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October 21st, 2017

iFun Family Center holds ribbon cutting ceremony

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for new member IFun Family Fun Center arcade and laser tag facility. Owner/operators are Etan Gipson, Ekara Mendenhall and Jonathan Mendenhall. The center is located at 215 N. Service Road East.

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Local appointed by governor to Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
One of those appointments included Ruston resident Casey L. Morace.
Morace is the outreach training supervisor for Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services.
As required by statute, Morace was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Children and Family Agencies.

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Volunteer for the animals

It’s been a busy month for the 140 rescue dogs and cats that left Ruston early on Sept. 19, bound for new foster families and forever homes in California.
As part of the largest animal rescue relocation in which north Louisiana agencies have participated, the cats and dogs rode west on two refitted buses, complete with veterinary technicians on board.
Happily, 85 percent of the local animals have been adopted, according to spokespersons for 4 PAWS rescue and Ruston Animal Control who’ve keep in touch with the larger group effort.

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Time a big factor on Korean Peninsula

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The clock is ticking. And it seems inevitable that at some point, the powder keg is going to ignite.
Despite heightened tensions amidst continued saber rattling from both sides, nothing has happened so far in the United States’ verbal showdown with North Korea over Kim Jong Un’s insistence on increasing his country’s nuclear weapons capabilities.
Not yet anyway.

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Take a look at how history formed the world today

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Look at history. Take a focused look.
Don’t take a passing glance, take a hard look. One-line descriptions in a history book or reflective news column, sanitized or not, don’t always tell the full story.
This process can be stimulating, challenging and certainly educational. We know that there are moments that are simply entertaining; more importantly, with just a little scratching of one’s scalp, and a closer look, we can learn a great deal. We can be inspired to take better courses of action while being warned not to walk down dangerous paths. Did you know in this week ... ?

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Students visit pumpkin patch

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Three classes had a wonderful time hearing stories, decorating pumpkins and playing in the hay at the First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch in West Monroe.
Top left: Liam Newsom, Austin Carrico, and Colt Wooten had fun painting. Most of the paint even ended up on the pumpkins. Top right: Owen Gaines stops to pose with some pumpkins during his class field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Bottom: Jase Wooten uses a magnifying glass to explore the surface of a pumpkin in his classroom’s science center.

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Cedar Creek School: School announces students who made honor roll

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All A’s
Fourth grade: Avery Bourn, Selah Bryan, Macklin Conroy, Kate Harris, Alyssa Langiulli, Catherine McAdams, Carter Perry, Emma Phillips, April Potter, Tyler Roller, Owen Sun and Rubye Ann Walsworth.

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Mistaking investing for financial planning

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Question: My friend is suggesting that I talk to a financial planner she’s so excited about. I already save nearly fifteen percent of my income and I put most of that in a very diversified family of low-cost mutual funds. Wouldn’t I be wasting my time to meet with a planner if I’m already happy with my funds?
Answer: Your problem may not be wasting time, but squandering it.
It sounds like you have an investment plan you’re happy with. Great. But that’s not a financial plan. It’s only a part of a financial plan.

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Does market volatility scare you?

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Halloween is almost upon us.
Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy. Fortunately, their appearance will be unlikely to cause you unpleasant dreams.
But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets.
One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves, such as the following:

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Estate tax remains a concern for wealthy families

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When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now.
To be fair, changes implemented over the last several years have drastically limited the number of estates subject to the tax and left it a mere shadow of its former self.

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