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August 9th, 2014

Ruston: A great place for business

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One of my favorite parts of being a journalist is going out, meeting new people and learning their story. Even when I was in school, other students took notice of how passionate I was about feature writing.
If you’re not familiar, features are those sort of “timeless” stories. They don’t really tend to change the world, but in my mind, they’re pretty important. Telling people’s stories — letting individuals tell others about their lives and the mark they’re leaving on the world — is one of the ways future generations will understand who we are now.

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RHS ready for football frenzy

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Ruston High School football fans going crazy waiting for the 2014 season to begin will get a head start from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday during the annual Bearcat Madness event.
Fans will also get their first chance to get an up and close and personal view of the Bearcats new field turf as the event will be held at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Introductions of RHS football players, spirit squads and the Bearcat band will begin at 11 a.m.
The event will feature food, including Eskamoe’s shaved ice, Bearcat fan gear and pictures for sale as well as a 25-foot tall climbing wall.

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Quick, early primer for 2014 Tech football

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August 30. Before you can yell “We are the Bulldogs!” Louisiana Tech University’s 2014 football season will be kicking off on that date.
Just in case you need some useful information about this year’s edition, here’s a clip-and-save rundown on the ’Dogs:

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Weather forces Tech audible

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Lightning throughout the area zapped Louisiana Tech’s plans for their first two-a-day workouts Saturday as the second session was canceled for safety reasons.
The canceled practice planned for Saturday evening — one that was scheduled to be in full pads — will be made up later in camp.
Tech did manage to turn in a spirited two hour morning session in helmets and shorts with the staff focusing on more teaching aspects of the game plan.
The Bulldogs practiced for the first time in full pads on Friday evening.

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Tips for better summertime fishing

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Early mornings during July and August, the bass have no hesitation at hitting a topwater lure. However, most of the bites occur before the summer sun begins its scorching trip across the sky. As a result, many anglers head home for the air conditioning once old Sol peaks over the cypresses.
For anglers who want to extend their bass fishing experience longer, the search is on for one lure to keep the bites coming, even after daytime temperatures rise. The Wobblehead meets all the characteristics of just such a lure.

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Buddy's Blog — Ark-La-Tex event was first-class affair

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On the landscape of Hall of Fames stretching from coast-to-coast, one of the best kept secrets is the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions.
Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Shreveport-based shrine stages its induction ceremonies once every two years rather than annually.
Or could it be that the event has been held during the same time period as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement festivities, thus winding up being lost in the shuffle, so to speak?
Whatever the case may be, the Museum of Champions’ affair deserves a full assemblage of kudos.

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Baby boomers: Don’t let your plans go bust

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If you’re a baby boomer, you’re at the point in life where, if you haven’t actually entered retirement, you’re at least approaching the outskirts. But if you’re like many of your fellow boomers, you may be experiencing more than a little trepidation over your financial prospects as a retiree. That’s why it’s so important for you to determine what steps to take to help improve your chances of enjoying a comfortable retirement.

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Planting your inheritance within your portfolio

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Money can, after all, grow on trees ­— family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will receive an inheritance, and the average value of those inheritances is just under $300,000.
Jim McKown, first vice president with Wells Fargo Advisors’ High Net Worth Planning team, notes that a $300,000 inheritance has the potential to grow over 30 years into nearly $3 million, assuming a 7 percent annual return.

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Is 50 too old to start saving?

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Question: I turned 50 this year. I’ve still got kids at home and one in college. The market kicked me pretty hard a few years back and I don’t see how I’ll ever save enough money to retire. I don’t know where my money goes, but I don’t feel like we live some extravagant lifestyle. I don’t have any debt, but I don’t save any money either. What do I do?
Answer: Sometimes truth is better than sympathy.

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Church News

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.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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