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October 11th, 2014

LP a model for state's success

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State Superintendent of Schools John White said he always looks forward to discovering something "inspiring, innovative and new" within the folds of the Lincoln Parish education system, which is why he and his staff visited with a diverse group of administrative, established and up-and-coming educators at Glen View Elementary School Friday morning.
"It wasn't a surprise when we started this idea of Believe and Prepare that (Louisiana) Tech (University) and Lincoln Parish stepped up and I'm thrilled that it's happening," White said.

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Support DART, raise awareness

More than 20 years ago, Lincoln Parish residents who needed to escape a violent relationship didn’t have many resources.
If they knew where to look, there were individuals willing to help, though, and eventually in 1994, those individuals finally secured the funding and resources to create the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.
DART began with only one full-time staff member and one part-time staff member, and at that time only served Lincoln Parish. Now, 20 years later, the organization serves seven parishes, has 21 employees and has a shelter that can house 12 individuals.

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A warrior for the wounded

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I first saw this on the backroads of Lincoln and Jackson parishes.
The warriors were the brave Veterans. On these backroads as a young child I was a passenger riding with one of them. We traveled at night, seemingly always during a hot or freezing night. We rode in a “luxury” car — a 1950 Dodge. The green rattle trap had no air-conditioning. The driver was my dad, Dr. LaMoyne Bleich.

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Muslim beliefs on women revealed

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During the 1960s, I was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a military pilot.  The country of Iran was a dedicated friend of the United States.  
There were always young Iranian  officers attending different phases of flight training at Rucker.  
Local American young ladies found most of them tempting prospects for dating.  It was not unusual for some couples to get married.  
All went well while the couple remained in the states.  When the couple arrived in Iran, the women found life very different.
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Reading of importance for all

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October always has been and likely always will be my favorite month.
While the calendar shows that fall officially starts in September, let’s just be honest. In Louisiana, fall doesn’t even think about poking it’s head out to play until October.
Fall is my favorite season. It’s cool, but warm enough to be enjoyable. Not to mention all the lovely things like Halloween candy, hot chocolate (even if I don’t plan on partaking in some of those things this year) and cool mornings.

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Should righting wrongs in your will be done?

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Question: Many years ago my son stole some money from us. He got caught and has since turned his life around. He’s now married and has a wonderful family. He’s a good person. But he has never paid us back the money. The subject just never comes up. It isn’t a great deal of money and if we never get it back we’ll be OK. Should I just write a provision in our will to withhold that amount if he never pays us back?
Answer: You need to carefully consider what you are trying to accomplish.
Unintended consequences are just as real as the ones you meant.

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Which retirement plan is right for your business?

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If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (SEP IRA) was once the most cost-effective choice. Then the Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA) became a viable alternative. Today you may find that a defined-benefit or 401(k) plan best suits your needs. To make an informed decision on which plan is right for your business, review the differences carefully before you choose.

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Open enrollment: A great time to review retirement plan

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If you work for a medium-to-large company, you may now be entering the “open enrollment” period — that time of year when you get to make changes to your employee benefits. Your benefit package can be a big piece of your overall financial picture, so you’ll want to make the right moves — especially in regard to your employer-sponsored retirement plan.
Take a close look at your 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), if you work for a school or a nonprofit group, or a 457(b), if you work for a state or local government. And keep these possible moves in mind:

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Local wins General Manager of the Year

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Thomas Earle, general manager of the local Ryan’s, has won the first-ever award General Manager of the Year Award for Ovation Brands.
There are 324 stores across the United States and many metrics were used to determine the winner including guest metrics, operations, financial and team recommendations and observation.
This was the first time in company history that this was done and Earle’s name will be the first on the trophy.

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October 10th

GHS celebrates homecoming

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Grambling High School Student Council 2014-15
During the month of September, Grambling High School held elections to name the Student Council members for the 2014-15 school year.

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