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January 11th, 2014

Famous words of a former governor

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“I need your help. Won’t you help me?”
Some remember that famous campaign slogan of former Gov. John J. McKeithen when he ran for office. He pronounced the second “help” as “hep.” One of my resolutions in my small world of journalism is to seek humorous stories from the readers.

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Businesses a top concern in Ruston

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Several years ago, Monroe chef and entrepreneur Cory Bahr opened up 102 a Bistro. It saw some success, but ultimately left the city. Bahr, who once won an episode of “Chopped,” is a well-known man, with a restaurant in the heart of downtown Monroe. So, when I heard about Bahr’s recent troubles with the Monroe Police Department, my interest was piqued.
To summarize, Bahr’s vehicle was burglarized and several items were reportedly stolen, including several expensive knifes, a laptop and more. He even said one of the knives was the one he used while winning “Chopped.”

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Cedar Creek School

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Spelling Bee
Cedar Creek eighth grader Mary Wynne was named the school’s Spelling Bee champion recently. 
She also received the Best Enunciation of Letters Award, and will represent the Cougars in March at the regional spelling. 
Georgia May Albritton, fifth grade, earned second place and the Spirit Award.  

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Consider retirement plan when leaving job

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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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Are you prepared for the unexpected?

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When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should.
Obviously, the word “unexpected,” by definition, implies an unlimited number of possibilities. However, at different stages of your life, you may want to watch for some “expected” unexpected developments.

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Debt: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Question: My boss has offered me the opportunity to buy into our business, but it will cost me some upfront money. I know you say never to go into debt, but how else will I get the money to buy into this business?
Answer: Ouch! I feel like the guy who just got asked when he stopped beating his wife!
Go find as many of my old columns as you like (hint: they are often used as tablecloths at crawfish boils!). You will never find a single instance where I advise “never to go into debt.”

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Sisemore, Mabry wed Dec. 21

Jessica Jane Sisemore, of Ruston, and William Riley Mabry, of West Monroe, united in holy matrimony in a 6 p.m. ceremony Dec. 21 at Temple Baptist Church.

The ceremony was officiated by Judge Danny Tatum.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Sisemore III. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. M.O. Bostwick, the late T.H. “Buddy” Sisemore and Mrs. Barbera Sisemore Pipes, of Choudrant.

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‘Aladdin’ to be presented

Louisiana Tech University’s Stone Theatre is proud to present its version of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” directed by Paul B. Crook, associate professor of theatre, and featuring Tech theatre students and children from throughout north central Louisiana.

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32nd annual Ag Expo set to open Friday

Ag Expo, the region’s premier event for all things related to agriculture will present its largest show ever on Friday and Saturday at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.
More than 175 exhibit booths hosting 135 exhibitors from all over the U.S. will present the newest offerings in products, services and equipment for farm and rural consumers.
New this year, a Master Farmer University for producers will be conducted by LSU Ag Center on Thursday and Friday just before the show opens. The popular Forestry Forum and Master Gardener Programs will return.

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Remembering Christmases from the past

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I’ve spent this week with Susan and Jonathan and enjoyed every minute of it. Great-grandbaby Sydney still had unopened Christmas presents, so although New Year’s has come and is moving on, we had another Christmas tree celebration. It reminded me of when my son had his second Christmas — his first with his dad who was overseas in World War II for the first one.
Wesley’s second we spent in Virginia with my husband’s family. It was exciting for me. Things were quite different for this Louisiana girl who’d never seen a truly white Christmas that I could remember.

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