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December 2nd

Tech’s Kgoale named All-South Region

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The impact senior midfielder Nomvula Kgoale had on the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team this past season was recognized again on Thursday as she was selected to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Team.
Kgoale was one of only four midfielders from Conference USA to make all-region, chosen to the second team after being a key reason why LA Tech lost only three matches all season to go 14-3-5 and qualify for the C-USA Tournament for the fourth straight year.

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Adjustments needed for post-rut bucks

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My favorite college football team, the LSU Tigers, have had a tendency this season to play tentatively and sometimes sloppily during the first half of a game. I get aggravated and am sometimes tempted to flip to the Outdoor Channel where hunters almost always get their game.
As the second half kicks off, the Tigers usually come out fired up and do a much better job in the second half. Why? The coaches changed the game plan to fit the situation.

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Glow Body Sculpting holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Glow Body Sculpting. Glow offers body sculpting, glow pod and glowfusion. Glow Body Sculpting is owned by TJ and Brittany Soto and is located at 2314 Commons Ct., Ste. 6 in Ruston.

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Believing lies vs. dealing with the truth

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Question: My mother’s friend is trying to get her into some business deal. I think it has to do with selling something, and she’s got mom convinced that she’s going to get rich by just making a few phone calls to friends and neighbors.
She’s supposed to buy some starter kit for a few hundred dollars. It all sounds too good to be true.
Answer: Humans are funny creatures.
We are willing to “believe” things we know are not true, because the consequences of admitting the truth seem too inconvenient or unpleasant — for now.

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Personalize your Social Security payout strategy

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Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense.
Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors.
When do you claim?
If you’re in a position to think through your Social Security claiming schedule, do it. It could mean thousands or tens of thousands to your annual retirement income.
Here’s your choice: You can start receiving monthly payouts at the qualifying age of 62 like many people. Or you can hold out for a bigger payout down the road.

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Can you really afford to retire early?

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Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them?
If so, you’ll need to plan ahead — because a successful early retirement can’t be achieved through last-minute moves.
So, if you’re determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:
Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it’s important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

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CHRISTMAS IN LINCOLN PARISH

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Top Left: Nola Costanza, 2, concentrates on coloring and angel during Ruston’s Kickoff the Christmas on Friday night.
Top Right: Kaye Houck, left, and Susan Houck visit with vendors Mary Claire Smith, third from left, and Jill Boling during Saturday’s Dubach Country Christmas arts and crafts fair at the Scott Hamilton Warehouse.
Bottom Left: Above, Katie Reppond gives ice skating a try at the downtown ice skating rink Saturday.
Bottom Right: David Kitishian, 6, shows off a Christmas card he made during Ruston’s Kickoff the Christmas on Friday night.

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PARISH CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS SEASON

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Left: Santa amidst a crush of young admirers during Ruston’s Kickoff the Christmas on Friday night.
Right: The all-light, 33-foot-tall city Christmas tree in downtown Ruston’s Railroad Park.

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LINCOLN PARISH RESIDENTS ENJOY HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Top Left: Gina Stokes, with the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, places a bow atop the Mickey and Minnie Mouse float as she prepared for Saturday’s Dubach Country Christmas parade.
Top Right: Annasyn Gipson, left, and Tniyah Clemons, right, design their snowflakes during the Sprout Hour at the Historic Ruston Fire House during the Holiday Arts Tour Saturday. Children were invited to create several different art pieces while at the event.

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Tech: Taking it to the top

We weren’t surprised when the press release came across our desk telling us Louisiana Tech University has earned yet another round of favorable rankings from a national organization.

Using averages of graduation rate, net price, acceptance rate, and 20-year net return on investment, BestValueSchools.com ranked Tech No. 1 in Louisiana for value.

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