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December 30th

As deer season winds down, 215-inch buck still tops

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This has been a special deer season for me so far. No, I haven’t gotten my big buck; I’ve had the privilege, though, of writing for Louisiana Sportsman about 30 of the biggest taken in Louisiana this season. Here is my account of a buck that tops the list at this point in the season.

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Facility upgrades top 2017 review

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Upgrades at both Louisiana Tech’s Joe Aillet Stadium and Grambling State’s Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium were two of Lincoln Parish’s biggest sports happenings in 2017.
Louisiana Tech has added a new $18.6 million press box/skybox, funded 100 percent through private donations to “The Joe,” while GSU has replaced its natural grass field with striped artificial turf along with a new Jumbotron scoreboard.
GSU head football coach Broderick Fobbs is excited about the stadium upgrades, estimated to cost $1.5-2 million, and he’s especially happy for his coaches and players.

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Looking at sports news heading into new year

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Carousing through a pile of sports notes that have accumulated during the holiday season.
• Five good reasons for Louisiana Tech University fans to be giddy about the 2018 football season:
1: If a 51-10 whitewash of SMU doesn’t get you excited about next year, nothing will; 2: Quarterback J’Mar Smith returns after a strong showing in the Frisco Bowl; 3: Running back Boston Scott returns, too; 4: Skip Holtz is one of the top coaches in the FBS and the Bulldogs have him; 5: Tech has a prime Veal (Teddy) cut and he will return as squad’s top receiver.

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Grigsbys celebrate 50 years

Herman and Peggy Grigsby, of Ruston, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with many friends and family. The Grigsbys were married on Dec. 9, 1967. They have two daughters, Kristi Myers, of West Monroe, and Tina Wheelus, of Dubach, and five grandchildren, Luke and Jack Myers, of West Monroe, and Jamie, Joey and Mary Brooks Wheelus, of Dubach.

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Problem resolved: Just hire a coach

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Question: As I look ahead to 2018, what kinds of realistic financial resolutions can a regular person make?
Answer: Only the ones you can keep. All the rest are just dreamy discouragement.
Most of the financial resolutions I’ve ever seen can be summed up as the desire for financial freedom. Financial freedom is the configuration of your financial life in such a way that you can be who you want to be and do what you want to do.

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Challenges of managing a fixed-income

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Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement.
“Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and grandparents’ generation came from Social Security and a defined-benefit pension plan,” said Drew Denning, senior vice president and retirement strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Time is a key factor in investing

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With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your success as an investor.
Time can affect how you invest, and the results of your investing, in different ways:

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An 'uneventful, eventful' Christmas morning

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Writing this late Christmas morning, this eventful day so far has been “uneventful.” By that I mean nothing terribly unusual has occurred. I hope that I have not spoken too soon.
I hope each of you has had a marvelous holiday season. Ours has been nice, with most of the excitement in my house actively generated by grandchildren. Stockings were empty last night when the grandchildren went to bed. They dutifully left cookies and milk for Santa.
When they awoke, more than quite early, the stockings were full, cookies and milk were gone, all of which was quite predictable.

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Budget surplus, 'fiscal cliff' await in 2018

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As we head into 2018, there’s a mixed bag of both good and bad when it comes to looking at the state of Louisiana’s financial situation.
The good news is that the state has a surplus of funds from last year and appears it will avoid a midyear deficit for the first time in nearly a decade, after grappling with midyear budget gaps over the past nine years.
Part of that good news is the fact that Louisiana has a $120 million surplus from the prior budget year that ended June 30, largely because sales and personal income taxes collected above what was budgeted.

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Looking back, looking forward

The countdown is on. 2017 is almost over; 2018, waiting to make its appearance at midnight.
But before we let 2017 slide into the history books, it seems fitting to take one final look at some of the events of the last 12 months. The pages of today’s Daily Leader do just that. And more will follow on Tuesday.
From government to public safety, from sports to the Sparta Aquifer, from crime to environmental concerns, we’ve recapped the highlights of the year. And what a year it was.

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