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February 18th, 2017

Learn to fight against fake news

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I know I’ve written about it before but the problem continues to get worse.
Fake news. What is true and what isn’t?
We read and hear about so-called fake news more and more every day, and as a professional journalist I have to admit to much dismay over what our world has come to.

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Tech alum writes about higher ed

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Over the past several years, Louisiana Tech University has earned national recognition for the educational value and high return on investment it provides for its students and graduates. Students enrolling at Tech know they are not just going to receive an outstanding education and college experience, but they are also going to be prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for the best jobs in the country and to become leaders in their fields.

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SGA presidents speak on budget

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Dear Governor John Bel Edwards and Legislators:
On behalf of the Student Government Association Presidents of Louisiana’s colleges and universities, who represent more than 215,000 college students across the state, we want to express our concern about the constant cuts towards higher education.

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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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