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June 18th, 2016

Local event deserves special recognition

Ruston’s Holiday Arts Tour was recently named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast in December.

The honor of being selected did not escape staff at the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, the North Central Louisiana Arts Center or the community.

The Annual Holiday Arts Tour will be held this year Dec. 2-3 in downtown Ruston.

The tour is hosted by NCLAC and spotlights Ruston’s art community by showcasing artists and their work in 30 local shops, restaurants and other businesses.

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Father's Day made for memories

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I have nothing but good memories surrounding Father’s Day, but that’s because I was fortunate enough to have a great dad.
Thomas Wayne Boatright was born in Farmerville and moved to Ruston with his mother as a young boy.
But he never knew his father. My grandfather George died when my father was still an infant.
Despite, or maybe because of that fact, my dad somehow knew exactly how to be a good father and how much a child needs a father figure in their life.

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Solving environmental problems

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In early June, the Concerned Citizens of Minden were updated by the Environmental Protection Agency on the status and progress being made to safely destroy the 16 million pounds of M6 ammunition stored at Camp Minden. The process of burning the ammunition in a specifically designed and built Closed Combustion Chamber has been in operation for several weeks. Thus far, 1.4 million pounds of the M6 has been safely destroyed and five bunkers containing the unstable material have been completely emptied.

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Reader writes about state taxes

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Once again, our House of Representatives of Louisiana has been unable to see their way through to increase the tax burden of the upper middle class and the wealthy. Even though the full House wanted to hear the Bill that would increase the amount of taxable income for this small percentage of Americans, it never made it out of committee.

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Grambling celebrates Juneteenth Festival

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Residents enjoy activities, honor heritage at festival
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Top left photo: Kaniya Samson, 6, left, receives a temporary tattoo from Dejah Collins, right, at the annual Juneteenth Festival. Dajha Ford, 4, center, painted as a Ninja Turtle, watches as she eats ice cream.
Top right photo: Grambling resident Lizzie Ferguson prepares sausages for customers at the annual Juneteenth Festival.
Middle left photo: 2015 Junior Miss Juneteenth waves to the crowd during the parade.

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Retirees key to stock market’s future

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Question: Do you think the stock market will be better by the time I retire? I am nearing 60.
Answer: For baby boomers, some see hurricane season in retirement land for some time to come.
That was the view of Rob Arnott, a well-known money manager. In a 2012 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Arnott described what he called a “3-D hurricane of deficit, debt and demography” that he anticipated would put a chill on stock and bond market returns for years to come.
Arnott pointed out that the ratio of retirees to active workers in the U.S. is about to be turned on its head.

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Gen Xers must juggle both money and time

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If you’re an older member of Generation X — that is, if you were born in the early to mid-1960s — you may have a lot of “balls in the air.” You are saving for your own retirement — which might not be that far away — while at the same time possibly wanting to help pay for your children’s college education.
And you may also be assisting your aging parents in some ways. How can you manage this juggling act?

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Leave your job, leave your retirement plan?

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When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial balances in these employer plans that are designed for tax-advantaged retirement savings.
If so, you may find yourself having to make a decision about whether to keep your 401(k) funds with your former employer, roll them over to an IRA, or pay the taxes and cash out.

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Raffle benefits Medcamps

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Polaris of Ruston and MedCamps of Louisiana joined forces to hold a raffle for a 2015 Polaris Outlaw 50 Youth ATV with all proceeds benefiting MedCamps of Louisiana. More than $3,000 was raised and the proceeds will help sponsor three kids for camp. Pictured from left to right are Ben Malone, owner of Polaris of Ruston and raffle winners, Pat and J.J. Gilley of Ruston.

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NCLAC announces current art programs

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced the status of its current and upcoming art programs in Lincoln Parish.
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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council has been contributing to the arts culture in this region since 1987, according to a press release.
Originally established to enhance and promote participation in and awareness of the arts and humanities in north central Louisiana, NCLAC has been providing opportunities for artists and the community to experience the arts for almost 30 years.

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