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March 25th, 2017

Lady Techsters softball falls to Miss. St., No. 13 OU

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. — Paige Lowary and Paige Parker combined to toss a complete-game two-hitter leading 13th ranked Oklahoma to a 5-1 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at Hall of Fame Stadium.
Louisiana Tech (20-12) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Taria Page, scoring Jazlyn Crowder who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Tech’s lead would be short-lived.

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Growing hope: Community garden takes root

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Nine months ago, when the Rev. Ryan Ford was named director of the United Methodist Wesley Foundation campus ministry at Louisiana Tech University, he brought with him the hope that someday the ministry could make small-scale and sustainable farming part of its discipleship.

Ford never imagined it would happen so soon. Three weeks ago, the Wesley Foundation entered into partnership with the city of Ruston on a community gardening project that supporters say can help revitalize part of the city, produce healthy food, be educational and bear witness to God’s kingdom.

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Former Marine helps build military museum

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Ruston native Ernie Stevens, 69, is a proud patriot.
The former Marine served two tours in Vietnam because Stevens said “it was the right thing to do.”
“I knew I wanted to serve my country from an early age,” he said adding that his parents signed papers for him to join the military when he was 17 years old. “I wanted to get out there and defend our country’s freedom before it was too late.”

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Retirement plans can be SIMPLE

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If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and non-profit organizations to consider is the SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) Individual Retirement Account.

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Retirement: How to wrap you mind around it

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Question: I feel really stupid asking this question, but here goes. I don’t even know how to start thinking about retirement, much less so-called retirement planning. I’m not even sure what I want to do then, even if I’ll want to retire. It seems so far off. Can you help get me started?
Answer: First, congratulations for asking this question. Asking is the first step to gaining wisdom. Acting on what you’ve learned is the second (and most important) step.

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Teach your children well ... about finances and investing

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High debt levels … lack of savings … the inability to budget — these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated — and expensive — world. But if you have young children, you can teach them some money-smart lessons — and who knows? You could use the opportunity to give yourself a few valuable reminders, too.
Here are some suggestions for a financial “curriculum”:

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Origin Bank’s Brandi Kyzar earns PMP certification

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Origin Bank has announced that Brandi Kyzar was awarded the Project Management Professional® certification. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PMP validates the competence of the project manager to lead and direct projects and teams.

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Champion Trophies cuts ribbon

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Mark Cramer and family are celebrating their 30th year of business in Downtown Ruston in a new location at 103 West Mississippi. Trophies and plaques for all occasions. The shop also has a collection of sports memorabilia. More photos can be seen on Facebook.com/RustonChamber.

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Pecan Villa Apartments remodeled

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Pecan Villa Apartments, located 611 South Bonner St., on March 8. The property’s remodel includes the new addition of a community room, computer lab and nurses station. The residence is for seniors 62 and older. Property manager Tonya Dillard can be contacted at 251-9960.

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Senior Expo held at Civic Center

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the 11th annual Senior Life Expo at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning at the Ruston Civic Center. Attendees were given door prizes and entertained by several local artists and speakers. Top, Miss Louisiana Justine Kerr, left, laughs as Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, right, reads information about the next door prize to be given. Middle, Shirley Stringfellow, left, receives her door prize from Ronnie Volentine, a member of the Senior Citizens on Patrol unit. Bottom, Stone speaks with the crowd gathered at the expo.

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