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March 8th, 2014

Dinner helps to unite society

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Each year in the program for ACHIEVE’s “Community Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon” the following words are printed: “America is a land of choices and people can commit their time or spend their money in countless ways. But for volunteers and donors, philanthropy is not just a consumer choice. It is a statement about themselves and what they want their society to look like. When Americans make the choice to give, our nation becomes better ... our world becomes better. As a society, we become more united. We become a community.”

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Caffeine addiction is a real thing

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Hi. My name is Elizabeth, and I’m a caffeine addict.
I’ve been “clean” for about two months. And, I’ve felt like a walking zombie for most of them. I’ll admit, after the first two weeks, it got a little better. But, the desire to start my morning with a steaming cup of Joe is still strong.

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Don’t become another statistic

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Sometimes I hate statistics. 
A friend was in a wreck not long ago; there were serious injuries. Had he considered some “minor” points there would have been no wreck. There was no alcohol involvement, but he was not alert. He asked me to share his story. He is now more focused. 

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Cedar Creek: Students excel at business, science

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FBLA
Cedar Creek’s FBLA chapter recently competed in the District II Conference at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Cedar Creek earned the right to compete in 19 events at the state FBLA competition in Lafayette next month.
Placing first overall in their categories and eligible for state competition were Taylor Barron in Business Communications and Aaron Hunt in Healthcare Administration and Business Procedures.

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Preschoolers celebrate love, learn from DART

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February — the month of love —was certainly a busy month at Emmanuel.
During our trip to the Russ House our children passed out Valentines and hugs to the guests there. The Russ House guests played the piano for us and our children sang special songs for them. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Take steps to protect your family business

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There’s nothing more important in the world to you than your family. However, your family-owned business probably helps support your family. So, when it comes to protecting both your family and your business, you need to carefully consider your moves.

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Why your portfolio may be slow to get back up

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Question: I know the stock market has come back a lot in the last few years, but when I look at my retirement plan statements it doesn’t seem like my stuff has come back as much as I would have thought. What gives?
Answer: It’s a lot easier to fall down than it is to get back up again.
There is a mathematical law of gravity that works against investments once they have lost ground and are trying to claw their way back.

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Scrimp on coffee — not your retirement plan

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For the past few years, leaner times have forced many individuals and households to juggle everyday expenses and find various ways to trim the family budget. Everything from cutting out specialty coffee drinks and expensive vacations to buying more economical cars and downsized dwellings have been calculated and discussed at kitchen tables across the country.

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Tips to keep consumers safe from online phishing scams

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The Louisiana Bankers Association (LBA) is warning consumers not to fall victim to “phishing” scams related to the Target data breach that occurred last fall. Phishing attacks use spoofed emails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data. By hijacking the trusted brands of banks, online retailers, and credit card companies, phishers are able to convince recipients to respond to them.

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Guerin appointed new chairman of CVB

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The Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to announce that Chris “Moose” Garriga has completed a successful one year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the CVB. Vice Chairman Dr. Dave Guerin will take over as Chairman for 2014.
“The CVB has become more to me than just a board to serve on, but a learning experience into an industry that I did not realize has such a large impact to our community in North Louisiana.
Our goal is to drive people to our community and showcase all there is to offer through meetings and events,” said Garriga.

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