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July 16th, 2016

Restoring power

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A Ruston utility worker is barely visible near the center of the photo as he works inside the McDonald Avenue substation to restore power to about one-third of the city left dark Friday afternoon after lightening struck the substation and destroyed a 69,000 volt insulator. The outage lasted a little more than an hour. As of 9 p.m. Friday, all power lost as a result of Thursday night’s wind had been restored except for an area on Bittersweet and West Virginia Avenue, Public Works Director Darrrell Caraway said Friday night.

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Faces in the Community: Living the dream: Perot helps her community

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Haley Perot is living her dream.
The Alexandria native and Louisiana Tech University graduate is Ruston’s new Main Street director and Community Coordinator.
“I think this is always the kind of job I saw myself having, but didn’t know where it existed,” she said.
Perot, a former elementary school teacher in Ruston and in Rapides Parish, began her duties June 27. She assumes the Main Street post from city Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin, who’s been doing both jobs for the past six years.

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City of Ruston seeing projects move forward

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker wasn’t kidding when he said if city voters approved his Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure package, they’d see the work begin almost immediately.
In April, voters OK’d the plan and the three-quarter-cent sales tax increase that will help fund it. Now, just over three months later, 32 of the roughly 38 individual Moving Ruston Forward projects have begun.
Add in four other capital projects, two of which are somewhat related to Moving Ruston Forward, and we’re up to 35 of 42. Not bad at all for only 12 weeks after the referendum.

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'Gleason' film should be stunning

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Sometimes big things come in small packages.
I think that will be shown in a couple of weeks, as the documentary “Gleason” hits theaters nationwide July 29.
And it’s a documentary that hits home especially hard for me.
It’s not a big-budget, blockbuster movie. It consists largely of 1,300 home videos incorporated into the film.
But early reviews say it’s one of the best and could be one of the most successful documentary films ever.

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Appreciate local law enforcement

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Salute, pray for and thank them.
They are courageous. 
They are not totally fearless, although nearly so.
They are only human, not superhuman, but they are superior. 
Regardless of their specific religious persuasion or beliefs, they exemplify that which many believe and say — they care for and are willing to lay down their lives for their fellow man.
They do this daily.
Get it?
Every day. 
They stand as giants in the way of harm, shielding us as if we were babies in a cradle.

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Looking at investment strategies for women

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Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women differently than men and can have an impact on investment decisions. Women might want to give some special consideration to the following areas when it comes to investing:

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Financial management can take coaching

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Question: I hired a financial planner to do a plan for me several years ago. I got a nice boiler plate book I did not understand with a lot of recommendations for me to do. I’ve done some of them, ignored others and changed my mind on several things. I am hesitant to go back because another plan will cost me another wad of money. I guess doing some things right is better than doing nothing, right?
Answer: A few years ago my back hurt almost all the time. And it was my own fault.

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Action today can prevent regrets tomorrow

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“Regrets? I’ve had a few.”
— Frank Sinatra.
Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. We all deal with regrets — and financial ones are among the most troublesome.
Here are the leading financial regrets, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.com, along with some suggestions for avoiding them:

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Crumbs Catering holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Crumbs Catering, one of Ruston’s newest caterers located at 250 Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston. Chefs Jodie Morphew and Olivia Stinson promise “exceptional food, gorgeous desserts and personal service.”

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Hamilton, Dixon lead power rankings

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The stars were sparkling prominently in the skies overlooking Lincoln Parish collegiate teams during the 2015-16 seasons.
So much that our final power rankings for the top headliners ended in a share of first place.
Kenneth Dixon or Alex Hamilton?
Both of the Louisiana Tech University stars had such an outstanding final campaign on campus that we couldn’t choose a clear-cut No. 1.
So we had them share the throne.
Here’s our Top 10 power chart:
1 (tie): KENNETH DIXON, ALEX HAMILTON: These two are certainly worthy of a No. 1 ranking.

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