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July 16th, 2016

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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GSU picked No. 2 in SWAC West

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It’s often better being the hunter instead of the hunted.
That has to have Grambling State University head football coach Broderick Fobbs feeling pretty good after his Tigers were surprisingly tabbed No. 2 in the race for the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Western Division as preseason polls were released during the SWAC Media Day on Friday in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Tech’s Woods named to Jim Thorpe Watch List

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award 2016 Watch List the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced last week.
The award is annually presented to the nation’s best defensive back.
Woods is only one of two Conference USA players named to the watch list alongside Middle Tennessee’s Jeremy Cutrer. He joins LSU’s Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White as the only players from Louisiana to be listed.

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Temple takes RPAR men’s softball title

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Temple Baptist Church, after finishing the season with a record of 6 and 4 defeated ‪Peaches 20-8 in the playoffs to claim the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s Men’s Open ‪softball title. Pictured from rom left to right are team members Cam Robertson, Parker Elliot, Micah Ivey, Lane Cox, Gunner Durrett, Daniel Staggs, David Dowling, Brandon Hearn, Marquis Mitchell, Phillip Allen and Michael Shelton.

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Start ’em young when it comes to nature

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I was picking blackberries down on my Jackson Parish hunting club earlier this year when I heard a familiar bird call that caught my attention. I was transported back to the time when I was a barefoot, tow-headed boy and I remember watching my mom tilt her head when she heard the call of this particular species of bird, one she hadn’t heard before.

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Cheers: Solider recognized

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Private Austin Barnett, of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, recently graduated from boot camp at Fort Jackson and will continue on with schooling to be an Infantry Wheeled Mechanic.
Barnett is the son of Jennifer Givens Pyles, formerly of Ruston, and Dennis and Nikki Barnett, of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. His sister, Cassidy Pyles, resides in Ruston, and he is the grandson of Melba Givens, of Ruston, and Beverly Barnett of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and the late Sam Barnett of Wrightsville,Pennsylvania.

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