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June 28th, 2014

Vitter makes Ruston appearance

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U.S. Senator David Vitter attended a “Peach and Greet” event in the Friday evening as part of the kickoff to the 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival.
After a brief speech by Vitter and a welcome by Police Jury President Hazel Hunter, guests visited with the senator as well as several other public officials in attendance.
“Anytime a U.S. Senator comes to town, the right thing to do is welcome him or her,” Middleton said. “The Peach and Greet gave us an opportunity to share the Peach Festival and the City of Ruston with Sen. Vitter as well as highlight priorities of the Parish.”

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Let the sweet times roll in Ruston

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Top left: Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- Louisiana Swamp Donkey unleashed the sounds of Southern Rock on the Peach Festival crowd during Friday’s show at Railroad Park.
Top right: The Molly Ringwalds took the Peach Fest crowd on a tour of 1980s music as they preformed Friday night at Railroad Park.
Middle left: Photo by KAYLA FRITH- Joe Pongetti from Tyler, Texas, was the winner of Saturday’s peach-eating contest at Railroad Park.
Middle right: Dan Hollingsworth took his last Peach Festival ride as Ruston’s mayor during Saturday’s downtown parade.

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2014 Louisiana Peach Festival Photo Gallery

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Top left: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- Choudrant High School cheerleaders used a fire truck to ride in Saturday’s Louisiana Peach Festival parade.
Top right: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- The Sons of Confederate Solidiers made their march down Alabama Street during Saturday’s Peach Fest parade.
Bottom left: Leader photo by KAYLA FRITH- Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band entertained the crowd Saturday night at Railroad Park.

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Stay safe while celebrating

With the Peach Festival behind us, we already have another fun-filled day to soon look forward to — the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day.
This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Friday, which means people will have more time to recover from parades, barbecues, pool parties, picnics and yes, alcohol.

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Veterans need your vote

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The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs David LaCerte received a warm welcome by local veterans groups on his recent visit to Monroe. The veterans gave high praise to the Veterans Service Officers that serve veterans in each parish in Louisiana for their assistance in filing claims and providing information.

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Ironing out energy problems

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For the past several months, I’ve been exhausted.
At first, with a coworker out on maternity leave and the strenuous exercise/weight loss program I’m on, people suggested I was just a little overstressed — in body and mind. Sure, I’ll admit it’s been a rough couple of weeks. But, at the same time, I had two jobs, a full load of classes and rarely slept more than five hours a night throughout college. So, the past few months certainly aren’t the most taxing thing I’ve put my body and mind through.

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No independence without God

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This coming Friday we celebrate Independence Day.
Many prefer calling it our “Fourth of July” celebration.
As is often true, historical accounts have been “re-created” to suit the fancy of the past writer or current reader. Facts are facts, yet they are often distorted. The truth about the start of our nation’s history is unique; we are a unique people.

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Depletion rates important to consider

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Question: Since I am so young (just starting out), am I too young to think about financial planning? I am not making enough money to save very much at this time, but hope to one day.
Answer: The onset of financial planning in the life of a young person should coincide with the first paycheck she receives.
No, you are not too young.
But you probably are too poor, and you’re showing signs of staying that way. So let’s see if we can paint a picture for you to help you understand your opportunity.

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Estate plans not only for rich and famous

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If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand why estate planning is something you may want to consider.
What is an estate plan?

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Work toward financial independence

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, the day when we celebrate our independence as a nation and the many liberties we enjoy as individuals. Still, we have to keep working to earn some freedoms — such as financial freedom. But by making the right moves, you may eventually enjoy your own Financial Independence Day.
Here are a few such moves to consider:

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