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February 18th, 2017

In the midst of amazing talent

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It has been said that a “prophet has no honor in his own country.”
Put another way, there are highly talented and great persons within our midst of whom we are unaware or take for granted. Yet right in front of our very eyes are bright lights of acclaim and greatness. It is amazing to me that this talent has blessed this community with his presence, work and complete dedication.

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Church News: 2.19.17

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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Investing success built on habits, not ‘have its’

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Question: My husband and I stumbled on our dream house. It’s really perfect, just what we need for our family. The problem is that we’ve made some bad decisions in the past and our credit rating is probably not so good. We’re still working on getting out of a bunch of credit card debt, so that’s working against us. How do we find a good loan that fits our situation?
Answer: You don’t.
The best time to fire someone is before you hire them. And sometimes the best loan for you is the one you don’t take out.

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Make sure to use your tax refund in wise manner

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It’s tax time again — which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage?
Of course, it’s always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund could be sizable — the average amount in 2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS— so putting this money to work could help boost your progress toward your financial goals.
Here are some possibilities for using your refund:

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Maybe isn’t good enough when it comes to retirement

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Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances—or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home—fill you with anxiety? You are not alone.
However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As your parents get older, it’s important to sit down with them and talk about their health and financial well-being—before urgent decisions are forced on you or your family.
You want to be as prepared as possible to make sound medical and financial choices when Mom or Dad has an emergency.

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Resident celebrates 96th birthday

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Recently, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 96th birthday of Odessa Dunn, of Grambling.
More than 70 people were in attendance for the occasion at the home of her daughter, Della Dunn Powell.
The table was graced with party foods, snacks and drinks as attendees partook in the festivities.
Everyone present shared their relationship with Dunn and told stories of how she influenced their lives.

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Lions Club hosts speaker

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A recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club was Regional Forester Mike Merritt. A past president of the Louisiana Forestry Association, Merritt spoke to the group of some of the changes in the forestry industry.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Ned. He is a terrier mix around 3 years old looking for a home. Ned is up-to-date on shots, neutered and weighs under 20 lbs. He would love to be an indoor lap dog. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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Ruston Elementary School: Students participate in science fair

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Third Grade News
Third grade students have been super busy at RES. In Social Studies they are beginning a unit on government. They will learn about the three levels and three branches of government. Theywill also learn about different services that the government provides its’ citizens.
Because of Winn Dixie is the book they are enjoying reading now. They are analyzing the characters and how their actions move the story forward.
They’ve been working so hard in writing and have shown impressive growth since August. They are working on writing literary analysis paragraphs.

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February 17th

WILLIAM CHARLES "BILLY" ARRANT

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A Celebration of Life for William Charles “Billy” Arrant, age 80, of Ruston will be held from 2:00PM - 4:00PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston in the fellowship hall. Billy passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. Billy was born on August 27, 1936 in Ruston, LA to A.F. Arrant and Jessie Meig Arrant. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Starting out at a young age, Billy was an icon in the natural gas industry.

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