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August 2nd, 2014

Five lessons on assuaging college tuition anxiety

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Did you know that in the 2012-13 academic year, more than $238.5 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate and graduate students? And that those students came from households spanning a wide range of household incomes?
During that same time period, the average amount of aid for a full-time college or university student was $13,730, including $7,190 in grants (that don’t have to be repaid) and $4,900 in federal loans. (Trends in Student Aid 2013, collegeboard.org)

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Argent expands to Atlanta, Ga.

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ATLANTA — Argent Financial Group, a diversified wealth and financial services firm, is making a big play in the Atlanta market.
The Ruston-based Argent announced recently that the firm has acquired a fiduciary services line of business from Atlanta-based Reliance Trust Company and opened an Atlanta office. 
The move adds several seasoned fiduciary consultants to the company’s ranks and expands Argent’s portfolio of client assets by more than $2 billion.

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Most important asset — human capital

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Question: I am pretty young and just out of college. I have an OK job, but I have a less-than-zero net worth. Where is the best place for someone like me to invest?
Answer: In the mirror.
Your comment that you have a less-than-zero net worth is not unusual, but is incorrect nonetheless.
I’m on a one-man crusade to reformat every balance sheet in the United States.
You know what a balance sheet is, don’t you?

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You determine what legacy will be left behind

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Unless you keep close track of obscure holidays and observances, you probably didn’t know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy? month.” Still, you might want to use this particular month as a useful reminder to take action on what could be one of your most important financial goals: leaving a meaningful legacy.

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Azure holds ribbon-cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Azure Pools & Spas earlier this year. Azure Pools & Spas is located at 810 Willow Glen Blvd. For more information contact them at 513-1313 and www.azurepoolsofLA.com.

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Businesses hold ribbon cuttings

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Top: Coburn’s Supply’s
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Coburn’s Supply’s new division earlier this year. Coburn’s Supply HVAC Division is located at 602 Woodward Ave. Contact them at 255-6324 or online at www.coburns.com.
Middle: Wingstop Mobile
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Wingstop Mobile, owned by Alana Belton, on. July 10. The ceremony was held at the Chamber/CVB office. For more information contact Wingstop Mobile at 254-5117. This is the first Wingstop Mobile location in the country.
Bottom: Cheeks AirWorx

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Rain doesn’t slow Tigers

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Intensity.
That’s something that can be hard to find for a football team pushed indoors to practice.
But that’s what the Grambling State Tigers faced as they opened preseason practice Friday afternoon in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
And rain didn’t dampen their intensity — something new head coach Broderick Fobbs took notice of.

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Bulldogs report today

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz (pointing above during spring workouts) will welcome the Bulldogs to campus today as they report for the start of preseason practice with practice set to begin on Monday. The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 30 at No. 3 Oklahoma.

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Bearcats season tickets to go on sale

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Ruston High School football season tickets will go on sale starting Monday at the RHS office.
The RHS offfice will be open from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. weekdays. The cost of a packet of tickets is $45.
That cost includes the Jamboree at Ruston High School and five home games.
Season ticket holders have until Aug. 20 to reclaim their tickets. There are also tickets available for new season ticket holders now.
Bearcat Discount Cards are also available at RHS.
For more information call Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807.
2014 RHS Football Home Game Schedule
Aug. 29 Jamboree 6 p.m.

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Michigan family impressed with parish park

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One day I guess I’ll learn. I should always take my voice recorder with me when I walk at Lincoln Parish Park. There is a chance I’ll meet someone with a story I need to share with my readers.
Such was the case last week when I chatted with a lady who wondered what species of fish she was seeing swimming in the shallows of the lake at the park. When she spoke, I resisted the urge to ask a redneck question, “You’re not from around here, are ya?” Her accent revealed she was from somewhere far north of Ruston.

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