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August 5th, 2017

A continuation of haunting court cases memories

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Last week, relating one of the most difficult cases I’ve ever handled, I described a “cruelty to juvenile” case that was probably more.
The issue of where to conduct the trial came up. What was a fair venue? I concluded that Raymond Helsley Jr. could not receive a fair trial in Union Parish. There had been too much discussion of the case there.
Typical conversations included “Everyone knew Helsley was guilty.”
I ordered the trial transferred to Lincoln Parish. The trial was handled by a classmate/friend from law school, assistant district attorney Joe Cusimano.

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Louisiana wetlands facing new danger

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It was announced earlier this summer that Louisiana has written a 50-year, $50 billion master plan to save its coast.
While not yet fully funded, the plan calls for spending $25 billion on restoring lost sections of land and $6 billion on elevating some homes, flood proofing some businesses and buying out some residential property owners.
It’s bad enough that coastal erosion fueled in part by Mother Nature is chewing as much as 30 football fields a day worth of Louisiana coastline, forcing the developing of the coastal master plan.

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‘Read it and Reap’

As families gathered in the Lincoln Parish Library’s Events Center, the children chattered to their parents and the other little ones as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
Each of the families were there for the same reason — to celebrate their participation in the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program.
Seven of those children would be awarded for completing the program and graduating.
These children will be starting kindergarten with a slight advantage over their peers.

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Retirement income — how much do I need?

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Question: I read somewhere that on average I need 70 percent of my working income in retirement. Does that sound about right?
Answer: Be careful when mixing averages and real life.
If I put one foot in a bucket of ice and the other foot on a hot stove, on average, I’m comfortable. But in real life ...
There are four things you need for a financially and emotionally (yes the two are linked) healthy retirement:

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Legacy planning with retirement accounts

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The popularity and accessibility of retirement plans has resulted in Americans holding a significant portion of their assets in 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs. For many, these accounts represent the largest portion of their wealth outside of their homes. If you’re like the majority of individuals you will likely need income from these accounts during retirement, or you may have accumulated sufficient other assets to sustain your lifestyle and wish to preserve your retirement assets for your heirs.

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Consolidate your providers

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You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success.
So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers — after all, aren’t two (or more) heads better than one?
Before we look at that issue, let’s consider the first half of the “diversification” question — namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you?
Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds.

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Local duo take softball titles

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A pair of local girls won Fastpast America Softball Association World Series championships last weekend in Branson, Missouri. Top Left Photo: MariBeth Parette, and her Louisiana Thunder 06 team won the 10-u World Series title while Sarah Adams, top right and her Louisiana Thunder 04 team took the 12-u title. Bottom picture is the Louisiana Thunder 04 12-u team.

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Bearcats season tickets now on sale

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Ruston High School football season tickets are currently on sale through Aug. 21.
The cost of a packet of tickets is $45 per packet. The can be purchased the Ruston High School office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays to reclaim your season tickets or purchase new ones. The season ticket package includes the Jamboree at The Bayou Jamb against Ouachita High School and five home games.
For more information call Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807.
2017 RHS Football Home Game Schedule
Aug. 26 - BAYOU JAMB at ULM - 5 p.m.
Sept. 15 - Airline - 7 p.m.

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Whitetails Unlimited returning to area

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A mid-summer phenomenon kicked off for the first time three years ago and is about to make its appearance again. The Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will hold its annual banquet Thursday night at the Ruston Civic Center. The first event turned heads not only around northern Louisiana but also around the country because of what took place that sultry August night. While this area is home to several outdoors events each year, nothing comes close to what happened that night. More than 400 folks showed up for this, the very first banquet this group sponsored.

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August 4th

Tech graduate student awarded for research presentation

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Jwala Parajuli, a graduate student in molecular sciences and nanotechnology at Louisiana Tech University, earned first place honors for presentation of her paper titled “Laser-based 3D printing: Metal segregation studies during the solidification process,” at last week’s Consortium for Innovations in Manufacturing and Materials annual symposium in Baton Rouge.
Parajuli’s winning paper describes a selective laser melting approach that involves a high-powered laser which melts metal powder in specified areas and then allows it to solidify.

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