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May 17th, 2014

GSU valedictorian aims high, works hard

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GRAMBLING — A Grambling State University senior with characteristics of an overachiever set exceptional academic goals in hopes of pursuing his dreams after graduation. Though the journey was challenging for him, he continuously stood out as a dedicated, determined and dutiful student who earned exceptional marks.
Andre Merille, 25, a mathematics and physics major with a concentration in biomedical sciences, is the spring 2014 undergraduate graduating class valedictorian. The university’s commencement was held at 10 a.m. May 9 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the campus.

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May 16th

How to deal with financial uncertainty

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Question: How can I be sure my financial plans will result in the future I want? The world is so uncertain now. There are so many unknowns to consider. How can anyone really know what is going to happen?
Answer: Welcome to reality.
People that reach a mature state of financial peace are individuals that deal in reality, accept uncertainty and behave accordingly.

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A way to help get it right before you retire

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Did you know that many people spend more time planning their vacation than planning for retirement? Although there are many ways to save for your retirement, if you’re like most people, you aren’t taking full advantage of them. For example, do you understand the basics of a Roth IRA? If not, here’s a little Roth IRA 101.

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Start saving today for future college bills

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Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools and “hello” to their college dormitories. When that day arrives, will you be financially prepared to pay for the high costs of higher education?

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Bancorp declares dividend

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Louisiana Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:LABC) announced recently that its board of directors at their meeting on April 29 declared a cash dividend of 5 cents per share on the common stock of the Company, payable on May 29 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on May 13.

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Stage is wiggin’ out

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Stage presented a check for $1,929 to Wiggin’Out recently from a fundraiser. Pictured, left to right, are Patrick Walsh, Wiggin’ Out; Jennifer Holtz, Wiggin’ Out; Elizabeth Turnley, Wiggin’ Out; Vicki Caskey, Wiggin’ Out; Charles Post, Stage district manager; Tia Culpepper, Stage store manager.

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Mayoral candidate announced

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Ruston businessman Bill Elmore confirmed Thursday he’s running for mayor.
“It’s no secret, I am running,” he said.
Elmore, a Republican, is the second declared candidate in the race to succeed retiring Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. Former banker and Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker is the other current contender. Walker is also a Republican.
Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary begins Aug. 20.
Elmore, 66, said he decided to enter the race only a week ago. This is his first time to seek public office. He said he’d make his formal campaign announcement on June 3.

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Water bill still rolling

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A Senate bill was approved Thursday allowing the state to sell acreage in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville to the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative.
The bill, SB 430 by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, passed 92-0. The proposal now goes back to the Senate for concurrence in a minor technical amendment. If Senators approve of the House amendment, the proposal will go to Gov. Bobby Jindal for this signature.

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Seesawing away muscular disease

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The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order is currently holding their annual SeeSaw-A-Thon in the field between Celebrity Theatres and Lowe’s. The event began on Thursday morning and will continue through midnight Saturday. Members will keep the seesaw going for 36 straight hours. The organization holds this event each year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, to help fund treatments and the search for a cure. Residents are asked to stop by and drop off donations, which are tax-deductible, to help the MDA.

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Chase halted

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A Calhoun man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today after a highway chase through three parishes at speeds over 100 mph.
Benjamin Moore Tyler, 31, is charged locally with speeding in excess of 100 mph, improper lane usage and aggravated flight as a result of the May 5 incident on Interstate 20. Tyler has been incarcerated in Webster Parish on charges stemming from the same incident.
Bond for the three Lincoln Parish charges is $18,000, according to the arrest affidavit. The aggravated flight charge alone carries a $15,000 bond.

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