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November 1st, 2014

No 401(k) investment? No problem

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In spite of the continued woes of the economy, small business owners are showing increased optimism about the next 12 months, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. However, despite their generally sunny outlook, many of them are still concerned they won’t have enough money to retire, or may have to retire later in life.

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Avoid mistakes with a financial advisor

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Question: I gave my money to a financial advisor a few years ago and I have not been happy at all. And it is more than just the fact that I’ve lost money. I just don’t feel like he knows I am alive. Is it too much to expect to be able to find someone who will take care of me and my money?
Answer: It is not too much to ask that a financial advisor be a competent partner in assisting you achieve your realistic financial goals.

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Ribbon cutting held

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Last month the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Chartreuse Pear. Brenda Lee opened the business in a location on West Mississippi Street 15 years ago. The store, now co-owned by Brenda and her son Travis Lee was recently moved to this building owned by Dean Norton in downtown Ruston. The store offers an eclectic mix of home decor, antiques, gifts, custom bedding and rugs.

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Learning to trust in the holy ‘other’

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Last year we had a stray cat visit LifeHouse. We found out that she was a female after a litter of precious kittens were born under the house! Shortly after the kittens were born, the momma cat fled the scene, and we were left with six kittens. We fed them and took care of them as much as they would let us. As they grew older, four of them left and two stayed, that we named Mary and Martha, guessing they were probably females since they didn’t run off.

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Celebrating love, leadership

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I’m been thinking of a special day — for me alone, that is. This past week, on Oct. 28, is the day 70 years ago that I was married at Fort Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas, where my father was chaplain during World War II. I’d planned to be married at Temple Church in Ruston, but the war changed all that.
I used to think it would be wonderful to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss, but that time has come and gone quite some time ago. Many of you were not even born yet in 1944 when I was 23, and if you were, you’re headed for old age yourself.

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CTB helps DART

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Sarah McKinnie of Community Trust Bank presents the proceeds of the bank’s tailgate party to Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. “This is such a great gesture,” Autrey said. “Every little bit helps us!”

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October 31st

Bulldogs, Hilltoppers meet Saturday

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Forty-one years after battling for the NCAA Division II Championship, Louisiana Tech University and Western Kentucky University renew their rivalry at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The Bulldogs won that 1973 championship contest 34-0 and will be looking for that same kind of showing again as they play their 89th Homecoming game in front of the Tech faithful. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Fox Sports Network.

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Saturday Poker Run to benefit Serpas

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A benefit Poker Run for Ken Serpas, a Louisiana Tech offensive lineman in the 1970s now suffering with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.
Sign-up will be at the Harley Davidson outlet in Bossier City with an entry fee of $20 per person. Riders are asked to be there by 9 a.m. with a silent auction at 9:30 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m. and the last bike out at noon. The winner will receive $250 with all proceeds going to the Serpas family.

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Techsters exhibition play starts Saturday

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When Tyler Summitt walks out of the tunnel and onto Karl Malone Court Saturday night for Louisiana Tech’s first exhibition game of the season, it will mark the seven month anniversary of when he was introduced as the sixth head coach in Lady Techster history.
Tech officials made the announcement of Summitt’s impending press conference on April 1 and the son of the legendary Pat Summitt was formally introduced the following day. Tyler Summitt won the press conference. And although not as instantaneously, he has won over his players during the course of the past seven months.

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Tech soccer earns C-USA berth

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Louisiana Tech picked a perfect time to come up with its first golden goal of the season and it was a little extra golden on Thursday night.
The match went into overtime at nil-nil as the Lady Techsters could not find the back of the net, hitting the crossbar, hitting the post and the rest being saved by Florida Atlantic’s goalkeeper.

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