draws crowd

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A first for Ruston and other area residents to enjoy was the Peace Love Art Yoga Festival held on Saturday.
The event featured 25 vendors, as well as a variety of classes ranging from massages and yoga to permaculture and paddle boarding.
“This has been a great success,” organizer Courtney Thibault said. “We definitely have plans to do this again, maybe next time it will be in the spring.”
When it comes time for the spring festival, Thibault said there would be nine students in her teacher training classes.
“We will have a lot more manpower next time,” she said.

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HeeHaw Hootenanny a success

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Local residents came out Thursday to the Ruston Civic Center donned in their western wear to celebrate the sixth anniversary of North Louisiana Medical Center’s Senior Circle. Attendees enjoyed guest speaker Sen. Mike Walsworth and appearances by Dolly and HeeHaw Girls. The band Saturday Night Special performed at the event, allowing attendees to two-step across the dance floor. A meal was provided by L & L Catering was provided.

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Spinning wings, rattlesnakes highlight dove hunt

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There are people who cross your path from time to time who leave lasting impressions. Some of these folks you’d as soon never crossed your path; you know the kind. Others, though, stand out for different reasons; your encounter with them smacks of good stuff.
Walter Russell is one of those in the “good guy” corner.

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Outhouse Races to take the plunge again

Lincoln Parish plays home to several different events and festivals each year, but none are quite as unique at the Outhouse Races held in Choudrant twice a year.
The fall race is just around the corner. Set to roll out at 3 p.m. Saturday, contestants and attendees are surely in for a good time.
The fourth annual event had innocent intentions.
According to the story, Sanderson and other council members were joking with an intern and decided that the made up event could actually work. And so they joined together to make it a reality and to cover up the lie.

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Citizens left uncomforted by city

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Monday night, Sept. 9, my husband and I went to the Ruston City Council meeting because we were concerned about the unconstitutional wording in part of the building code ordinance (sec 8-3). The Mayor started out the meeting saying that section of the code had never been acted on since its adoption in 1956.
Somehow that failed to give us a lot of comfort. It is kind of like saying to a homeowner that since his house had not burned down since 1956, there was really no need to have it insured.

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Investing changes like seasons

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Fall is almost officially here — and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the other rites of autumn. And just as your day-to-day tasks change with the seasons, so, too, will your money management and investment activities at different phases of your life.
Here’s how these scenarios might look:

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Which of four money personality types are you?

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Question: I find it very hard to make financial decisions. It’s like I think about it a long time and then I do nothing. Any suggestions?
Answer: It sounds like you’re a “Cautious Thinker” when it comes to money decisions.
I find that people generally fit into one of four general categories when it comes to making money decisions. I call this your “money personality."
All of us approach money from a point of view (or paradigm) that seems totally right to us, and many of our conflicts come when our point of view differs from someone else.

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Three steps to fortify bond holdings

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Bond market volatility is back. No, that’s not an oxymoron. But it is an understandable source of apprehension, and one that could tempt you to respond to short-term movements. Instead, focus on ways to prepare the fixed income portion of your portfolio to withstand more ups and downs while supporting your long-term strategy.

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