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April 25th, 2015

The killing of John Wilkes Booth

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Today is a completion of comments about 150 years ago this week. Then I ask for a paragraph to share some great joy.
Recently we have examined some powerful moments of 150 years ago.  These included the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the arrest and execution of some of the co-conspirators.
This very date, April 26, 1865, there was another memorable event: the killing of John Wilkes Booth.

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Saluting partners and stakeholders

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I recently had a dream where I walked right into Larry Gatlin and Randy Owen on the street. I immediately blurted out something that ended up being both unexpected and quite understandable.
For those who may not be rabid music aficionados, Gatlin fronts the chart-topping, Grammy-winning trio The Gatlin Brothers, while Owen is the lead singer for the ground-breaking, record-setting group Alabama. Both have experienced the highest of highs in country music during careers that spanned decades under the white-hot spotlight of success.

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Child abuse deaths unacceptable

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Most of you know I am a mother to two very sweet little boys — a 3-year-old named Asher and an 11-month-old named Tristan.
I tried desperately to potty train Asher before Tristan came along, I didn’t want two children in diapers if it was at all avoidable.
As I talked with my husband about potty training he informed me of a frightening reality — potty training is unfortunately one of the top causes for child abuse.
Louisiana’s Children’s Hospital in New Orleans recently issued a press release with even more startling statistics.

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LSMSA to offer dance intensives this summer

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Natchitoches — The Department of Dance at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts will offer summer dance intensives in June.
The dance intensives will help participants expand their artistic training and build upon their dance technique in the areas of ballet and modern for the intermediate level and ballet, pointe, modern and jazz for the advanced level.
Activities and discussion in dance history, nutrition, conditioning and injury prevention will complement the dance instruction.

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Rotary names April Students of the Month

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The Ruston Rotary Club has announced the recipients of the April Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their accomplishments at the April 15 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their perspective school campus.

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Contribution made to 4-H

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Amie Skipper with LINN Energy presented a monetary contribution to Lincoln Parish 4-H Shooting Sports. The coaches pictured for the Lincoln Parish 4-H Shooting Sports are Brad Martin, shotgun, and Jeanie and Devry Rowland, archery. Lincoln Parish 4-H Shotgun and Archery had 35 youth participate at Regional Competition held in Shreveport on April 11-12. The 4-H state Shooting Sports Competition was be held in Shreveport on Saturday and will continue today. Lincoln Parish has 18 youth representing Lincoln Parish in Shotgun and Archery.

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Becoming a ‘healthy’ investor

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This month is designed to encourage people to follow a healthy, active lifestyle. You can take steps toward this goal, of course, but why not carry the concept of improving health to other areas of your life — such as your investments?
Toward that end, consider these suggestions:

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Lower your tax bill when hitting retirement

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Question: I have a few years to go until retirement, but I worry about the impact of higher taxes on my retirement income. Any way to know what to do about that?
Answer: No one knows for sure what the future of tax rates is going to be, for retirees or anyone else. But it is a mathematical fact that the unfunded promises we have made to retirees and others are unsustainable, given our present tax revenues. We don’t have enough money to pay for all the promises we’ve made.

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Are you prepared enough?

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Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce.
We’ve prepared a list of thought-provoking questions that pertain to financial fitness and crisis preparedness. It will be time well spent to review this list, determine what you have already done and talk with your financial advisor about any issues that affect you and/or your family.
Asset Management
• Do I have a clear picture of where my assets are located?

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Jeremy Hebert announced as Edward Jones financial advisor

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Edward Jones Financial Advisor Randy Fallin announced that a second financial advisor, Jeremy Hebert, has joined his office in Ruston starting Monday.
“I’m impressed with Hebert, and I’m sure my clients will be, too,” Fallin said. “Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with us. Jeremy will help provide the high level of service investors in Ruston have come to expect from us as well as extend our services to new investors.”
Hebert said he is looking forward to the opportunity.

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