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April 29th, 2017

Buddy Ball

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Top photo, Evan Goree, 18, displays his Buddy Ball trophy and the game ball he received after hammering a home run out of the park during Saturday’s final game of the season. With him are his coaches, Laura Smith and David Sasser. Bottom photo, Buddy Ball participants and their families enjoy an end -of-the-season cookout.

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Ruston high school reunion

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Above, Ruston High School alumni, from left, Sammy White, class of 1957; Ernest Lee Young, class of 1957; Jane Shell, class of 1956; and Della Ann Grafton, class of 1956; reminisce about their days at RHS during the classes of 1956, 1957 and 1958 class reunions Saturday. Top right, Linda Sue Brown, Ruston High School class of 1957, peruses through a 1957 RHS yearbook during the reunion. Bottom right, Della Ann Grafton was surprised with cake given to her during the Ruston High School reunion Saturday in celebration of her birthday and the three classes coming together.

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Invest wisely to reach financial goals

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It’s Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you’re not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby’s pageantry — the mint juleps, the women’s beautiful hats, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and so on.
But if you look beyond the hoopla, you’ll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular — the jockeys — may be able to provide you with some lessons in life — and in investing.

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How much to tell children about your money and when

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Question: I grew up in a home where my parents did not talk about money at all. It wasn’t until my father died that I knew anything about his financial situation, and it wasn’t good. Now that I’ve got children of my own in high school and elementary school, I’m wondering when we should we tell them about our finances?
Answer: When it comes to money and sex, if you wait until they are “ready” to “have the talk,” you’ll be too late.

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Fixed-income investing can present challenges

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Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement.
“Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and grandparents’ generation came from Social Security and a defined-benefit pension plan,” says Drew Denning, senior vice -resident and retirement strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Courtyard Marriott celebrates opening

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Courtyard Marriott of Ruston on April 10. See photos on Facebook.com/RustonChamber. The Courtyard is equipped with 3,000 square feet of meeting space, a Starbucks and a bistro offering breakfast and dinner daily. Sherri Gray is the general manager and Benay Knolls is director of sales. Located at 1309 Maxwell Blvd., the phone number there is 254-0067.

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Riverport holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Chamber office for Riverport Creative Group on April 4. Riverport Creative Group is a full-service creative firm that services healthcare, recreation, schools, industrial, lifestyle, organizations, non-profits, retail and more. Riverport Creative Group services include brand management, public relations, marketing, digital marketing, video production, website design, printing, promotional products, video production and website design. Owned and operated by Alana Babb, the Riverport phone number is 318-537-9373.

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School working hard near end of year

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Third grade news
Spring is here and the countdown is on for LEAP. In science, they are learning about our solar system. In math, they are collecting and organizing data. They are finishing up our unit on Winn Dixie in ELA, and working on economics in social studies. It is hard to believe that they are in our last nine-weeks. Summer will be here before you know it.
Fourth grade news

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NAMI to host mental health symposium

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in partnership with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, will host a Law Enforcement Mental Health Symposium beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
The primary topic is “Alternatives to the Prison Pipeline” with two subtopics: “What are the realities?” and “What are community responses?”
The symposium will feature nine local speakers as well as several other individuals from North Louisiana. The event is open to the public.

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Springtime birds returning to area

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Ruston’s Martha Miller posted photos on Facebook last week that caused two emotions in me. One, I was excited for her and husband, Rev. B.K. Two, I was a bit jealous.
The photos that triggered these responses on my part had to do with a visitor she had to her back yard bird feeders. A beautiful male painted bunting appeared on the Miller’s bird feeder and she was able to snap a few photos of the special visitation. This bird is arrayed in a kaleidoscope of red, blue with a chartreuse patch on the upper back while the female is bright green in color.

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